St. Michael Catholic Community

Wheaton, Illinois

Pastor Don McLaughlin and St. Michael Building Committee members commissioned us to use our participatory approach to involve parishioners in creating a common vision for the new church. Our Visioning Sessions gave parishioners opportunities to express their aspirations for the church. Many spoke of their desire for the church to be more prominent in the Wheaton community. This goal became a central feature of our design. Most participants expressed their preference for a more traditionally inspired design, with features that would accommodate contemporary worship practices.

The fundraising necessary to support the project achieved over fifty percent participation. The Wheaton City Council unanimously approved this project.

Michael DeSanctis served as the Liturgical Design Consultant, and General Contractor Paul H. Schwendener, Inc. led the construction effort.

  • New 1,050-Seat Worship Space
  • Reservation Chapel
  • Family Chapel
  • Special Acoustics with Combination Pipe/Digital Organ
  • Large Gathering Space
  • Parish Administration Center
  • Pre-School and Kindergarten Rooms
Tags: Religious