The Monks and the Modernist: What the Benedictines Built at Collegeville

Marcel Breuer would have been proud. So would Baldwin Dworschak. And maybe even St. Benedict as well. Breuer, the New York Bauhaus-trained architect, and Dworschak, the far-sighted abbot of a Benedictine monastery in rural Minnesota, were the central figures in a unique collaboration that produced one of the masterpieces of twentieth-century religious architecture, the acclaimed St. John’s Abbey and University Church.

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Letting Us Pray: A Symposium on Language in Liturgy

While I appreciate the irenic demeanor of all participants, this very demeanor may have undermined the possibilities for a more substantive discussion. The next stage of the discussion needs to take seriously the demands of crafting an argument that aims at persuading opponents to one’s own position. This entails a thorough understanding of the values of your opponents as well as your own. – Brendan McInerny

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