Catechism in Stone:

The Renewal of Sacred Architecture

By Dr. Ryan Topping
June 7th, 7 pm

SAGA is pleased to host Dr. Ryan Topping, Academic Dean and Professor of Theology at Newman Theological College for a special illustrated lecture on the renewal of sacred architecture.  Dr. Topping will talk about the principles that have shaped the Catholic tradition of sacred architecture. In particular, he will address the principles that may shape the renewal of sacred architecture today and some of the challenges that face us today.

Speakers Bio: A native of Saskatoon, Canada, Dr. Topping earned an MA in Philosophy from the University of Manitoba as well as an M.Phil. and a Doctorate in Theology from the University of Oxford. He held the Pope John XXIII Chair of Studies in Catholic Theology at St. Thomas University in Canada, and also served as Fellow at Thomas More College of the Liberal Arts in New Hampshire before assuming the position of Academic Dean and Professor of Theology at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta in 2018.

Dr. Topping has published on a variety of Catholic themes and figures, from St. Augustine, to Dante, to G.K. Chesterton in academic and popular journals.  He has published several books on Catholic culture and education, including Rebuilding Catholic Culture: How the Catechism Can Shape our Common Life (Sophia Institute, 2012), The Elements of Rhetoric (Angelico Press, 2016) and Renewing the Mind: A Reader in the Philosophy of Catholic Education (Catholic University of America Press, 2015).  

Date: June 7th, 7 pm
Location:  Stephen's Ukrainian Catholic Parish, 4903 45 St. SW Calgary
Admission:  Admission is by donation, suggested minimum of $10.