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Manhattan College – Lasallian Stained Glass Windows

These stained glass windows of John Baptist de La Salle, originally created in 1900, were moved to the chapel at Manhattan College in 2016.

The windows 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.

They may be seen on the Manhattan College website (LINK) where there is also an online tour via the internet (LINK)

Below in the tab “WINDOWS” are large files that show each of the windows in detail.

There is also a video that gives the history, process, and results of a project to relocate the Lasallian stained glass windows from the former Novitiate building in Barrytown, NY, to the chapel at Manhattan College in the Bronx. It is a good discussion starter on the topic of alumni engagement and Lasallian art. (13 Minutes)

You can either clink the link below or watch it under the tab below “Show the Video.”



A Little More Information

In 2016, The Life and Work of Saint John Baptist de La Salle stained glass windows were installed in the Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers, the centerpiece of the Manhattan College campus. The collection replaced the existing windows that line the aisles of the Chapel, and serve as a virtual narrative recounting the life of the founder. Their beauty brings exterior light and reflected color into the interior walls.

The De La Salle windows were created in the early 1900s by Mazuet et fils, renowned father and son artisans based in Bayeux, Lower Normandy, whose work can be admired in the ancient churches and magnificent cathedrals of France, including Eglise Notre-Dame et Saint-Marcouf in Basse-Normandie. Mazuet et fils was founded in 1858, and both father, Leon-Louis, and son, Henri, were students of the Brothers in the late 1800s.

Originally, the windows were installed at St. Joseph’s Novitiate in Pocantico Hills, N.Y., but the Novitiate relocated to Barrytown, N.Y. in 1930 after the Pocantico Hills property was sold to the Rockefeller estate. The Barrytown property is transitioning and the windows are no longer needed on site, so Manhattan College was given the opportunity to preserve the windows in its Chapel of De La Salle and His Brothers.

Professional artisans carefully restored, customized and installed the windows in a rectangular format to accommodate them into the current spaces in the chapel.