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'God is in the Detail: Making Architecture and Art for Catholic Worship' - a Symposium

The National Liturgical Architecture and Art Board and Australian Catholic University are pleased to announce a symposium on the process of church design. The symposium is intended for architects, artists, liturgists, clergy, church design consultants, theologians, academics, researchers, diocesan property officers, architecture and theology students, and all who are interested in church design today.

Inspired by the injunction of Vatican Council II that, "... when churches are to be built, let great care be taken that they be suitable for the celebration of liturgical services and for the active participation of the faithful", the symposium aims to facilitate conversation about the essential relationship between liturgy and architecture in designing new churches and redesigning existing churches.

The symposium welcomes as keynote speakers the architect and liturgist who were instrumental in the design and inauguration of the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California: Mr Craig Hartman of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP in San Francisco and Rev Dr Paul Minnihan of the Diocese of Oakland. The Cathedral of Christ the Light is one of the great contemporary works of sacred architecture, bringing together tradition and innovation. Designed for the liturgy, the Cathedral of Christ the Light will be a key focus and point of reference during the symposium.

Melbourne Campus Wednesday 11 February - Friday 13 February 2015.



Keynote speakers

Craig Hartman

Craig W. Hartman, FAIA

Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Craig Hartman is a Partner in Charge of Design for SOM, based in San Francisco. His international work ranges from entire urban districts to singular works of landmark architecture. His design ethos is focused on the relationship between material, structure and architectural form and the enriching qualities of natural light and art. These qualities are powerfully represented in his Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, California for which he received the Vatican's Knighthood for Service to Society.

He has received over 200 awards for his work and is the youngest recipient of the Maybeck Award, an award presented periodically by the California Chapter of the American Institute of Architects to an individual in recognition of "lifetime achievement in architectural design".

We are delighted to welcome Mr Craig Hartman to Melbourne for the symposium, where he will speak on the architectural response to the liturgical brief in the design of Oakland Cathedral. 


Rev. Paul D. Minnihan

Rev. Paul D. Minnihan

Fr Paul Minnihan is a priest of the Diocese of Oakland, California. Ordained in 1993, he has served in parish ministry, as Director of Worship for the Diocese, and asa member of the United States Bishop's Commission on Evangelization. His academic qualifications include a Bachelor's degree in Philosophy, a Master's degree in Theology, and Doctorates in Sacred Theology and Philosophy from the Catholic University in Louvain, Belgium.

In 2006 he was appointed the first Provost for the yet-to-be-built Cathedral of Christ the Light at Oakland. In this capacity he was invited to sit on the diocesan cathedral design team and given charge of certain aspects of liturgical art and environment. He had oversight of the month long dedication events for the Cathedral, both ecclesial and civic gatherings. He was chief spokesperson about the Cathedral for the Bishop of Oakland, highlighting the interaction of architecture, art and theology. As the Cathedral opened in 2008, Fr Minnihan was charged with shaping diocesan ministries through the complimentary lenses of sacred worship, evangelization and formation as well as solidarity and justice.

We are delighted to welcome Fr Paul Minnihan to Melbourne for the symposium, where he will speak on the place of the liturgy in the design of Oakland Cathedral.

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