Church Art

Now that I have my cell phone camera-to-internet-to-computer connection reestablished, let me give you a peek at my new parish. When the church was expanded and renovated about a decade ago, an icon was put into the niche under the south loft:


We finally filled the opposite niche with a sculpture of our patron by the Chicago artist Jerzy Kenar:


The niche has been papered with a background suggestive of medieval architecture. The angelic doctor also has a bookshelf with him. Here are our two niches from the side aisle a few pews toward the altar:


This is what you would see leaving our church and walking toward the garden exit.

I think there’s a wisdom in waiting to fill devotional niches like this. Parishes should feel the freedom to discern what art should be commissioned and where it needs to be placed.

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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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1 Response to Church Art

  1. Jimmy Mac says:

    Did you mean your “patron saint” rather than “patron?”

    Otherwise, this patron must have been in existence long before your parish was established.

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