The Sunday Forum is a well-attended series of lectures held each year on Sunday mornings from 11:15-12:15pm in MacColl Auditorium, which is located in the Parish House on the side of the parking opposite our church. These lectures have hosted nationally and internationally known speakers and have drawn many visitors to visit and join St. Thomas Church.
Bill Valerio, Director and CEO of the Woodmere Art Museum in Chestnut Hill, will focus on stained-glass. Prior to leading the Woodmere Art Museum, Dr. Valerio served as Curator at the Queens Museum of Art in New York, where he curated many great masterpieces in glass made by Louis Comfort Tiffany, whose studio was located in Corona Park, Queens. Dr. Valerio will discuss the qualities that make Tiffany’s windows so magical and the special attributes that make St. Thomas’s “Justification by Faith” Tiffany window, which was produced by Tiffany in 1894 and is a great treasure of our community.
The Basilica of the Holy Family was designed by Catalan Spanish architect Antoni Gaudí and is widely regarded as one of the world’s great architectural and religious treasures. Although incomplete, it is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Gaudi worked on the project until his death in 1926. The basilica is scheduled to be completed in 2026 in time for the centenary of Gaudí’s death. Art critic Rainer Zerbst notes, “It is probably impossible to find a church building anything like it in the entire history of art,” and Paul Goldberger describes it as, “The most extraordinary personal interpretation of Gothic architecture since the Middle Ages. Dr. Mark Brack, the resident architectural historian at the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design at Drexel University, will help us explore Gaudi’s masterpiece. He teaches a variety of courses including the much-admired three-term series on the history of world architecture and has created the department`s slide library that contains approximately 25,000 images.