“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.
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.