As regular readers of Via Lucis know, PJ and I are closely affiliated with American Friends of Chartres (AFC), the American non-profit organization that raises money to help with the restoration of the monumental cathedral Notre Dame de Chartres. In the recent past, AFC has raised funds to restore the five Evanglist lancet windows in the south transept of the Cathedral.
Now AFC is embarking a new, unprecedented project – the restoration of the Bakers’ Bay windows and bringing the ensemble to the United States. For the first time, some of Chartres’ 13th century masterpieces of stained glass will be displayed in the United States. AFC is asking for our help in making this possible and has created a crowd-funding appeal on Razoo. Here is the video that accompanies that appeal.
Via Lucis has made both a cash contribution and donated our photographs to AFC for use on their website and video. We encourage all of our readers to aid in this restoration and subsequent exhibition. Please go to the Razoo site and and make a donation, however generous or modest. You will be thanked for your tax-deductible contribution on the AFC website, and your name will be inscribed in the Golden Book which is always kept open in the Cathedral. In addition, your gift may be made IN HONOR of a special person or event, or IN MEMORY of a departed loved one, for no extra cost. And finally, as a member of the AFC community, you will receive a special invitation to the exhibition of the windows in the US.
For more information on this project, we encourage you to click on this link to visit the AFC website.