Sacred space enhanced by stained-glass beauty


    Since returning to the Archdiocese of New Orleans in 2009, Archbishop Gregory Aymond has emphasized with archdiocesan employees the importance of being “coworkers in the vineyard of the Lord.” One manifestation of that shared ministry was on display at a pre-Christmas Mass at the archdiocesan office building at 1000 Howard Ave.

    The environment for worship in a formerly drab first-floor conference room, where Mass is celebrated regularly, has been enhanced with stained-glass windows. Four of the windows with circular medallions come from the chapel at the former Hotel Dieu Hospital, which opened in 1924 and was sold to the state by the Daughters of Charity in 1992. Four other windows with scrolls reading “Pray for us” in French, Spanish, English and Vietnamese are new, but they were meticulously designed by Attenhofer’s Stained Glass Restoration and Design Studio to match the original Hotel Dieu windows.

    “The plaques were created to have an Old World look, using warm-tone paints,” said Cindy Courage-Knezeak of Attenhofer, below, in dark shirt, explaining the vision to archdiocesan archivist Dr. Emilie Leumas.

    Soon to come for the entrance to the building will be two large stained-glass windows that will offer depictions of St. Vincent de Paul (from the Hotel Dieu chapel) and the crucified Christ (donated after Katrina by St. Joan of Arc Mission Church in Mt. Pocono, Pa.). They will be installed in light boxes so that the images will be visible at all times to visitors to the building.

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