Sunday morning

It’s Sunday morning and I thought this was a good image to post before I run out to cantor at two consecutive masses this morning.  The Cathedral of St Augustine is full of stained glass but I really liked this one window which had sunlight streaming in through it.  The little streaks of color were dancing around in the cove of this window and made it fantastically beautiful.

Pray for me, that my voice doesn’t give out and I will pray for you for a great week to come.

Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
St. Augustine, Florida
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Saint Augustine Cathedral

On our recent visit, we had the privilege of toust-augustine-7727ring the Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine.
The spire of the church is one of the most recognizable features of St Augustine’s historic district.  When you look down Cathedral Street, the cathedral and the tops of the main buildings from nearby Flagler College draw your eyes toward the sky.

St Augustine Cathedral was part of the original Spanish colony but the original buildings were small and crude.  The current building was constructed over five years, from 1793–1797, it is the oldest church in Florida.  The interior is full of beautiful stained-glass and elaborate details.  The exterior is a combination of Spanish mission and Neoclassical styles.

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Cathedral Basilica of St. Augustine
St. Augustine, Florida
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Holy Brewery, Batman!

A Pittsburgh brew-pub located inside a historic church.

So, while on a business trip to Pittsburgh, my collegues and I were looking for a good place to go for dinner.  “The Church” came up almost right away from some of the locals and when we discovered that this was a local brew-pub, well that pretty much sealed the deal.

Some of the brewing tanks

The restarurant and brewery are housed inside what was originally St. John the Baptist’s parish in the Lawrenceville neighborhood of Pittsburgh.  Much of the original 1902, structure is still in place but the altar is now a set of gleaming stainless steel and copper tanks where the beer is brewed.  The atmosphere is great, with seating made from the original pews, stained glass all around and a massive pipe organ above the entrance.

I had Pierogie Sauté with housemade pancetta which was excellent.  I had to try a bit of the beer (of course) which was also very nice.  This is a place that I would certainly recommend going to see for the history and the atmosphere and for a nice selection of brews.


The Church Brew Works
3525 Liberty Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA

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Beautiful church interior

St Peter Chanel Catholic Church in Roswell, GA

So, I was busily working on post-processing wedding pictures from the event I shot yesterday when I realized there was not a post out there for today.  Being a Sunday, I thought this nice church interior I got from last week would be appropriate.

This is the interior  of St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church in Roswell, Georgia.  This is just down the road from my home parish and I was there to shoot a marriage blessing for a couple that are members of Peter Chanel.  The main sanctuary is cathedral-style and includes some beautiful stained-glass.  I thought this was a good opportunity to practice my panorama skills and I think it came out pretty well.

St. Peter Chanel Catholic Church
11330 Woodstock Road
Roswell, Georgia, USA

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Barnwell Chapel

It’s hard to find another college with so many chapels on campus. Barnwell Chapel is the oldest of Berry College’s 3 chapels, built in 1911.

The sprinkles started as we drove through the streets of Rome looking for the entrance to Berry College.  The weather didn’t seem to like my idea of doing a photo shoot this weekend but, we marshalled on anyway.  We found the campus which was looking pretty empty since the students were largely off for summer break.

After driving aimlessly for a little while, (I was kicking myself for not picking up a map at the welcome center) we saw a circle of log-cabin style structures .  Looking like an interesting spot, we pulled in and hoped the rain would pass us by.  Fortunately, we didn’t have to wait long as the skies began to clear and I got out to look around.

The Barnwell Chapel, is the oldest of 3 chapel on the campus of Berry College.  The building has seen a couple of renovations since its original dedication in 1911 is in nice shape for being 105 years old.  Originally used as both classroom space and church, the building is still used for Weddings, Sunday services, and special events.

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Barnwell Chapel
Berry College
Rome, Georgia, USA

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Frost Memorial Chapel – Berry College

The stained glass windows of the Frost Chapel depict the life of Christ, and were donated by the Daughters of the American Revolution in memory of the boys who died in World War II.

I was looking for a photo opportunity this weekend when I saw a post from David Akoubian of a Bald Eagle he saw on his trip to the Tetons.  I remembered that there is an eagle’s nest on the campus of Berry College in Rome, Georgia which is a little over an hour’s drive away from me.  I mentioned this idea to David and he told me the eagles spend their summer somewhere that it isn’t as hot so, they would not be at the nest.  Disappointed, I went looking for other ideas but on Sunday, we decided to drive out to visit Berry College anyway.

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The entrance to Frost Memorial Chapel at Berry College

I had not been out to the campus for many years but I remembered that the buildings and grounds were very beautiful.  I only got to see a small portion of the campus on my first visit.  This is understandable since the campus actually covers over 27,000 acres making it the largest college campus (in contiguous area) in the world.

Berry College was founded by Martha Berry, the daughter of a wealthy local business owner.  In the early 1900’s, Ms. Berry became aware of the educational needs of the poor children in the rural south.  In 1902 she founded the Boys’ Industrial School and added a girls program in 1909 which together, grew into what became Berry College in 1926.

From the beginnings, the school was focused on Christian principles and teaching practical skills.  The principle of hard work has been one of the driving forces of the institution. Today, every student of Berry College is required to have a job in addition to their studies.  In the early days of the college, students actually built many of the structures, including the Frost Memorial Chapel that I went to visit on this trip.

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A view of the interior

Berry College is beautiful in many ways.  It’s vast wooded landscape, historic buildings and inspiring high standards make it a great place to visit.  It is amazing how there are so many places that are close by that we never take the time to explore.  I will be back before long to check out the city of Rome and learn even more about this interesting area.

Frost Memorial Chapel
Berry College
Rome, Georgia, USA

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Chapel on the Rock

On the way both in and out of Rocky Mountain National Park, we took Colorado Route 7, which winds through the area west of Boulder.  I noticed a historical marker on the way up but didn’t really see this amazing stone structure until we were headed back down toward I-70.

Completed in 1936, the St Catherine of Siena Chapel stands atop a large rock outcropping at the foot of Mount Meeker near Allenspark, Colorado.  The site was discovered in 1916 by a Catholic priest – Monsignor Joseph Bosetti, who was searching for what he thought was the impact site of a falling star.

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It took him 20 years to see the church completed.  The land on which it sits was donated by a wealthy Denver businessman – Oscar Malo.  A Catholic retreat center was built on the land surronding the chapel and is known as St Malo.  The chapel which was designated a historic site in 1999, has had its ups and downs in recent years.

In 1993, the chapel was visited by Pope John Paul II  during his visit to Denver for World Youth Day.  The pope prayed in the chapel and blessed it, which is good because it has since been ravaged by fire, flood and mudslides.  These natural disasters have left the immediate landscape looking like a war zone and caused the closing of the St Malo Retreat and Conference Center.

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Allenspark, Colorado