We welcome His Holiness Pope Francis I to the United States and accompany him with extra prayers during this historic visit to North America.
Vestments made by Granda for the Holy Father and the concelebrating bishops arrived in Philadelphia at the end of August. We are delighted they will be used during the Saturday and Sunday Masses in Philadelphia this week!
Rinascimento and Statues for the Dominican Sisters in Houston, TX.
The Dominican Sisters of Mary Immaculate Province in Houston, TX, outgrew their capacity and needed a larger chapel for their Provincial House where all the sisters could gather and participate in the Liturgy.
God graciously answered their prayers and on May 24th 2014, Bishop Emeritus Joseph A. Fiorenza consecrated the altar and dedicated the new chapel to Mary, Queen of Preachers.
Granda was commissioned by the Sisters to carve statues and a tabernacle for this new chapel.
Two five and a half foot estofado cedar-wood statues of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the Province, and St. Joseph with Boy Jesus stand on either side of the sanctuary. St. Joseph is portrayed instructing the Boy Jesus in the faith of his forefathers, a reminder to the Sister of their teaching charism.
The tabernacle carved in pristine white marble is a Duncan Stroik design and belongs to the Rinascimento Collection of liturgical elements inspired by the Italian Renaissance. To learn more about this special collaboration between the workshops of Granda and Mr. Stroik, please visit the official Rinascimento page: http://www.usagranda.com/rinascimento.html
New Marian Chasuble.
This custom Marian chasuble was commissioned to celebrate the silver jubilee of a priestly ordination. By the request of the benefactor, the fabric used on the body of the chasuble is a natural silk brocade reminiscent in its weave pattern of an antique Indian sari.
All embroidery has been entirely done by hand. The gold-thread galloons and embroidered with an authentic gold thread and enriched with the Eucharistic motifs of grapes and shafts of wheat. The overall geometric design of the central panel is inspired by the Art Deco style. The specific image of the Virgin with Child used as the focal point of the central panel is venerated in the parish were the jubilant serves as a priest.
Consultants in the United States
West Coast & South East: Mr. Manuel Suarez
East Coast & Eastern Midwest: Ms. Kinga Lipinska
Southwest & Texas: Ms. Pilar Pardo
Western Midwest: Mr. Patrick Murray