Richard S. Vosko

Musings on religion, art and architecture

Fr. Vosko April 2018 update


As many of you know I have been on a sabbatical away from my ministry at St. Vincent de Paul Parish (Albany, NY) to work on different writing projects. I am grateful for the many notes of encouragement during that time.

Now, it has become clear that there is more work for me to do in the field of religious art and architecture. In order to give full attention to various undertakings I will not be returning to St. Vincent’s as one of the sacramental ministers who presides at weekend liturgies.

Over the years I have been blessed by all of the parishioners at St. Vincent’s especially the teenagers and young children. For that enormous gift I will always be thankful. I am also appreciative of you who do not attend St. Vincent’s parish but have read this blog. Thank you all.

Please know that I plan to remain active in church related work in some way in the future.

Peace be with you.

Rev. Richard Vosko


Author: Richard S. Vosko

Richard S. Vosko, Ph.D., Hon. AIA, is an internationally known sacred space planner. He is a presbyter in the Diocese of Albany who enjoys the classroom as much as the pulpit. On Sundays he presides at worship at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, Albany, NY. For more information on Vosko’s background, his projects, publications and speaking engagements please go to his website. For his homilies and occasional musings about religion, art and architecture go to his blog. Comments, questions and suggestions are always welcomed there.

8 thoughts on “Fr. Vosko April 2018 update

  1. There is so much work to do, you’re right. I look forward to seeing/reading/learning about your future projects.

    Will you continue this blog with insights about liturgical art and architecture?

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  2. Susan. Thanks for your note. Yes. I am planning to develop the blog in the coming months. Stay tuned. All good wishes to you. Richard

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  3. I am of such a mixed mind about this – knowing that all things must end in order for new things to begin, knowing that you are doing amazing work, but also sad for that community and all the life that you brought to it. How I wish you well in this new chapter. How grateful I am to know you. As we would say on Camino Santiago – ultreia! Onward!


  4. Father Vosko, I know how you must feel about saying a final “Goodbye” to the wonderful parishioners at Saint Vincent de Paul Parish. My wife Jo & I were blessed with the opportunity to participate in the celebration of Mass there once, with our dear friends Julia & Bill Kneissl, and I spoke with you on the way out. May God be with you as you embark on the new work that stretches in front of you. Please keep us in your prayers. Paul Skizinski, Englewood, Colorado.


  5. Father Vosko (Dick),

    I was sadden to hear of your decision to concentrate fully on you writing and other projects. Your presence at St. Vincent’s for many years have most certainly been inspirational to the congregation as a whole; Mary Ann and I are one of them.

    Thank you so much for you were written homilies. I’ve enjoyed many of them, reading them many times in your blog. You speaking style makes the homilies easy to follow. I’m glad Fr. Farano has the same speaking style which should I pray maintain parish community together.

    Again, thank you for your loving years of service to God and our parish, your friendship, your work toward the new enhancement here at St. Vincent’s, and for if I dare say your kindness and devotion. You have earned my admiration.

    May God be with you always. Don’t be a stranger. Please drop by the church once in awhile.


  6. Hello Fr.Vosko, so happy for you and your return to the work you enjoy. We will always be thankful for your thoughts and prayers to be mindful of our place in life and how we can be liveling examble of Jesus love. Thank you and. Best of luck. Please feel free to reach out and if you ever travel a broad(Europe) or find yourself in Carolina. Our home is yours. Love Mike and Cindy Rogan


  7. Dick – good to hear of your current status and not surprised! It comes on the heels of a book I just read, “My Father’s Wake, How the Irish teach us to live, love, and die.” !!!

    I’ve been around all winter and thought different times of trying to get a few together for some discussion re the Church, diocese, your work, etc. The diocese seems to be somewhat of a desert, to say the least.

    I’d be glad to host; any thoughts, folks, suggestions, dates, times, etc., which work better for you?

    Look forward to hearing from you,


    Sent from my iPhone



  8. Dick, I support you in your decision, but I do miss you. Thanks for all you’ve given us. See you in prison. Barbara



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