Chapel Window
Designed by Ray Day for
Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church
New Albany, Indiana

Ray Day, center (window designer),
pictured with Fr. Paul Etienne (Pastor)
and David Hatfield (stained glass artist)
at the Open House for the new
Priest's R
esidence and Chapel October 28, 2001.

NOTE: Fr. Paul was ordained Bishop of Cheyenne, WY on December 8, 2009

Mary, under the title of
Our Lady of Perpetual Help
rests atop a Chi-rho, the Christian symbol of Christ.

First, a full size 'cartoon' is drawn - 62.5" high and 32" wide.

Because the new Residence and Chapel is nestled in a wooded area, background colors evolve from dark greens below to sunlit yellows above. The deep red is used in the Chi-rho
to symbolize Christ's sacrifice on Calvary.

Like a giant jigsaw puzzle, hand cut glass pieces are
carefully laid over the paper cartoon. Assembly is the next challenge.
Each glass shape is edged with copper foil and
soldered one to another.

David has spent numerous hours
soldering the over 225 individual pieces of glass together. Upon completion of the front surface, the entire window is turned over for soldering the back as well.

At right, Ray paints facial features
to the figures using black enamel.

On the back, two horizontal support bars are secured to the
metal frame surrounding the window.

David then mounts the finished work of art on the inside of a double-paned insulated window that had been installed by the builder.

Four strips of wood molding, stained to match the window trim, are added to complete the project.

Colors in the photo at right are adversely affected by a dreary autumn day and the wide roof overhand at the top.