Fr. Larry Madden, S.J. receives Conover Award

The American Institute of Architects' Interfaith Forum on Religion Art & Architecture (IFRAA) presented the Elbert M. Conover Award to Lawrence J. Madden, S.J. on May 12, 2011 at the AIA's National Convention in New Orleans.  The award is given on occasion to non-architects for their contributions to religious art and architecture.

Since 1981, Fr. Madden has been the Director of the Georgetown Center for Liturgy which, thirteen times, sponsored Form/Reform:  the National Conference on Art and Environment for Catholic Worship.  He is the Editorial Director of EnVisionChurch, a website devoted to liturgy, spirituality and the arts.  From 1993 to 2000 he served as pastor of Holy Trinity Church, Georgetown, where he undertook the restoration of the original 1792 church and the construction of a parish center.  At Georgetown University he served as Director of Campus Ministry and is a member of the theological faculty.

Fr. Madden served as an adviser to the U.S. Conference of Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy and on the governing committee of the North American Academy of Liturgy.  An author and frequent lecturer, he edited The Awakening Church:  the State of Liturgy in the U.S. Twenty-five Years after the Second Vatican Council's Reforms, published in 1993.  He has recently co-authored Simply Fred, A Tribute to Frederick R. McManus, priest, peritus, and promoter of liturgical renewal:  1950 -2005.  The book is available from

Craig E. Rafferty, FAIA and Fr. Larry Madden, S.J. May 12, 2011