Michael O. Garvey | August 3, 2015
In Philadelphia this September, when Pope Francis celebrates an outdoor Sunday Mass with some 1,500 priests and an estimated 1.5 million lay people, he will be standing in a sanctuary designed by James Lenahan, a Glen Ellyn, Illinois, native who recently graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a Master of Architecture degree.
On his first visit to the United States, Pope Francis will be in Philadelphia for the eighth annual World Meeting of Families. The Sept. 27 Mass in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art will be the gathering’s main event.
Lenahan’s design was selected by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia from numerous submissions it had invited from schools of architecture in the United States. “It was an outstanding opportunity,” said Lenahan, “and it aligned perfectly with the mission of the Notre Dame School of Architecture to promote the values of traditional and classical architecture.”
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