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New Photos from Thomas Aquinas College

Architect Duncan Stroik sent some new photos from the new Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity Chapel project at Thomas Aquinas College in California. It's a great thing to see the dreamy, optimistic watercolor renderings actually turn into the real building (click each thumbnail for larger images) . I had the good fortune to meet the college president some 10 years ago in Rome when he was taking a tour of Italian churches to get ideas and see what he wanted for TAC, and the results have really paid off. The glorious baldachino is still being worked on, so it isn't visible in these photos . This church, along with the soon-to-be-opened Shrine of Our lady of Guadalupe in LaCrosse, Wisconsin (also by Stroik), are proof that a church architecture that connects with regional traditions and the longer traditions of the Church can be done today. There are nay-sayers who claim this isn't "of our time" because "our time" is supposedly defined by glass, steel, industry and technology. Well guess what: here it is, in our time. God still lives. We still worship with the angels and the saints and the souls in purgatory. We still read St. Thomas Aquinas' writings. This architecture still means something. And in the Church's time, we see the past as eternally present and the future anticipated in what we do now. I guess Duncan just redefined the Zeitgeist.*

*Zeitgeist--German, "spirit of the Age," derived from the philosopher Hegel, used as the justification by Modernist architects to deny the past and claim a self-defined "spirit" according to whatever ideas they thought best. Usually the most cogent argument for relativist totalitarianism.

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4 comments:

mfranks said...

When I retire, I would like to attend this wonderful, truly Catholic college.

I went to public schools as a child and a secular college (biology major) 27 years ago.

Going back to school for a classical education at a Catholic institution would be a bit of proto-heaven for me. :-)

Deo volente.

Rita S. said...

It's beautiful. It really inspires me to know that something like this is being built today.
With so much going wrong, it's nice to see something right.

Mary Liz said...

mfranks - let's not forget that Stroik is also a professor himself - at the University of Notre Dame.
Talk about an education
:-)

Ken said...

I would hope the so-called sanctuary would be redesigned to allow for the traditional Latin Mass to be said. As it stands, it is almost impossible to have a traditional Solemn High Mass.

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