There are ten full-sized stained glass windows in total, each covering approximately 90 square feet. All were painted by Guido Nincheri and installed in the Cathedral in 1954. Guido Nincheri was born in Prato, Italy, in 1885, immigrating to Montreal in 1915. He is credited with producing over 100 stained-glass windows and frescoes in churches throughout eastern Canada and New England. The devout Roman Catholic was cited by Pope Pius XI in 1933 as the church’s greatest artist of religious themes. In the 2010’s, Michael Blank, a local stained-glass artisan from Wilno, carefully refurbished all of the windows after half of century of wear.
St. Columbkille’s Cathedral is a place of comfort, peace, and reflection, and a space that naturally assists people to pray. And, if you still cannot find the words for prayer, the silence and the communion of saints will speak volumes for you.