100th Anniversary Rose Window
Dedicated June 6, 1982
THE SYMBOLISM OF THE WINDOW
Traditional rose windows are divided geometrically into 8, 12, 24, or 36 parts. The St. Joseph’s window is based on the number eight, which signifies rebirth and baptism. The number eight is particularly appropriate for the rebirth of this parish as it begins its second 100 years.
The central focus of the window is the symbol of St. Augustine. His special attribute is the flaming heart signifying his religious fervor and love of God. Also included is the arrow, a symbol of his remorse, and a book, used to represent his teachings which have been so important in the history of Christianity
THE FOUR DIAMOND MOTIFS
THE FOUR QUATREFOIL MOTIFS
WINDOW DESIGN AND FABRICATION
Traver Artisans, a stained glass studio run by Ted and Ann Traver is located in Andover, Massachusetts. In their work, the Travers use the same techniques the artisans of the Middle Ages used when making stained glass windows in European cathedrals. Ted and Ann make many diverse items, ranging from small butterflies to large church windows.
Their work can be found in various parts of the United States and abroad. Two memorial windows are in the Chi Psi fraternity at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Examples of their major domestic pieces can be seen in homes in Baltimore, Maryland, Hendersonville, North Carolina, Beacon Hill, Boston, Andover, and Ayer, Massachusetts, and London, England. During the summer of 1981, while artisans in residence in Bordeaux, France, the Travers built the windows for the Château de Mirefluers and the Château d’Archins.
The head routed wooden tracery frame supporting the stained glass of the rose window was made by Bruce R. Peterson, Cabinetmaker, West Boylston, MA.