This fall The Holy Name Cemetery will host an unveiling ceremony for the new Holy Name Mausoleum, 823 West Side Ave., Jersey City. The new mausoleum will be decoratively themed with 13 treasured stained-glass windows that were relocated from Saint Boniface Parish Church in Jersey City and have been restored to protect the artifact’s spiritual history.
A spokesperson for the archdiocese said the ceremony is expected to be scheduled for September or October.
These stained-glass windows, valued at over $525,000, were created in 1896 by artisans at the renowned Tyrolese Art Glass Co. and Mosaic Studio of Innsbruck, Germany. The window restoration project at Holy Name Cemetery is part of the Archdiocese of Newark’s ongoing efforts to preserve the church’s “living history” and an example of how a Catholic cemetery preserves the spiritual history of a community.
Documents, stained glass, mosaics, statues, metalwork, stone and woodcarvings are all a part of the archdiocese’s faith-based heritage and community of faith.
“These fragile artifacts represent how our community has expressed its faith over the years,” said Andrew Schafer, executive director, Catholic Cemeteries, Archdiocese of Newark. “While the stained-glass pieces have a significant monetary value, they hold an even stronger sacramental worth to the Catholic Church and its generation upon generation of followers in Hudson County.”
The 13 pieces of artwork that were donated to the Holy Name Mausoleum are:
• The Good Shepard Window (Donated by the second pastor, Rev William F. Wahl)
• The Saint Joseph Window (Donated by St. Joseph Sick Support Society)
• The Saint Ann & Blessed Virgin Mary (Donated by St. Ann Society for Parish Women)
• The Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Window (Donated by a John and Catherine- last name unknown)
• The Saint George Window (Donated by the parish branch of The Knights of St. George)
• The Sacred Heart Window (Donated by Mrs. Fridoline Epple)
• The Saint John The Evangelist Window (Unknown donor)
• The Saint Anthony Window (Donated by Mr. John Bothoff and family)
• The Saint Agnes Window (Donated by Magdalena Burgert)
• The Saint Boniface Window (Donated by the St. Boniface Society)
• The Saint Francis Window (Donated by the Third Order of St. Francis)
• The Saint Dominic Window (Donated in memory of the deceased members of the John Botthof family)
• The Saint Paul Window ( Donated by George P. Brock)
Each of the 13 stained-glass windows was donated by either a family or organization of the Saint Boniface parish community. The windows were rescued through a collaboration of Catholic Cemeteries and the Ecclesiastical Patrimony Commission of the Archdiocese of Newark. Catholic Cemeteries contracted with Gil Studios of New York for their complete restoration and installation.
For more information please visit, www.rcancem.org or call the Holy Name Catholic Cemetery & Mausoleum at (866)-773-7526.