The announcement by the Diocese of Raleigh of the acquisition of 42 stained glass windows from a church that was closed in 2012 has brought considerable excitement to both the faithful in the Diocese and former parishioners of the closed church in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
In the December 2012 edition of the NC Catholics, the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge discussed the acquisition and noted that, “The stained glass windows for our new Cathedral are part of a rich history that will continue to reflect the Light of Christ in bright future of our Diocese.”
Several photos were included in the magazine article. Beyer Studio in Philadelphia, the company hired to remove the windows from the closed Ascension Church and tasked with their restoration, has created a website allowing people in the Diocese of Raleigh and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to follow the process leading up the their installation in the new Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral.
The site provides several pages of pictures. One shows the windows, identifying each scene. Another page shows those windows created by Paula Himmelsbach Balano, while another displays the windows created by James Melcher Kass.
Visitors can also click on a link that will take them to a page of pictures that show the removal process, while another link will take them to a set of pictures of the first window undergoing restoration. That window, depicting the Adoration of the Magi, is on display in the lobby of the Catholic Center. The remaining 41 windows will be restored once construction of the Cathedral is underway. In the meantime, they will be securely housed at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia.
The website created by Beyer Studios also allows for visitors to comment on the windows and the process. Several comments are posted from faithful in the Archdiocese. Faithful in the Diocese of Raleigh are invited to provide comments on the site.