You’ll find many historic churches when cruising through Clinton County, IL, but you’ll want to take note of one in particular, St. George’s Catholic Church in New Baden.
The striking Gothic-styled structure, built in 1907, is notable for its exquisite stained glass windows. Starting at the northeast corner and ending at the southeast side of the church at eight windows, with scripts written in German, that depict the Eight Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount.
These beautifully rendered scenes portray a different scene in a saint’s life, and have German script.
In addition the Church has windows featuring saints—St. George, of course– and important events, such as the Baptism of Christ.
St. George’s has recently undergone major renovation, returning the Church to its former glorious state. A 6-month interior update included refurbishing of pews, flooring, and painting throughout, with special attention to gold-leaf stenciling on archways and the altar. Accessibility and sound were also improved.
A particularly fun time to visit St. George’s and many of our other area churches is when they host their annual picnics in the summer. You can always count on us to have great food!
Images courtesy of St. George’s Church.