Regarding “Fine Examples,” Aug. 7, Page 19:

I couldn’t disagree more with Msgr. Patrick Brennan’s assessment of Catholic architecture in western Oregon as having “not much to crow about.”

What we have here are many fine examples of everything from the Roman basilica to the Gothic to modern to the simple brick and mortar. And this is just the exteriors. Include the interior architecture and you have got even more detail to admire. Not to mention the visual arts as defined by some iconography, stained glass, Stations of the Cross and the like.

For the sheer beauty of exterior architecture, take a look at St. Andrew, Holy Redeemer, Immaculate Heart and St. Patrick churches, all in Portland.

The plain but tidy clapboard exterior of St. Stanislaus in North Portland will surprise you with its interior — a dreamy old-world charm. Inside the modest looking St. Peter Church in Southeast Portland are tiny gems of stained-glass insets, complete with descriptions of the holy symbols.

The functional housing of Franciscan-inspired Ascension near Mount Tabor has the San Damiano cross upon the altar and artistically crafted stations. The blunt modern St. Therese Church in Northeast Portland has a divine skylight to the heavens, or at least to the trees, as viewed from the pews.

Examples of big stained glass are too numerous to mention, but Dominican-inspired Holy Rosary in Northeast Portland has a few very likeable Dalmatians embedded in their icons. Hounds for the Lord.

Resurrection Parish in Tualatin is a stunning and modern complex with many classic details inside and out. See their Byzantine icons and baptistry.

My point: Don’t sell western Oregon Catholic church architecture short.

Jeanette Bard

Southeast Portland