‘Fitted for sacred use’ Vatican II and modernism in the physical, social and ritual space of three Australian churches

De Jong, Ursula and Marcello, Flavia 2017, ‘Fitted for sacred use’ Vatican II and modernism in the physical, social and ritual space of three Australian churches, in SAHANZ 2017: Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand, SAHANZ, Canberra, A.C.T..

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Title ‘Fitted for sacred use’ Vatican II and modernism in the physical, social and ritual space of three Australian churches
Author(s) De Jong, UrsulaORCID iD for De Jong, Ursula orcid.org/0000-0002-7686-0619
Marcello, Flavia
Conference name Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand. Annual Conference ( 34th : 2017 : Canberra, A.C.T.)
Conference location Canberra, A.C.T.
Conference dates 2017/07/05 - 2017/07/08
Title of proceedings SAHANZ 2017: Proceedings of the 34th Annual Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand
Editor(s) Hartoonian, Gevork
Ting, John
Publication date 2017
Total pages 12
Publisher SAHANZ
Place of publication Canberra, A.C.T.
Summary The liturgical reforms of Vatican II proclaimed the Mass as ‘source and summit of Christian life’ and encouraged the ‘full, conscious and active participation’ of all in the Eucharistic celebration. It had major implications for liturgical space in existing churches and the design of new ones and impacted the physical, social and ritual spaces in Australian Catholic churches. It also threatened the integrity of the Church’s cultural patrimony – both in its artistic objects and in the gestural practices of the faithful. The call for change occurred in the 1960s and aligned loosely with the continued quotation of Modernist principles that followed the precepts of pure form and structure and/or quoted a more organicist approach. In both cases, it seemed that history was to be discarded and tradition eschewed but at the same time there was an interweaving between evolving interpretations of post war Modernism and liturgical reform. By analysing and decoding Wardell’s St Patrick’s in Melbourne, Giurgola’s St Patrick’s in Parramatta and Taglietti’s St Anthony’s in Marsfield we tease out inherent tensions in how space is designed and built, how it is expected to be used, and how it is actually experienced. Our examples bring sharply into focus the issues arising from the re-shaping and reconfiguring of liturgical space in existing churches, and highlight the freedom given to architects in the design of new spaces, all ‘fitted for sacred use’.
ISBN 9780646981659
Language eng
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
Copyright notice ©2017, Society of Architectural Historians, Australia and New Zealand
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