Stained-glass window from Cardinal Muench Seminary finds a new home in Grafton

by Paul Braun | New Earth


Sowing the Seeds – The Parable of the Sower and the Seeds, on display at the parish Hall at St. John the Evangelist Church in Grafton. (submitted photo)

Walk into the parish hall at St. John the Evangelist Church in Grafton, and the south wall immediately grabs your attention. A huge stained-glass window has been installed, preserving a bit of history of the Fargo Diocese.

The window, which depicts the parable of the sower and the seeds, came from the chapel at Cardinal Muench Seminary in Fargo, which was built in the early sixties, and was later closed. A private citizen bought the window, as well as two others, and donated the window to St. John’s at the request of Father Timothy Schroeder, St. John’s pastor.

“We wanted a stained glass window to beautify our space,” said Father Schroeder. “Someone said they wanted to remember her loved one in that form, and gave seed money (for the project). After the windows from Cardinal Muench Seminary chapel became available, we really wanted (a window) to preserve the history of the Diocese.”

The total cost of installing the window is around $167,000. The project is part of an overall effort to renovate and update the parish hall facilities.

Father Schroeder hopes the windows will be a spiritual inspiration for visitors. “I hope that everyone who comes to the Parish Center, all the people who eat after funerals, every one of us, will ask ourselves, ‘What kind of soil am I?’ or ‘Am I producing fruit?’ And if not, ‘What needs to change for me to produce fruit?’"