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Saints in Glass

A book by J.J. Mueller, S.J. & Thomas M. Rochford, S.J.

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The stained glass windows of St. Francis Xavier (College) Church narrate an extraordinary story of community created by the twelve Jesuit saints whose lives the windows celebrate. These Jesuits–professors, pastors, missionaries, writers and administrators–lived in different eras but pursued a single mission that the College Church and Saint Louis University continue.

The renovation of the church in the 90s and the subsequent cleaning of the windows revealed details in the intricate stained glass that had been obscured for decades and are still difficult to interpret without the insight into the windows that this book provides.

By reminding us of our ancestors, the windows provide the context for what happens inside the church, a context of Jesuit activity reaching out from Belgium in the old world to a growing new world on the banks of the Mississippi River. The lives of the Jesuit saints provide the context for a worshipping community that is part of the university that surrounds the church. Bellarmine and Canisius stand out as giants of Jesuit scholarship, but all of the saints came from a world of learning. Perhaps most telling, the St. Ignatius window begins his story at the University of Paris where the first companions discovered a mission that would guide them far beyond their student years. The windows connect the twelve saints to the Society of Jesus worldwide and make that connection even more explicit for worship and work in St. Louis.

To order a copy of this beautiful full-color, hard-cover art book contact Mary Beth Erickson, Parish Center Administrator by phone at 314-977-7304 or by email at church@slu.edu. Cash, checks or MasterCard and Visa credit cards are accepted for payment.

$35.00 plus shipping and handling. All proceeds benefit St. Francis Xavier College Church.

J. J. Mueller SJ teaches in the theology department at Saint Louis University. He was chair of the theology department and has been at the university since 1984. He also taught at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, and in South Africa. His current interests focus on theology and art. He worked on the "Shared Vision: Jesuit Spirit in Education" video series, as well as a collection of images that he and Rochford published as "Ars Jesuitica."

Thomas M. Rochford SJ is Assistant to the Provincial for Communication for the Jesuits of the Missouri Province, and currently serves as editor of the Jesuit Bulletin magazine. He was Secretary for Communication for the Society of Jesus on the staff of the Superior General in Rome and has worked on special projects including the "Shared Vision: Jesuit Spirit in Education" video series and the Sacred Encounters museum exhibit. He is an artist whose work includes photography, graphic design and oil painting.

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