Wednesday, June 03, 2020

When the church was completed in 1911, the windows, as seen in old photos, were uncolored glass. By 1915, a search was begun for good stained glass. After Fathers Leo Egger and Charles Speckert saw the windows in St. Ann's Church in Olmitz (Barton County), Kansas, it was decided that The Munich Art Glass Company of Chicago, Illinois, would design and install windows in St. Fidelis Church. Most of this company's artists came from the Franz Meyer Studio in Munich, Germany. The windows were installed in 1916, under the direction of German artist Mr. Hans Muench, who came to Victoria and worked from May to October of that year. The total price for the windows was $3,700.

Stained Glass Windows in the Basilica of St. Fidelis



 Melchizedeck, king of Salem and priest, blesses Abraham and offers bread and wine, symbolic of the Eucharist. (Gen. 14)

St. John on the island of Patmos, where he wrote the book of Revelations. (Rev. 1)

donated by Familie Joannes M. Dreiling Sr.

St. Anonthy of Padua (1195-1231), preacher and miracle worker.

donated by Francisca Scheck


 The Lord Jesus recieves a repentant sinner to forgiveness.

 Franciscan Saints:

St. Fidelis in the center, surrounded by, clockwise from the top, St. Pascal Baylon, St. Lawrence of Brindisi, St. Joseph Leonissa, and St. Seraphin of Montegranaro.

 The ox, symbol of St. Luke.


 Apparition of the Sacred Heart to St. Mary Margaret Alacoque in 1673.

 The angel Gabriel announces to Mary that she will be the mother of the Savior.

donated by Jungfrauen Sodalitat (The Young Women's Society)

 The lion, symbol of

St Mark.


 The man, symbol of

St. Matthew.

 Jesus is born in Bethlehem.

donated by Familie Mathaus Robben & Sohn Johannes

(Family of Mathaus Robben and Son Johannes)

 Jesus, a boy of twelve, is found by His parents in the temple.

donated by Hermann and Bernhard Schulte


 The eagle, symbol of

St. John.

 Jesus is baptized in the Jordan River by St. John.

donated by Familien Johannes & Michael & Anton Pfeifer

 Roses and lily with words Ave Maria

(Hail Mary).


 Wooden cross and lily, symbols of St. Joseph.

 Joseph, husband of Mary and foster father of Jesus, dies in their arms.

donated by St. Joseph Verein

(St. Joseph Society)

 An anchor: symbol of hope.


 Cross and crown:

the sufferings of life lead to the glory of Heaven.

 Pure heart of Mary:

pierced with a sword of sorrow.

 The tower, symbol of faith as our fortress.


 Jesus blesses the little children.  "Let the children come to me; do not try and stop them; for the kingdom of Heaven belongs to such as these." (Matt. 19:14)

donated by Christliche Mutter

(Christian Mothers)

 Jesus, at the house of Simon, is greeted by the sinful woman.  (Lk. 7)

donated by Familien Wilhelm Geist & M.M. Rome

 Sword and palm branch,

symbols of martyrdom.


 Rose, symbol of charity.

 The Lord ascends into Heaven forty days after His resurrection.

donated by Familie Anton Weber

 Jesus gives St. Peter the keys of the kingdom of Heaven.

donated by Familie P. A. Dreiling


 Keys and tiara, symbols of the office of Pope.

 Book and crosier, symbols of the office of bishop.

 Mary, in Heaven, is crowned Queen of the Universe.

donated by Zum Andenken an Johannes Gotz von seinenkindren

(In memory of Johannes Gotz from his children)


 St. Simon Stock receives the brown scapular from the Virgin Mary.

 The sword and chains.  "The truth shall set you free."

(Jn. 8:32)

 Saints for the young:

St. Aloysius
in the center, surrounded by, clockwise from the top, St. John Berchmans, an unidentified martyr, St. Joan of Arc, and
St. Stanislaus Kostka.


 The prodigal son of the parable returns to his father.

(Lk. 15)

 St. Francis embraces the crucified Lord; from the famous painting by Bartolome Murillo (1617-1682).

donated by Dritter Orden

(Third Order)

 The Lord prays in agony in the garden of Gethsemane the night of His betrayal.

donated by Zu Ehren der schmerzhaften Mutter Gottes Geschenk von Balthasar & Katharine Brungardt

(To the glory of the Sorrowful Mother Gift from Balthasar & Katharine Brungardt)


 Jesus breaks bread for the disciples at Emmaus on Easter Sunday evening. (Lk. 24)

 Lamb of the Apocalypse resting on the book with seven seals. (Rev. 5)

 The pelican: symbol of Christ feeding His people with His own blood.


 Wheat and grapes, symbols of the Eucharist.

 Heart of Jesus, symbol of God's love.

 The harp, symbol of praise.


 The trumpet, symbol of music and celebration.

 The harp, symbol of praise.

 Lamb of the Apocalypse.


 St. Cecilia

Martyr of the second century, patroness of music.