Our Window History
Since the 12th century, stained glass windows have been used in our churches as an expression of religion. The most common use of stained glass was to be a decorative and silent proclamation of the story of God’s love.
Stained glass is an art form itself. Unlike painting where color is placed on something, the color in stained glass is contained within the substance itself. A stained glass window is still made by the same methods as it was over 800 years ago.
Faceted stained glass is a relatively new addition to this field of art. In this process, color is the predominant characteristic. Colored slab glass, up to an inch or more in thickness, is chipped with a metal hammer to give each piece a uniquely faceted edge. These pieces of glass give a jewel-like quality and sparkle. The glass slabs are embedded in an epoxy resin and while the epoxy appears cement-like, the glass appears to be a decorative pattern of sparkling colors.
Most of the windows in our parish were made in this manner. They were made by Don Olszewski of Corpus Christi, whose grandfather brought this craft to the United States from Poland in the 1890s. The scene has changed but the method remained the same. Olszewski buys most of his glass from Europe where masters of the staining technique blow glass into thin plates. The secrets of the color and techniques were then passed down from generation to generation.
3 years in the making, and a cost of $19,217.60, the 47 stained glass windows in our parish were formally blessed by the Most Reverend Thomas J. Drury, Bishop of Corpus Christi, on December 3, 1978. Most of the windows in our parish were donated by our parishioners as a memorial gift in honor of a deceased relative.
The beauty of our church offered by the stained glass windows would not have been possible had it not been for many parishioners who generously donated them.