Experience the stories of the Bible and the life of Saint Benedict told through the beauty of stained glass! Wheels and Roundels is a 100 page, gorgeous, full-color book celebrating the 120th anniversary of Saint Vincent’s daughter parish, Saint Benedict Parish, Baltimore, Maryland. This handsome, easy-to-hold book reveals the beauty and artistry of the stained glass windows of Saint Benedict Church, as well as an intimate look into the life of the man who created them, Angelo Leopardo Pitassi.
The Life of Saint Benedict is retold through 27 roundels which are taken from the church’s lower windows. All stained glass windows are meticulously described, revealing the labor of love that brought these windows to life. The book is complete with a foreword from Archabbot of Saint Vincent, Douglas R. Nowicki, O.S.B. Wheels and Roundels book is the perfect companion for any art lover or someone who wants to learn more about the life of Saint Benedict.
About the contributors:
Father Paschal A. Morlino, O.S.B., is a Benedictine monk and priest of Saint Vincent Archabbey, Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He has been pastor of Saint Benedict Church, Baltimore, for more than 30 years. Since his arrival in Baltimore the parish has tripled in size. Father Paschal has worked to provide low income housing for those on fixed incomes, including building 80 senior apartments. In recognition of this work, and in honor of his 25th anniversary as pastor in 2009, the 2600 block of Wilkens Avenue was renamed Paschal’s Way. He has served as president of the Southwest Baltimore Presidents’ Council of Neighborhood Associations and in 1996 he was elected to represent the clergy of Baltimore’s Metro West section of the Urban Vicariate. As a result of this he has served on the Archdiocesan Priests Council, the Urban Vicariate Council and a is member of the Corps of Urban Pastors (council to the Urban Vicar).
In January 2010, he received the Distinguished Church Leadership Award by the Fullwood Foundation of Baltimore for “outstanding individuals who have pursued and achieved excellence in many initiatives that richly benefit others.” In May of that year he gave the commencement address at Belmont Abbey College, where he received an honorary doctorate degree of humane letters. In May of 2016, as he celebrated the 50th anniversary of his ordination, Saint Benedict Parish named its parish center Paschal Center.
Jordan Hainsey is an award-winning graphic designer and illustrator.
He earned a bachelor of arts degree in graphic design and marketing from Saint Vincent College. After working for Saint Vincent Archabbey Public Relations, he began studies for the priesthood for the Diocese of Covington. He began priesthood studies at the Pontifical College Josephinum, and completed his studies at Saint Vincent Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood in 2020.
While at Saint Vincent he assisted the curator of Saint Vincent Gallery, Brother Nathan Cochran, in a wide range of endeavors, including gallery exhibits and work with the Nationwide Juried Catholic Arts Competition and Exhibition, which has received international attention. Father Hainsey’s work included designing the exhibition booklets. He has also received acclaim for his artwork, which was chosen by acclaimed jurists for inclusion in the exhibition.