Stain Study: Student Creates Guide to Chapel’s Treasured Windows

By Magazine Staff  |  Photos by David Rehor

While studying abroad at University  College Cork, Sean Gallagher, ’11, discovered that the campus chapel had a guidebook offering the history of its stained glass windows. Wanting to create a similar piece for Loyola’s Alumni Memorial Chapel, the double economics and theology major took it on as an independent study last semester.

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“I set a very aggressive time table for myself,” said Gallagher, a liturgical/musical intern for Campus Ministry. “My goal was to have it ready by the time Lessons and Carols rolled around—kind of as a Christmas gift to the Chapel.”

The booklet provides background information on each window, as well as a brief biography of the artist, Nicola D’Ascenzo. When the Butler, Pa., resident visits other churches, Gallagher pauses to notice the windows.

“The first thing that always strikes me is the colors,” he said. “The blues that we find in our chapel are not really found in a lot of places. If you’re ever able to walk into the Chapel at 4 or 5 in the afternoon when the sun is striking the rose window, you’ll see this blue and red reflection hitting the carpet.”

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