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January Webinar–January 28th by Deborah Luke: “Do Something Beautiful for God; Reconciling the Artist’s Intuition with the Needs of Liturgical Communities”

ACLS Colleagues:

Our usual schedule of providing webinars on the third Tuesday of the month is disrupted this month by the ACLS and LTP Virtual Workshop. Our January Webinar will be held January 28th at 1 p.m. ET/12 p.m. CT and 10 a.m. PT.

We are pleased to have as our presenter our fellow ACLS member artist Deborah Luke. The title of Deborah’s presentation is:
 “Do Something Beautiful for God, Reconciling the Artist’s Intuition with the needs of Liturgical Communities.”

Deborah, a sculptor, will share insights on providing her art to liturgical communities. The presentation will focus on the challenges of previous commissions, how these were navigated, and the lessons learned along the way. The webinar will use as a test case a particularly challenging project undertaken in 2011. Other more recent works since 2014 will also be shared.

Deborah Luke is a liturgical sculptor from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She studied sculpture at Dominican College in New Orleans with Angela Gregory in the early seventies. After many years doing portrait sculpture, she began sculpting images of Jesus and Mary, which led to a first church commission in 2000, providing stations of the cross. Deborah works in clay and casts her final work primarily in hydrostone and bronze.


To register for the webinar on January 28th, please use this link:

ACLS and Liturgical Training Publications Virtual Webinar

Liturgy Training Publications, in partnership with the Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space, invite you to join us for a Virtual Workshop series exploring Built of Living Stones: Art, Architecture, and Worship

The Workshop dates are January 21, February 4, and February 18, 2020 at 1:00-2:30pm ET (10:00-11:30am PT)

Through the ages, Roman Catholic church buildings have taken on different layouts and adopted styles of the times in which they were constructed.  Documents have been generated by the Church over time to assist architects, builders and artisans in the creation of these transcendent structures.  This series will look at Built of Living Stones, the current guidelines of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, which guides the process for church building and renovating.  Session one will look at key foundational concepts found in Chapter One.  Session two will be focusing on architectural implications, and Session three will look at the role of art in worship spaces.

The presenters representing The Association of Consultants for Liturgical space are Gilbert Sunghera, SJ, Marilyn Morgan, RSM and Carol Frenning.

Presented by Gilbert Sunghera, SJ

Tuesday, January 21, 2020, 1:00-2:30pm ET (10:00-11:30am PT)
LTP Order Code: VWBLS1

Built of Living Stones is the primary document used in the United States to assist Parish Building Committees and their Design Teams create and remodel worship spaces.  Session one will look at key foundational concepts that underpin this document issued by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Presented by Marilyn Morgan, RSM

Tuesday, February 4, 2020. 1:00-2:30pm ET (10:00-11:30am PT)
LTP Order Code: VWBLS2

This session will break open the second chapter of Built of Living Stones focusing on the interior of the church building, the art and architecture and what is needed to celebrate the liturgy and the sacraments.  If you are thinking of building or renovating your worship space, this session will help you in your deliberations.  Even if you are not renovating or building at this time, this session will be helpful in looking at your space and how you use it for worship.

Presented by Carol Frenning

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 1:00-2:30pm ET (10:00-11:30am PT)
LTP Order Code: VWBLS3

Windows and statues may be the most obvious visual arts in your worship space. Do you know why they are there?  How do you select art for a new worship space or add pieces in an existing space? This workshop addresses the role of the visual arts in support of the prayer life of the church. We will look at how art – both permanent and seasonal art – functions in the worship space. We will explore practical aspects of commissioning a work of art, working with artists, and placing and using art in the worship space.

To register for the entire series (and get a reduced rate for purchasing all three together), please follow this link:

Webinar November 19th: Robert Kropac — Places for celebrating the Sacrament of Penance ( or Reconciliation or Confession or whatever!)

Join us for the November Webinar on November 19th:

Places for celebrating the Sacrament of Penance
( or Reconciliation or Confession or whatever!)

The Webinar starts at 1 p.m. ET / 12 p.m. CT / 10a.m. PT

Follow this link to register:

Our Webinar Topic:
Most people will be familiar with the space called a “confessional,” but I would like to explore the richness of the Rite (Order) of Penance, with a bit of history and theology, to imagine how we might best celebrate the meaning of this beautiful encounter of a Christian with saving grace in time, space and community.

Our Presenter is Robert Kropac, a fellow member of ACLS:
Bob Kropac is a Northeast Ohio native, and current resident of Cleveland Ohio. He currently serves as pastor of St. Wendelin Catholic Church, and until October was also pastor of St. Peter Parish in downtown Cleveland. He has been a priest of the Diocese of Cleveland for almost 38 years, serving in several parishes both urban and suburban, and as a Director of the Diocesan Worship Office for 5 years. He participated in the Institute for Liturgical Consultants in the mid 90’s, and has worked on a few local projects as Liturgical Consultant.

Robert’s interests include, travel, food, music (singing), reading and more.


October 15th Webinar – Juanita Yoder: Kinetic Paintings on Silk

Join us on October 15th as we welcome ACLS member Juanita Yoder as presenter.
The Webinars begin at 1 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. CT and 10a.m. PT.
You can use this link to register:
We hope you can make the webinar!

Kinetic Paintings on Silk – From Client Meetings to Design, Materials and Techniques, and Final Installation


Painting on silk offers dynamic flowing color for devotional, liturgical, and commemorative applications. Imagine art that moves with the music and softens the space. Attendees will learn the process of commissioning a project and the creative and technical steps involved in creating the paintings from start to finish. Examples of installation techniques, and various formats for presenting the work will be discussed. See the stories behind the scenes.

Our Presenter:
For 30 years, artist Juanita Yoder has painted large-scale installations on silk for spiritual, corporate, academic, healthcare, hospitality and residential settings. She works closely with clients to envision site-specific artwork. Her commissions include such notable institutions as Princeton University Chapel, Saint Mary’s College Notre Dame, as well as Central Park Hotel in Sighisoara, Romania. She was awarded a BENE Award for Devotional Art for her commission of the fifteen stations of the cross for St. Thomas Moore Catholic Church in Glendale, Arizona. Her designs are also available in architectural glass, oil on linen, acrylic on canvas and kinetic processional pieces. Yoder is formally trained as a painter with a B.A. in art from Goshen College, Indiana, and an M.A. From Eastern Illinois University where she was awarded a full scholarship and teaching assistantship. She is a former board member of the Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space.


May 21st Webinar – John Thomas West on “Sacred Space, Body, Movement and Worship”

Join us for the May Webinar on the 21st of the month at 1 p.m. ET, 12 p.m. CT and 10 a.m. PT

Webinar Description:
Sacred Space, Body, Movement and Worship

What does it take in worship environments to support embodied prayer through ritual liturgical movement, sacred dance, or theater? John Thomas West, Artistic Director of the Valyermo Dancers, shares insights into the historic foundations of movement and theatre in Christian churches and discusses ideal conditions needed for professional dance, theatre troupes, and diverse congregations to pray and praise with movement. Topics will range from congregational processionals, preludes, rites of incensation and sprinkling, and dressing of the altar to more dramatic proclamations of the Word through dance and/or spoken word.

John Thomas West, Obl.OSB, B.A., M.Ed., M.A.John West is the founder, artistic director and primary choreographer of the Valyermo Dancers, a dance-theatre company whose mission is the preservation and translation of biblical narrative and poetic traditions into contemporary dance. Writer, lecturer and educator at the international and national collegiate and university levels, he facilitates and designs thematic sacred dance workshops throughout the year. John serves on the Sacred Dance Guild Board of Directors, on the L.A. Religious Education Congress Liturgy Committee, and as a member of the North American Academy of Liturgy.

Visit John and the Valyermo Dancers at www.


You can register for the webinar at this link: