The stained glass window in St Margaret Clitherow’s Church, Haxby, York, dedicated to the memory of the late Canon John Mortell, has now become a reality thanks to the generosity of many people throughout the parish, the Diocese and beyond who loved and respected him as the first parish priest of this beautiful church.

photo of the Canon Mortell memorial window

The window was installed in May 2009 after 18 months of fundraising. The artist and designer was Graeme Willson and the window was commissioned and installed by the staff of stained glass expert Martin Johnson (York) Ltd under the direction of Philip Barrand (Contracts Director). The six window apertures are ‘pulled together’ into a unified whole around the sculptural figure of Christ above the tabernacle. Christ as the ‘Light of the World’, the focus of faith, is but the prelude to the full glory of the resurrection which is about to burst forth from the eclipse and encompass all of creation. The full explanation of the design can be seen in the church.

Thanks go to Fr Kevin Trehy, parish priest, and Mgr David Hogan, Chairman of the Art and Architecture Committee, for their support and encouragement throughout this project. The dedication of the window will be arranged when Fr Kevin has returned to full health.

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