“Art and Soul of Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church” will be presented in a community lecture in the church at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9.
The lecture, which is open to the public, will feature speakers on the architectural design of the church and its historically significant murals and artifacts, as well as the guidance for its creation by its founding pastor and congregants. The church is located at 2250 Main St., Baton Rouge.
The Rev. Miles Walsh, pastor at Sacred Heart, will serve as master of ceremonies for the event, which will include mural artist Dom Gregory DeWit, presented by the Rev. Aelred Kavanagh, of St. Joseph’s Abbey in Covington, who has written extensively about the work of the renowned artist whose work is embodied throughout Sacred Heart.
Kavanagh will show examples of the artist’s work as well as those in St. Joseph’s Abby, St. John the Baptist in New Orleans and others in San Diego and Indiana.
Other special lecturers will be New Orleans architect John Bendernagel, who will discuss the work of his great grandfather in a presentation entitled, “Albert Bendernagel, Architect of Sacred Heart.”
Three nieces — Marti Blasco Didier, Catherine Blasco Gueho, and Mary Blasco Nola — will present insights into their uncle, “Msgr. Dominic Blasco, Founding Pastor,” and his dedication to the building project and formation of the parish. All three nieces are from Baton Rouge and attended Sacred Heart of Jesus School.
Mary Lee Eggart, a third-generation parishioner and archivist of the parish since 1999, will share “A Brief History of Sacred Heart Parish.” Eggart has developed the program along with a group of dedicated parishioners to celebrate the rich history of the parish.
“The renowned murals, the design and significance of the structure, and the astounding will of the parish to create a truly magnificent place is worthy of sharing. Indeed, it is what embodies Sacred Heart. I hope that community members, art enthusiasts, preservationists and neighbors near and far will attend this special lecture,” said FHL Executive Director Carolyn Bennett. “Sacred Heart Church is a Baton Rouge landmark worthy of being on the National Register of Historic Places.”
Guests are invited to tour the church before the lecture from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A reception will follow the lecture in the Parish Hall.
The lecture is sponsored by the church, The Foundation for Historical Louisiana and the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance. For information call (225) 387-6671.