THE STORY OF THE DOORS
The designers of St. Mary
Interparochial School devoted special attention to the stained-glass
doors that welcome all who enter this sanctuary of learning and
spirituality. Created in rich colors, the doors depict two intertwined
themes: Our nations fight for independence and our citys
distinction as an oasis of religious freedom.
Look closely, and you will see depictions of the symbolic Freedom
Ship, the British occupation of the city, and the Stars
and Stripes. Founding fathers George Washington and John Adams,
as well as famous figures from Philadelphias religious history,
are shown as well. Several crosses memorialize the 667 victims
of the tragic yellow fever epidemic of 1793 who are buried beneath
the current school building. The many religious sisters who dedicated
themselves to the care and education of Philadelphias children
are represented as well, including Philadelphia native St. Katharine
At the dedication of St. Mary Interparochial School in 1970, the
doors were said to cast their light upon the children and
nuns and speak in a rich variety of color, uniting the entire
school in the beauty of holiness. They are beautiful but not dramatic.
They portray the message of the faith.