The following website information was sent to Cal Catholic in an Oct. 18 email.
Welcome to the Sacred Window Rescue Project website…
where you will find listed surplus stained glass belonging to various faith organizations. The stained glass windows listed herein are available for purchase and reuse in new construction and renovation projects.
St. Brigit of Fauchart
Here is a splendid small window from the former Saint Aloysius Church in south Philadelphia and features Saint Brigid of Fauchault. It was made by the famous F.X. Zettler Studio of Munich Bavaria. This is the last window from an entire collection that has happily been relocated into new settings. It is in good condition and does not require rebuilding or significant restoration. Note: According to the terms of sale of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, this window can only be purchased by a church or other religious institution. Please call for information if you can provide a home for this great window from the heyday of the Munich School.
Height 60 inches, width 21 inches, price $800.
At least these beautiful religious works of art are saved, and not destroyed. In the years following Vatican II it was not uncommon to have the pastors of gorgeous churches organize a pillage party in the wee hours past midnight where altars, statues, confessionals, and communion rails were destroyed and carried away before the first Mass of the day was celebrated. There was a second hand store in Chicago called Lake Shore Antiques. It is now closed and it had relics, chalices, vestments and other liturgical items , which were rescued from trash bins, for sale. Another scrap metal store in Buffalo, New York carried marble pieces which came from the gutted or closed nearby churches. It is unfortunate, though, that often these articles are used for profane or sacrilegious purposes instead of what they were meant for.
Father I watch a video of a Catholic church being slowly returned to it’s glory after modernization. It related that when the original stained glass window were smashed the older women parishioners were outside praying the rosary and crying. All of the sacrifices of the parishioners to build the church meant nothing to those who had newer ideas of what a church should be. It is difficult to understand how the beauty of the windows was “profane” in the eyes of modernists.
You apparently don’t understand modernist and the fact that I believe a canonized Pope declared modernism to be the worse of all heresies!
May God have mercy on an amoral Amerika and His Church!
Viva Cristo Rey!
Yours in Their Hearts,
Kenneth M. Fisher, Founding Director
Concerned Roman Catholics of America, Inc
These are very nice. Great craft skills exhibited. They would be wonderful in a church with old-fashioned architecture. A creative architect could even find a way to use them in a modern church building. My parish, old architecture, has about thirty stained glass windows and they are a joy to look at, but they would not fit in a church built today. Very nice!