Window to reflect St Joan of Arc

CREATOR: President of the St Joan's Centenary committee Ray Klecko has taken on a unique challenge.

CREATOR: President of the St Joan's Centenary committee Ray Klecko has taken on a unique challenge.

As a lead up to the centenary celebration of St Joan's Catholic Church in Victor Harbor on March 15, 2020, a community based 2020 calendar is on sale.

Hardworking duo Rob and Jocelyne Randabel Williamson have also co-ordinated and edited a history booklet of some 75 pages featuring real life stories of local personalities which will be printed and available soon.

A major planning focus has been to bring new life to a neglected empty rose window on the western side of the church above the choir loft. Undeterred by the 1.6-metre diameter blank glass circle, Parish Pastoral Council president Ray Klecko used his skills and experience learnt over 30 years to design and create a symbolic work to honour the medieval girl who led the French to victory against an English foe. St Joan of Arc was later burnt as a heretic.

An estimated 1200 hours have produced six outer panels of dark blue and white fleur de lys, with an inner circle of red and orange surrounding the white dove of peace. The dove is designed to be seen from the whole length of the church.

The story of St Joan of Arc will then be reflected at both the east and west extremities of St Joan's church, windows united by subject, but created 100 years apart.

It is hoped the new Rose Window will be installed before the official celebration.