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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Cathedral Abbey of St. Anthony, formerly St. Anthony Roman Catholic Church (closed 2006)

Studio Name: Tyrolese Art Glass Company

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1902

Subject/Title of Window: St. Borromeo and St. Aloysius Gonzaga

Brief Description of Subject: St. Charles Borromeo (1538 - 1584) was born into an aristocratic family but at age 12 decided to devote himself to the Church. He went to Rome at the request of his uncle Pope Pius IV to work for the Vatican. Soon after he decided to become a priest. He rose to become Bishop of Milan and is known for his work fighting corruption within the Church as well as giving his fortune to the poor.

St. Aloysius Gonzaga (1561 - 1591) was born into a powerful Italian family -- House of Gonzaga. HE RECEIVED HIS FIRST COMMUNION FROM ST. CHARLES BORROMEO and at an early age turned to a religious life. When he was 18 he joined the Jesuits. When the plague spread to Rome he devoted himself to caring for the sick and died from the disease.

This window has St. Borromeo dressed in priestly garb and giving communion to St. Aloysius Gonzaga who is dressed as royalty in period costume.

The detail work on the this window is incredible -- just a few examples -- priest's costume, the fringe on the altar cloth, candlestick holders, crucifix in reredos, carved woodwork of the altar seen below the altar cloth, etching on the chalice, elaborate nimbi.

Decorative medallion at the top contains an angel's head surrounded by wings that go from a shade of white to bronze in color. This medallion is identical to the medallion in the St. Rose of Lima window that is located opposite this one.

The donor is inscribed at the bottom of the window "Young Men's Sodality".


Height: 11'

Width: 44"

St. Borromeo and St. Aloysius Gonzaga
St. Borromeo and St. Aloysius Gonzaga
Angel medallion
Angel medallion
St. Borromeo gives Communion to St. Aloysius
St. Borromeo gives Communion to St. Aloysius

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