Bishop blesses new stained glass

WARREN, Mich. – De La Salle Collegiate held a blessing and dedication ceremony for the new stained-glass window in the school chapel.

About 40 people attended Tuesday morning’s 30-minute long service which saw Bishop Robert Fisher bless the new window with holy water.

“It really completes this room,” Bishop Fisher said. “Throughout the ages, the Church has used art as a way not only to inspire us but also teach us about the faith. Certainly, this window does that. We see the elements of learning. We see the Holy Spirit involved. We see St. John Baptist as kind of an intercessor there leading the young people to the Lord. We pray that the window continues to inspire people as they walk by the chapel each day. It’s a good reminder of who we are and why we’re here.”

The new stained glass – which features the school’s founder, Saint John Baptist de La Salle – was designed and created by Thompson Art Glass in Brighton, Mich. The glass was commissioned over a year ago and installed last month.

Bishop Fisher was grateful for the opportunity to bless the new artwork.

“It really is a privilege for me to be able to do something like this,” he said.

Thanks to the generous donation from Mrs. Irene Wojcik, the 84-seat chapel shines brighter than before.

Mrs. Wojcik was unable to attend Tuesday’s service, though several family members were present, including her son, Mark Wojcik, a De La Salle alumnus from 1969.

“It’s gorgeous. Just gorgeous,” Wojcik said. “It’s really nice. It’s a very nice tribute to my dad. That’s what we were doing.”

The Wojcik family had discussed possibly establishing an endowed scholarship in honor of their late father, Joe Wojcik, who used to drive the bus for De La Salle’s athletic teams. Mr. Wojcik died in 2017.
It wasn’t until Mark Wojcik attended a memorial service last fall for Gary Karas, a former classmate, that the idea for the stained-glass window was born.

“We were here for a little service honoring my classmate and his donation when Dennis (Koch) mentioned the window,” Wojcik said. “They were waiting for a catalyst to get it started. So I said maybe that’s what we should do and I went back to my mom and she thought it was a great idea and that’s how we kind of stumbled into it.”
 

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