SMOP Chapel Windows

The Saturday after Easter, April 18, 2009, my wife, my brother, sister, and I all visited Mount St. Mary's Convent in Wichita, Kansas.  Following are some of the photos of the Chapel and the Sisters we visited. 

In particular, we were amazed by the Chapel of the Ressurection and the chapel windows which had been housed at SMOP in Dodge City before being moved to Wichita. 

I hope you will enjoy the photos taken that weekend.  rick



A QUOTE FROM THE FOUNDER : A silver leafed inscription, “They will have an immense love for this adorable mystery and will recall this holy sacrament of the Eucharist, having given a beginning to their little congregation should also serve to maintain it and cause it to grow more and more in every grace and virtue,” fills the mahogany alcove between the two chapels.  

These words from “The Eucharistic Letter” convey thoughts of Father Medaille that guided his life and teachings to our early Sisters.




The Rose Window fills an entire wall of the Adoration Chapel

Rose Window: The Creation


The Rose Window depicts symbolically the Days of

Creation. Representing the creation of light and of the

sun, moon, and stars if the fire which emanates from the

center of the window.  The undulating waters on the outer

edge depicts the separation of the earth and the waters.

The creation of the plants is seen in the wheat and in the

stylized grape clusters.  The four fish around the center

square and the birds shown in the four red clusters on the

outer edges represent the creation of the deep and of the

fowls of the air.  Creation of the animal kingdom is

symbolized by the vertebrate structures reaching out from

the center to the outer red clusters. Man is represented by

the Greek symbol of Christ, the God-Man, shown as center

of all creation.  The fire emanating from his central

Christogram shows symbolically the love of Christ

Reaching out in four directions to encompass all human

kind and all creation.























The following article was written while the windows were at SMOP.  I thought it added interesting background information and insights about the windows.




The east side of the worship space displays impressive hammered aluminum doors, subtly blending with the metal found in the chapel area.  These ceremonial doors swing wide only as the funeral procession leaves the chapel following the Mass of Chrisitian Burial--to take a Sister to her place of final rest.

Next are photos of Sisters we visited and another statue.

Sister Louise (Rosamond) and myself


Here, Sr. Irene explains to me I need to take the watermelon, under my jacket, back to the cafeteria.   And I am explaining, "It isn't a melon."



Sr. Helen Joseph is rockin' and a rollin'.



A famous Mary from the grounds at SMOP and other places.