He could be trusted with the church’s mission in its most public liturgies and national broadcasts. He would bring thousands to Mt. St. Alban in festivals and open houses. But most unusually he invited artists of every stripe to create and perform in an huge space of unparalleled beauty, a place that both awed creative people and inspired them to produce at their highest level.
It was, in the end, those warm personal connections coupled with a natural enthusiasm for the building and its wider mission that made him a great ambassador.