Category Archives: Webinar Events

2017 ACLS Biennial General Meeting

Please register for 2017 ACLS Biennial General Meeting on January 10, 2017 3:30 PM MST at:

For members of ACLS who are not able to join us in person please sign up to attend via the internet. Along with financial, membership and webinar reports you can learn about what is happening within our organization and get a sneak peak at some very exciting upcoming ventures.

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

February 2017 Webinar – Designing Worship Spaces: The Advantages of a Central-plan Model

The Roman Catholic liturgical renewal, made manifest by Vatican II over 50 years ago, continues to generate a diversity of worship space designs. When the renewal was first underway most church worship spaces embraced an approach that sought to move the altar into closer contact with the assembly. However, over the past few years we have seen the return of older pre-Vatican II processional-plan models where the altar is being removed farther from the assembly. This webinar will explore the theological, liturgical, and physiological influences that each of these approaches has on a Faith Community.

For 40 years, Robert Habiger’s design methodology has advocated for the placement of the altar in the midst of the assembly. He has taken this approach because he believes it best exemplifies what the Church is requesting by their liturgical documents. Sometimes referred as a post-Vatican II central-plan, it is actually an ancient model in use since the fourth century to facilitate a faith communities desire to gather, pray and celebrate together. The presentation will explore three critical design themes – mystery, encounter, and environment. Not limited to a central-plan model, these three design themes also benefit the design of any worship space.

About the presenter: Robert Habiger specializes in the design of religious facilities and has provided liturgical design consulting services since 1991. His education background includes certification from the Institute of Liturgical Consulting by Catholic Theological Union – Chicago and a Master of Architecture degree from Kansas State University. A registered architect since 1975, his projects are known for their participatory design process and inspiring design resolutions. A commitment to dominant rituals and environmental psychology are central to his liturgical design approach. Robert is a long-standing member of ACLS, currently serving as Treasurer. He resides in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is married, the Father of six children and a Grandfather of five.

Please register for Designing Worship Spaces: The Advantages of a Central-plan Model on Feb 21, 2017 1:00 PM EST at:

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January 2017 Webinar – Poisoning the Wells

We start off the New Year with an exciting and thought-provoking presentation by Fr. Dave Pettingill.  His presentation will discuss the following points:
1. The intent of the Second Vatican Council regarding Liturgy;
2. The “Reform of the Reform;”
3. The present state of the union;
4. Suggestions about how ACLS’s expertise can be employed to further the Second Vatican Council’s viewpoint, now that Pope Francis has terminated the Reform of the Reform.

fr-pettingillOur presenter,  Rev. David Pettingill, is a retired priest of the San Francisco archdiocese who is still active in retreat work and teaching courses on the council for lay ecclesial ministers. Ordained just months before the opening of the Second Vatican Council, Fr. Dave since spent 22 years in education, first at the high school level and later as Dean of Students and professor of Homiletics, Liturgical Celebration and Scripture at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park. He has since served in a variety of pastoral and leadership roles in the Archdiocese of San Francisco, including Director of the Deacon Formation Program for the last 5 years before retiring in 2007.

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Please register for Poisoning the Wells – January 24, 2017 on Jan 24, 2017 1:00 PM EST at:

November Webinar – The Creation of a Devotional Space

Creating a prayerful devotional space introduces some interesting challenges beyond the creation of the artwork itself. This webinar will take attendees on the journey from initial glass sculpture concepts, through the introduction of the idea to transform an existing passageway into devotional space for prayer; building a scale model of the architectural space; developing the carved glass triptych design; votive candle holders; devotional bench design; wall coloration; floor treatment, and designing the supports to cantilever the 1000 lb. glass triptych off the wall in an area with seismic concerns.

claire-wing-photo-smallAbout the presenter: Claire M. Wing is a liturgical artist and designer working nationally in leaded glass and sand-carved glass relief sculpture, as well as the design of devotional spaces, liturgical items, and ritual furnishings. Ms. Wing received her BFA in Fine Arts from St. Mary’s College, doing course work through the University of Notre Dame in the U.S. and in France at l’Universite Catolique de l’Ouest, and l’Ecole Regionale des Beaux Arts, both in Angers. She continued with graduate studies at L’Ecole Nacionale Superieure des Beaux Art in Paris, France. Later she attended the Institute for Liturgical Consultants at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She is an active member of St. Rita Catholic Church in Dallas, TX.

Please register for The Creation of a Devotional Space on Nov 15, 2016 1:00 PM EST at:

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September Webinar – Case Study of the San Fernando Cathedral

Join us for a webinar on Sep 20, 2016 at 1:00 PM EDT.

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San Fernando Cathedral, photo by James Hundt, RASan Fernando Cathedral is home to the oldest continuously active parish in the State of Texas and the oldest Roman Catholic cathedral/church in continuous operation in the United States. The cathedral is not just the geographic center of the city, but is considered by most San Antonians to be its spiritual center.

The cornerstone of San Fernando Church was laid in 1738 and dedicated in 1755. Construction of the Gothic nave, which removed the original Spanish-Colonial bell tower and nearly two-thirds of the original nave, began in 1868. The church became a cathedral in 1874. In 1999 The Archdiocese of San Antonio began a process of master planning and design for a major rehabilitation and stabilization of the cathedral and the addition of two new structures. Work was completed in 2003.

This webinar, focused primarily on the cathedral building, will take you through the entire process from initial planning to completion of construction and will touch on the many preservation, stabilization, design, liturgical, artistic, acoustical and technological issues faced and solutions incorporated by the design team.

San Fernando has been the recipient of numerous local, state and national design awards including a 2006 AIA / IFRAA Honor Award.

J Heck Photo-smallAbout the presenter: As Senior Vice President and a Principal of Fisher Heck Architects in San Antonio, Texas, Jim oversees all of the firm’s religious architecture projects. A graduate of the Class of 1972 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY, Jim moved to San Antonio in 1976. His firm has worked on over 160 church projects of all types, sizes and denominations throughout Texas. The firm was recently honored by the Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture with a 2015 Religious Art and Architecture Award for Liturgical/Interior Design for its renovation of St. Monica Catholic Church in Dallas. Jim has been a member of the Association of Consultants for Liturgical Spaces since 2011.

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