Bishop Matthew F. Ustrzycki,
Auxiliary Bishop of Hamilton
"I have known Achim Klaas for some 25 years and regard him as a specialist in liturgical design and sculpture. Specializing in liturgical art and architecture for 30 years has helped him to integrate faith, form and function based on proper liturgical principles. Quality was never compromised whether the task be large or small."
St. Julia Church, St. Catherines, ON
were in need of someone who had liturgical savoir faire and Achim Klaas
fulfilled this role in the renewals that we needed for St. Julia
Church. I was completely satisfied with his expertise and
Chairperson of the Board, Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board
concept discussions through to the design and production stages Klaas
Design has provided outstanding service to our school board. The
beauty and sense of spiritual space of our Secondary School Chapels has in
large measure been realized as a result of the contribution of Achim Klaas
St. Clements Church, Cambridge, ON
the past 25 years Achim has become the foremost religious and
ecclesiastical artist and sculptor, certainly in Ontario, and perhaps in
all of Canada. His sculptures adorn churches throughout our diocese
and far beyond."
several years I have known and engaged the services of Achim Klaas and his
team at Klaas Design. He is an extremely fine liturgical designer
and artist, always showing sensitivity to individual needs and
requirements following through with care and attention for the
details. This yields uncompromising work, both in his architectural
design and in the creation of sculpture or liturgical specialty items.
Chaplain, King's College at the University of Western Ontario
had the great pleasure of working with Klaas Design during the renovation
of one worship space and during the construction of another space which
would be used for our Sunday liturgies and by community groups during the
rest of the week. Mr. Klaas provided great vision and showed
tremendous creativity in working with the space that we provided him and
with the monies that we had allotted for the project. As someone who
has completed graduated work in liturgical studies, I was impressed with
his familiarity with current trends in liturgical and sacramental theology
and the pastoral insights that he provided in our conversations.
Everyone who has been to celebrate in the space that he has designed for
us have been inspired by the beauty and simplicity which he has provided
us. Having seen the gifts that he has brought to our community and
to our diocesan church, I would have no hesitation in recommending him to
parishes or institutions who might be seeking guidance."