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WNIT to air local production on the Stained Glass of the Basilica

December 09, 2021
WNIT to air local production on the Stained Glass of the Basilica Image

PBS Michiana - WNIT is producing a documentary on the history and significance of the stained glass at the Basilica on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Vibrant Light: Stained Glass of the Basilica at the University of Notre Dame premieres Saturday, December 18, at 9:00 p.m. on PBS Michiana – WNIT Channel 34.1. Additional airings will be Sunday, December 19, at 4:00 p.m. and Saturday, December 25, at 10:30 p.m. on Channel 34.1 and Sunday, December 19, at 8:00 p.m. on PBS Michiana – WNIT2 Channel 34.2

The documentary will explore both the history and significance of the stained glass, while providing striking imagery of its beauty. With construction on what is now known as the Basilica of the Sacred Heart beginning in 1870 under the direction of Father Edward Sorin, stained glass was ordered from the Carmel Du Mans Glassworks, a connection dear to Fr. Sorin in Le Mans, France. He ordered 450 square meters of stained glass which was crafted over 11 years. The documentary travels to France to discover the birthplace of the glass and explores what was happening contemporarily in the United States in architectural style and design.

Over 100,000 visitors each year make their way to the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Located on the campus of the University of Notre Dame, the Basilica is a reflection of faith and reverence. Forty-four stained glass windows offer beauty and story and are home to one of the world’s largest collections of 19th-century French-style stained glass outside of France.

The story explores the significance of stained glass through religion, cultural impact, art, design, history and craftsmanship. Viewers will witness the birth of Notre Dame and the art of illuminating stories through powerful images.

Additional information and a trailer of the documentary can be viewed at www.wnit.org