CREATION WINDOWS – Cathedral Cairns

Embracing local holidays in Queensland recently, I found myself in St Monica’s Cathedral in Cairns for the first time in over twenty-five years.  I was at last able to behold the magnificent creation windows made in the second half of the 1990s by Gerry Cummins and Jill Stehn.  There are twelve windows on each side of the nave, each one measuring 6.5 metres by 1.6 metres.  They are a monumental presentation of the Genesis story of the creation of the world, and include many scientific elements in the design together with frequent visual references to the Cairns topography, flora and fauna.  They create a dynamic context for liturgy which is both cosmic and local.

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Working Together

The Art and Architecture Committee of Sacred Heart Parish, Sandringham.

Sandringham parish is in the Archdiocese of Melbourne.  Rev Dr Frank O’Loughlin was parish priest for over two decades (1996-2020).  During that time the fabric of the 1974 church building has been transformed and the church has been enriched with beautiful new art, while carefully preserving the stained glass heritage from the first church opened in 1906. Continue reading “Working Together”

L. Peter Kollar: Architect and Revered Educator (1926-2000)

As a refugee from political suppression in his native Hungary, in 1949 a young architect escaped by making his way through the snows of the European winter camouflaged in a white sheet. After a long and arduous journey, he eventually arrived in Australia where he was to become one of the most influential identities in Australian architecture. Continue reading “L. Peter Kollar: Architect and Revered Educator (1926-2000)”

BOOK REVIEW: Richard Vosko, Art and Architecture for Congregational Worship: The Search for a Common Ground

(Collegeville, Liturgical Press, 2019) 236 pages.

Richard Vosko was in Australia in February 2019 as keynote speaker at the National Liturgical Architecture and Art Council’s symposium Where Your Treasure Is, There Will Your Heart Be Also: Catholic Liturgical Heritage.  Those who met him there will be keen to read this development of his input.  Those who did not meet him have the opportunity to make his acquaintance through this book. Continue reading “BOOK REVIEW: Richard Vosko, Art and Architecture for Congregational Worship: The Search for a Common Ground”

RESTORATION OF STS PETER AND PAUL, BULIMBA

In 1926 when the church was built, the question Who celebrates the liturgy? might have elicited the response Christ celebrates the liturgy, that is, the priest acting ‘in persona Christi’.  Today, our response would be significantly different.  We would respond Christ celebrates the liturgy, that is, the whole Body of Christ consisting of all the baptised.  The full, conscious and active participation of all the faithful in the liturgical celebration is their right and duty by reason of their baptism (SC 14).

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