Ancient Arts Stained Glass (http://www.ancientartsstainedglass.com) owner Mark Schoem has been acquainted with Father William T. "Bill" Easterling for many years. Ancient Arts has been an exhibitor at the Archdiocese of Los Angeles (http://www.la-archdiocese.org) Religious Education Congress (http://www.recongress.org) and Father Bill visits the exhibit hall every year and has often stopped by to visit Mark's booth and to chat about his work.
Fr. Bill contacted Ancient Arts in February about the idea of creating a new stained glass window in the Rectory Chapel at Sacred Heart. Father Bill and his associates celebrate mass in this chapel together every day. Father Bill had a well thought out idea for the symbols he wanted to represent in the window.
The symbols include the logo of Sacred Heart of Covina (http://www.sacredheart.cc), the bishop's crozier, the shamrock, the official symbol of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, Our Lady Queen of Angels (http://www.olacathedral.org) the host, chalice and stole representing St. John Vianney, the patron of parish priests (http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/08326c.htm) and the campanile (bell) wall of the San Gabriel Mission (http://www.sangabrielmissionchurch.org). Fr.Bill has written a detailed description of the meaning of the chapel window. It is available for you to read in this attachment.
During the months of the creative process, Fr. Bill visited Ancient Arts at the Religious Education Congress to approve the drawings, later he visited our studio in San Pedro to select the colors for the window and once more to view the cut glass on the light table for final changes and approval before fabrication. These meetings were a crucial part of the successful realization of Fr. Bill's vision for the chapel.
Fr. Bill sent a lovely note of thanks after the installation: "Dear Mark, Love the window -
I am very pleased. There is only one problem, I don't want to leave our chapel and go to work! Peace, Father Bill."