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February 3, 2009 - GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN (February 3, 2009) - Aquinas College is launching a
a new lecture series titled, Catholic Studies in conjunction with the Catholic Studies program offered at Aquinas. The first speaker of the series is internationally known architect, Professor Duncan Stroik, professor of architecture at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana. The title of Stroik's lecture is The Meaning of Sacred Architecture and will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3 in the Aquinas College Performing Arts Center, 1703 Robinson Road SE. There will be a dessert reception immediately to follow. The talk is free and the public is welcome.

Professor Stroik's teaching, research, and practice grow out of a commitment to the principles of classical architecture and urbanism. He received his bachelor of science in architecture at the University of Virginia and his master of architecture at Yale University. From 1987 to 1990 he served as a designer for the architect Allan Greenberg. In 1990 he was invited to help form and implement a new curriculum at the University of Notre Dame.

Stroik's involvement in issues of sacred architecture has also led to the formation of the "Society for Catholic Liturgy" and the Sacred Architecture Journal of which he is the editor. He was coeditor of the monograph Reconquering Sacred Space 2000 which accompanied an exhibition in Rome of new church architecture. In addition to publishing and lecturing, Stroik has also organized conferences on sacred architecture and seminars in Italy. In addition to his own home, Villa Indiana, Stroik has built work in Ireland, Nebraska, Texas, Kentucky, Wisconsin, California and Missouri. He is currently working on projects throughout the United States including college campuses, schools, churches, office buildings and residences.

Copies of the Sacred Architecture Journal will be available after the lecture. The Journal is devoted to issues of church architecture from an orthodox Catholic perspective. It is edited by Stroik and is the most recent addition to the ongoing movement for liturgical renewal.

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