St. Thomas More Church
at St. John's University
the Fall of 2004, St. John's University completed construction of its
first free-standing church. The St. Thomas More Church is an
inspirational building. You first enter into its foyer (narthex)
and find yourself surrounded by a mosaic centered on St. Vincent de Paul
(see picture at right). The mosaic contains many Vincentian
figures, both known and unknown. No one picture can capture the
enormity of the mosaic. You must see it to experience it.
You may very well wonder where you fit into St. Vincent's mission.
It's worth a trip just to experience this mosaic.
church, itself, has a circular worship space
to keep the congregation and the celebrant close to each other as well
as a separate reflection space for quiet thought and prayer. A massive
pipe organ and soaring glass windows, depicting the four Gospels and
their authors, were added to give the modern church its traditional
feel." (from SJU website)
Among other artifacts of the church, the ceiling is thought provoking.
It contains eight dark blue stripes which emanate from the copula.
From any of the side walls, the second nearest pair of stripes appear to
have one straight edge in common. As one moves toward the center
of the Church, all angles between the stripes tend to equalize.
This is an interesting lesson in reality to appear in a Church: two
people in different locations may look at the same object (religion) and
have different perceptions of it.
information about the church, click the following links:
Click here to view a Photo Gallery of the
above photos in full size.
Photo credits: three photos in the table are from the SJU website, top photo by
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last edited on
April 10, 2005.