Liturgical Consultation Projects
2005 - St. Gabriel Catholic Church
The building of St. Gabriel Catholic Church presented unique challenges - the parish had just been formed from three small parishes. Ronald Zawilla, our liturgical consultant, guided the peope through a visioning process that allowed them to grieve the loss of their beloved old churches even as they engaged in the design of a new parish home. By the end of the process, not only had a new church been built, but also a new community.
2003 - St. Mary Catholic Church
St. Mary parish had outgrown their existing church, built in the 1950s, but everyone feared the loss of intimacy they assumed would be the result of doubling the size of the church. Ronald and the architects from Plunkett-Raysich worked with the arrangement of the space and created a space in which no seat in the church is farther from the altar than in the old church.
The soaring space, with two sets of clerestory windows that intersect over the altar, forming a cross of light, does not feel overwhelming. On the contrary, it embraces the community with a warm, inviting atmosphere. In the words of the pastor, Rev. Art Heinze, it is a space that "prays well."
Like St. Bruno Church, completed two years later, St. Mary Catholic Church has been honored with numerous awards, including a Merit Award from the Association of Licensed Architects in 2004.
2001 - Resurrection Catholic Church
Located in Destin, Florida, near the beaches, Resurrection serves a small resident community, many "snow birds," who pass the winter there, along with young families who visit during the summer. By designing a space in the round, we were able to replicate the intimacy of the old church that seated 200. The most striking feature of the church is undoubltedly the 7-foot cross of translucent glass that casts its relfection in the pool of the baptistry.
Basilica of St. Paul
Our first project was the renovation of the this magnificent space built in the late 1920s in Daytona Beach, Florida. When we first saw it, however, it was anything but magnificent. For starters, the Great Depression had stopped work before the plans for the interior were realized and years of neglect had left the interior dark and dingy.
We recreated the original color scheme, using warm ochres in the nave and sanctuary with slate grays in the aside aisles to set off the wonderful stained glass windows.
Then, we moved the altar forward and used the original design for a baldacchino over the altar to create a Eucharistic Tower to house the restored tabernacle from the original church, which we found in the basement.
We used the marble from the 1950s altar to fashion a new baptismal font.