Saint John’s Abbey Church: Breuer, the Benedictines and Minnesota's Religious Architecture

Lecture given by Dr. Victoria Young

Date & Time:

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM


John Roach Center 126

Please join us as Dr. Victoria Young speaks to the importance of architecture in sacred spaces in a lecture entitled "Saint John’s Abbey Church: Breuer, the Benedictines and Minnesota's Religious Architecture."

In the 1950s the brethren at the Benedictine Abbey of Saint John the Baptist in Collegeville, Minnesota decided to expand their campus, including building a new church. This talk highlights the selection of Breuer and the dialogue of the design process, as Breuer instructed the monks about architecture and they in turn guided him and his associates in the construction of a modern sacred space in the crucial years of liturgical reform. Dr. Young will also place this work within the context of Minnesota’s religious architecture, including the various chapels on the St. Thomas campuses, to showcase the multiple viewpoints one can take in their design.

A reception in Sitzmann Hall will be held immediately following the lecture. This event has been organized by the Department of Catholic Studies and is co-sponsored by the CSMA program, the Habinger Institute for Catholic Leadership, and the Theology Department. For more information contact: Laura Stierman or 651-962-5864.


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