Monday, September 11, 2017

St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Raleigh, NC

St. Luke the Evangelist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina is weeks away from dedicating their new church.  Henninger's was honored to supply and install many important features:
  • Marble Altar of Sacrifice with carved Last Supper
  • Marble Altar of Repose with carved Chalice and Host
  • Marble Ambo
  • Marble Baptismal Font with carved Dove and Cross
  • Three marble statue pedestals
  • Woodcarved statue of Blessed Mother
  • Woodcarved statue of St. Joseph and Child
  • Woodcarved statue of St. Luke
  • Fiberglass statue of Sacred Heart of Jesus
The following pictures represent the many stages of the process from design, to fabrication, and eventually installation.


Pencil Sketch of Statuary
Clay Models of Statuary

Wood Block Selected
Rough Cuts in Wood Block

Carving Shape of Blessed Mother
Carving Shape of St. Jose
Carving Details
Carving Details

Robert Stuflesser with Blessed Mother Statue

Blessed Mother and St. Luke Statues

S. Joseph and Child Statue
Completed Blessed Mother Statue

Completed St. Joseph Statue
Completed St. Luke Statue

Three Completed Statues

Three Completed Statues

Statuary Team - Ferdinand Stuflesser 1875 - Marco, Robert, Filip, & Daniel

Marble Furniture

Altar of Sacrifice Design

Ambo Design

Baptismal Font Design

Statue Pedestal Design

Tabernacle Stand Design

Polishing Ambo Top

3/4 Round Columns
Work in Progress Baptismal Font

Work in Progress Altar of Sacrifice

Work in Progress Altar of Sacrifice
Completed Altar of Sacrifice

Carved Eucharistic Medallion for Tabernacle Stand

Completed Altar of Sacrifice

Work in Progress Baptismal Font
Tabernacle Stand
Completed Baptismal Font
Completed Tabernacle Stand

Completed Baptismal Font

Ambo Installation

Tabernacle Stand Installation

Last Supper Panel on Altar of Sacrifice

Altar of Sacrifice Installation

Altar of Sacrifice Installation

Ambo Installation

St. Joseph Statue and Pedestal

Blessed Mother Statue and Pedestal

Completed Baptismal Font

More pictures to follow after the church's dedication.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral - Raleigh, North Carolina

Raleigh's new Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral was dedicated on July 26th.  Designed by architect, James O'Brien and built by Clancy & Theys Construction Company, it seats 2,000 and is defined by its cruciform shape and large copper dome.

The interior of the Romanesque-inspired Cathedral features a purposeful lack of adornment - strikingly white decor which shows off the true architectural achievements of the building.  The white walls make the marble furniture and flooring stand out with impressive beauty.

Henninger's was proud to have an important role in the interior decoration: the installation of all statuary and liturgical artwork.

The carving and painting of the statuary and liturgical artwork was executed by Ferdinand Stuflesser 1875 of Ortisei, Italy.  In an eighteen month labor of love, their studio produced 27 statues of Saints and Angels, mostly 5'9" in height and two 6'8" statues of the Blessed Mother and St. Joseph.  Stuflesser also produced 2 crucifixes, 4 panels of Evangelist symbols, devotional images of Divine Mercy and Our Lady of Guadalupe, and one larger than life-size marble carved statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus for the exterior piazza.  The following photos show the statues as they were completed, then crated in Italy.

Regarding the fabrication of these beautiful statues, Ferdinand Stuflesser 1875 commented:

"This was a very important work for us. Not only the amount of statues, but also the big organization behind, regarding carvers, communication between customer and artists and much more. It was interesting and impressive to assist to the birth of such an important monument which will give even more roots to the faith of the people in the area. We are grateful to God to have been chosen for this glorious manifestation of faith."

Henninger's crew met these crates at Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh, uncrated them, transported them and installed each statue and piece of liturgical art inside.

Working in a new Cathedral was a true thrill for us.  It was a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of such an important and massive project.  A special thanks to the following:

  • Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of Raleigh (2006 - 2016), Bishop of Arlington (2016 - present)
  • Monsignor David D. Brockman
  • Joel “Tick” Clancy, Contractor, Clancy & Theys
  • James O’Brien, Architect
  • Amy Lucciani, project manager
  • Ferdinand Stuflesser 1875, liturgical artists, Ortisei Italy