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Fr. Richard S. Vosko, Ph.D., ’65, will receive an honorary doctorate from St. Bonaventure University on Sunday, Sept. 17.
Fr. Richard served as a consultant on the design of St. Bonaventure’s new McGinley-Carney Center for Franciscan Ministry, which will hold its grand opening dedication and blessing on Sept. 16.
Vosko and composer Fabio Luisi will receive honorary degrees at 4 p.m. Sept. 17 at the University Chapel an hour before a special Mass written by Luisi to honor the 800th anniversary of Saint Bonaventure’s birth.
Fr. Richard is an Honorary Member of the American Institute of Architects. A Roman Catholic priest in the Diocese of Albany, he has been working since 1970 as a sacred space planner throughout the United States and Canada.
Among his many personal awards, Vosko is the 2011 recipient of the Berakah Award, the prestigious honor given by the North American Academy of Liturgy. He was recognized by this interfaith academy of scholars, artists and musicians for his scholarship and his work in the fields of religion, art and architecture.
Fr. Richard’s work is continuously recognized for excellence in liturgical design. He is a frequent writer and speaker on topics related to sacred places of worship.
Among his extensive writings is the award-winning book “God’s House is Our House: Re-imagining the Environment for Worship” (Collegeville: Liturgical Press, 2006). His current book project is “Architecture for Community Worship: The Search for Common Ground.”
Fr. Richard’s 135-project portfolio includes 15 cathedrals and innumerable synagogue consultations.
His larger projects include the 3,000-seat Roman Catholic Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels (Los Angeles) and the new 3,500-seat United Methodist Church of the Resurrection (Leawood, Kan.)
Fr. Richard has a Ph.D. and M.F.A. from Syracuse University, an M.A. from the University of Notre Dame, and an M.Div. from Christ the King Seminary, which was based at St. Bonaventure when Fr. Richard graduated in 1965.
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