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Pope St. John Paul II Chapel, Mundelein Seminary, IL

Posted by Ellen Bley on Aug 4, 2015 3:14:00 PM


Pope St. John Paul II Chapel

Mundelein Seminary, IL


The Conrad Schmitt Studios completed the design, fabrication and installation of nineteen new stained glass windows for the Pope Saint John Paul II Chapel at Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein, IL. Working closely with Father Robert Barron and Dr. Denis McNamara to develop the designs, the windows depict saints of the Catholic Church, incorporating symbols and imagery significant to their lives.

Fr. Barron envisioned the chapel to serve as an inspiration to generations of seminarians and a physical embodiment of the New Evangelization. This emphasis on spreading the Gospel through new media promulgated by John Paul II is a key philosophical movement in twenty-first century Catholicism and a cause dear to Fr. Barron. The saints represented in the windows of the chapel were important intercessors for John Paul II, as well as influential evangelizers. Prayerful devotion and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament are also common elements in these saints' lives.



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Traditional Stained Glass

Posted by Ellen Bley on Feb 3, 2015 1:42:00 PM



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Pope St. John XXIII Stained Glass Window at Mundelein Seminary

Posted by Ellen Bley on Dec 11, 2014 3:43:54 PM


Pope John XXIII (r.1958-1963) has been called the "Joyful Pope" and the "Good Pope," based on his good humor and gentle nature. Canonized in April of 2014, Pope St. John XXIII was known for speaking passionately in support of equality for all people, mending relations between Catholics and Jews, and calling the Second Vatican Council to order. His famed encyclical Pacem in Terris called for international efforts towards world peace, appearing just months after the Pope served as intermediary between the United States and the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis. While he did not live to see the end of Vatican II, the council over which John XXIII presided presented a new Catholicism to the world - one that emphasized ecumenism, participation of the laity and renewal for the modern age.   

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