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Architect to Speak on How Church Buildings Express Sacredness, Foster Encounter With the Divine


Stroik's talk will discuss Franciscan tradition in sacred architecture

Posted:  2013-11-04

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A video presentation of the National Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin, designed by Professor Stroik.

Duncan Stroik

STEUBENVILLE, OH— Duncan G. Stroik, the creator of some of the most beautiful Catholic churches and chapels in the United States, will speak at Franciscan University of Steubenville on the Church’s rich heritage of sacred buildings. His talk, “Francis, Rebuild My Church: The Franciscan Tradition of Sacred Architecture,” will take place in the Tony and Nina Gentile Gallery from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m on Tuesday, November 19.

Stroik is an author, practicing architect, and professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame, whose work combines beauty, durability, function, and a deep knowledge of Catholic liturgy. His built work includes Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel in Santa Paula, California, and the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Stroik is also the author of The Church Building as a Sacred Place: Beauty, Transcendence, and the Eternal, and the founding editor of the Sacred Architecture Journal.

“Sacred art in all its forms engages the senses in order to lead the mind and heart to the contemplation and love of God,” said Dr. Michael Sirilla, associate professor of theology at Franciscan. “Stroik’s talk is very relevant for our campus community as he will explain the distinctive features of the Franciscan tradition in sacred architecture.”

Stroik’s talk is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the Theology Department, the Fine Arts Department, and the Office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs. Copies of Stroik’s book will be available for sale at the event.

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