Windows For The Soul

A Tapestry Of Inspirations

THE WINDOW COMMITTEE at St. Benedict the Moor Roman Catholic Church was searching for a studio to design and fabricate 14 stained glass windows for their new sanctuary. They wanted the design to reflect the faith and legacy of this principally African American community in Dayton, Ohio. The church had a tapestry that was made by Father Francis Tandoh depicting the 14 Stations of the Cross in an African design style. The window committee challenged us to interpret the14 scenes on this tapestry into14 stained glass windows.

Some of our design staff (myself included) had concerns about how satisfactorily these tapestry images would translate into stained glass windows. As it turned out, our doubts were unfounded. These windows were brilliant and spectacular thanks to the talent and skill of our design team and stained glass artists.


Father Tandoh's original 'Stations of the Cross' artwork (shown on opposite page at the upper left) came from his heart and soul. The stained glass panels based on his art communicate a fresh and heartfelt interpretation of the passion of Christ, infused with a unique cultural flavor.

Right: A tapestry made by Father Francis Tandoh, depicting the 14 Stations of the Cross, was used by Bovard’s design staff as the inspiration for the stained glass windows. The scenes below represent the 5th, 10th and 12th Stations of the Cross and the panels on page 73 represent the 1st, 6th and 8th Stations.

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