The Beauty Ever New Podcast

Renewing Culture through Catholic Art and Architecture

About the show

Welcome to Beauty Ever New, a podcast about Catholic Art and Architecture. Our name is inspired by a celebrated phrase from St. Augustine where he laments his late arrival into the splendor of God’s truth. We invite you to join us as we have conversations with artists, architects, musicians, fundraisers, scholars and more, about how to bring beauty into our churches and communities. If you are a seminarian, a priest or bishop, a committee member in your parish, or a parishioner who wonders Sunday after Sunday, why your church looks a certain way, then we hope you will join us, this podcast is made for you.

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Episodes

  • 31: N-C : When AI robots design your church

    September 7th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  33 mins 57 secs
    ai, art, boston dynamics, catholicism, christianity, church, design, faith, future, gpt-3, liturgy, machine learning, robots, sacred architecture, sculpture

    We play a game where Rafa fields the question "can this be automated" as it relates to Church architecture and construction.

  • 30: N-C : A Catholic Way of Building

    August 27th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  19 mins 41 secs
    latin america, new urbanism, non-cathedra

    Listener question courtesy of the Catholic Gentleman about Latin America and guidelines for Sacred Architecture

  • 29: R-T : What will churches look like in the Metaverse?

    August 25th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  2 hrs 1 min
    architecture, catholic, church, future, metaverse, round table

    What should future churches look like? In meat space or the metaverse??? Join Rafa, Chris and Ryan on a wild ride through the future of Sacred Architecture!

  • 28: N-C : Patience and Architecture

    August 14th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  11 mins 55 secs
    cathedral, patience

    Could we build a Cathedral that takes 800 years to construct?

  • N-C: Hospitality and Architecture

    July 30th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  14 mins 10 secs
    campus, design, hospitality

    What is the link between good design and hospitality?

  • 20: Writing music with worship leader Danielle Noonan (part 1 of 2)

    August 21st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  29 mins 51 secs
    beauty, catholicism, danielle noonan, music, prayer, worship

    We sit down this episode with Danielle Noonan and talk about leading worship, music and prayer. This is part 1 of a 2 parter. Check out the next episode for the rest of the conversation.

  • 19: The practical side of beauty with Deanna Ennis from the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

    February 28th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 36 mins
    archdiocese, architecture, beauty, catholic, diocese, feedback loop, galveston, houston, liturgy, maintenance, practical

    Rafael and Chris sit down with Deanna Ennis from the construction department of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston to talk about her experience in construction around the diocese and specifically on church work. We talk about what the diocese is up to, and what practical sorts of things happen behind the scenes so that the diocese can support the 150 parishes, over 400 priests, and 1.8 million Catholics all around the Houston area to thrive and spread the Gospel.

  • 18: Building a Thriving Parish Culture with Stephen Lenahan

    February 14th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 23 mins
    catholic, church, communications, culture, design, development, liturgy, parish, stanthony, woodlands

    We talk about Stephens work at St. Anthony of Padua in the Woodlands, about the parish history, how they do operations and think through the growth of already very large parishes, liturgy, and how they try to think through their work in spreading the Gospel. (Cover art from Arturo Rey on Unsplash)

  • 17: Designing Devotional Goods with Tricia Dugat

    August 16th, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 28 mins
    art, candles, cards, catholic, designer, devotional, prints, providential, texas, tricia dougat

    Join us Rafael and Chris talk with Tricia Dougat about her business designing and selling devotional goods, her journey in faith, and her particular design aesthetic, and how it all works together. We laugh a TON. Hope you enjoy. Visit "Providential.co" online to purchase some of Tricia's goods.

  • 16: Catholic Digital Minimalism with Taylor Fayle

    August 2nd, 2019  |  Season 2  |  1 hr 23 mins
    architecture, beauty ever new, cal newport, catholicism, digital minimalism, larb, liturgy, taylor fayle, technology

    Join us as we talk with instructional designer and educator Taylor Fayle about the intersection of soul and machine, Digital Minimalism, digital technologies, Catholic Liturgy, and how we relate to the technology that shapes and enables our lives.

  • 15: Season 1 Retrospective

    July 19th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  41 mins 53 secs
    architecture, restro, season

    A look back at the first season of Beauty Ever New. What we learned, what we liked most and where we want to go next.

  • 14: A Brief History of Notre Dame de Paris

    July 10th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  17 mins 25 secs
    fire, history, notre dame

    The long awaited episode detailing the almost tragic fate of France's most famous Cathedral has finally arrived! Join us as we present the long and storied history of one of the great architectural treasures of Christendom.

  • 13: Faithful Newness

    June 21st, 2019  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 27 mins
    architecture, churches, liturgy

    Join us as we talk with author and speaker Denis McNamara about what it means to make things new in the theological context and how that should inform the design of Catholic Churches.

  • 12: Mediated Reality - Part II

    June 7th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  51 mins 15 secs
    community, friendship, poetic, social

    Social Media is an established reality that has become ubiquitous to modern life. Its promise from the start was to connect the world, to do away with the distance between us, but at what cost? Companies have developed gimmicks of ever increasing complexity to keep our attention. What are we to make of all of this? Jeff Jimenez works in cyber security and talks with us about the importance of genuine community and the obstacles that social media presents to our lives.

  • 11: Mediated Reality - Part I

    June 7th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  54 mins 47 secs
    community, friendship, poetic, social

    Social Media is an established reality that has become ubiquitous to modern life. Its promise from the start was to connect the world, to do away with the distance between us, but at what cost? Companies have developed gimmicks of ever increasing complexity to keep our attention. What are we to make of all of this? Jeff Jimenez works in cyber security and talks with us about the importance of genuine community and the obstacles that social media presents to our lives.