The windows in our Santuary and Narthex were designed by Benoit D. Gilsoul. Benoit was born in 1913 in Nmaur, Belgium. He was a well known artist in his own country and emigrated to the United States in 1959 on a grant from the Belgium government. He originally came to study art in the United States, but decided to stay and became a citizen of the United Stated in 1967. He designed, created and executed sculpture and faceted glass for Churches and Synagogues all over the country until his death in the year 2000. One of his well-known pieces is in the United Nations overlooking the United Nations Plaza. Among his many religious endeavors in the United States he created a bronze sculpture of "Christ in the City" which featured a background of New York City. The sculpture faces Madison Square Garden.
St. Paul's Sanctuary windows were created in thick Faceted Glass, cast in Epoxy Matrix by Helmut Schardt in his studio in East Northport. Accents were added after casting by striking the glass to cause the light to refract. Mr. Schardt had the privilege to work with Mr. Gilsoul for over forty years.
Our Chapel windows depict the symbols of our faith. They were created by artisans painting on glass that is then fired in a kiln at a high temperature. The painted glass pieces are then joined by solder with Lead Came. This process is much closer to the process used in the Middle Ages to create stained glass windows for Churches throughout Europe. The same process was used on the new windows in the Historian's Room.
Profound thanks are gratefully expressed to all who gave the gifts of these windows to the Glory of God. They have been an important part of our worship experiences in this our church home.