Richard S. Vosko

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Currently on sabbatical Richard S. Vosko, Hon. AIA, is a liturgical designer and consultant for Christian and Jewish congregations. He received his undergraduate degree from the St. Bonaventure University (1965), and his graduate degrees from Christ the King Seminary (M.Div., 1975), the University of Notre Dame (M.A., 1975), and Syracuse University (M.F.A., 1981, Ph.D., 1984). In 2017 he was awarded a honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from St. Bonaventure University. He taught courses on worship and sacraments for many years at the St. Bernard’s School of Theology and Ministry in Albany, NY. He was also the sacramental minister at St. Vincent de Paul parish, also in Albany, for many years. His award winning work in religious art and architecture is well known internationally. He has completed 135 churches including 13 cathedrals and 36 Jewish consultations. Vosko frequently writes on topics related to religion, art, and architecture. His work has appeared in publications such as Liturgy, America Magazine, Worship, Faith & Form and others. His recent lectures included a paper on cathedrals in the United States given at the XVI international liturgical conference in Bose, Italy. In the fall of 2018 he will make a presentation at the Institute for Sacred Music, Yale University on the state of church art and architecture in America. In his research, Vosko explores how the built environment affects adult behavior. He applies his studies to the creation of inclusive interior spatial arrangements of houses of worship. His book God’s House is Our House: Reimagining the Environment for Worship” won the 2007 best book award in the field of liturgy. He is currently (Fall 2018) working on an article for Worship magazine featuring the work of the late liturgical artist Robert E. Rambusch. His next book, “Art and Architecture for Congregational Worship: The Search for A Common Ground” will be published by the Liturgical Press. Vosko is an ordained priest of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany since 1969. This popular blog is being reconstructed. For inquiries send an email to rvosko@nycap.rr.com. Peace be with you.

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