DeKalb, Illinois – St. Mary’s Parish

There were many challenges to replacing the roof of this historic church, including a steep pitch, total tear-off needed, weight factor for trusses, and non-ventilated ridge. Here’s the solution they found!

Click here to read the article.

A Reason for Hope – Beautiful New Church

Traditional Building Magazine published an article about a new church that was just built.  Saint Mary, Help of Christians Roman Catholic Church in Aiken, South Carolina was established in 1853 with the original structure being destroyed by a tornado in 1878.

This new structure is beautiful with it’s front atrium, modern to fit in with surrounding downtown buildings, and innovative with it’s wooden ciborium painted to look like marble.

Originally, the new church was designed and budgeted to hold 800, but the bishop decided it needed to hold 1000.  The final structure is a 25,000 sq. ft. cruciform Romanesque-style church.  The article talks not only about the specifics of the structure, but how they worked with budget constraints.

Click here to read the entire article.

Also, the parishes website has some wonderful renderings of the project.  Click here.


Founding Member to Retire

Les McDonald is one of CCFM’s founding members and is retiring from the Archdiocese of San Francisco.

Les received his California Real Estate License in 1966 and was employed by a local brokerage. Shortly thereafter, he opened his own office in 1969. Les explains, “Initially I was selling single family homes and income units. As time went by, I was involved with commercial leasing and the sale of commercial properties.”

In addition, Mr. Go-getter, opened a messenger business in 1983 primarily doing the deliveries for all the San Francisco Bay area title companies; it was a family run corporation. This business was sold in 1990 and the real estate office closed in 1991. However, that opened the door for Les to work for the Archdiocese as their property manager. Les tells us, “I was the first and only person in this role from the beginning. Through the course of time I have been exposed to every type of real estate imaginable!” Some of the types of work he has been involved with include the selling of grave sites, churches, time shares, commercial buildings, air rights, schools, apartments, restaurants, raw land and both leases and ground leases.

During his tenure, Les became both director and executive director of the construction, security, administrative services, and the I/T department. Amazingly, he has worked under 4 archbishops, 3 CFOs, 9 auxiliary bishops, 3 department of catholic schools and survived!

We wish Les all the best in his retirement. He hopes to be traveling in Europe again, “I will be hopefully going back to Europe, Ireland and Italy are my favorites. In addition, I will continue by consulting for the Archdiocese – just working from home a lot more. Last but not least, spend more time with my family.” Thank you for your service, Les, and for your help planting the seeds of CCFM!

EverGreene Architectural Arts is Moving!

EverGreene Architectural Arts is a corporate member of CCFM and can usually be seen at our annual conference. We wanted to pass on the news that they have moved to Brooklyn!

Their new address as of February 24th will be:

253 36th Street, Ste. 5-C, Brooklyn, NY 11232

The good news is that their phone number will be the same – 212-244-2800. Check out their website for more information.

A Happy Story

Here’s a great success story about the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist’s restoration in the Diocese of Patterson. The cathedral is on the National and New Jersey State Historic Registers as well as the Paterson Historic District Register and dates back to 1870.

Back in September of 2010, ceiling tiles and plaster fell into the Nave area. Upon further inspection the cathedral was closed; having been deemed a “dangerous” building. Problems with trusses, flooring, and the choir loft are among a few of the issues discovered.

In October of 2014, the restoration project began. Happily, if all goes well, they will complete the renovations/restorations by June of this year and hold a dedication on June 25, the feast of St. John the Baptist.  This is a beautiful historic church and very much worth saving.

Click here to read more about the history of St. John the Baptist Cathedral.

Click here for the scope of the project.

Click here for more info on the final stages of the project.

A Glimpse of Heaven

Take a look at this beautiful mosaic dome that was recently completed. St. John Neumann Catholic Church in Austin, Texas recently completed a decade long project!

The pastoral associate along with 10 parishioners spearheaded the project and CCFM member, Rohn Associates, directed the liturgical design and installation.  Here’s an Article in Austin Statesman that tells about the project briefly, but a better article that details the labor intensive, detail-oriented, 10,000,000 mosaic tile project is here.

Southwest Conference

This news comes to us from one of our members, James Hundt with Foresight Architects.  In case any other of our members were interested, here is information about the Southwest Conference on Art and Architecture.

You can click here to read more about the conference.

Or to read the flyer for the conference, click here.

A Chapel in the Desert

Our Lady of Solitude is a chapel serving the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration in Tonopah, Arizona.  It is striking to see the chapel and the beautiful Pieta statue sitting out in the middle of desert country.

One of our member companies did a lot of work on this project.  This link will take you to a YouTube video that will show you up close the work that was done.

Also, there was a short profile of the project in Architect Magazine.  Click here to read that.

Or read about it on their website by clicking here.