St. Therese of

St. Therese of Lisieux Catholic Church
South Falls, SD
Completion date
March 2000

In their new church, the the members of this parish desired humility and simplicity reminiscent of the life of St. Therese—a life devoted in large part to prayer and conversation with God.

Faithful to its namesake, the building is of humble stature and natural materials. The master plan reflects the concept of a cloistered convent, yet the strong visual axis with the Sioux Falls Cathedral reinforces connectedness to the outside world.On a hilltop overlooking Sioux Falls, the parish has built the first phase of its tribute to St. Therese, “the Little Flower.” From the church, the Sioux Falls Cathedral is visible on the horizon. The axis with the Cathedral became a major orgaqnizing principle for the floor plan. The view of the Cathedral from the gathering space is intended to reinforce the connectedness of parish and diocese and is a metaphor for the continuity of the Roman Catholic faith and community. 

Honor Award for New Construction
AIA Nebraska Chapter
Excellence in Design Award
Interfaith Forum on Religion, Art and Architecture - National AIA
Illumination Design Award
IESNA Great Plains Section