Retreat Center Chapels

Submitted by Architectural Stained Glass, Inc.

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Client: Holy Cross Retreat Center

Location: Mesilla Park,, NM, United States

Completion date: 2017

Artwork budget: $92,000

Project Team

Artist

Jeff Smith

Architectural Stained Glass, Inc.

Overview

Holy Cross Retreat Center received stained glass for its new Chapel just in time for its 60th Anniversary celebrations. The focus of worship in the Chapel is the wooden Altar Cross. Reservation and Blessed Mother Chapels flank the Altar and contain the 12 windows, door and transom where the stained glass resides.

Goals

The new worship space recalls portico and atrium arches found in the retreat center’s first building (1957) with numerous round-topped windows and doorways. Circles are traditional symbols of perfection. The arched-tops of the chapel windows merge into the windows where the stained glass includes circular arcs.

Process

In collaboration with HCRC, architect and liturgical design consultant, we discovered the general themes for the two chapels: San Juan Diego and the resurrected Christ. After reviewing preliminary art glass designs, it was agreed to include more recognizable figures near the entrances with painted and etched portraits.