. . . A DIY instruction manual that covers the nuts and bolts of needs assessment, committee structure, fundraising, design, and construction of Catholic churches. . . . This handbook could also enlighten architects and artists with some insight into their clients’ needs and expectations, and help all who collaborate on building a new church to share the same vision.
Faith & Form
Good liturgy relies on a good building. Good buildings rely on good advice. If you are renovating an old church or erecting a new one, here is the advice you need. James Healy shares what he learned as a pastor facing the same situation. When your project seems vague, here you will find clarity. When it seems overwhelming, here you will find encouragement. Think you can’t do a good job? You can. Here's how.
Reverend Paul Turner, Pastor, St. Munchin Church, Cameron, Missouri
James Healy shepherded a remarkable building process which resulted in a 1,000 seat new church of which the congregation overwhelmingly approves and calls its own. In this manual Healy shares what we learned. You’ll find everything from how to interview and select an architect to planning the dedication ceremony, receive advice on fundraising, be shown the importance of involving the laity at all stages of the project, reminded of how church design affects liturgy and worship, and much more. This is a thorough, practical guide that will benefit the pastor and layperson alike.
Larry N. Blick, Retired City Manager; Steering Committee Member, St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, Independence, Missouri
Father James Healy has created an endearing reference that encompasses broad directions [and] specific details. . . . [T]his is a treasure of information that will definitely give you a leaping head start in knowing what is involved in balancing the entire process. . . . [W]hat a memorable and overwhelming spiritual experience.
Patti Bilyk, Architect, Overland Park, Kansas