Created by professional leadlight veteran and chair of the Parish Pastoral Council, Ray Klecko, the window was officially blessed on January 5, the day before St Joan’s birthday.
The design of the 1.6 metre circular window reflects the story of the young Joan of Arc who led the French army to victory against the English army but who was later burnt as a heretic. The outer rim of the window shows the French fleur de lis, then an orange circle representing fire and within that the white dove of peace.
Ray spent an astonishing 1800 hours on the project and was assisted by Gerard Siciliano.
Installation of the window in late December presented a number of problems, as Ray and Gerard spent hours of painstaking work removing the old window which was rotting and fragile in places. The height of the window also compounded the task.
The new window has been well received by the parish community, with much positive feedback.
Another event commemorating the centenary was the launch last month of the recently completed Memories – living history booklet by Joe Ryan of Goolwa. The booklet includes the stories of 50 community members and the local histories of the St Joan of Arc Church and St John the Apostle Church in Goolwa.
The major centenary event will be a Mass at St Joan of Arc Church on Sunday March 15 at 11am, to be followed by a luncheon. Special guests will include the Governor of South Australia, the Hon Hieu Van Le AC, as well as Church and community dignitaries.