August 24, 2013 – With a joyous music, song and prayer, the parish family of St. Kilian Church welcomed Bishop Kevin Vann to celebrate the Dedication Mass for their new Church and Parish Center Addition/Renovation on August 24, 2013. tBP/Architecture was pleased to present the completed plans and drawings to His Eminence as part of the festivities.
The project challenged our firm to build a 900-seat church, increase the support spaces for the Parish, create spaces for religious education, and accommodate 400 parking spaces on a small plateau site, while allowing the existing church to remain operational during construction. The new Church and expanded Parish Center surround a gathering court that will support events and informal gathering. The church creates a strong visual identity imbued with the personality of the Parish as a spiritual family, upholds the rich traditions of Catholicism, and calls out to the community. Gary P. Moon AIA, tBP/Architecture’s Director of Design, notes, “The plan for the site and facilities expresses the straightforward, welcoming philosophy of the Parish.”

The landmark edifice makes dramatic use of natural, sustainable materials such as glass, stone and wood, all highlighted by a color palette of rich earth tones. “Our new church’s aesthetic beauty is arresting and conveys a deep sense of faith and solemnity. The building will not only provide adequate space for our growing community but will inspire and nurture their faith in many ways,” says Reverend Bruce Patterson, the parish’s pastor.

Numerous windows suffuse the church with natural light. A tower positioned over the altar allows a colored light to bathe the focus of the nave, highlighting the 9×13-foot mosaic of Christ. “The tiles represent the people of the living mosaic of St. Kilian,” says Father Bruce. The church also features a peaceful Chapel of the Blessed Sacrament, as well as a large picture window that perfectly frames the view of Saddleback Mountain.

“I am truly inspired by the spiritual vitality and dedication of this parish community. This recently completed parish church completes a building initiative aimed at helping meet the needs of our growing flock within this parish and across our diocese,” says Bishop Kevin Vann, shepherd of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange. Read more.