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Sacred Heart Convent Chapel Opens to Public for Tour, Presentation May 9

For the first time in two years Sacred Heart Convent Chapel will open to the public for self-guided tours, an exhibit, and a presentation by eminent architectural historian Anthony Rubano.

The Dominican Sisters of Springfield will host Reading Light: Sacred Art & Architecture in collaboration with Liturgical Arts Festival of Springfield, 6:00-8:00 p.m., Monday May 9, 2022.

Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for self-guided tours of the chapel. Local architectural historian Anthony Rubano will discuss the architectural history of the mid-century modern chapel at 7:00 p.m. in Aquinas Center. Also in Aquinas Center will be an exhibit demonstrating the use of light and glass in various religious traditions.

“It will be a pleasure to welcome guests to the chapel again,” said Sister Beth Murphy, OP, the Dominican Sisters’ communication director. “Anyone who has enjoyed one of Anthony Rubano’s downtown tours knows they will be entertained and informed by his presentation.”

Dedicated in 1968, the chapel is among the largest U.S. works of Gabriel Loire, a prolific French glass artist who began his career replacing windows in European churches after World War II. The chapel contains 4,000 sq. ft. of dalle de vere, or faceted glass windows designed by Loire at his studio near Chartres. It also features two large Venetian glass mosaics and other sacred furnishings designed by the Chicago-based Daprato Rigali Studios.

Guests can download free tour materials when they register in advance below. Materials will also be available the day of the tour.

Liturgical Arts Festival of Springfield is an interfaith celebration of the arts celebrated biennially in Springfield since 1995.

What are “liturgical arts”?
Liturgical arts are cultural expressions of creativity, beauty, and community life: music, dance, drama, poetry, architecture, and visual art. LAFS is inspired by the beautiful diversity of faith traditions within our own community.Find the complete listing of Liturgical Arts Festival of Springfield’s events During the week of May 6-15, 2022 at http://www.lafspringfield.org/.

Registration for Reading Light, May 9, 2022

LAFS 2022

Attendee Information

Please provide the name and email address for one contact person in your group.
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COVID-19 Precautions
Attendees are NOT required to be fully vaccinated. All attendees, regardless of vaccination status, will have their temperature taken upon arrival. Surgical masks will be provided and must be worn at all times when inside the Motherhouse.

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