Thursday, July 27, 2006

NEW SHRINE CHURCH

Hat tip to the Curt Jester. His post on this includes this really cool riddle of his own:
Q. Where does Dick Vosko stay while working as a consultant for a church?
A. The "wrecktory"

In progress here is the Shrine Church of Our Lady of Guadalupe in LaCrosse, Wisconsin. Has all the makings to become a minor basilica (just add umbrellina), in my opinion.

More photos here.

This was envisioned by the Most Reverend Raymond L. Burke, then-Bishop of LaCrosse (now Archbishop of St. Louis).




Now obviously, I'm a bit jealous, since the nearest shrine to my home just recently built this roundhouse of a church. To boot, the organ is an old toaster, probably for the sake of promoting the guitar.



On the bright side, this beautiful shrine church of Saint Anne is just minutes from my parish, 45 minutes away from home. Home to a three-manual, 84-rank Casavant Freres organ.

Peace,
BMP

3 comments:

Domini Sumus said...

You are telling me you don't think the chapel at LaSalette is beautiful? @@

I was working there when they were building the chapel and my boss at the time asked me what I thought of the design. I told him I didn't think it was an improvement over the cafeteria chapel they had. He was shocked, but I had to be honest.

Brian Michael Page said...

With the money they spent on building that, I thought they could have done a lot better. I have to be honest myself - I was very disappointed with the design, and even more disappointed to see this old toaster (couldn't tell who built it, but by the one expression pedal and the "screening" around it, I'd say "toaster") for an organ.

I have to say I was not impressed.

How much longer did you work there after your honest opinion with the boss? (don't answer if you don't want) ;)
BMP

Domini Sumus said...

I was actually already planning to leave. Traveling there for Mass and choir rehearsal had become too much considering I was also working at two parishes. I left before the chapel was finished and never played in it.

Btw, even after my comment, Father and I are still friends.