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Why Do Churches Look Like That? Lecture and Church Tour

  • Church of St. Aloysius 302 S 10th St Olivia, MN, 56277 United States (map)
It’s all about heaven.

7 PM: Lecture with Dr. Denis McNamara - "Our Churches: Glimpses of Heaven"
8 PM: Church Tour of St. Aloysius led by Dr. Denis McNamara
8:30 PM: Chanted Vespers (Evening Prayer)

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Ever wonder why Catholic churches have columns, domes, murals, and more?

Ever wish you could explain why your parish church looks the way it does?

Come find out! You’ll never look at a church the same way again.

This free lecture is open to all. Especially encouraged to attend are parish worship committee members, church decorators, musicians, catechists, teachers, youth ministers, and everyone else in the pew!

Following Dr. McNamara's lecture, he will give a tour of the Church of St. Aloysius, which was featured in "On the Road with Jason Davis" in 2007 when the parish completed its renovation project. View the video here.

Dr. Denis McNamara, M. Arch. H., Ph.D
Dr. Denis McNamara is Associate Director and Associate Professor at the Liturgical Institute of the University of Saint Mary of the Lake. He holds a BA in the History of Art from Yale University and a PhD in Architectural History from the University of Virginia. Dr. McNamara makes a specialty of bridging the gap between the Church’s great artistic tradition and the documents of the Second Vatican Council. He has also done groundbreaking research on the sacramental meaning of the classical architectural tradition. View Dr. McNamara's videos on church architecture here!

Child care available. Please call Lizz at 320.630.6162 to register for child care, or email


For more information:

Earlier Event: October 10
Ethics Conference
Later Event: October 25
Priesthood Sunday