Saint Jude Catholic Church

Grand Rapids, MI

Designed in anticipation of the Second Vatican Council reforms, the church gathers 850 people into dose proximity to the altar. The worship space is nearly as wide as it Is long. The altar and the baptismal font are on axis together as an expression of their relationship.

The entire entry and narthex are set beneath a gridded steel bell tower that terminates the parking area while forming a transparent canopy. The church design has been commended for its aesthetic contributions and enduring quality.



  • 1990 American Institute of Architects Minnesota 25 Year Award
  • 1966 Guild of Religious Architecture – Honor Award
  • 1965 American Institute of Architects Minnesota – Honor Award
  • 1964 National Liturgical Conference Award

Industry: Religious