Ark of the Covenant for the Veterans.

Granda was commissioned to craft a tabernacle and a pedestal for the Adoration Chapel located in the Veteran’s Medical Center in Phoenix, AZ. The stylish Ark of the Covenant tabernacle is 18” tall and 25” wide and 17” deep.  The angels kneeling in adoration are 7” high. Hebrew letters on the front of the tabernacle are Aleph - Tav (the first and the last letters of the alphabet, Alpha and Omega; Scripture reference Rev 1:11). The finish of the tabernacle is polished brass. 

A matching wall pedestal was crafted in cedar wood and varnished. The pedestal is adorned with a horizontal gilded detail along its width.  Since the chapel is quite small, the size and volume of the pedestal were a serious concern to our client.  Accordingly, the end design is as spatially economical as possible yet still elegant.

To be complete, the chapel still awaits a hand-painted crucifix that will be installed above the tabernacle and a sanctuary lamp. 

The project for the Adoration Chapel in VA Medical is directed by Rev. John Hannigan who conceived the overall aesthetic of the chapel, selected the artwork and consulted on the design of the pedestal. 


Immaculate Heart Chasuble. 

The Immaculate Heart custom chasuble is made in one of Granda’s signature white damask fabrics. The medallion with the Immaculate Heart is sown onto a dark blue central panel on the front and on the back of the vestment. 

Gold orpherys are used to enrich the panel, to trim the chasuble, and to frame the medal. This particular image of the Immaculate Heart was inspired by a mural found in St. James the Less Church in La Crosse, WI and is entirely hand embroidered. We are pleased to include photos of the chasuble as well as a statement from Mr. Marco about his decision to pursue this project:

“I attended Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary in Winona, MN for two years during college. During that time, I met many life-long friends. One of whom was Fr. Nate Kuhn, a priest for the Diocese of La Crosse, WI. Fr. Kuhn was ordained last year in June. Leading up to the ordination, our group of friends wanted to do something special for him. There was a registry with many items on it, but none of the items really jumped out at us. In speaking with another priest friend, he suggested that we look into purchasing a chasuble for Fr. Kuhn. I was familiar with Granda from my work at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in La Crosse, WI, and I knew the quality of their work. The option of having a custom chasuble made was appealing. We decided to commemorate our time at Immaculate Heart of Mary Seminary by having the Immaculate Heart placed on the chasuble to be worn by Fr. Kuhn on Marian feasts and solemnities. The working process with Kinga Lipinska, Project Consultant at Granda, went very well. She was receptive to my suggestions and, working with the designers, was able to make the recommendations necessary to create a one-of-a-kind gift for a dear friend on one of the most significant days of his life. The image that we used as the inspiration for the Immaculate Heart on the chasuble comes from St. James the Less Catholic Church is La Crosse, WI.  - Gregory Marco”



Sacra Liturgia in New York. 

Granda is privileged to be one of the sponsors of the Sacra Liturgia USA. We invite our clients and friends to stop by and visit our display at Hunter College during the events. Here are exciting Conference details from the organizers: 

We are honored that His Eminence the Archbishop of New York, Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan, will be present and will offer an address of welcome to the participants. His Excellency, Bishop Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport and a native of Brooklyn, will speak on the role of the renewal of the Sacred Liturgy in the life of the Church today.

Dom Alcuin Reid, who coordinates the Sacra Liturgia initiatives on behalf of Bishop Dominique Rey, Bishop of Fréjus-Toulon, France, will convey a message from Bishop Rey. The conference’s USA organizers Father Richard Cipolla and Dr. Jennifer Donelson will then speak on the rationale for Sacra Liturgia USA and on conference logistics.

His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, who will be in attendance for the opening remarks, will then give his keynote address “Beauty in the Sacred Liturgy and the Beauty of a Holy Life,” after which he will be present in choir at the first liturgical celebration of Sacra Liturgia USA 2015, solemn Vespers, to be celebrated at the Church of St. Catherine of Siena (East 68th St.) at 7.30pm.

The conference is open to all who are interested in the Sacred Liturgy. Full and part time registration details are available at

The registration deadline is May 1.

Sacra Liturgia USA 2015 will open in New York on Monday, June 1st, at 4:00pm at the Kaye Playhouse at Hunter College.



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