Church architecture and art symposium

Published: Monday 19th January 2015

The National Liturgical Architecture and Art Board and Australian Catholic University will be hosting the symposium God is in the detail making architecture and art for Catholic Worship which will be held in the Daniel Mannix Building on ACU’s Melbourne Campus from  the 11 – 13 February 2015.

The symposium is intended for all who may be involved in designing a new church/chapel or renovating an existing church/chapel, and for anyone interested in architecture and art for Catholic worship: clergy, parishioners, architects, artists, teachers, liturgists, designers, students of theology or architecture, academics and anyone interested in Catholic places of worship.

Symposium topics include: the development of church architecture in Australia since Vatican II; the relationship between liturgy and architecture in designing places of worship; the role of light, geometry and materials in church architecture; the place of the pipe organ; the ordering of the church for the liturgy; and sacred art. There will be presentations on current and recent church projects, including new churches and chapels, and heritage projects.

The new Australian document on liturgical art and architecture, ’And When Churches are to be built: Preparation, Planning and Construction of Places of Worship', recently approved by the Bishops Conference, will be launched at the symposium and a copy provided to each participant.

The keynote speakers at the symposium will be the principal architect and liturgist for the Cathedral of Christ the Light at Oakland in California, Mr Craig Hartman of Skidmore, Owings and Merrill, and Rev Dr Paul Minnihan of the Diocese of Oakland.

The symposium is a unique and timely event for the Catholic Church in Australia, and is ideally suited for people living in or not to far from Melbourne. More information and registration are available online at, or contact Dr Paul Taylor on ph. (03) 9926 5753 or Fr Stephen Hackett MSC on ph. (03) 6272 1442.