The Church of the Transfiguration is a contemporary expression of an ancient fourth-century style of architecture — a heritage shared by all Christians, and its shape reflects the Community’s monastic tradition and ecumenical vision. Constructed of Minnesota limestone, it features a long rectangular nave, a rounded apse at the east end, narrow side aisles, a peaked timber roof, and interior columns and arches along the side aisles.
The church’s architecture is a contemporary expression of an ancient basilican form, first used by the Romans, and later adopted by the earliest Christians, reflecting both the Community of Jesus’s ecumenical vision, and its monastic identity. Its shape and design beautifully accommodates the worship that takes place within it – both the daily celebration of Eucharist, and the Liturgy of the Hours. The strong longitudinal layout, the columns and arches flanking the central path, the central roof trusses, and the apse that envelopes and displays the altar, all underscore the altar’s significance, and give directional movement to the sanctuary. Antiphonal seating allows for chanting the psalmody. The unique placement of the organ chambers in the side aisles allows the organ to speak throughout the church.
Guided tours of the church are offered on Monday – Saturday (closed Wednesday) from 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM.