Southern Catholicism: Embracing Tradition

The proposed new Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville. SC

The proposed new Our Lady of the Rosary Church in Greenville. SC

Michael Tamara writes here at Crisis Magazine website on the rise of traditional church architecture in the American South:

it is still somewhat of a rarity to see a new ecclesiastical project of such delicate care and quality. However, it is not nearly as rare as it was at the turn of the century, and considering various ongoing deterrents both within and outside of the Church, that alone is significant.

It is true that a certain indiscriminate preference for the contemporary remains firmly ensconced in the average American parish. Yet there has also quietly developed a parallel phenomenon: a deliberate and measured return to tradition, born of a deep desire to reestablish continuity and stability in Catholic life. Given the wide appeal it enjoys among younger priests and committed laity—the Church of tomorrow—I dare say it has gained a life of its own. A brief survey of just some of the many projects from the past several years serves to illustrate this point, and is a feast for the eyes and soul in the process.

In his article on tradition he focusses especially on architecture and the building of new churches.

He comments on the churches of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, St Raymond Penafort in Virginia, St John Neuman in Farragut, TN, and among others, two new churches in our diocese of South Carolina: St Paul the Apostles in Spartanburg and Our Lady Help of Christians in Aiken. Go to Tamara’s article for links and pictures of these beautiful churches.

My only complaint about the article is that Tamara had not heard of our own church project at Our Lady of the Rosary, Greenville.

Spread the news. We hope to break ground in the Spring!