Friday, April 24, 2009


The stained glass windows at the Seminary Building at Maryknoll are without a doubt among the best I've seen in a long time. Consider this one from the shrine to the founders, a Boston priest (later Bishop) Fr. James Anthony Walsh and Fr. Thomas Frederick Price of North Carolina. The story goes that they met at the 21st Eucharistic Congress in Montreal, Canada in 1910. Maryknoll (the Catholic Foreign Mission Society of America) was established in 1911 and its mission blessed by Pope Pius X. The goal was the evangelization of China and the first missioners left for there in 1918.  Note the decidedly Chinese features on the faces of the Virgin and Child.