Category Archives: Webinar Events

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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May Webinar – Traditional Craftsmanship in Changing Times


On May 24, 2016, ACLS member Johannes Albl will present this three part webinar, starting with the history and origin of traditional woodcarving craftsmanship in Oberammergau, Germany. Johannes will talk about the necessity of traditional craftsmanship in contrast to the latest high-tech and high-speed industrial production techniques.

The second part will be a detailed explanation of how the process of the art of woodcarving works. All the necessary preparation and production steps will be explained in depth. Rich photography will guide the audience through the whole process. The final painting step will be shown in the full variety of the most common coloring techniques used today in church carvings.

The third part will demonstrate how sacred art can support church architecture in order to build bridges between generations, cultures and countries.

Johannes AlblAbout the presenter: Johannes Albl is part of the 14th generation of the Albl family to continue a tradition of religious carving started by Franz-Joseph Albl in 1556. After receiving his MBA from the University of Augsburg in Germany, he worked for a management consulting company for 6 years before becoming an Owner of ALBL Oberammergau in 2015, where he focuses on sales, project management and business administration.

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 Join us for this new webinar on May 24, 2016 at 1:00 PM EDT.

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April Webinar – Sacred Art and Architecture Within a Multicultural Church

Join us for a webinar on Apr 21, 2016 at 1:00 PM EDT. This webinar will examine diverse manifestations of art and spaces for prayer and worship by various communities (Latino/a, African American, Asian American and Anglo). Attention will be paid to ways Christian art and architecture reflects, transmits, and imparts theological and spiritual meanings in culturally distinct ways. The content of the webinar will be applicable for those interested in the ways multicultural expressions of faith through sacred art and architecture inspire liturgy, enrich theological understanding, and build cohesive communities of faith.

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Rebecca Berru  DavisAbout the presenter:

Rebecca Berru Davis is the Louisville Institute Vocation of the Theological Educator Postdoctoral Fellow at St. John’s University in Collegeville, MN and a Hispanic Theological Initiative Fellow. She earned a Masters in Art History from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN and her doctorate in the area of Art and Religion at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California. She currently teaches courses in Latino/a Theology and Sacred Art and Architecture. Her dissertation focused on the contributions of women artists to the early twentieth century Liturgical Movement in the United States.

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March Webinar – Beauty that Saves – Art and the Catholic Church

Join us for a webinar on Mar 15, 2016 at 1:00 PM EDT.

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From its very inception, architects, artists and musicians have assisted the Church in the proclamation of the Gospel and the celebration of the liturgy. Stained glass windows, sculptures and paintings have told the story of our faith. Churches and Cathedrals were built for the glory of God and the edification of the people. And it is simply impossible to imagine the liturgy without the arts which are essential to its celebration.

This workshop will look at the importance of art and architecture in the life of our church throughout history and specifically for our Catholic liturgy today.

Johan's picture in MagazineJohan van Parys, Ph.D., a native of Belgium holds graduate degrees in art history and comparative religious studies from the Catholic University in Louvain, Belgium and. in theology from The University of Notre Dame in Indiana. He has been Director of Liturgy and the Sacred Arts at The Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis since 1995. Johan lectures extensively throughout the country on a variety of topics relating to liturgy and the arts. His book “Symbols that Surround Us” (Liguori) was published in 2012. “What’s the Smoke for? And other Burning Liturgical Questions” (Liturgical Press) was published in 2014.

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Ashlyn Dupuis & Katie Broussard Falgout: Intro to Social Media: Best Practices 01.19.2016

What: In this webinar, Ashlyn Dupuis & Katie Broussard Falgout of Right Angle will discuss how and why social media is important to the growth of your business. The Intro to Social Media: Best Practices will teach you successful ways of engaging with your audience, best practices to showcase your product or services in an authentic manner, gain customer feedback, and build a strong brand presence across all digital platforms.


Ashlyn Dupuis, digital media manager and event planner at Right Angle, provides experience in social media, public relations, and event planning. Through strategic planning, she has created digital campaigns that have drawn tens of thousands of followers. She has worked with a diverse client list including, but not limited to, musicians, artists, retail business owners, professional service providers and nonprofit organizations. She specializes in grassroots planning, implementing marketing strategy in unconventional ways, which allows her to provide insight and knowledge from a multitude of angles.

Katie Broussard Falgout, A brand manager for Right Angle, Katie Broussard Falgout also serves as its public relations director. She focuses on the public perception of clients’ to develop annual plans for organic brand development. From her background in varied industries, she is able to put into perspective different viewpoints of each particular client’s industry. Her focus is on strategic solutions — and the practical steps that are needed to develop branding with clarity and consistency. She’s also an experienced website content strategist and trainer, leading people through complex processes with a friendly, efficient and easygoing approach.strategist and trainer, leading people through complex processes with a friendly, efficient and easygoing approach.

When: 1:00 pm EDT, January 19, 2016