Several years ago the St. Francis Xavier Church community embarked on a long and ambitious effort to fully restore all seventeen original stained-glass windows throughout the church. Through generous donations from parishioners and friends of St. Francis Xavier, the project was able to proceed and the results to date have been simply breathtaking. To begin with, each window had to have its storm window removed that over the years had aged to the point of completely obscuring the stained-glass from the exterior. Once this was done the stained-glass window panels were carefully removed in sections, in much the same way it had originally been installed, and sent to the restorer’s shop here in Missoula. In some cases, the entire window had to be removed in one large piece due its position in the church and the difficulty in removing it. This often involved the use of crane as pictured below.
We wish to thank everyone who continues to donate to this extraordinarily important and ongoing restoration effort. We invite you to help us complete the project by considering a donation toward the restoration of our remaining stained-glass windows that remain in need of restoration. You are welcome to donate online under “Window Renovation” or contact our parish administrator, Colin McCormack at 542-0321, email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
For additional information, please see these links below:
Missoulian Article on Stained Glass Window Restoration
Information on Dennis Lippert, Stained Glass Restorer