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Summer lecture series at St. Michael's looks at 'Stained Glass: A Foretaste of Heaven'

BRATTLEBORO — St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church, 47 Walnut St., has a collection of stained glass windows created for the church in 1889 by the Art Stained Glass Institute of F. Nicolas and Sons in Roermond, Holland.(1)

“While eye has not seen nor ear heard the glories that await in heaven, St. Michael's gives a vivid preview,” the church said in a news release. “The images of Saints are delicately rendered with amazing patterns and fanciful architectural details incorporated into the iconography. The spiritual beauty of the saints pictured is captured in the light of their holy lives and their heroic examples of love and faith.”

A program on the saints pictured in the stained-glass windows will be presented in the church by a number of visiting priests, artisans, and teachers, starting on Wednesday, June 28, and following every Wednesday until Sept. 27, which will be a talk given on the church's patron saint window, Saint Michael the Archangel.

The programs begin at 5 p.m. with Evening Prayer followed by the presentation. The first program will be given by Father Greg Markey, Chaplain at Thomas Aquinas College in Northfield, Massachusetts, and will focus on the window featuring Saint Joseph.

“Each program will explain the life and glory of the saint illustrated by the light and color of the stained glass,” according to organizers of the series. “The example and life of the saint will serve as a teaching tool to bring us closer to Jesus and His Way.”

The other facilitators, and the saints they will be discussing, will be as follows:

• Jennifer Healy, Ph.D. in Visual and Language Arts - St. Patrick

• Father Carlos Viego, Chaplain at Thomas Aquinas College - Mary, Holy Mother of God

• Father Kevin Chalifoux, Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima in Wilmington, - Saint Catherine of Alexandria

• Father Michael Pierz, Pastor of Blessed Sacrament Church in Greenfield, Massachusetts - Saint John the Baptist

• Deacon Christopher Dougherty - Saint Brigid

• Father Henry Furman, Pastor at St. Michael's Roman Catholic Church in Brattleboro - Saint Michael

Other lecturers will include Peter Orlowski, High School Teacher at Saint Michael School; Father Noiseux and Father DiMascola, retired priests; Father Greg Caldwell, Parochial Vicar at Saint Michael Parish; and Father Hugh Cleary, Pastor at Saint John the Baptist in Bennington.

For more information, contact the church at 802-257-5101 or [email protected].

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