Located in the Ambulatory, behind the Sanctuary, are two stained glass windows dedicated to Saint Augustine and Saint Jerome. Both of these saints were influential in the development of Christian thought.
Saint Augustine, Bishop and Doctor (254-430)
Born in Tagaste in northern Africa, Augustine was the son of a pagan Roman father and a Christian mother, Saint Monica. While his mother had raised him a Christian, Augustine would abandon his faith for more worldly pursuits. However, after moving to Milan, he was influenced by the preaching of Saint Ambrose (bishop of Milan) and his tutor Simplicianus, and returned to the faith, being baptized on Easter Eve 387. In 391 he was ordained a priest and in 396 made bishop of Hippo in Africa.
Augustine's views came to dominate much of Western Christian thought for centuries. His books, letters and sermons continue to influence philosophers and theologians today. He was declarted the "Doctor of Grace" by the Church and his feast is celebrated on August 28.
The window pictures some important parts of Augustine's life:
Saint Jerome, Priest and Doctor (342-420)
Saint Jerome was born in Strido, near Aquileia, Dalmatia. He studied in Rome under the great minds of his time. In 360 he became a Christian. Known for his work in Scripture, his most important contribution was his translation of the Bible, known as the Vulgate.
Saint Jerome travelled throughout the Holy Land, ultimately settling in a cave outside Bethlehem believed by some to be the birthplace of Jesus. Here he would die in 420. His feast day is September 30.
The window shows scenes from Saint Jerome's life:
Located in the two Cathedral Sacristies are stained glass windows dedicated to saints significant to the population in the area around the new Cathedral:
Saint Frances Cabrini - Guardian Angel of Italian Immigrants
Founder of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart, devoted to the education of girls. In 1889, Frances came to New York to work with Italian immigrants. By the time of her death in 1917, the sisters had founded over fifty hospitals, schools, orphanages and convents. She was canonized in 1946, the first American citizen to be so honored.
Our Lady of Guadalupe - Patroness of the Americas
In 1531, the Blessed Mother appeared to Juan Diego, a poor native, on a hill called Tepeyac near Mexico City. She appeared in the dress of a Native American maiden and sent Juan Diego to his bishop. As a sign for the bishop, the Blessed Mother gave him roses to take with him. When he opened his tilma inwhich he had carried the roses before the bishop, the image of Our Lady was on the tilma. Her feast is December 12 and Juan Diego's December 9.
Saint Martin de Porres - Patron of Social Justice & Defender of the Poor
Born to mixed heritage in Lima, Peru, Martin grew up in poverty. He became a Dominican lay brother. In this role he cared for the sick, founded an orphanage and foundling hospital, distrinuted food to the poor and cared for the slaves brought to Peru. His feast is celebrated on November 3.
Saint Patrick - The Apostle of Ireland
Captured at the age of 16, Patrick lived in Ireland for six years as a slave before escaping. After being ordained a priest and later a bishop, Patrick returned to Ireland. Despite fierce opposition, he would convert most of the island to Christianity. His feast day is March 17.
Sts. Cyril & Methodius - Apostles to the Slavic Nations
These brothers who had become monks became missionaries to Moravia. Cyril created an alphabet (the Cyrillic - modern Russian) and they both translated the Gospels, pslams, Pauline letters and liturgical books into Slavonic. Methodius was ultimately named bishop of the territory. They are the patrons of Moravia and their feast is February 14.
Saint Boniface - The Apostle of Germany
Born in England and ordained a priest, Boniface decided he was called to be a missionary and was ultimately sent to Germany. He was soon named the region's bishop and set about organizing the Church of Germany. He was attacked by a group of pagans and killed in 754, while preparing a group of converts for Confirmation.
His feast is celebrated on June 5.
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