6/12/2013 4:14:00 PM Website preserves priest-artist's work and wisdom
The site inspired by Fr. John Domin.
A longtime priest of the Archdiocese of Portland has inspired a new website with thousands of images of church architecture, furniture, artists and art.
The site — www.s4sa.org — includes photos from several dozen Oregon Catholic churches, plus Catholic churches around the world and worship spaces from other religions.
It was created by the Sanctuary for Sacred Arts, a Portland non-profit that promotes and seeks to save sacred art, especially that of the second half of the 20th century. Artistic patriarch of the organization and its new website is Father John Domin, a priest in the Archdiocese of Portland for almost 70 years. He has been pastor of several parishes, an art teacher at Central Catholic High School, and a lecturer at Mount Angel Seminary.
Father Domin chaired the Sacred Art Commission of the archdiocese from 1958 until 1988. During that time, he read about the modern churches and liturgical art being designed in Europe and Mexico. The bombing during World War II severely damaged or completely destroyed churches throughout Europe; young architects and artists were stepping in to fill the spaces with new art and contemporary buildings, even before the Second Vatican Council.
In Oregon, Father Domin used the inspiration to help design or renovate more than 100 churches and chapels. St. Joseph Church in Roseburg and St. Alice Church in Springfield won national recognition. Father Domin was pastor of St. Monica Church in Coos Bay and founding pastor of Resurrection Parish in West Linn.
Images from the Oregon churches — as well as photos from Europe and other places — can be seen on the new website, which includes some Jewish, Buddhist, Muslim and Native American holy spaces.
“Spirituality and ecumenism, inspired by the reforms endorsed by the Second Vatican Council, have been the stimulus for the new site”, says Dave Richen, architect and board president of Sanctuary for Sacred Arts.
The site includes hundreds of 15-minute audio reflections by Father Domin based on the Sunday readings and various feasts.
In recent years, Father Domin has served as chaplain of Maryville Nursing Home. He continues to live and create art in his Maryville home and studio. He says the new website will be helpful for “people longing for spirituality and creativity.”