Sunday, April 26, 2009


The three chapels at Maryknoll have magnificient stained glass windows, some depicting interesting events and others with familiar scenes with a different touch or flavor.
In a chapel called the Oratory of St. Joseph and the Lane Chapel (in honor of Bishop Raymond A. Lane, the third Superior General), the windows depict scene from the life of St. Joseph. The window at left portrays the betrothal of Joseph and Mary. St. Matthew (Mt. 1:18) and St. Luke (Lk. 1:27) both mention the fact that Mary was betrothed to Joseph when the Angel Gabriel brought Mary the invitation to cooperate in the plan of Almighty God and become the Mother of His Son. I have a special love for art which tries to capture this theme because it is one of the murals at the Immaculate Conception Center (the former Cathedral College of the Immaculate Conception) which is my Alma Mater and where I served as Director from 1997 to 2003. This is an instance of an artist presenting a scene which is not directly contained in Sacred Scripture but which is aluded to in the Gospels.