Tuesday, March 10
A Shrine Exclusive - Photos from the Dedication of Thomas Aquinas College's New Chapel
As you know, we've been updating you on the progress of Duncan Stroik's designs for Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity on Thomas Aquinas College's campus for some time now. But the big day has come, and liturgically and aesthetically, it looks to have been quite the blowout from the photos we have received. The new chapel is a work of noble beauty, elegantly decorated with marbles, paintings and an elaborate baldachin inspired by Bernini's masterpiece at St. Peter's. This is a major event.
Congratulations to Mr. Stroik on the completion of his magnum opus and Thomas Aquinas College their far-sighted patronage of their beautiful new chapel. Remember, this all started long before Pope Benedict and the hermeneutic of continuity, yet it is certainly the true embodiment of the concept. It can be done. Who knows, perhaps the dedicating celebrant, local L.A. archbishop Cardinal Mahony, picked up some decorating tips for his cathedral from the experience. Hope is, after all, a theological virtue.
Also, three-and-a-half years ago, the summer I worked for Duncan Stroik, I helped pick out the lamp that now hangs in the open-air narthex of the church. So there's a tiny, tiny bit of me in the finished product, too.