New stained glass windows, created by the Irish stained glass designer, Bianca Divito were installed recently in the school’s prayer room. The windows depict St. Peter Chanel’s missionary journey from Le Havre, France to Futuna, Oceania (1836-1837).

Panel One (on the left) is a cold, wintery scene as the missionaries left France on Christmas Eve, 1836 at the start of an eleven-month journey to Oceania. The sky is dark and stormy. The bare branches of the trees are weighed down with crystal icicles. The central panel depicts the boat journey, the sky becoming lighter as the missionary group travelled southwards. The boat’s mast is a cross and the blue lens symbolises Mary, mother of Jesus. Panel Three depicts Futuna. The scene is bright and there are crystal flowers on the beach. The red lens beside the palm tree symbolises the martyrdom of St. Peter Chanel on the 28th April, 1841. After his death, the people of Futuna adopted the Catholic faith so the rising sun, with its beams spreading far and wide, symbolises Resurrection.

The Chanel College community greatly appreciates the support of Fr. John Hannon s.m. and Fr. David Corrigan s.m. in bringing this project to fruition.

Remembering our departed loved ones

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