Richard S. Vosko

Musings on religion, art and architecture

Speaking Engagements


6/2018 — Major talk on the concept of a cathedral, the experience of a community at the XVIth International Liturgical Conference, at the Monastery de Bose, Italy

2/2017 — Keynote address: “The Role of Sacred Art in Catholic Worship.” The National Centre for Liturgy, St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth, Ireland

9/2016 – Workshops — “The Environment for Worship: New Wine in Old Skins.” The National Meeting of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, Albany, NY

6/2015 – Illustrated presentation “Creating Common Ground.” Muslim Roman Catholic Dialog, Al-Hidaya Center and Mosque, Latham, NY, June 2, 2015.

2/2015 – Paper delivered at the Huntington Ecumenical Symposium, University of Loyola Marymount, Los Angeles, CA “Trends in Church Architecture: The Search for Commonalities Among Christian Churches.”

4/2014 – All day presentations for presidents of Reform Congregations in the United States at the Scheidt Seminar, sponsored by the Union of Reform Judaism, Atlanta, GA

4/2014 – Presentation on art and architecture for Catholic worship to the New York State Region II representatives of the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions. Latham, NY

12/2013 – “Where We Pray Shapes Our Prayer” Keynote address on the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy. Diocese of Albany, Albany, NY

9/2013 – Presentations to the Tisch Fellows, Hebrew Union College, New York, NY

9/13 – “Architecture for Community Worship: The Search for Common Ground in a Post-Vatican Two Era” – Paper presented at The Catholic University of American Symposium “Tradition and Progress: Sacrosanctum Concilium After Fifty Years.

8/2013 – “Architecture for Worship: Portraits of Re-Formation” The closing major address at the 26th Congress of Societas Liturgica, Würzburg, Germany, August 10, 2013.

1/2013 – Two-day conference on church architecture. The Paulist Fathers, Washington, DC

9/2012 – “A Biblical Base for A House of Worship”  Worship Facilities Conference & Exposition. Atlanta, GA, September 20, 2012

4/2012 – “The Cathedral Church: Life In Between No More and Not Yet” A major address at the North American Conference of Deans of Episcopalian Cathedrals, Denver, CO, April 20, 2012

3/2012 – “The Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow” with Fr. Andrew Ciferni, O Praem, St. Norbert College, DePere, WI March 19, 2012

3/2012 – “The Environment for Worship: Symbols of Tradition and Vision” Major talk, Church of St. Charles Borromeo, Kettering, OH, March 15, 2-12.

2/2012 – “Space for Common Prayer” — Keynote and workshops at General Theological Seminary, New York, NY, February 28, 2012

11/2011 – “A Biblical Base for Sacred Space” and “Art, Artistry and Architecture.” Worship Facilities Conference & Exposition. November 9-11, 2011. Dallas, TX. Two papers presented.

10/2011 – “Jacob’s Ladder: The Search for the Numinous in Uncertain Times.” Symposium on Transcending Architecture: Aesthetics & Ethics of the Numinous. Catholic University of America. Washington, DC. A paper presented for publication.

1/2011 – “The Language of Liturgical Architecture: Archetypes and Clichés” A response given upon receiving the 2011 Berakah Award from the North American Academy of Liturgy. Published in the Academy Proceedings, Spring, 2011.

11/2010 – “The Marriage of Tradition and Innovation in Worship & Architecture: A Time of Transition” at the 76th Annual Convention of the AIA Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN

10/2010  – “Just Presence: Theology and the Arts” at Union Theological Seminary, New York, NY

4/2010 – “Pillars of the Church: Architectural and Artistic Metaphors for Wholeness and Holiness” at the Annual Convention of the National Federation of Priests’ Councils, Houston, TX

4/2008 –  “Sacred Architecture: Appreciating the Common Ground” Molloy College Center for Interfaith Dialog, Rockville Centre, NY.

2/2008 – “God’s House Is Our House: Art and Architecture in the Service of Worship. The Braegelman Catholic Studies Lecture Series, College of St. Scholastica, Duluth, MN

10/2007 – Yale University conference on: Sacred Space: Architecture for Worship in the 21st Century, October 25-26, 2007. Topic: “Ecclesiology and Church Design: A Balancing Act in Time of Transition.”

11/2006 – Diocese of Trenton Study Day. Topic: What’s New In Chapters Five and Six in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal?

10/2006 – Archdiocese of Atlanta Study Day. Topic: Steps to Follow in a Building or Renovation Project.

8/2006 – The Form/Reform Conference on Catholic Church Architecture, Kansas City, MO. “God’s House Is Our House”

1/2006 – Cathedral Ministry Conference. Seattle, WA. “How Cathedral Buildings Serve As Models For Other Churches in the Diocese.”

11/2005 – Sacred Space Conference, Indianapolis Center for Congregations, Indianapolis, IN. “A Virtual Tour of the Ideal Synagogue”

10/2005 – Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions National Meeting. Buffalo, NY. Workshop. “What’s New in Chapters Five and Six of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal?”

6/2005 – Christians in the Visual Arts National Conference. Azusa Pacific University, Los Angeles, CA. Main Address: Art As Metaphor: The Artistic Narrative for a New Cathedral.”

6/2005 – Arts in Christianity Enquiry Conference. New York, NY. Major Address: “Art As Narrative in the Environment for Worship.”

2/2005 – Minnesota AIA Design Retreat, Duluth, MN. Address: “The Tale of Two Cathedrals: From Freeways to Seaways.”

11/2004 – St. Meinrad Archabbey and School of Theology Peter and Viola Dolle Endowed lecture, St. Meinrad, IN. Address: “The New Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels – A Model Metaphor.”

5/2004 – The International Conference on Theological Aesthetics, St. Bonaventure University. Lecture: “Rethinking the Creation of Sacred Space in a Global Village: A Question of Myth or Magic?”

4/2004 – The Center for Religion and Civic Culture, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA. Keynote: “The Place of the Cathedral in a Modern Metropolis.”

1/2004 – National Cathedral Conference. Lectures and tours of Our Lady of the Angels, Cathedral, Los Angeles, CA

12/2003 – Award Acceptance Speech, Georgetown Center for Liturgy, Washington, DC “Searching for the Sacred in a Crazy Mixed Up World.”

10/2003 – Kalamazoo Diocese Art & Architecture Conference, Kalamazoo, MI. Keynote address. “The Tradition of Catholic Church Architecture: Before and After Vatican Two.”

9/2003 – Orlando Diocese Liturgy Conference, Orlando, FL. Keynote address. “The Church: A Beacon to the Whole World.”

6/2003 – Northeast Liturgical Conference and Form Reform Basics Conference, Westborough, MA. Major address and Workshops

5/2003 – Episcopalian Liturgy Conference, Philadelphia, PA. Keynote address.

2/2003 – Lutheran Leadership Training Conference, Chicago, IL. Keynote address. “The Ministry of a Worship Environment.”

10/2002 – Fall Colloquium Series, Yale University Institute of Sacred Music, New Haven, CT. Keynote Address: “Architecture for Worship: Rethinking Sacred Spaces in the Contemporary United States.”

6/2002 – Spring Lecture Series, The Skirball Cultural Center, Los Angeles, CA. “Searching for the Sacred Through Art and Architecture.” With Sculptor, Robert Graham.

5/2002 – AIA Professional Practice Conference, Montreal, Canada. Keynote Address: “Rethinking Architecture for Worship: Searching for Common Ground in the Creation of Sacred Spaces.”

10/2001 – Cathedral Conference, University of Notre Dame, IN. “Rethinking Cathedral Churches in a Modern Age.” Major address.

6/2001 – Differing Visions, One Communion. St. John’s Abbey, Collegeville, MN. “Building for the Liturgy.” Major address.

4/2001 – Corpus Christi University Parish Lecture Series, Toledo, OH. “Searching for Sacred Space in the New Millennium.”

7/2000 – Leo Dehon Summer Institute, Hales Corners, WI. Keynote address “Pathways and Portals to the Sacred: Anything is Possible With God.”

5/2000 – Conference on Sacred Space, Synagogue 2000, Denver, CO. Keynote address: “Rethinking Synagogue Design: Linking the Past, Present and Future.”

3/2000 – The Second Annual Mark Searle Lecture, University of Note Dame. Keynote address.

1/2000 – Conference on Cathedrals. San Antonio, TX. “Arranging and Adorning Cathedrals for Worship.”

10/1999 – Archdiocese of Los Angeles, CA. Archdiocesan Liturgy Conference. Keynote address. “A House for the Church: Structures for Public Worship in a New Milennium”

10/1994 – National Conference, Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture, Orlando, FL.