This book by The Diocesan Commission on Church Art and Architecture for the Archdiocese of Chicago is designed to be used with Built of Living Stones, a statement by bishops in the United States about renovating and building Roman Catholic Churches. The authors seek to clarify any confusion by adding pertinent details to some of the information offered in Built of Living Stones. Therefore this book offers further information about icons, places for devotion and prayer, the font, and larger congregational gathering spaces. Furnishing a new facility, the location of a congregation’s music ministry, and managing a construction or renovation project are topics that are also covered. This book’s perspective is Roman Catholic and Catholic readers, priests, architects for Roman Catholic facilities, and building committee members from any diocese will find themselves most at home with the text.
Reviewed by Janet Hoover