Richard S. Vosko

Musings on religion, art and architecture


Upcoming Lectures and Publications


Bose, Italy. I have been invited to speak at the 16th Annual Liturgical Conference in Bose, Italy, May 31-June 2, 2018. The theme of the meeting is “Architecture of Proximity: Concepts of Cathedrals, Experiences of Communities.”

The Conference will look at the theme of “proximity” of liturgical architecture in different scales, from the apex constituted by cathedrals to peripherical and even frontier movements. In the heart of the city, in fact, the cathedral is the most eloquent metaphor of the Church’s nearness to the human community. A renewed vision of the experience of the community that the Church gives life must correspond to today’s phenomenon of liturgical adjustments of cathedrals.

As the only speaker from the United States I have been asked to review the state of cathedral buildings in this country. Other speakers include bishops, liturgists and architects — Mario Botta, Mario Abis, Goffredo Boselli, Erio Castellucci, Sible De Blaauw, Patrizia Di Monte, Joris Geldhof, Albert Gerhards, Anna Minta.

Yale University Institute of Sacred Music. I have been invited back to Yale to participate in a monthly lecture series. My topic will be focussing on trends in church art and architecture in the United States. No date has been finalized.


I continue to work on my latest book, Architecture and Art for Congregational Worship: The Search for Common Ground.

Other writing projects include book reviews for the journal Worship. I just finished reviewing Come Into The Light: Church Interiors for the Celebration of Liturgy by Daniel McCarthy, OSB and James Leachman, OSB.

I will be reviewing the new book by Catherine R. Osborne called American Catholics and the Church of Tomorrow: Building Churches for the Future, 1925-1975.