Tuesday, December 10, 2013

St. Patrick Catholic Church, Janesville, Wisconsin

Detail of St. Patrick's stained glass window in the nave of Janesville's oldest parish.  Here St Patrick is shown driving snakes off the Emerald Isle, as the legend goes.  As is typical in St. Patrick artwork, he is dressed in bishop's clothes and wielding a crosier.

A full view of the window, as see from the opposite side of the nave.  The church is Janesville oldest standing Catholic church building, built in the 19th century.  From the words of a kind parishioner, this and the bulk of the other windows also date to that time period. 

A little insight regarding the funding or sponsorship for this window: "Donated by St. Patrick's Court W.C.O.F No. 318"

St. Patrick Parish
315 Cherry Street  Janesville, WI 53548

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Madison, Wisconsin

This is Holy Redeemer Church, part of Madison's Cathedral Parish.  Built in the 1860s, it originally served Madison's German Catholics.  Today it serves a diverse congregation, with Masses offered in Spanish, Latin, and English each weekend.  Located only a block from the famous State Street and between the State Capitol and University of Wisconsin campus, its patina-touched steeple is a familiar sight to many.

Beyond the church is the former Holy Redeemer school building.  Closed for many years, it is currently being repurposed for student housing in cooperation with St. Paul's University Catholic Center on State Street.  The Lumen House, as it is named, is scheduled to open for students for the Fall 2014 semester.

Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, Cathedral Parish