Sunday, March 18, 2018

Our Lady and St. Catherine of Siena
179 Bow Rd. E3, London, England

Our Lady and St. Catherine of Siena 
Catholic Church
London, England

"The Church of Our Lady and St Catherine of Siena is a Roman Catholic church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Catherine of Siena at 179 Bow Road, E3 in Bow, east London. Designed by Gilbert Blount, it opened in 1870. Formerly the parish was run by a community of Dominican nuns, but it is now run by the Archdiocese of Westminster. "(Link 1.)

Our Lady and St. Catherine of Siena

A Gothic Revival  Church built for the Dominican Sisters by Gilbert Blount. The church suffered war damage and the nave was reconstructed in facsimile. Several  original early features survived: the high altar,  reredos designed by Blount, and the East window designed by Hardman. (Link 2.)

In 1866 the sisters were sent to Bow to teach and they built the church.  The foundation stone was laid in 1869 and the church opened in 1870.  In 1882 south transept was added as well as the Sacred Heart Chapel at the north end of the sanctuary. (Link 2.)

The nuns departed in 1923.  In 1943 the nave was damaged by a bomb and a facsimile built. (Link 2.)
Rose Window

"Rhe gabled west front is framed by angle buttresses with a shorter stepped buttress in the centre. The narthex is lit by a row of six lancet windows with hood moulds. Above is a large wheel window with female heads in small roundels on either side, flanked by canopied niches with statues of saints. (On Blount’s drawings and in older postcards in the parish archive the niches are empty. The statues probably date from the post-war restoration.) In the apex of the gable, below the gable cross, is a vesica-shaped relief of Our Lady. The west front of the northwest porch has a niche with a statue of Our Lady above the main door.

"The west window has a stained glass panel in the central multifoil depicting the Sacred Heart (c.1950s)" Small rose windows are set in some of the doors. (Link 2.)

Saint Catherine of Siena
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St. Catherine of Siena,
by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Virgin; Doctor of Church
BornMarch 25, 1347
SienaRepublic of Siena
DiedApril 29, 1380 (aged 33)
RomePapal States
Venerated inRoman Catholic ChurchAnglican CommunionLutheranism
Canonized29 June 1461 by Pope Pius II
Major shrineSanta Maria sopra MinervaRome and Shrine of Saint Catherine (it)Siena
FeastApril 29; April 30 (Roman Calendar, 1628–1969)
AttributesDominican tertiaries' habitlily, book, crucifix, heart, crown of thornsstigmata, ring, dove, rose, skull, miniature church, miniature ship bearing Papal coat of arms
Patronageagainst fire; bodily ills; diocese of Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA; Europe; illness; Italy; miscarriages; people ridiculed for their piety; sexual temptation; sick people; sickness; nurses
"Saint Catherine of Siena TOSD (March 25, 1347 – April 29, 1380) was a saint. She was born in Sienna and died in Rome. She promoted peace in Italy and is one of the two patron saints of Italy; the other being Saint Francis of Assisi.
"She was born Katerina de Benincasa in western Italy, the 25th of 25 children. She was born at the time of the Black Death, or Bubonic Plague. Although it probably killed many she knew, she herself did not contract the disease and survived the epidemic. She had a twin sister, who died several months later. Her family was part of the lower classes and she did not become literate until 1378.
"At the age of six, Catherine had a vision of Jesus Christ. She continued to receive many visions throughout her life. At age 12, Catherine cut off her hair and was obligated to serve her family, living in small quarters in the basement. At the age of 16, she entered the Third Order of Saint Dominic and later became a Dominican nun.

"She wrote a book called Dialogue, which taught that if you love your neighbors it is loving God. She also devoted her life to improving the Catholic church, helping the ill, poor, and spiritually underprivileged. Catherine persuaded the pope to return from Avignon, France and back into Rome. She also tried to start a new Crusade to the holy land, Jerusalem. She died of “holy anorexia”, as she ate very little in the name of God. She became a saint in 1461, and was later made a Doctor of the Church in 1970 by Pope Paul VI and a patron of Europe in 1999." (Link 3.)


Photos: Taken by Richard Wilson   with an I phone in March 2018
                while visiting London.
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Sunday, February 4, 2018

Baden Reformed Church

Baden Reformed Church
Aargau, Switzerland

Front of Steeple

" Baden is an old town in the canton of Aargau in Switzerland known for its mineral hot springs since Roman occupation of the area. The town is located on the banks of the river Limmat about 25 kilometres north-west of Zurich." (Link 2.)

The Baden Church was built in 1714.  (Link 1.)

"The Reformed Church of Aargau or Reformierte Landeskirche des Kantons Aargau is a Reformed state cantonal church in AargauSwitzerland. It was founded in 1803, and according to the 2004 statistics the Aargau Reformed Church had 76 Presbyteries and 1 Synod with almost 200,000 members and 76 parishes and 107 ordained clergy.The official language is German. Member of the Schweizerischer Evangelischer Kirchenbund. (Link 1.)


Photos: Taken in January 2018  with iPhone by Richard Wilson while living and
                 working in Basel, Switzerland.
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God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Eglise Saint Theodule Church

Eglise Saint Theodule Roman Catholic Church
Gruyere, Switzerland
"Gruyères ... is a town in the district of Gruyère in the canton of Fribourgin Switzerland. Its German name is Greyerz.
"The medieval town is an important tourist location in the upper valley of the Saane/Sarine river, and gives its name to Gruyère cheese. The medieval town is located at the top of 82 metre-high hill[3]overlooking the Saane valley and the Lake of Gruyère.

"Most of the population (as of 2000) speaks French (1,398 or 90.4%) as their first language, German is the second most common (60 or 3.9%) and Portuguese is the third (18 or 1.2%). There are 7 people who speak Italian and 2 people who speak Romansh

"A major tourist attraction is the medieval town of Gruyères with its castle, containing a regional museum and an arts museum. There are cultural activities in the castle (concerts, theater). There is a cheese factory in Pringy which is open to visitors

"From the 2000 census, 1,261 or 81.6% were Roman Catholic, while 92 or 6.0% belonged to the Swiss Reformed Church. Of the rest of the population, there were 10 members of an Orthodox church (or about 0.65% of the population), and there were 43 individuals (or about 2.78% of the population) who belonged
to another Christian church." (Link 1.)

Sanctuary and Altar

Rear of Sanctuary
"Before taking the left hand cobbled road to the castle, my spouse and I veered to the right in the well-preserved medieval village and found this lovely church. It is unfortunate that it is not listed in any travel guides, and as such, many miss it.
Side Chapel

Painting in Sanctuary

"Inside, one finds a series of medallions running around the walls above the arches that depict the stations of the cross. A gorgeous wooden pulpit and staircase is worth a photo or two. The altar features reddish marble. Turn around and look up to the back of the church to see a series of stunning silver organ pipes trimmed in wood and gold.:(Link 2.)

Nativity Display

"The church was built during 13th century when Count Rudolph III took permission for a parish church on the left bank of the Saane covering the needs between Treme and Marivue villages, until then most villagers of the area had to go to Bulle), and was dedicated to St. Theodul in 1254. 

"The church destroyed by fire 2 times, in 1679 when a lightning stroke the tower and burnt the bells and again in 1856 with only the tower and the choir surving. It was renovated again 4 years later, in 1860."(Link 3)

"While modest in scope, this lovely church is worth a visit."( Link 2.)

Photos: Taken with iPhone  in January 2018 by Richard Wilson who lives and
                 works in Basel Switzerland.

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God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, December 31, 2017


 Annual Index


Costa Pacifica Cruise Western Meditteranean Churches, 1/08/17.
Additional Chapels and Meditation Rooms Ships, Airports, and Train
           Stations, 1/15/17.
           Seattle, Washington, 1/29/17.
           HOUSTON, TEXAS2/12/17.
           CANADA, 2/26/17.


Sidney, St. Andrew'sAnglican Church , 10/29/17.


London, St. Patricks Catholic Church, 12/10/17.


Hesingue,  Saint-Laurent (St. Lawrence) Catholic Church, 8/27/17.


 Reykja.  Hallg,rímskirkja Llutheran Church, 9/4/07
Asolfsskali,  Icelandic Lutheran Church, 9/13/17.


Radda, Chianti, Tuscany-Propositura di San Niccolò, Catholic Church/St. 
            Nicholas Center, 1/01/17.
Montalcino, Tuscany, Church of the Medonna, 7/16/17.


Portland-" Madonna del Ghisallo Portland Bicycle Shrine"
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church  10/19/17.


Rheinfelden-Evangelisch-Reformierte Kirche, 3/12/17.
Rheinfelden-St. Josep Catholic Church3/26/17.
Mohlin, Wendolinskapelle Chapel, 7/30/17.
 Baum   Bauma Catholic Church


United States

South of Tucson-San Xavier Mission4/9/17.


New Orleans-Camp Santo St. Roch Cemetery #14/23/17. 
New Orleans  St. Paul Lutheran Church, 5/7/17.
New Orleans,  St. Michael's Mausoleum Chapel St. Roch Cemetery #2, 5/21/17.


Portland, Madonna del Ghisallo Portland Bicycle Shrine St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 8/113/17.

Note: Photo is of one of 35 samplers in Suzanne Wilson's collection.  This one was given to Suzanne by participant Marie during her Year 2000 Photography Project, Your House/Our Home.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

St. Patrick's Catholic Church

St. Patrick's  Catholic Church
London, England

Front Entrance
"St Patrick's Church is a very large Roman Catholic parish church in Soho Square, London, that features extensive catacombs (that spread deep under the Square and further afield). St Pat's (as it is informally known) was consecrated as a chapel in a building behind Carlisle House on 29 September 1792, one of the very first Catholic buildings allowed in Great Britain after the Reformation.

"The present church building was built between 1891 and 1893, to designs by John Kelly of Leeds,[1] and replaced the earlier and smaller chapel built by Father Arthur O'Leary in the 1790s. The church has an unusual longish shape due to plot constrictions given at that time. The building is constructed out of bricks with a bell-tower. It is Grade II* listed.[2] The main entrance has a Roman-style porch with Corinthian columns. Above the entrance is an inscription: VT CHRISTIANI ITA ET ROMANI SITIS ("Ut christiani ita et romani sitis", i.e. “Be ye Christians as those of the Roman Church”). It is a quotation taken from the writings of St. Patrick.[3]

Sanctuary Detail
"The building was closed for renovation and refurbishment between 28 February 2010 and 31 May 2011.[4] During the renovations, services were held in the nearby Chapel of St Barnabas, at The House of St Barnabas." (Link 1.)

Interior Painting

Photos: Taken by Lena Barko  in November 2017  while living and working in
                 London ,England.  Thank you.
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God, be with persecuted Christians throughout the world. Amen (SW.)

Sunday, October 29, 2017

9891 Fourth Street
St. Andrew's Anglican Church

St. Andrew'sAnglican Church
Sidney, B.C.

"St. Andrew's, Sidney, was built and consecrated in 1910. Before that, services were held in a school-house by the rector of St. Stephen's (South Saanich), who continued to hold services in the new church. Prior to 1910, Sidney was served by North Saanich
Mission which had been operating since 1861. In 1912, "North Saanich and Sidney" parish included St. Andrew's, Sidney, and Holy Trinity, North Saanich. The parish was separated on May 29, 1980. St. Andrew's is located at 9686 3rd Street, Sidney  (Link 

Sanctuary with Tutor beamed ceiling

Since it was built the sanctuary with its exposed Tutor beamed ceiling has been lengthened twice. (REF.)Stained glass windows line the front and side walls.

Altar a;nd Rose Window

Rpse Window
Installed December 1988 and designed by the Rector.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bauma Catholic Church

Bauma Catholic Church
Bauma, Switzerland

Bauma is a municipality in the district of Pfäffikon in the canton of Zurich in Switzerland...The municipality after the 2015 merger, had a population (based on 31 December 2016 numbers) of 4,896...As of 2008 there were 864 Catholics and 2224 Protestants in Bauma....


The church with its round window above the three arched front doors, with its side square tower war built in 1903.  It was redone in 1956. (RW)  The sactuary features one central aisle,  open backed wooden pews, a statue, and  decorative window.


The church is located down the street from the railway station.