Holy Week Reflection with St Veronica – Discerning Beyond Suffering

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

March 25, 2024

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you to ponder a Holy Week Reflection with St. Veronica: Discerning Beyond Suffering. The stained-glass window is from St. Veronica Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Delano Kahlstorf is the photographer of this image. Del Kahlstorf is the Shared Director of Liturgy at St. Veronica and other South Shore Catholic Parishes. We pray in a special way for all liturgists during this Holy Week and thank God for their work in leading us in prayer in our Church.

Here’s a photo I took a while back of Conrad Pickel’s masterpiece window of St Veronica wiping the face of Jesus. It’s true that I’m one of the few people who really gets to experience the window! Conrad Pickel has ended up having quite an impact upon me, since the windows at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona, MN as well as the windows at Nativity of the Lord in Cudahy, WI are also by the Pickel Studio [albeit from the 1950’s so the style was quite different]. In each place–as the organist– I’ve had these windows as my constant view as I sit at the organ console.  -Del Kahlstorf

Fr. Carmelo Giuffre is the pastor of the South Shoreline Catholic Parishes which include St. Veronica, Nativity of the Lord, St. Augustine, Sacred Heart, Immaculate Conception and St. Paul.

Are you wondering about Conrad Pickel? How did he become famous for the art of stained glass? Conrad Pickel (1906 – 1994) learned the art of stained glass with the famed Mayer Studio in Munich, Germany. He began his own studio in 1947 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and it quickly grew into one of the leading studios in the country. In 1956, Mr. Pickel started a branch in Vero Beach, Florida, and transferred the complete operation there in 1977. Under the direction of Mr. Pickel’s son, Paul, the studio continues to develop new techniques and applications for stained glass and mosaic. The studio’s work may be seen in many of the finest churches, cathedrals, and cemeteries throughout the country and around the world. One commission, the Resurrection Mausoleum in Chicago, IL, is the world’s largest faceted glass window according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Learn more here.

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