JGA Chicago Office*

posted by Michael Raia

By Bert Kaufmann from Roermond, Netherlands (Chicago cityscape  Uploaded by russavia) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

By Bert Kaufmann from Roermond, Netherlands (Chicago cityscape  Uploaded by russavia) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

*Well, sort of. Last month I began the first 6-week summer session of a 5-year graduate studies program in Liturgy. For those unfamiliar with the term, a simple definition of liturgy would be public worship. For Catholics and many Protestants, liturgy is an essential part of who we are as Christians, because the external actions of the Body of Christ reflect the internal reality that we are one in Christ, particularly when we unite in communal prayer. How is this relevant to architecture? Churches have a theology. From the earliest roots of Christianity, churches were full of signs and symbols of the sacred – an external reflection of the divine realities, just like the liturgy which the building houses. Therefore, to truly design a building with this purpose in mind, a solid understanding of the liturgy is paramount.

I have begun my journey with the Liturgical Institute of The University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL, a northern suburb of Chicago. In addition to being a graduate school of theology, St. Mary of the Lake, also known as Mundelein Seminary, is the seminary for the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago. St. Mary was the first university in the state of Illinois, and is one of only eight pontifical universities in the United States. A conference center attached to the school is constantly hosting events, so there is always plenty going on. The school's large lakefront campus is gorgeous, to say the least, and offers plenty of inspiration and activities. 

The Liturgical Institute has gained much acclaim in its 14 years for a balanced, orthodox approach, training some of the best and brightest in understanding the foundations of sacramental theology. The school's mission is "to restoring all things in Christ," and describes itself as a place "where prayer and study meet in joy and fidelity." I couldn't think of a better way to sum up what happens here than with those two statements.

The application of these studies of liturgy ranges from diocesan worship offices, parish liturgy coordinators, parish religious education directors and catechists, youth and young adult ministers, music directors and composers, and architectural professionals. I am honored to be among many wonderful people, learning from them and growing together in our knowledge and love for the Church through a deeper knowledge and love of Christ. Half of the summer program student body are priests priests, some newly ordained, and some celebrating anniversaries after a decade or two of faithful service. Students come from all over the US and beyond – New Zealand, Bermuda, and Canada – all together, about 30 students in the summer program, some of us in our first year, and some in their last. 

While I have much to still learn and accomplish over the next few weeks before I return to Austin, I already have so many things I can't wait to bring back to Texas and to JGA. I look forward to writing again when I have my first summer behind me. Finally, thank you to two wonderfully supportive bosses, Bob Galloway and John Jackson, for fully supporting this endeavor!

 

Easter / Pascha 2014

This year Christians all over the world – Roman & Protestant West as well as Orthodox East – celebrated yesterday the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. To all of you celebrating this great feast we wish you every blessing and joy.

Apse fresco from the funerary chapel of the Chora Monastery (now museum) in Istanbul, 14th century. This scene in church art is referred to as the  Descent into Hades , or simply  Resurrection  (as inscribed above in Greek:  Anastasis ). You can read more about this mural on the Turkish government’s museum  website .  “‘When He ascended on high, He led captivity captive, And gave gifts to men.’  “(Now this, ‘He ascended’ – what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)”   — Ephesians 4:8–10

Apse fresco from the funerary chapel of the Chora Monastery (now museum) in Istanbul, 14th century. This scene in church art is referred to as the Descent into Hades, or simply Resurrection (as inscribed above in Greek: Anastasis). You can read more about this mural on the Turkish government’s museum website.

“‘When He ascended on high,
He led captivity captive,
And gave gifts to men.’

“(Now this, ‘He ascended’ – what does it mean but that He also first descended into the lower parts of the earth? He who descended is also the One who ascended far above all the heavens, that He might fill all things.)”

— Ephesians 4:8–10

Holy Week 2014

We wish all of you who are celebrating Holy Week every blessing this week, full of peace, light and spiritual nourishment. 

Romanesque period Rood Cross of San Damiano, notably associated with St. Francis of Assisi. 

Romanesque period Rood Cross of San Damiano, notably associated with St. Francis of Assisi. 

Season’s Greetings from Jackson Galloway Associates

Best Wishes to you in 2014. Here are a few updates from us:

2013 Has been a great year for us. We’re thrilled and grateful to be working on a number of exciting projects for some fabulous clients new and old. We’ll be adding a couple new permanent staff members within the next month to to help address our growing workload. And, after several (somewhat embarrassing) years of iPhone & iPad blackout, we're happy to announce …

JGA Launches New Mobile-Responsive Website

jacksongalloway.com Is just re-launched with mobile-responsive capabilities for your smart phones and tablets. If you see any glitches or typos let us know. Cheers. We plan to launch a Blog on the site this Spring 2014 that will help us stay in touch more often and share ideas about ways in which your and our interests and the practice of architecture commingle. 

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Thank You

As we celebrate with friends and family these holidays, we want to stop and say “Thank You” for everything you do to make the world a more beautiful place. 

with love,
the Jackson Galloway team