This is the largest collection of stained glass in Arizona, and what a collection it is. HH pointed out that the quality of these windows is better than those in Bisbee, and there's not a thing wrong with those so that's an indication of the perfection of what you see here. It made me think that of course the company would have different grades of goods, something for different budgets. What a smart business move.
It is unclear from the church's website whether the windows came directly from the company's headquarters in St. Louis or were sub-contracted to a company in Munich.
First, the exterior. I really like Mission architecture.
Enough of that. On to the stars of this show.
A window at one end of the transept.
Following early church architecture, the north wall of the Sanctuary is of parabolic design to project the voice of the altar speaker to the rear of the church.
The dome lights the crossing of the nave and transept.
The window at the other end of the transept.
The altars, rails, confessional, pulpit, and pedestal were built in 1910 under the supervision of a Franciscan Brother. This is one of the side altars.
The "rose window" over the organ loft at the rear of the church.
The following are the windows that are spaced at regular intervals along the nave. I don't think they need any commentary, so I'll keep quiet.
This is a "plain," placeholder window. Judging from the names, I would guess this is a modern window.
All wooden furnishings other than those noted up above are of solid oak and the work was done by one firm from Cleveland.
Catholics will recognize this as a confessional, but the configuration is a new one to me. What I was brought up with had the priest in the middle and the sinners on either side. This one has just two compartments.
The details make a difference. Imagine sitting here on a cold winter morning with the furnace roaring in the basement and sending up heat through these registers right to your feet. They appear only on every other row, and I'd bet that's how the pews fill up.
This is the other side altar.
The main altar again.
The pulpit with three of the four evangelists.
The entrance to the rectory is at the corner of the block.
Thought of the day:
There are only three colors, ten digits, and seven notes; it's what we do with them that's important. - Jim Rohn