Monday, September 11, 2017

Robert E. Rambusch's influence on the shape of worship endures

NATIONAL CATHOLIC REPORTER
Holy card from Robert E. Rambusch's service
Robert E. Rambusch, a liturgical artist, designer and pioneer in the profession of liturgical design consultation, died May 23. He was 93. He quite literally influenced the shape of worship in the United States and Canada in a career that spanned more than 65 years, participating in the design and renovation of 24 cathedrals and 400 churches. Catholic churches are some of the most difficult structures to design, Rambusch said at a seminar on art and environment for Catholic worship in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1995. The biggest problem, he said, is "to satisfy the fullness of the divinity but [also] the fullness in humanity" or the differences between Christ as God and Christ as man. [More]