- Associated Press - Saturday, December 19, 2015

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - While no one can confirm or deny this story, the century-old stained glass windows of St. Mary Star of the Sea may have ended up in downtown Jackson, thanks to the economic turmoil in Europe during World War I.

The Rev. Timothy Nelson said while he can’t prove the story, it remains a fun one to tell.

The windows, estimated to have been made in the early 1900s, were produced by Tyrolese Art Glass Co. in Innsbruck, Austria, and were installed at St. Mary’s in 1926.

One of the more recognizable windows at the church is the iconic “Christ and the Battlefield Window,” which is dedicated to Jackson residents in the military, and the nuns and nurses who tended to them in battle.

As with anything older than a century, the distinct stained-glass windows need some love to return them to their original glory. For the first time since their installation, the Catholic church is kicking off a major restoration project with the hopes of raising $1.5 million.

MLive.com (https://bit.ly/1ZdbY6W ) reports that in the past year, St. Mary Star of the Sea, 120 E. Wesley St., has raised $60,000 without much press or advertisement, Nelson said.

As for the timeline of the project, Nelson said “Oh, my goodness. Awhile. At least five to six years.”

Nelson said one of the windows recently restored and reinstalled took about three months, and each window’s time frame will vary. Full Spectrum Stained Glass Inc., of Colon, is handling the restoration project.

“These extremely precious and valuable treasures are not just for us, but all of Jackson,” said Nelson. “We are open every day from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and anyone is welcome to be bathed in the light of these.”

In 1926, the original church was replaced with the current incarnation, and with it, came the stained glass windows, which Nelson calls “true works of art.”

In 1931, during the Great Depression, St Mary’s pastor, the Rev. Eugene M. Cullinane, had the old church demolished to give employment to parishioners and to create space for another needed school addition.

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Information from: The Grand Rapids Press:MLive.com, https://www.mlive.com

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