Stained Glass Window Lifts Spirits At St. Francis Trauma Center Chapel
St. Francis Xavier was a missionary in the 1500s, widely known in the church as the 'Apostle of the East'' and he is the patron saint of missionaries. The images in the window are of his work in India and in Japan.
"He very much wanted to go to China. He got close to China but died before he got there," Sister Barbara Anne said.
His dream of continuing his missionary work in China is depicted in the window, a purple ribbon-like image on the upper right represents the Great Wall of China.
There are more than 4,000 individual pieces of glass in the 563 square foot window. The glass comes from England, France, Germany Poland and the U.S. It is a series of panels created in a studio in Pennsylvania.
The panels were shipped here and assembled in the north wall of the chapel. There's more than half a mile of lead holding all that glass together.