This year marks the 100th anniversary of the approval by Pope Benedict XV of the Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of the Atonement, at the urging of Fr. Paul Wattson, SA, Servant of God and the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement. To honor Our Lady and help others come into her mercy through prayer, a new stained glass window at St. Joseph the Worker parish in Richmond, British Columbia, has been installed.
“We are so happy to have the artwork completed and in position, and we are extremely pleased with how it looks and the effect it has on the gathering space,” said Fr. David Poirier, SA. The project was initiated by Fr. Poirier and paid for by dedicated donors, including a $30,000 donation from the Atonement Friars.
The windows will provide inspiration for all who pray in the parish and thereby impact the prayers of generations to come. As Our Lady of the Atonement supported Christ’s mission so well, these panels will help all who view them to understand the work of Christ’s atonement more fully.
The central panel depicts Our Lady of the Atonement; the left panel Sts. Francis and Clare of Assisi; and the right panel Fr. Paul and Mother Lurana White of Graymoor.
By venerating Sts. Francis and Clare, as well as Fr. Paul, and Mother Lurana, the windows show how God calls both men and women to dedicate their lives to him, and how the work that men and women accomplish together is a beautiful testament to God’s divine love.
To learn more about our Blessed Mother under the title of Our Lady of the Atonement, click here.