Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of July 2, 2007
Window honours saint who died so daughter could live
By BILL GLEN
"I told the parish that St. Gianna was a young person and a role model for many people in different sectors of society."
- Sigrid Winski
"When the parish was approached by people who wanted to sponsor the stained glass windows, our family had quite a devotion to St. Gianna. We thought we would like to put in a window of her to have some more contemporary stains up in the church," Winski said.
On June 24, Father Vic Perron blessed the window, the 12th of 20 stained glass windows being made by Winter Art Glass Studio. St. Gianna joins St. Andrew, St. Jude, St. Francis and St. Joseph. Perron blessed a window honouring Mother Teresa last August.
St. Gianna is shown holding two small children as a symbol of her work in pediatrics, and for her devotion to her own family.
Winski says her family didn't have the money needed to construct the window, so the idea was put before the parishioners the same Sunday as St. Gianna's canonization.
"As a parish project, it would involve a larger family," Winski said.
"I told the parish that St. Gianna was a young person and a role model for many people in different sectors of society. The response was really good. The money was collected within a year."
Between the beatification and canonization, Winski and her three sisters collected several books and articles about St. Gianna.
"We were young women and she became our role model because her story is amazing. It wasn't just her sacrifice. She loved life and lived life to the fullest," Winski said.
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