Stained Glass Windows
The stained glass windows in the Lower Church were also salvaged from the church of St. Mary Morning Star in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Each window consisted only of the narrow rectangular image of the saint. The craftsmen at Lynchburg Glass in Virginia inserted the original artwork into surrounding glass to make them fit the window openings in the new OLR.
Saints for the United States
The much loved St. Therese of Lisieux is honored with one window. The other four windows portray the Jesuit missionaries to North America and in a very unique window–St. Kateri Tekakwitha.
St. Isaac Jogues
St. Isaac Jogues was one of the French Jesuits who was martyred by members of the Iroquois tribe. Notice the tomahawk by which he was murdered.
St. Gabriel Lalemant
St. Gabriel was another Jesuit missionary priest martyred by the Iroquois. Notice the chalice the sign of his priestly vocation.
St. John de Brebeuf
St. John de Brebeuf was a Jesuit missionary martyr in Canada. Notice the teepee to indicate his calling as a missionary to the native Americans.
St. Therese of Lisieux
St. Therese–the Little Flower died at the age of 24 in a Carmelite convent. The Little Flower is pictured with roses. This window is a gift of the Schomer Family.
St. Kateri Tekakwitha
The first native American saint, she stands as a witness to the martyrs who are also remembered here. She was called the Lily of the Mohawks for her purity and innocence. Like St. Therese, she died at the age of 24. This window was donated by the Plyler Family.