Verbal Description of the Church
Liturgical Program Narrative
Last April and May, we held six "program meetings" facilitated by Ken Griesemer, a liturgical design consultant retained by SJN. Ken took us through the history of and the best of current thinking about entrances into churches, baptisteries, configurations of congregational seating, the sanctuary, reservation of the Eucharist, reconciliation chapels, and sacred images and shrines. Each night, participants were asked to respond in small groups to several statements that offered descriptions of the various aspects of church design. An exhaustive list of comments was created from the sheets that were turned in, and Ken utilized these comments to hone a verbal description of what we seek at St. John Neumann in a new church.