Introducing New LAJ Writers

I am pleased to announce the first wave of new writers who are coming on board Liturgical Arts Journal.  I am certain you are looking forward to their contributions to LAJ as much as I am. Please join me in welcoming them. 

Anthony Visco

Upon graduation from the Philadelphia College of Art, Anthony Visco received Fullbright–Hayes Grant to travel and study in Florence Italy, where he began his studies in anatomy and sculpture. In 1975, he was awarded the Elizabeth T. Greensheilds Grant and has received the coveted Arthur Ross Award twice for sculpture within a sacred architectural setting.

His teaching experiences include University of Arts, the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts where he was appointed Chair of the Sculpture Department and the New York Academy of Art and has been teaching at the Sacred Art School in Florence Italy.

Visco’s commissions in Philadelphia include The Stations of the Cross at St. Joseph Church, the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia also in Philadelphia, Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in Buckingham, PA and The Catherine Pew Memorial Chapel in Bryn Mawr, PA. At the request of His eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke he did the Via Crucis in bronze, the Rosary Walk, and the Guardian Angel of the Unborn in the shrine’s memorial to the same all for the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse, WI. For which the National Sculpture society awared him the Henry Hering Memorial medal.

He is currently the director of the Atelier for the Sacred Arts where he holds private classes in sacred art.

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Richard Hawker

Richard Hawker grew up in the Church of England and was received into the Catholic Church in 2004. He read Theology at the University of Hull and wrote his dissertation on the development of the Doctrine of the Trinity, with a particular emphasis on the Cappadocian Fathers and Karl Barth.

His background in both Anglican and Catholic denominations give him a firm grasp of what can loosely be termed "English Patrimony."

He is currently a Master of Ceremonies to Westminster Cathedral, and Creative Consultant to the vestments makers Watts & Co., London.
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Claudio Salvucci

Claudio R. Salvucci is a Pennsylvania writer whose articles have appeared in Latin Mass Magazine, Catholic Men's Quarterly, and the New Liturgical Movement.

He founded Evolution Publishing in 1994 and co-founded Arx Publishing in 2000, where he did extensive work in North American linguistics and history.

He edited the American Language Reprints (1996-2009) and Annals of Colonial North America (2002-2005) series, and he authored books such as the Laviniad (1994), The Roman Rite in the Algonquian and Iroquoian Missions (2008), and the American Martyrology (2015).

Claudio has been active in all aspects of book design, including bookbinding, illustration, cover design, and typography, bringing these to his new role as owner of Ancilla Press. He has a keen interest in inculturation of the classical Roman Rite, particularly within North America.

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Daniel Mitsui

Daniel Mitsui is an artist who specializes in meticulously detailed ink drawings. In his religious work, he attempts to keep the traditional symbolism and metaphysic presented in patristic and medieval art.

He is currently accepting commissions, and has begun a 14 year project of Biblical illustration.

Daniel lives near Chicago with his wife Michelle (a classical singer and choir director) and their four children. His work can be seen at

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John Paul Sonnen

John Paul Sonnen is a tour operator, history docent and travel writer with Vancouver-based Orbis Catholicus Travel.

His undergraduate degree he received from the University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, USA) and his graduate degree from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Rome, Italy). His specialty is faith-based group travel.

He is both a Knight of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta (SMOM) as well as the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (EOHSJ).

John Paul grew up in the sanctuary of the celebrated church of St. Agnes (St. Paul, USA), under the guidance and mentorship of the great American church musician, Msgr. R.J. Schuler, PhD.

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