Church of the Holy Spirit

Cortland Manor, NY

Completed: 2011


The people of the Church of the Holy Spirit felt that their current worship environment did nothing to enhance their worship experience, nor did it do anything to pass on the rich tradition of Catholic art and architecture to their children. The parishioners of the Church of the Holy Spirit were ready for a worship space that, in the words of Built of Living Stones (§ 44) is “expressive of the dignified beauty of God’s holy people who gather there and the sacred rites they celebrate.”

We accomplished this goal through a combination of expansion and renovation. By reorienting the worship space, we were able to reduce the distance between the celebrant and the last row from approximately seventy feet to fifty feet while increasing the seating capacity from 310 to 400. More importantly, though, the new configuration allows worshipers to be within the peripheral vision of each other, thereby reinforcing the feeling of community that already exists.

The addition to the existing church was placed in front of the existing church thereby creating a completely new look for the church. The renovation of the existing worship space completely transformed the space from its previous cold, dark character to one that is warm, inviting and of the highest quality. New lighting highlights the existing wood ceiling but all other interior finishes were replaced with new, quality finishes. New lighting, sound, heating and cooling systems help make the space more beautiful, more comfortable and easier to use.

Project Team:

Foresight Architects
Artsphere Consulting, LLC (Stations of the Cross & St. Zeno statue)
Renovata (liturgical furnishings)
Rohlf's Stained & Leaded Glass Studio, Inc.