The Angel Raphael

In addition to the stained glass windows depicting events in the life of Christ, the Church of St. Vincent de Paul in Albany, New York has many other stained glass windows. Besides the eight Life of Christ windows, I have a photograph of only two other windows, one of which I showed previously: The Poor Widow.

The only other photograph I have of the windows is one of the Angel Raphael.

The Angel Raphael - Stained Glass - Church of Saint Vincent de Paul Albany New York

The Angel Raphael

SOURCE: Raphael. Stained Glass Window in the Church of St. Vincent de Paul, Albany, New York. Created approximately 1904-1908 in Munich, Germany. Photographed by Stephen J. Danko 09 Jul 2007.

There are a few other windows, pictures of which were once on the web but are no longer:

  • Angel with Trumpet (from the former choir loft)
  • St. Louise de Marillac (from the former choir loft)
  • Angel with Lyre (from the former choir loft)
  • The Baptism of Jesus
  • Michael the Archangel
  • Tributes to the First Three Pastors

The windows I’ve called the Angel with Trumpet, St. Louise de Marillac and Angel with Lyre can be seen in the photo I took of the interior of the church, facing the entrance. The Angel with Trumpet is on the left, St. Louise de Marillac is in the middle. and the Angel with Lyre in on the right. These widows were once at the back of the choir loft. In 1633, St. Louise de Marillac and St. Vincent de Paul formed the Daughters of Charity, the first community of non-cloistered nuns.

Three windows paying tribute to the first three pastors depict saints who were influential in the lives of the first three pastors of St. Vincent de Paul and also show parish buildings with which those pastors were associated:

  • In Honor of Father John J. Hanlon – Pastor from 1889-1902. Father Hanlon’s tribute shows Saint John Baptist Mary Vianney and (at the bottom) the original Church of St. Vincent de Paul.
  • In Honor of Father Michael L. Walsh – Pastor from 1902-1913. Father Walsh’s tribute shows Saint Dominic and (at the bottom) the new Church of St. Vincent de Paul formally dedicated on 01 Nov 1908.
  • In Honor of Father William R. Charles – Pastor from 1913-1944. Father Charles’ tribute shows Saint Pius X and (at the bottom) the Vincentian Institute High School.

All these stained glass windows were installed when the new Church of St. Vincent de Paul was built between 1904 and 1908, except the tribute windows. The tribute windows were installed in 1957 in the new addition, when the church was enlarged.

For other posts on the Church of St. Vincent de Paul, see:

For posts on the Vincentian Institute, see:

For posts on the Pine Hills Branch of the Albany Public Library, see:

Copyright © 2007 by Stephen J. Danko

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One Response to The Angel Raphael

  1. Miriam says:

    Steve, I just wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your series on the stained glass windows. They are simply breathtaking! I’m rather envious of your trip to Albany; I have so many New York ancestors, I’d love to take a research trip there! Thanks for sharing it with us.

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