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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: St. John Cantius Catholic Church (closed 2007)

Studio Name: Detroit Stained Glass Works, The

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Subject/Title of Window: St. Hedwig of Silesia

Brief Description of Subject: Background: St Hedwig, Patron Saint of Silesia, was born into royalty in 1174. At age 12 she was married to Henry 1 who became head of the Piast Dynasty. They established the first Cistercian abbey in Poland --- located at Trzebnica, it still exists. Upon Henry's death Hedwig entered the monastery headed by her daughter. Hedwig attended to the sick and  the poor. She died in 1243 and is buried on the grounds of the abbey she had founded.

Description of Window: St. Hedwig is costumed as a Cistercian lay sister with a Queen's robe. In her right hand she is holding a copy of the abbey in Trzebnica. To me it looks like a stick of bread in her left hand -- she is known for giving food to the poor.

The location of this window is in the Chancel which is traditionally a place of honor.

Inscription: Not viewable on photo but donor name was at bottom of window.

Height: ~9.5’

Width: 2.5'

St. Hedwig Window photo by Dave Daniszewski
St. Hedwig Window photo by Dave Daniszewski
St. Hedwig of Silesia Window closeup photo by Dave Daniszewski
St. Hedwig of Silesia Window closeup photo by Dave Daniszewski

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