Category Archives: Webinar Events

October 2018 Webinar – “Liturgical Media Art: New Possibilities Await” by Eileen Crowley

Many liturgical churches have adopted wholesale the use of media in worship as audiovisual support/communications billboard, a model developed in the evangelical megachurches since the late 1970s. Unfortunately, that model typically treats media as presentation technology.

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Appropriately integrated within liturgy, though, media art in worship (photography and video) can do and be more than that. It can be liturgical art that can serve as media of meditation and as environmental art. It can be intentionally designed and created to serve as art that communicates on its own and is experienced as symbolic, polyvalent, metaphorical art. To prepare to serve clients who ask, “Were shall we put the projection screen?” liturgical consultants and architects can benefit from exposure to the experiments of media installation artists of the late 20th and 21st century, such as Nam June Paik, Bill Viola, and Diana Thater. New possibilities await those who are willing to learn from today’s artists and innovators regarding new methods for display of media art.

About the presenter:

Eileen D. Crowley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Liturgy, Arts and Communications at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, has been researching the topic of media art in worship for more than two decades. She is the author of Liturgical Art for a Media Culture(Liturgical Press, 2007) and A Moving Word: Media Art in Worship(Augsburg Press, 2006) and many scholarly and popular essays on the topic.  She earned her Ph.D. in Worship and Preaching Studies at Union Theological Seminary (New York City) and her M.A. in Theology (Liturgical Studies) from the University of Notre Dame (Indiana).

This webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 1:00 PM EDT. You can register for this webinar by clicking here.

September 2018 Webinar: “Benefits of the Design-Build Approach for Sacred Space” by Design Fugitives

This webinar will examine the unique Design-Build approach used by Design Fugitives and Gilbert Sunghera, SJ for delivering holistic and cohesive art and furnishings for Sacred Spaces. Looking at the process of this approach compared to traditional project delivery methods will bring to light what makes this Design-Build approach valuable and distinct, and what sacred project types might benefit most from it. Three ecclesiastic projects of various scope and size will be used as case studies.
Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of why Design Fugitives has developed this approach for sacred space projects, how this process works, its pros and cons, and some of the technological advances that enable it.

About the Presenter:
Paul Mattek is the Founding Partner of the commercial art studio Design Fugitives. He leads a team of 10 in creating mixed-media art and furnishings in the US and internationally. His work resides in places such as corporate atria, institutional lobbies, and places of worship. Since 2011, Paul has partnered with Gilbert Sunghera, SJ of the University of Detroit Mercy to execute several sacred space design-build projects. Prior to founding Design Fugitives, Paul studied and gained advanced degrees in the fields of Divinity and Architecture.

This webinar will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 at 1:00 PM ET. You can register at

June 2018 Webinar: “The Bishop and His Churches: Diocesan Policies and Procedures” by Rita Thiron

“The diocesan Bishop to be regarded as the High Priest of his flock, from whom the life in Christ of his faithful in some sense derives and upon whom it depends, must promote, regulate, and be vigilant over the liturgical life of his diocese” (GIRM 387).  Among those duties is oversight of the  construction and ordering of churches .   In addition, the diocesan bishop is to consult his commission on Liturgy and sacred art whenever it comes to laying down norms or approving plans for the proper construction, restoration, and arrangement of sacred buildings (291) . While diocesan policies will vary, this webinar will discuss diocesan standards and procedures and how the design consultant can be integral to the process.

About the presenter:

Rita Thiron is the Executive Director of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions in Washington, DC. Prior to arriving at the FDLC, she served for twenty years as the Director of the Office of Worship for the Diocese of Lansing (Michigan).   Among her duties was the Committee for Liturgical Design, which supervised all church building and renovation projects within the diocese.

She also served for a decade as the Director of Adult Education and the Catechumenate at Holy Family Parish and as an adjunct professor at Siena Heights University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Theology with a Concentration in Liturgical Studies from the University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN) and a Bachelor’s Degree in History from Xavier University (Cincinnati, Ohio).

Rita serves as a consultant to the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  A frequent workshop presenter in the dioceses across the UnitedStates, she is the author of seven books and countless articles.

This webinar will be held on Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at 1:00 PM EDT. You can register by clicking here.

March 2018 Webinar – “Music Ministry Space Design in Worship Spaces” by Scott Riedel

The objective this webinar  is to assist worship space architects and planners in designing acoustically appropriate and functional spaces for musicians. Accommodation of Traditional and Contemporary Choirs, Ensembles, Praise-Bands, Orchestras, Hand-Bells, as well as soloists and instrumentalists, pianos, digital and pipe organs, and sound system considerations will all be included. Related topics discussed will include music space allotment, location, proximities, layouts, as well as use of materials, acoustic treatments, technical infrastructure, and aesthetics.

About the presenter: Scott Riedel graduated from the University Of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. He is Organist-Choirmaster at Christ Church, Episcopal, Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, and has taught the Science of Acoustics course at Columbia College Chicago. Mr. Riedel is published in the “GIA Quarterly”, “The Diapason”, “CrossAccent” (Association or Lutheran Church Musicians), and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music “Review” magazines. He has presented lectures on acoustics and organs to the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, National Association of Pastoral Musicians, American Guild of Organist, American Institute of Architects, and The Acoustical Society of America.

Register now for this webinar, which will be held on Tuesday, March 20, 2018 at 1:00 EST  by clicking this link.

February 2018 Webinar: “Creating Contemporary Mosaic Artwork for Liturgical and Commercial Spaces” by Cindy Kessler

Please register for “Creating Contemporary Mosaic Artwork for Liturgical and Commercial Spaces” by Cindy Kessler on Feb 20, 2018 1:00 PM EST at:

As a stained glass artist who has also worked in sculpture and mosaics, what unique properties of mosaics drew me to exploring that medium as well? What situations are best served by a mosaic design? Modern mosaics are much more varied than traditional styles like those found in the Roman or Byzantine traditions. What do you need to understand about the fabrication of mosaics to make for a good result? What are the substrate needs for a mosaic ceiling, wall or floor? Cost comparisons: Simple to complex designs, material choices, and installation options.

About the presenter:

Cindy Kessler has been a professional artist since 1980. Her college training was in ceramics, but she soon fell in love with glass. She works in stained glass, glass sculpture and mosaics. Cindy is recognized for her contemporary style, with designs that are fluid & dynamic, creating readily visible expressions of worship, beauty, and movement. Cindy is the principal designer and president of Kessler Studios, fabricating artwork for churches, hospitals, universities and businesses nationwide. She prides herself on being a careful listener and enjoys designing work that brings joy and beauty to a space.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.