Remembered Light is a collection of twenty-five art pieces using glass shards collected from bombed-out European cathedrals, synagogues, and chapels during World War II by the late Frederick McDonald.
There was glass everywhere and I picked up quite a number of these broken pieces that were deeply smoked by the explosion of the bombs. I put them away and then mailed them home. The shards represented something deep that you ought to remember about this. It’s so often a little thing that can bring back a flood or memories into your head.
Currently on Display
San Francisco War Memorial
Veterans Gallery (Suite 102)
401 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco
August 28, 2022–November 20, 2022
Wednesday through Sunday
EXPLORE THE ART
Glass Works By Thirteen Artists
Each piece includes a transcript from the chaplain’s memory of the specific location and events related to it. The unaltered glass fragments and the narratives have been transcended by 13 artists to convey the idea of being a witness of the era one experiences leading to the universal longing for peace.
01 The Glass Book
02 St. Michael’s Cathedral
Coventry, West Midlands, England
03 St. John’s, Red Lion Square
04 Périers, France
05 Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Coutances
06 Assorted Verdun, Shards
07 A Synagogue, a Protestant Church, a Catholic Church
08 Cathedral of Saint Stephen
09 Thionville, France Unidentified Sanctuary
10 Malmedy, Belgium Unidentified Sanctuary
11 A Shrine to the Joy of the Hunt
Saint Hubert, Belgium
12 Collégiale Notre Dame de Dinant
13 Verviers, Belgium Unidentified sanctuary
14 Bastogne, Belgium Unidentified Sanctuary
15 Maastricht, the Netherlands Unidentified Sanctuary
16 Aachen Cathedral
17 Church of the Holy Ghost
18 Liebfrauenkirche (Church of Our Lady)
19 Kölner Dom (Cologne Cathedral)
20 Church of St. Augustine
21 The Russian Chapel
22 Frankfurter Dom
23 St. Lorenz
24 The Berghof
25 St. Andrew’s English Church
Follow Fred’s path through Europe and WWII history
Get a complete picture of the context of the McDonald Peace Windows, through the framework of Fred McDonald’s movement through Europe at the end of the war. Learn more about Fred, World War II history, and the sites he visited through this interactive chronological documentation of Fred’s journey.
A PERMANENT HOME FOR THE WINDOWS
San Francisco, CA
Since 2010, the Interfaith Center of the Presidio has been the home of the McDonald Peace Windows. Built in 1931, the Presidio Chapel now needs a major facelift and expansion to best serve the interfaith center of tomorrow and importantly, to provide a permanent home for the McDonald Windows in a new 1,900 square foot addition. Your support is vital to ensure the windows’ permanent home.
visit the Windows
The windows are currently on exhibit in San Francisco, CA at the War Memorial Building, in the Veteran’s Hall. Visitors are welcome between 9am–4pm and should check in with Reception Services. Parking is available at the Performing Arts Garage or Civic Center Plaza Garage. For more details, please visit our Visit page.
NEws and Announcements
Bruce McDonald discusses how the Remembered Light project started on The Dave Nemo Show. They discuss finding the “shoe box” of shards, Fred McDonald’s initial views on Hitler and how that eventually pushed him to get involved in the war and so much more.
The man in the trenchcoat stood in the ruined church, gazing down at a fallen crucifix, its life-sized image of Jesus broken, bashed and half-covered in rubble. Nearby, a statue of the Virgin Mary, somehow still erect after intense bombing, looked down with the man, her eyes seemingly full of sorrow. It was 1945, and…
Stained glass artist Armelle Le Roux installs “Remembered Light,” a stained glass art exhibit made from the window shards of churches bombed in World War II collected by Fred McDonald, then a chaplain in the U.S. Army. LeRoux worked on finishing the installation on Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022, in preparation for its opening at the…