back by popular demand!
As you asked in the other post, St. John Neumann and its contents were approximately $11 Million.http://sjnknox.org/about-us/parish-historyBottom of text.
The extraordinary art program of St. John Neumann Church in Knoxvile--as well as its overall Romanesque structure--telling almost our whole salvation history in stained glass, murals, mosaics, and statuary, was meticulously planned and designed by then pastor Fr. John R. Dowling and his then associate Fr. John A. Orr, and enthusiastically approved and supported by then Bishop Joseph E. Kurtz, now Archbishop of Louisville and VP of the USCCB. Fr. Dowling is a native son of Savannah, and Fr. Orr of Miami--their loss and our gain.The 10 lower windows telling the plan of God for mankind with OT and NT panels are shown athttp://sjnknox.org/about-us/our-romanesque-church-building/windowsThe 20 upper windows portraying the 20 mysteries of the rosary are shown at http://sjnknox.org/about-us/our-romanesque-church-building/upper-windowsThe various scriptural panels in all these windows were designed by Frs. Dowling and Orr. Unfortunately, there are not separate slide shows on the rose windows, statues, murals, and mosaics. The lower windows alone (in the nave) cost north of $50,000 each. Fortunately, the funding of this new church was largely committed before the current economic downturn. SJN was the original home of the Knoxville Latin Mass Community--with Fr. Dowling as welcoming pastor and Fr. Orr as our celebrant. The community has since moved to historic Holy Ghost Church downtown--which (of course) was designed for the traditional Mass, and was carefully preserved intact throughout the iconoclastic period when so many churches were wreckovated. (See http://holyghostknoxville.org/photos-of-the-church/ )
That's my uncle's parish, actually in Farragut, 20 miles West of Knoxville. They published a small book which explains the significance of all the architectural details. Also, they have a new young priest who is very good.I was there a week ago (again) for the Rosary and Mass.
Not new, but renewed. And a Young Polish Priest. Are we being invaded?
Henry said, "the community has since moved to historic Holy Ghost Church downtown--which (of course) was designed for the traditional Mass, and was carefully preserved intact throughout the iconoclastic period when so many churches were wreckovated". It should be noted that it was due to Father Albert Henkel,once known by priests throughout the South for organizing an annual golf tournament for them, who singlehandedly preserved Holy Ghost Church. When the altar at my present church was being chopped up and delivered to the local dump in favor of a table, Father Henkel stood firm at Holy Ghost. I was told by one of his contemporaries that he was the last priest in Tennessee to publicly offer the Eucharist Prayer in Latin and ad orientem, and then only when the bishop came and, DURING MASS!, ordered him to do so. May he rest in peace.
Sorry, that should be, "he was the last priest in Tenn. to stop..."
St John Neumann is certainly worth a visit. But,as Fr Shelton aptly points out, it is Priests like Fr Henkel who Knoxville's true jewel: Holy Ghost Catholic Church in downtown Knoxville. Despite the modernism in structure, thought & deed that has eaten away at the heart of my Diocese, my family & I continue to pray for holy, orthodox Priests like Fr Shelton & several others in our Diocese who will, through their faithfulness, restore to us what the locusts have eaten. -pgal
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