Mark Trier, FAIA,
St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church | Louisville, Kentucky
St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church is a new congregation formed by the merger of five southwest Jefferson County parishes—St. Clement, St. Polycarp, Our Lady of Consolation, Our Lady Help of Christians, and St. Timothy. JRA Architects was selected to create a master plan, a long-term vision for future growth and development, to guide the new church’s land acquisition and building strategy. Through town hall meetings with congregants, research, and feasibility planning, our recommendations began to crystalize.
The new church, which was constructed on the largest plot of land available to accommodate potential future growth, features elements from each of the previous churches in an effort to embrace familiarities and find common ground in such a large facility. At the church’s entrance are five columns whose cornerstones include the founding dates of the five parishes. The space integrates fan-shaped seating for up to 1,200 parishioners with a sloped floor for enhanced visibility of the celebrant. Natural light streams in from all sides of the sanctuary, and round art glass windows are symbolically present at the four cardinal points.
Through our experience in creating religious spaces that inspire and welcome all congregants to worship, we helped St. Peter evolve while honoring the histories of the five merging parishes.