In December 2012, the Diocese of Raleigh announced that it had acquired 40 stained glass windows from the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The windows, created in the late 1920s, are being removed from Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in the Archdiocese that was closed several years ago. They will be used in the new Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral that will be built in the Diocese of Raleigh.
The process of removing them is slow and methodical. Most of the 40 windows have been removed and are being stored pending restoration. The remaining windows are in the process of being taken down. The company that is doing the work is Beyer Studio of Philadelphia, which has created an ongoing blog so faithful in the Diocese of Raleigh and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia can follow the process.
Beyer Studio has produced two videos that describe the safety required in removing the windows, which measure up to 17 feet high.