The Founding Vision
What is a Liturgical Consultant?
A liturgical consultant is one who serves in the capacity of:
(This does not include the Design Consulting aspect offered by James Brodi)
who, possessing a clear vision of church and an intimate knowledge of liturgical celebration and liturgical art, gives expert professional advice to the pastor, community, and architect on liturgy and liturgical art and on the interrelation between art, liturgy, and architecture, and who in that light calls forth good critique of a building design as it progresses;
who, aware of the architectural renewal invites the community and goes hand in hand with them into a deeper spiritual renewal, helps them image church in a new way, calls them into that process of change and renewal, and accompanies them through the process;
who, as an inspired transformer, designs and teaches an educational program about the liturgy, architectural and church history and the building project, and who thus empowers the community to make good judgements about their liturgical life and its architectural setting;
for the diocese and local community, representing their needs and safeguarding their best liturgical, artistic, and financial interests;
for the pastor, diplomatically enlisting the support and good will of the parish;
for the architect, professionally relating the concerns of the liturgy and liturgical art to those of the architectural profession.
who evokes the collaboration of the parish, architect, and craftspeople in providing a “house for the church” and a place for their prayer.
The Founding Vision was shaped by a think-tank of practicing liturgical consultants who met with the Office of Divine Worship and the Catholic Theological Union design staff on January 25, 1986.