St. Francis Episcopal Church

Bringing Christ to Denham Springs and beyond

HISTORY OF THE STAINED GLASS WINDOWS

 

FROM CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION TO ST. FRANCIS

 

 

 In 1830, Donaldsonville was the capital of the state of Louisiana.  Leonidas Polk, the first Episcoopal bishop of Louisiana suggested a congregation in Donaldsonville.  During the next ten years, poor participation prompted Bishop Polk to describe the parish as "very small and weak."  However by 1851 there seemed to be enough interest for the church to be admitted to the Council of Episcopal churches and prompted Henry Johnson to donate land with a house and a school on it that was envisioned to beome the rectory and a parochial school.  Church services were to remain at the Court House.  The official membership was 19 families with a flourishing Sunday school with children from several Protestant denominations participating. During the next 40 years, regretfully there was a pattern of short terms for clergy serving Church of the Ascension or a lay reader serving the church.

Church of the Ascension moved to its current location in 1905 from Nicholls and Railroad Avenue. There were 74 communicants and the church fulfilled its financial obligation to the diocese.  Post depression and World War II era saw a decline in membership.  In 1987, Ascension was made a mission station of the Church of the Holy Spirit in Baton Rouge.  By 2012, it became clear that a congregation no longer existed and the church was deconsecrated.

The building was described as rural Gothic with decorated verge board.  From 1870 when the rectory was converted to 1884, much work was done to maintain the building; painting, new pews, new carpeting in the chancel, a new organ and communion vessels.  Ten stained glass windows, some with double-hung sashes, were installed in 1886.   They were made by Hauser Studio of Wenona, Minnesota.  The windows were removed from Church of the Ascension upon the sale of the church property and were stored at St. James Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge.

From Diocese of Louisiana - History of Church of Ascension

Note:  The windows were removed from Church of the Ascension upon the sale of the church property and were stored at St. James Episcopal Church in Baton Rouge.  The windows were donated to St. Francis after the devastating flood of August, 2016, with the intention for the windows to be installed and rededicated to adorn the new St. Francis church building.

 

 



 

 

Hanson

ORIGINAL

In Memory of

Richard Tuite Hanson

 

 

 

 

Wagner

 ORIGINAL

 In Memory of

 William Wagner

 Age 11  years

 An offering from

the Sunday School

 

 

 

 

St. Margaret Guild

ORIGINAL

St. Margaret's Guild

 

 

 

 

Duffel

ORIGINAL

In memory of

Lydia Williams Duffel

 

 

 

 

Blessed

ORIGINAL

It is more blessed

to give

than to receive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Anna Langbecker

ORIGINAL

In Memory of

Anna Langbecker

 

 

 

Fruits

ORIGINAL

By their fruits 

you shall know them

 

 

 

 

Cross

 ORIGINAL

 If any man

shall come after me.

let him deny himself and

take up his cross daily

and follow me.

Luke 9:23

 

 

 

Harry McCall

ORIGINAL

In Memory of

Harry McCall

 

 

 

 

 ST. FRANCIS IS TRULY BLESSED  BY THE GRACE OF GOD.