Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Major Dome-O

This beautiful representation of God the Father is on the dome of St. Luke's Mission of Mercy, where my wife and I serve as missionaries.  It was painted by John De Rosen, best known for painting many of the murals in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. and for creating one of the largest mosaics in the world in the Cathedral of St. Louis.   

The image is flanked on either side with a representation of the Annunciation, with Mary the Mother of God on the left, St. Gabriel the Archangel on the right.

On the left side of the nave is a chapel honoring the Sacred Heart, on the right Our Lady of Lourdes.  The images of angels above each of the chapels were created by De Rosen as well.

It is a wonderful place to worship.  Next time you are in Buffalo, stop in for a visit!


  1. Praised be Jesus Christ!
    Now and forever!

    Hey, I think I will stop by..
    It is lovely!
    A thing of beauty is a joy forever!

  2. What a beautiful church !!!

    Unlike our small one with just four brick walls.

  3. David,
    What a beautiful church! The mural is breathtaking. Makes me almost want to take a road trip to Buffalo to see it in person.
    Thanks for sharing the pictures.

  4. We are blessed, thanks to the hard-working Polish immigrants that left this church to posterity. Buffalo has a wealth of magnificent churches; unfortunately many have been sold -- community centers, mosques; others just left to rot. St. Luke's Parish was closed in 1992, but our founders purchased it from the diocese in 1993, and it has been maintained and enhanced ever since. Praise God!

  5. I can't imagine having a reason to ever be in the area - my great loss, what a beautiful place. I especially like the little Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.


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