Category Archives: Webinar Events

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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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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