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St. Vincent Ferrer Chapel | Interior Design by Warren Simmons
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St. Vincent Ferrer Chapel - Interior Design

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The St. Vincent Ferrer Chapel sits on the former St. William site. St. William, which was built in 1956, was torn down in 2012, but Father Jason Palermo, pastor of St. Joseph Church in nearby French Settlement and St. Stephen the Martyr Church in Maurepas, said he was committed to building a new chapel at the site.

The chapel sits in the center of St. William Cemetery, and although the small gothic structure does not have an altar and Mass will not be celebrated there, Father Palermo said the facility will host the rite of committal.

“It was important to build a new chapel because this is where the Catholic Church in Livingston Parish has its roots,” Father Palermo said “We committed to (St. William parishioners) when (announcing the old church would be torn down) there would be a chapel there. The new 35-foot by 90-foot structure has preserved much of St. William’s past while telling the history of Port Vincent. The bricks, the two pews in the chapel and the stations of the cross are all from St. William.

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Creating fresh contemporary stained glass through adaptive restorations and new reinterpretations of classical design elements.

The stained glass trade has been my primary employer over the past fifteen years. Most people who hear that assume it is a glamorous title. I do appreciate the opportunities I've had to design numerous projects and the ability to meet unique clients, and travel to places I would likely have not been otherwise. However, the truth is that it's hard work. My early studies at LSU were involved in design, graduating in 2003 bachelors in architecture. I have always had an interest in painting, and this has continued throughout the years. I try to keep a body of work going where I can curate a show annually. Yet stained glass has remained a constant source of work through the years, and I am grateful to have something which keeps me engaged in the studio life. That being said, the majority of the work can often seem more akin to the lifestyle of a carpenter. I've completed many restorations throughout the South. That can range from one or two piece repairs to full on rebuilds where a full set gets removed and fully reconditioned. Jobs like this don't allow you to claim a whole lot in terms of artisty, and I hate to take credit for the design work of others. Yet, I feel it is important to uphold the work of those before you worthy of recognition and repair. I hope to pay it forward as someday my original pieces might be cared for by the next generation as well. I do enjoy a design challenge, and seem to get unique requests from clients, In this way my glass portfolio may look somewhat ambiguous from a stylistic viewpoint. I've completed a small group of pedestal art pieces this past year which probably give a better sense of what I envision to bring in reality for future commissions. I would love the opportunity to make these ideas work in your space.