There are 8 stained glasses to reflect upon: The Holy Family, Our Lady of the Snows, Mother Seton, Mother Cabrini, Friar Garces, Father Gallagher, Bishop Manogue, Bishop Carroll.
The window of the Holy Family is predominantly amber in color as rays of light flow from the hand of God the Father upon the scene of Nazareth. Our Lord as a young boy, is reading from the Old Testament, as our Blessed Mother, burdened with the cares of the Holy Family, points to the open pages. St. Joseph remains in the background loaded with the lumber of his trade as he fondly oversees the activities of his family. To the side of the Holy Family are the student, the children, the nurse, the infirm, the widow and the mother. On the right are the neophyte, the athlete, the worker and the laborer with the hammer of his trade and Rosary in hand.
In the window depicting Our Lady of the Snows, the dominant color is a deep blue, illuminating the scene that portrays the entire Diocese. Rays of varying shades of amber light, flow from our Lady's crown to the surrounding figures, representing clergy and laity of the Diocese. The promenent figure in the lower right is the Bishop of the Diocese holding aloft the Cathedral as he implores the Blessed Mother for the spiritual needs of his flock. Opposite the Bishop are the the miner, the rancher, the average laborer and the family. Behind the Diocesan scene are arrayed the hosts of guardian angles in an active mode of watching over the spiritual flock.
This window depicts Mother Elizabeth Seton as a powerful Saint. Elizabeth, under Divine inspiration symbolized by the rays of light falling on her, established the Catholic school system in the United States. Her schools were open for the rich and the poor alike. It is a figure of great authority as well as real loving care. She holds a book with a cross on top of the open pages and holds the Rosary to symbolize her faithfulness to the Church. We see school buildings in the background. Little children, boys as well as girls, rich and poor come to join her and learn as well as all the country can thank Mother Seton for the vast Catholic school system we have.
Maria Francesca Cabrini was born July 15, 1850, in the town of San Angelo, south of Milan in Italy. She was the youngest of thirteen children. She helped her parents work the family farm, but from an early age she was drawn to a missionary life and service to God. In 1909 Mother Cabrini became an American citizen. Mother Cabrini died in Chicago on December 22, 1917. Her remains are laid to rest in Mother Cabrini High School at 701 Fort Washington Avenue New York, New York. It is now a place of pilgrimage. Mother Cabrini was beatified in 1938 and canonized a saint in 1946.
This window depicts Friar Ray F. Garces as he explores the Colorado river. The window records his historic journey as he traverses the raging river in his primitive raft. Great courage is on the face of the Friar as he overcomes the poerful waters. His body leans forward toward the unknown. Rays of light from above fall on him and surround him as he follows his hard commission received from God. We see the forbidding high elevation of the canyon. Indians stand on the shore perplexed seeing the perilous journey of the Friar. There is the chief with his feather headdress, the medicine man seems to dance and cast his spells, the young warrior, ready for action, watches the Friar.
This window depicts Nevadas first Priest, Father Gallagher, as he raises the Host over the Altar. Arriving in 1858, he is one of the giants in Nevada's Catholic history. His job was to provide for the great influx of miners and their families in the easters side of the sierra. His face filled with faith and determination. In the background, we see the sierras rising. Families of the miners, young and old surround Father Gallagher. There are children in the foreground. Fr. Gallagher was a real pioneer. He made the first effort to establish the Church in Nevada, but hard times at his venerable beginning overtook his efforts. It was up to Fr. Manogue to create a firm foundation.
This window depicting Virginia City's Father Manogue is filled with activity as the great missionary Priest and Bishop, large in both physical and historical stature, preserves the chalice containing the Blessed Sacrament and Saint Mary's in the mountains burns in the background. One figure looks to him for protection as others rush up ladders with buckets of water to save the church from flames. The scene is reminiscent of the fire in October of 1875, in which Fr. Manogue allowed the church to burn in order to protect the remainder of the town. Fr. Manogue later was appointed as coadjutor Bisho to Bishop O'Connell and later named Bishop of Sacramento.
John Carroll was born on January 8, 1735 to a distinguished Irish merchant family in Upper Marlborough, Maryland. At the age of thirteen, he began studies at St. Omer, a Jesuit college, and entered the Society of Jesus following his graduation. Soon after, he began intensive studies in philosophy and theology in what is now Belgium. Fourteen years later, at the age of thirty-four, John Carroll was ordained a priest. He dedicated the next four years of his life to teaching philosophy and theology in Belgium, and then returned to America in 1774. As a strong and respected Catholic leader, he assisted in gaining acceptance for Catholics in America. In addition, Rome gave him the task of organizing the Catholic Church in the new nation. In November of 1789, he was named Bishop of Baltimore by Pope Pius VI, thus becoming the first American Bishop.