A considerable component that draws an individual to a place of worship is the connection between the parishioner and the chosen church. For Father John Unni, Pastor of St. Cecilia’s Parish in Boston, Massachusetts, the case is far different from the norm. St. Cecilia’s Parish is experiencing a huge resurgence in parishioners. The Pastoral Associate, Mark Donahoe, confidently says, “The fact is that we need more space because we are growing.” As long as Christ is worshipped in a church, there will be feelings towards aspects of that church that do not directly regard faith. It is in these aspects, especially ones that mirror home, that St. Cecilia additionally thrives. It is the strength of these components of the church that make it what it is today.
In this project, students were challenged to create picture portfolios that told a story of a home away from home. additionally, this meant finding an alternative form of the home aspect in something else. This can be found in no better place than church, as it serves as a spiritual home. One way it does this is by its inclusivity and message of peace between all people. Stress exists in everyone's life and too often, that stress can become attached to work, family, and home. It is important that people have a place to go to heal, a place that is just as comfortable and welcoming as home.
All quotes are taken from an interview with Pastoral Associate, Mark Donohoe