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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.

October 2017 Webinar – “Art for Prayer” by Carol Frenning

Description

The visual arts are connected in so many ways to our prayer life. Statues, windows, ritual objects…How do we make sense of it all?
• The earliest known Christian worship spaces have walls adorned with frescoes.
• The great variety of Marian images throughout the world gives testimony to the devotions and prayers of devout Christians.
• At Christmas children stare wide-eyed at the crèche in their parish church and the rest of the year puzzle at the pictures in the windows.
• Rosaries, vestments, icons and crucifixes are common to our visual memories and most are housed within our church walls.

Preparing spaces for the arts should be done in a thoughtful and considered way when we build or renovate our worship spaces. This webinar presents a framework for understanding the history, use and meaning of art in the life of the church at prayer.

About the presenter:

Carol Frenning is a liturgical design consultant who works with congregations throughout the country as they build or renovate their worship spaces. Trained as an art historian, her academic work is in the area of American religious architecture. She taught Sacred Architecture at the University of Saint Thomas and lectures at the University of Minnesota College of Architecture and Landscape Architecture. A graduate of the first class of the Institute for Liturgical Consultants at the Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Carol serves as a founder and president for the Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space. She served as chair of the national advisory board for IFRAA-AIA and on the board of Faith and Form. She was on the national planning board for the Form/Reform conference. She served as the convener for the Visual Arts and the Liturgy Seminar of the North American Academy of Liturgy and past chair of the Society of Architectural Historians Minnesota and past chair of the Art and Environment Committee for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

This webinar will be held on Tuesday, October 17 at 1:00 PM ET. Please register by clicking here.

April Webinar – Designing Flexible Prayer & Worship Space for Single- & Multi-Faith Users

Please register for “Designing Flexible Prayer & Worship Spaces for Single- and Multi-Faith Users”, on Apr 18, 2017 1:00 PM EDT.

There are many times when a prayer or worship space must be designed to be flexible. It may be to allow for seasonal rearrangements of the space or it could be a multi-purpose space that must be completely reconfigured for a different use. There are also spaces that are used by more than one faith and need to accommodate the various rituals of those faiths in a comfortable environment that supports those rituals.

Interfaith chapel

Come join the members of the ACLS Communications Committee for a presentation of four case studies related to this topic. The case studies will range from spaces designed to predominantly serve Catholic liturgies to those designed to serve a wide variety of faith traditions. The presentations will be followed by a live panel discussion with the presenters and the attendees.

About the presenters:

Marilyn A. Morgan is the chair of the ACLS Communications Committee and has served as President and Vice President of ACLS in the past. A graduate of the Institute for Liturgical Consultants at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, IL, she has been a practicing Liturgical Design Consultant since 1996.

Paul Barribeau is a registered architect with the WI firm of Groth Design Group, Inc. In his work, Paul’s goal is to involve as many parish members as possible according to their individual capacity, while being respectful of parish traditions, the budget, and the identified programmatic needs.

Gilbert Sunghera, S.J. directs the Liturgical Space Consulting Service, a non-profit firm based at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Architecture. He brings a professional background in Architectural Design and Liturgy to assist congregations plan for the future.

James Hundt, RA is the president of Foresight Architects in Schenectady, NY. His firm, which specializes in religious architecture, has worked with almost 100 different congregations of various faiths throughout the eastern United States. Jim is also a Past President of ACLS.

Please register using the link below:
https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/380895398607727874

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