Not ‘Just a Building’

Brody Hale’s Fight to Save Catholic Churches By Meghan Ferrara It’s happening across the West. In recent years, a slow trickle has been turning into a steady stream — and in many countries, a Niagara — of beautiful, historic churches being shuttered.  The grief and frustration from these losses affect entire communities. Worse, most Catholics … Read more

Nothingness Doesn’t Reflect God

An Interview with Chicago Artist Daniel Mitsui REGINA writer Meghan Cesar interviews Daniel Mitsui, a Chicago-based Catholic artist, who supports his growing family creating Gothic religious artwork.  Mitsui uses medieval materials to make timeless illustrations rich in symbolism, color, and Biblical truths.  He believes it was the beauty and rich teachings in Gothic art that … Read more

Royalty in the Cathedral

by Meghan Ferrara PHOTO BY MARY LOU OLSEN Out of the blazing sun, I stepped across the threshold into the cool sanctuary of the Cathedral. It was August 24, 2014 — the 800th anniversary of the birth of St. Louis and the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city of St Louis. I was … Read more

Majestic Saint Mary’s Lives Again

Interview by Michael Durnan Photos by Joseph Shaw and John Aron Father Armand de Malleray is the pastor of the FSSP Shrine of St. Mary, in Warrington, Lancashire. The church is a priceless treasure, a Grade One listed building designed by the 19th century English architects E. W. Pugin and P. P. Pugin. In June 2017 this 19th … Read more

True Saints

By Meghan Cesar Kristyn Brown is a young Catholic photographer who has been capturing modern portrayals of Catholic saints since 2015. She has created over forty images of the Saints and has been commissioned by organizations such as The World Meeting of Families to create her photos.  She is a current member and huge fan … Read more

Turning the Artistic Tide in the Post-Conciliar Era

By Adrian Hau Photos Courtesy of St. John Cantius Church The tradition of making fine art, particularly religious art and classical church architecture, has largely disappeared in the post-conciliar era.  Nearly all accredited and degree-granting art and architecture programs no longer teach the techniques of the Renaissance and academic masters, choosing instead to favor novelty … Read more

The Courageous Iconographer

Featured Photo: The “Sacrae Immaginis Domus-Eikon” is the collection of religious artwork belonging to Aurel Ionescu, an isografo, or creator of sacred images, and an internationally recognized guardian of the tradition of icons born in Byzantium. Himself born and raised in communist Romania, as a young painter he was stigmatized as a ‘mystical paranoid.’ Article … Read more

Love Affair in Florence

How an American Protestant Fell In Love with Sacred Art, the Faith and a  Beautiful Woman  in Europe’s Culture Capital Cody Swanson is 30 years old. Once upon a time he was an evangelical protestant living in Hawaii. How he came to teach sculpture at the Sacred Art School of Florence is a long, strange … Read more

Sacramental Sensibility

The Struggle To Bring Beauty Back To Catholic Churches Duncan G. Stroik is an American architect, Professor of Architecture at the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture and founding editor of the Sacred Architecture Journal. He has dedicated his life and practice to bringing classical beauty back to Catholic places of worship, and has … Read more

Art in Service of the Church

Art in Service of the Church In a daring voyage of self-discovery, two women leave their lives in NYC and Seattle to study painting in breath-taking Florence, Italy. Here, they discover their ability to make beautiful Catholic art modeled on the Old Masters. On the way, one of them – fascinated by the life and … Read more