Support the De La Salle Windows Campaign
With Your Help Today, These Historic Lasallian Windows Will Move to Manhattan College
In an exciting partnership, The Brothers of the Christian Schools, District of Eastern North America and Manhattan College are saving and preserving this collection of magnificent stained glass windows, originally installed at the Brothers’ Novitiate in Pocantico Hills, NY, and in 1930 moved to the Chapel at the Brothers’ Novitiate in Barrytown, NY. The De La Salle Windows will become part of the Brothers’ District Archival Collection through their installation in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers on the campus of Manhattan College.
This exquisite collection of priceless stained glass windows portrays scenes from the life of Saint John Baptist de La Salle, from his childhood in Reims to his death and subsequent glorification in heaven. An historic collection, it is considered the most beautiful and complete artistic reflection in stained glass of De La Salle’s life and his founding of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Properly preserved, the De La Salle Windows will carry the Lasallian spirit forward, will underscore the Lasallian Mission, and will act as an inspiring “touchstone” for Lasallians throughout our District: Brothers, Alumni, lay Partners, former Brothers, current students, volunteers, affiliated members, and benefactors.
“This is a rare opportunity for us to come together and bring home an important piece of our legacy. This campaign gives us the opportunity to honor our past, to promote learning about our Lasallian Heritage today, and to inspire generations of Lasallians to join us in a spirit of faith and zeal for the human and Christian education of young people, especially those in need. I hope that you will join us!”
– Br. Dennis Malloy, FSC – Visitor/Provincial
Please join us in preserving this piece of our legacy, and ensuring that such an iconic collection of beautiful stained glass has a home where future generations of Lasallians can observe and appreciate our unique heritage.
Once installed in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers, the centerpiece of Manhattan College’s campus, The De La Salle Windows of Barrytown will become part of the Brothers’ District Archival Collection. These stained glass windows will replace the current glass windows along the aisles flanking the nave, becoming a visual narrative recounting the life of the Founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle, Patron Saint of Teachers of Youth. In addition, the beauty of these windows will bring exterior light and reflect color onto the interior walls. Professional artisans will restore, customize, and install the stained glass into the existing rectangular window frames in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers.
Of Preservation and Education
The stained glass windows from the former novitiate at Barrytown will greatly expand educational opportunities at Manhattan College and underscore its Lasallian heritage. They provide a narrative depicting several key moments in the life of the Saint and will educate viewers, in a visual and highly artistic way, on key moments in his life and the life of the Institute within an historical context. The windows, in combination with the chapel’s altar and mural, will provide effective teaching opportunities for formal courses, where they will greatly enrich class discussions. As a focal point they will stimulate conversation during campus events, such as convocations, accepted students days and guided tours.
Saint Gregory the Great recognized how the visual can supplement the verbal when trying to reach a much larger audience. There is power in art to convey a message and reinforce values. We continue to learn in special ways from visual, as well as written texts. Works of art, such as the De La Salle stained glass windows, can speak to the heart in ways that words alone cannot.
The windows will guide viewers as they move through the Chapel to visualize moments in the Saint’s life — from his childhood in Reims, to the vow he took with his Brothers, to his death in Rouen and his glorification in heaven, where he is welcomed by Christ and acknowledged as a great teacher by Saint Ignatius Loyola. Properly preserved on the Manhattan College campus, the windows will carry the Lasallian spirit forward to future generations.