Studies and Scripture:
Stephanie Beard’s Creation
of the Windows for
St. Matthews Catholic Church
Thursday, March 4, 2010
11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
On view through April 9, 2010.
Conceptualizing, designing and overseeing the
creation of the windows for St. Matthews
12:45 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
at The Percolator, 217 N. Stanton
The Martin Building | 215 N. Stanton | 6th floor
Corner of Stanton and Mills, parking on northeast corner
I am incredibly fortunate to have been given the opportunity by the Rev. Msgr. A. Dixon Hartford to design the stained glass windows at St. Matthew Catholic Parish. Msgr. Hartford’s family donated two of the beautiful windows in St. Patrick Cathedral. This may have influenced his desire to change the windows at St. Matthew’s which were panes of plain yellow glass.
After telling the Parable of the Sower (MT. 13:3), Jesus says “whoever has ears ought to hear.” This was the inspiration for depicting parables from the Book of Matthew on the windows.
The use of symbols was a way to visually convey the words of the parables. As a result of my research, I was opened up to the beautiful use of symbols in sacred art and their importance to our religious rites.