Searching for Archangels in the Madison Diocese Part 2

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

September 28, 2023

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity share more Archangel Raphael images from the Diocese of Madison. In Parts 1 and Part 2 of the post, you will find these parishes represented: St. Francis Xavier Church, Cross Plains, Wisconsin;  St. John the Baptist, Waunakee, Wisconsin, St. Bernard Church, Madison, Wisconsin, St. Mary of the Lake, Westport, Wisconsin and a statue from St. Bernard Church, Middleton, Wisconsin. Last an angel that could be St. Raphael adoring at Blessed Sacrament, Madison, Wisconsin as we near the Eucharistic Congress for the Diocese taking place at St. John the Baptist, Waunakee, Wisconsin

 St. Bernard, Middleton, Wisconsin

St. Bernard Catholic Church in Middleton, Wisconsin has a shrine to St. Raphael. This angelic image is far from light-winged. The statue exhibits a strength of character that looks above for guidance.  The church is located at 2015 Parmenter Street, Middleton, WI 

Fr. Scott Jablonski is the Parochial Administrator. May this saint of strength and healing watch over all of us.

St. Mary of the Lake, Westport, Wisconsin

The windows in St. Mary of the Lake church were designed and created by Conrad Schmitt Studios of New Berlin, Wisconsin. The artists, Bernard O. Gruenke and Peter Recker, collaborated on many
projects during their distinguished careers, including the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary at Holy Hill, one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in Wisconsin. This parish is linked with St. John the Baptist, Waunakee, Wisconsin. 

Blessed Sacrament Church, Madison, Wisconsin

This could be St. Raphael. If not, it is an angel adoring the Blessed Sacrament and offering incense, the traditional symbol of the prayers of the faithful.  In the panel above another angel is the new Jerusalem where God dwells with humanity and all is made new (Rev 21:1-8).  Donna Roeck, Operations Manager shared that “Blessed Sacrament Church is an expression of Gothic style that is closely associated with the origins and spirituality of the Dominic Order. St Thomas Aquinas has said that there are three requirements of beauty:  integrity,  harmony, and brightness. One of the major characteristics of the Gothic church is that it is flooded with light, often mediated by beautiful stained glass windows aglow with color.   In the Gothic worldview, light is a vital element that brings us in touch with the Lux Nova who is Christ that is perceived in the physical light that fills the church. Current Pastor is Fr. Andy McAlpin O.P.

Watch for more angelic images for the Feast of the Guardian Angels in the coming days.

Article Comments:

Fr. Placid Stroik, OFM 09/29/2023 @ 11:18 pm

So full of light and inspiration drawing me to the Messenger that is all light no darkness ever. thank you


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