Stained glass windows that adorned Pelletier Hall’s chapel have a new home. Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Montgomery, Ohio, (near Cincinnati) will install the windows in their redesigned chapel when they complete renovations later this year. According to Deacon Max, it was timely that Sisters of the Good Shepherd were looking for a home for the windows at the same time the church was redesigning its chapel to meet parishioners’ needs.
Fr. Tom Mannebach, Pastor of Good Shepherd Parish, said, “The efforts to secure stained glass windows for the church came as an important part of our plan to beautify and enhance our chapel worship space. We are very grateful to the Sisters of the Good Shepherd for their generous donation of these windows. We are excited, as they will serve to enhance the prayer lives of all who worship in our newly remodeled chapel.”
History of Pelletier Hall stained glass windows
Province of Mid-North America archival records reveal that the windows were made for and installed in the chapel of Our Lady of the Woods in Carthage, Ohio. The Provincial House was established in 1871. Its buildings were detached and erected at different time periods. Sisters began chapel construction in 1911. The Most Reverend Henry Moeller, Archbishop of Cincinnati, dedicated the chapel on June 23, 1924.
According to Province of Mid-North America (PMNA) archival records, the two windows were originally part of a much larger group of at least 140 stained glass windows, which were likely made in Munich Germany sometime between 1910 and 1923. The windows of Jesus the Good Shepherd and Mary, the Shepherdess for Christ, were removed from the chapel of Our Lady of the Woods after the facility was closed. They were sold back to the Sisters for the new retirement home, Pelletier Hall, in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky.
The Sisters broke ground for Pelletier Hall on November 6, 1980. They moved retired Sisters into the building — complete with the Good Shepherd and Good Shepherdess windows — on March 30, 1982. In 2016 Sisters left Pelletier Hall and moved into St. Margaret Hall and Beechwood nursing care facilities in Cincinnati. PMNA then sold Pelletier Hall.
The Sisters made an agreement with the buyer of Pelletier Hall that the stained glass windows would be donated to Good Shepherd Church. The church was built in the 1960s without stained glass. Deacon Max said the windows are going to be a welcome and beautiful addition to their chapel.
Good Shepherd Church is going to install a plaque next to the windows to recognize Sisters of the Good Shepherd Province of Mid-North America. You can read additional historical accounts of Our Lady of the Woods and Pelletier Hall at http://bit.ly/2kOAY5P and http://bit.ly/2kJmfKa.
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