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Case Study: Cathedral of the Sacred Heart


Client: Cathedral of the Sacred Heart
Location: Winona, Minnesota, United States
Glass Installation Date: September 2009

About The Client
The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart was established in 1952 with the intent of merging St. Thomas and St. Joseph parishes. In the years leading up to the merger of the two parishes, it had become apparent that St. Thomas was having difficulty meeting the needs of the growing Diocese of Winona. Bishop Edward Fitgerald consecrated the altar and clebrated the first Mass in the Cathedral on October 25, 1952. Since then, the Cathedral has gone through liturgical updating and major renovations.

Project Overview
After finishing major renovations in 2007, the Cathedral clergy began working with Willet Hauser to establish a plan to integrate the windows in the new entrance, narthex and meeting room areas. They decided to allow parishioners the opportunity to give the Cathedral the gift of a stained glass window as a way to honor the memory of a loved one. The Sacred Heart window (located above the entrance) was given to the Cathedral as a gift from the Hauser family in memory of James and Genevieve Hauser. The remaining windows are currently available for parishioners to give to the cathedral as a gift.

The project was designed by Charles Z. Lawrence.

The windows were set into aluminum frames that were set into cast stone. The windows were then covered with Lexan protective covering.

Client Feedback
"It brings a different light into the church. Something to speak to us all."

"I first saw the design on a 8 x14 piece of paper. It was stunning then!"

"I hear just about every week from a visitor or a member of Cathedral how beautiful the stained glass window of the Sacred Heart is and what a beautiful addition it is to our Cathedral. It is a great blessing that continues to bring people to deeper faith in Jesus and His Sacred Heart!"

- Rev. Richard Colletti

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