Friday, May 10, 2013
Visual Tour of Catholicism at DePaul University's Library

While few universities bearing the name of their holy founders are still truly Catholic, many of them still house great treasures of the Church.  Last week I traveled to DePaul located in Chicago, IL, and toured their library.  Inside, I found a beautiful vestment and several stained glass windows that each were individually praiseworthy for their beauty.

The following is a selection of the treasures present at the DePaul Library.

 A cope is a priestly vestment.  Woven by hand with gold and silk brocade on silk in Lyon, France in 1925, this cope was purchased for the 50th Anniversary of St. Vincent de Paul parish.  It was worn by a priest who represented the Vincentian order at the 1926 Eucharistic Congress in Chicago.  According to the importer's description: "The Vestments derive their name from the fact that throughout the suit angelic forms appear, adoring God and chanting His praise."

 In this image you can see a close-up on the upper most part of the Cope.  The intricate design beautifully depicts the Coronation of our Blessed Lady by the Trinity.

In this close up, you may see the great detail that went into this beautiful, sacred vestment.

Located in the Library, this depiction of the Miraculous Medal is just one of the many beautiful stained glass windows still preserved on campus.  This particular stained glass image is located directly above the location of the cope pictured above. 

7 comment(s):

del_button May 12, 2013 at 1:42 AM
Moonshadow said...

Very nice pictures

del_button May 12, 2013 at 10:08 AM
RAnn said...

I'm not near the traditionalist that you are but I'm glad to see that churches are being built with more beauty now than they were 30 years ago.

del_button May 12, 2013 at 10:24 AM
Carol@simple_catholic said...

Beautiful pictures. The stained glass image of the Miraculous Metal is particularly impressive.

del_button May 12, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Barb Schoeneberger said...

Thanks for these photos. Most likely the cope was made by nuns, as this used to be one of the ways cloistered women spent their time. Every thread must have been woven with love.

del_button May 12, 2013 at 4:56 PM
Rich Maffeo said...

Gorgeous vestments. And oh, by the way, if the Catholic universities are no longer Catholic in doctrine and/or practice, then why do they still have Rome's permission to call themselves Catholics? Or does Rome even know about it?

del_button May 12, 2013 at 6:29 PM
Matthew said...

It is a sad fact that many universities that are Catholic in name hire and allow teachers who promote heresy within their theology programs. This along with universities supporting homosexual marriage and abortion make organizations like the Cardinal Newman Society necessary. Why does Rome fail to act? Its likely because many of those in Rome believe in heresy themselves.

“Rome will lose the Faith and become the seat of Antichrist.” Our Lady of La Salette

Pope St. Pius X warned the Church of this in 1907: “[T]hey put into operation their designs for Her [the Church’s] undoing, not from without but from within. Hence, the danger is present almost in the very veins and heart of the Church, whose injury is the more certain from the very fact that their knowledge of Her is more intimate. Moreover, they lay the ax not to the branches and shoots, but to the very root, that is, to the faith and its deepest fibers.” – Pascendi Dominici Gregis

del_button May 12, 2013 at 7:45 PM
Matthew said...

This week's incident with Boston College just underscores the problem present in our culture:

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