SYMBOLS OF HOPE & INSPIRATIONS FOR PRAYER

Old & New

The chapel will incorporate the windows from the current Christ the King chapel as well as new and relocated windows.

50+

The new Christ the King Chapel will feature more than 50 stained glass windows.

Remembrance & Prayer

You can remember your loved ones in perpetuity by dedicating one of the windows, which will each include a special honorary inscription.

Beyer Studio

New windows will be produced by the twenty-five artists at the renowned Beyer Studio, who craft their own windows and restore windows from England, France, and Germany as well as America.

The new Christ the King Chapel will feature over 50 stained glass windows. Both the history and future of Catholic art will be represented in historic windows imported from Bavaria and rescued from aging urban neighborhood parishes. Alongside these will be new windows, crafted with the same techniques, and hand-blown glasses featuring saints canonized in our time, with subjects and symbols relevant to our spiritual and educational mission.

Dedication opportunities are available for each of the windows. You can remember your loved ones and preserve your family’s memory in perpetuity by dedicating one of the windows, which will each include a special honorary inscription. Every day, for many generations to come, students will be praying for you and your loved ones–arguably, until the Lord comes again!

Transept Windows

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The Nativity

Transept Window (North)

 

Moving forward toward the Altar, a truly splendid historic window and a remarkable new window will dominate the transepts.The north transept of the cross-shaped Christ the King Chapel will feature this beautifully restored window of the Nativity. A majestic 13-by-24, this window was crafted by the famous F.X. Zettler Studio of Munich, Bavaria, and is an excellent example of this studio’s lush, pictorial style. The unsurpassed quality of their work prompted Pope Pius IX to award them a gold medal in 1870, and King Ludwig II to recognize them with the title of Royal Bavarian Art Institute for Pictorial Painting on Glass in 1873.

This window was originally crafted for Incarnation Church in Philadelphia in 1923. Now, after 94 years, this window will undergo a comprehensive restoration. The Beyer Studio will completely disassemble and clean each of the many thousands of pieces of colored and hand-painted glass, and then reassemble the pieces with all new leading. Rescuing this important work of Catholic art will guarantee its survival in the new Christ the King Chapel.

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The Resurrection

 

Transept Window (South)

 

Turning toward the South Transept, a glorious scene of the Resurrection of Christ will match the Nativity in brilliance. e new window will be either restored or handcrafted by the Beyer Studio to match the quality, beauty, and style of the North Transept window.

The transept windows, featuring the birth and ressurection of Christ, depict two great liturgical feasts in the Catholic Church: Christmas and Easter.

Artist Rendering of New Saint Windows

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FOUR MORE NEW DESIGNS AVAILABLE

The expanded nave of our new chapel will feature eight new aisle windows featuring heroic portraits of modern and ancient saints. Modern in content, but traditional in form, the windows will be handcrafted by the Beyer Studio with the attention to detail and quality that marked the great Munich studios of the twentieth century.

Donors will have the opportunity to participate in selecting the saint featured in the window, the choice of the image, and the unique experience of following the design process via updates from the Studio. Dedication inscriptions with hand-painted calligraphy fired into imported glass will remind future generations of this generous gift of art.

Pope St. John Paul the Great

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St. Theresa of Calcutta

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St. Columcille

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The Martyrs of Otranto

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Sponsor’s Choice of Saint

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Sponsor’s Choice of Saint

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Sponsor’s Choice of Saint

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Sponsor’s Choice of Saint

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Windows for Mary’s Chapel

Our Lady’s Chapel, behind the main altar, will feature four restored windows made by the Tyrolese Glass Art Company of Innsbruck, Austria. This firm was formally recognized with an honorary Papal title. Their work was first seen in America at the Centennial Exposition of 1876. Four scenes from the life of the Virgin are represented in the gorgeous color and beautiful draftsmanship that were this studio’s hallmark. Once removed from Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Chester, PA, the windows will undergo a painstaking restoration by the Beyer Studio, which will make them appear just as they did at the turn of the 20th Century. Pictured here are the Annunciation, Visitation, Assumption, and Coronation. Dedication inscriptions in hand-painted calligraphy fired into imported glass will remind future generations of this generous gift of art.

Tyrolese Glass Art Company of Innsbruck, Austria

The Annunciation

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The Visitation

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The Assumption

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The Coronation

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Artist’s Rendering of Re-framed Windows

From the Current Christ the King Chapel

A prominent place will be provided for the stained glass in our current Chapel, to be a familiar presence along the aisles alongside the eight new nave windows. Originally rescued from the retired Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in old town Winchester, Virginia, these windows date back to the late 19th century. Each will be completely disassembled, restored, and rebuilt by the Beyer Studio to last in our new Chapel.

In keeping with the tradition of Catholic stained glass, all of the aisle windows will include a dedication inscription honoring the intention of the window’s donor. Hand-painted calligraphy fired into imported glass will remind future generations of this generous gift of art.
St. Anthony

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St. Patrick

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St. Peter

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St. Stephen

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The Good Shepherd

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St. Joseph

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The Assumption

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The Baptism of Our Lord

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Façade Window

Greeting each visitor to our chapel will be an image of Our Lady Seat of Wisdom, at the center of a new stone rose window. Attending the Virgin will be seven angels representing the liberal arts.

Artist sketches second draft of window.

Artist’s first draft of window.

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About Beyer Studio

Now in its 37th year, the Beyer Studio was founded by Joseph and Rita Beyer with the intention of achieving a level of quality equal to the great studios of the early 20th Century. Their specialty of relocating historic stained glass began over 25 years ago. Working with various dioceses to find new homes for surplus stained glass, the effort now known as the Sacred Window Rescue Project has relocated many hundreds of windows from Anchorage to Australia.

Their work restoring windows from England, France and Germany, as well as America, has greatly influenced their new art windows. Their research into obscure historic techniques has resurrected skills that were all but lost to this artistic medium. The current renaissance in traditional Catholic art and architecture keeps the studio’s staff of 25 artists constantly busy with challenging projects.

Above: Artisans of the Beyer Studio in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

 

Right: A Beyer Studio artisan installs a custom stained glass window in Christendom College’s newly constructed St. Clare Residence Hall, which will be home to 100 female students.

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An Announcement from Christendom College President
Dr. Timothy T. O'Donnell