Restoring Beauty To Our Churches


Fr. Dwight Longenecker reports on the growing trend of restoring beauty to churches.

“The most dire consequence of post Vatican II architecture was in the loss of sacramental signification in church design.

The traditional styles, whether Byzantine or Baroque, Romanesque or Renaissance, all conveyed a symbolic language of form and meaning which were expressive of the great Scriptural metaphors of the Church herself. This was a rich and interwoven formal language of the body, the city, the temple which, regardless of epoch or style, allowed us to understand the church as both a sacred place and particularly as an expression of the heavenly realities.” – Steven Schloeder, architect


Pontifex University is an online university offering a Master’s Degree in Sacred Arts. For more information visit the website at

Lawrence Klimecki is a deacon for the diocese of Sacramento as well as a working artist, he writes on art and faith at 

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