Friday, 22 September 2017

Saint Joe's

Saint Joseph's Home, lovingly referred to as
St. Joe's by us locals, offers an assisted living
program for the aged and provides compassionate
end-of-life care for those in need.

It was established by the Carmelite Sisters of the
Divine Heart of Jesus in 1951 in the Riverside
area of Medicine Hat, Alberta.  I lived only a few
blocks away in the early-mid 1980's when
extensive renovations were taking place and can
remember walking by the home often and always
being greeted with a smile and "hello" from the
nuns in their black and white habits.  I do miss
them.

Those were different times but the chapel is
still beautiful and retains the interior
decorations dating back to 1955.  I mentioned
to a very good friend of mine, a Very Reverend
with the Anglican Church, that I still enjoyed
visiting churches and chapels very much while
also expressing that I really did not know why.
He suggested that, quote, "...apart from the
beauty is the peacefulness which reaches out
to your own inner spirit..."  Maybe he's right.

All this aside, you'd never expect this lovely
chapel to be hidden behind this understated
mid-fifties exterior.  I guess it's best not to
judge a book the cover.  All the stained glass
windows face north so the light is always
"just right" and as an added bonus, there are
three Heritage Trees within a block of the
home.

Photographed on September 17, 2017.

Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel
Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel

Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel

Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel

Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel

Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel

Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel

Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel

Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel

Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel

Medicine Hat, Alberta, chapel

2 comments:

  1. What beautiful stained glass!
    I am also not sure why I like visiting churches, maybe having not spent very much time in them in my life makes them more interesting to me.

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    1. Thanks, Jenn. I grew up in a time when the church was still central in the community. I have some good memories of the times I spent there.

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