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  1. Peter Calabrese
    June 25, 2012 @ 3:53 pm

    Thanks for sharing the challenging idea for our architecture here – a possible method? Fr. Julio.

    • Chris
      June 26, 2012 @ 10:13 am

      Great point Father! I didn’t think about the layout of the Fatima shrine being designed for the function of inspiring fellowship–just that it was to follow the form of the shape of the Earth.

      As far as being a possible method, you all at the shrine are more of an expert than I’ll ever be able to be! I’m thinking a road trip will be in order soon to visit you guys and the shrine again–see you all soon!

  2. Gail
    June 25, 2012 @ 4:35 pm

    I loved seeing the inside of this church when we visited several years ago and am so glad you finally got to see it too. Its just so different and pretty inside. So unusual. I bet its pretty at night from the outside as well. Thanks for putting this on for everyone to read about.

    • Chris
      June 26, 2012 @ 10:20 am

      Thanks for recommending that I go check it out–this was a good addition to our ever-expanding list!

  3. thejoyofcaking
    June 26, 2012 @ 9:00 am

    When I was a little girl I would worship at St. Januarius with my friend and her family. I was always more facinated with the rituals and the beauty of her church than I was my own. Great story – thanks for sharing!

    • Chris
      June 26, 2012 @ 10:19 am

      You got it! Thanks for checking out the blog. I’m not much of a chef, but I may grab one of the fantastic looking recipes off your blog and get someone I know to make it for me!!

  4. Christopher M Brandt
    February 13, 2013 @ 1:22 am

    This is quite a delayed comment…but as a deeply devoted fan of James H Johnson’s work, I though I would bring to your attention the number of other extremely inspiring sanctuary spaces he has created.

    St. John the Evangelist – Greece, NY
    St. John the Baptist – Lockport, NY
    St. Christopher’s – Chili, NY
    AME Zion Chuch – Rochester, NY
    Temple Sinai – Brighton, NY
    Temple Beth Am – Henrietta, NY

    Unfortunately Our Lady of Mercy Parish and Rectory, along with Penfield Presbyterian Church, have been lost to unsightly remodeling, or in the case of Our Lady of Mercy’s rectory, recently demolished this past year. Also, Jim is still very much alive and well, so feel free to give him a call, or as I am currently pursuing the writing of a monograph on his work, feel free to ask me any questions.

    • Chris
      February 13, 2013 @ 9:28 am


      Not delayed at all–it’s right on time! We have checked so much off our list of places to see that we are need of some new ones to research. Thanks for the tips on this, and we didn’t realize Mr Johnson was still alive. We’ll look more in to these. If you’re visiting Rochester while making efforts to complete your project, be in touch!

    • lam
      November 2, 2014 @ 8:11 am

      Jim still alive ?? Please I need his biography may you help me? (I am an architecture student and im working on one of his houses realized) :s

  5. The Publick Universal Friend – Penn Yan, NY » Chris & Luke Explore the Burned Over District
    July 20, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    […] myself and my wife went and visited St. Januarius Church in Naples, NY (which you can read about here).  On our way home from Naples, I came up with the bright idea to drive home through Penn Yan to […]

  6. Michael
    March 19, 2014 @ 12:10 am

    I have driven past this Church many times and was always fascinated and intrigued by it’s outward appearance. While I am in no way a fan of modern Catholic architecture….. I have to admit, I love what I am seeing in these pictures! I was drawn to this building from the outside and can’t wait to visit again for morning Mass!

    Thanks guys…. your work is inspiring.

    Franciscan Church of the Assumption Parish
    Syracuse, NY

  7. Tom Harley
    April 26, 2019 @ 6:21 am

    Excellent work, Chris. You have made yourself a good gig, and it just keeps getting better. I love your icon – the route sign.

    You have misspelled vial once as ‘vile.’ Not want you want, I am sure. I’ve never seen a misspelling in your words. Plenty of them sneak by somehow in mine.

    • Chris Clemens
      April 26, 2019 @ 7:15 am

      Thanks, Tom! Glad you’re enjoying!

      Great catch on the error–I’ve fixed it future readers.