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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Christ Church Detroit

Studio Name: Baxter Glass Art

City: Detroit

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 2016

Subject/Title of Window: St. Kateri Tekakwitha

Brief Description of Subject: This window is located in the stairwell leading up to the gospel side balcony and overlooks the "Mother and Daughter Garden" of the Church. The window was crafted to be seen from the Garden as well as the stairwell.

Description by the designer and maker of this window, Ann W. Baxter.

"The centerpiece of the window is a portrait of St. Kateri Tekawitha (1856 - 1680), a Native American woman known as "Lily of the Mohawks" who was Beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1980 and canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2012. She was a major influence on Rebecca, to the point that "Kateri" was chosen by Rebecca as her Confirmation name. St. Kateri was ostracized by her tribe when she converted to Christianity and dedicated her life to Jesus. She took a vow of chastity, helped to spread the word of God and unfortunately, died very young. But she is in the heart of many, and remains the Patron of the environment, ecology, people in exile and Native Americans.

In the window, St. Kateri is placed in a natural setting that includes pine trees, a dog, and squirrel at her feet. There is a large cross rising up behind her, centered by the Holy Spirit radiating amber rays through the background. The circle around the Holy Spirit is the center of the word "JOY", a word frequently used to describe Rebecca who radiated that sentiment even as she fought the debilitating cancer that would take her young life.

At the top of the cross is a bouquet of white lilies, significant both as a symbol of peace and as a reference to St. Kateri.

The cobalt blue glass border around the entire window includes squares with discreet images of special meaning to Rebecca and her family."

This memorial window for Rebecca Kelly was donated by her father, John F. Kelly.

Inscriptions: In loving memory
Rebecca Lynn Kelly
January 2, 1980 - December 6, 2015

Condition of Window: good

Height: 63"

Width: 17"

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass, Antique or Cathedral Glass, Lead Came

St. Kateri Tekakwitha
St. Kateri Tekakwitha
St. Kateri Tekakwitha close-up
St. Kateri Tekakwitha close-up
St. Kateri Tekakwitha outside
St. Kateri Tekakwitha outside
St. Kateri Tekakwitha outside close-up
St. Kateri Tekakwitha outside close-up

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