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Our Lady of Grace, Dearborn Heights, Michigan

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Building Name: Immaculate Conception Church

Studio Name: Menominee Stained Glass Works

City: Iron Mountain

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1902

Subject/Title of Window: St. Luke

Brief Description of Subject: From The Stained Glass Windows of Immaculate Conception Church, Iron Mountain, Michigan by Father Darryl J. Pepin, Pastor, 1989-.
10. Saint Luke - St. Luke, along with Matthew, Mark and John, is one of the Evangelists. He was a Gentile (someone who is not a Jew) who wrote his Gospel to convince the Gentiles that Jesus was truly the Messiah. St. Luke was a disciple of St. Paul and spent time with Paul in the days before Paul was martyred for Christ. Luke's Gospel is one that highlights the role of Mary in salvation history. Luke was also purported to be a physician. He is also said to have painted the image or icon of what is known as the Mother of Perpetual Help. (A copy of this icon is located in the Sacred Heart Chapel in the left rear of the Church). Luke is symbolized by the ox or calf seen at his side. This image is used since the notion of the sacrificing of animals starts his Gospel. It also represents the supreme sacrifice of Jesus when He died on the cross for us. Luke holds a quill and scroll showing that he authored the Gospel of Luke and the Acts of the Apostles. St. Luke's feast day is October 18th.

The lunette (half-round upper-most portion of the window) shows us an image of St. Aloysius (Luigi) Gonzaga. Aloysius was an energetic young man who joined the Jesuit community at the age of seventeen. He was outstanding in holiness and purity. He became very ill with the plague and even then he would rise from his bed at night and kneel in prayer before a crucifix. He died at the age of twenty-three. He is the patron saint of young men who wish to live pure and chaste lives. His feast day is June 21st. An interesting note is that he is the patron saint of Fr. Aloysius (Luigi) Lango who donated this window. Father Lang is credited with starting the first youth group in the parish in early 1900.

This window was donated by Father Aloysius (Luigi) Lango and the members of the Luigi Club - a group for the young men of the parish. The window was repaired and restored in memory of the Oliver and Josephine Turini and Carlo and Josephine Moroni families.

Inscriptions: Dono del Rev. Padre
D. Luigi Lango

Condition of Window: Excellent

Height: 10'

Width: 3'6"

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass, Antique or Cathedral Glass, Jewels or Cast Glass, Lead Came, Vitreous Paint

St. Luke
St. Luke

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