Blessed Sacrament Church, Stowe Vermont

Blessed Sacrament Church in Stowe, Vermont underwent further renovation earlier this year in 2014 when its shingle roof was replaced with a standing seam metal roof.

The new standing seam metal roof is a mansard brown, 10,000 square foot roof installed by Burrell Roofing of Williamstown, Vermont. Owner Pat Burrell installed an Englert Series 1300 ½” mechanically seamed profile, 24 gauge with 21-inch wide panels. Burrell also used an Englert MetalMan HT Underlayment that is 33 percent heavier than standard underlayment and provides greater resistance to foot traffic and a tougher barrier against costly ice dams and wind-driven rain sleet and snow prevalent in Vermont.

The new standing seam metal roof is a mansard brown, 10,000 square foot roof installed by Burrell Roofing of Williamstown, Vermont. Owner Pat Burrell installed an Englert Series 1300 ½” mechanically seamed profile, 24 gauge with 21-inch wide panels. Burrell also used an Englert MetalMan HT Underlayment that is 33 percent heavier than standard underlayment and provides greater resistance to foot traffic and a tougher barrier against costly ice dams and wind-driven rain sleet and snow prevalent in Vermont.

The church is built on property that formally belonged to a Stowe, Vermont farm, the birthplace of Brother Joseph Dutton, a missionary who spent forty-three years tending to the needs of abandoned lepers at the famous colony at Kalaupapa, Hawaii. Most people are more familiar with Father Damien de Veuster who first organized the colony. But Damian died an early death from the disease and Dutton carried on the work for more than four decades.

As early as the second decade of the twentieth century a church had been planned to honor Stowe’s famous son. But it wasn’t until the arrival of the Rev. Francis McDonough in 1947, with help from the late Maria von Trapp of Sound of Music fame, that the dream to erect a building in Brother Dutton’s memory became a reality.

The windows, ceilings, interior and exterior walls were painted and decorated by internationally renowned French artist Andre Girard and depict the life of Brother Dutton. It is serious art, modern-primitive expressions of real events. The large figures, angular and austere, in tropical surroundings, are dealing with the everyday agonies of their disease but experiencing hope thanks to their religion. Girard produced the murals and painted 36 church windows, the latter in vibrant colors, depicting scenes from the New Testament. On all the murals is the figure of Brother Dutton.

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