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Featured Windows, July 2001

St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church Window

Building: St. Mary Star of the Sea Church

City: Jackson

State: Michigan

The "Christ and the Battlefield Window" at St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church is a World War I memorial to "all Jacksonians serving in the Armed Forces and to the nuns and nurses who cared for them on the battlefields."

To the left are other soldiers and a Sister of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul tending a fallen nurse. Behind them St. Mary looks upward toward figures of Christ and attending angels.

Soldiers and Sailors Arriving on Shore

At the right of the scene are soldiers and sailors arriving on shore, bearing the American flag and supporting the wounded.

Completed in 1926, the Romanesque Revival church was designed by Frederick Spier of Detroit. The "Christ and the Battlefield Window" was created by the Tyrolese Art Glass Company of Innsbruck, Austria, after a design made by the church pastor, Father Eugene M. Colonna.

St. Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church of Jackson was registered in the Michigan Stained Glass Census by Charles Hoffman of Eastpointe.

Photo by Matt Swartzlander

(MSGC 1993.0065)

Text by Betty MacDowell, Michigan Stained Glass Census, July , 2001.