St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Vancouver. North Aisle

The eight windows of the north aisle depict the life of St. John the Apostle.

The figurative sequence begins with James and John listening to John the Baptist preach in the wilderness. The inscription on the window reads “Prepare the way of the Lord”.

The next window is the lesson about greatness through service. It depicts the mother of John and James in earnest discussion with Christ, asking for her sons to be at his left and right hand in his kingdom. The inscription reads “You know not what you ask”.

The next scene depicted is the Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus is seen praying while Peter, John and James have fallen asleep instead of keeping vigil. The inscription reads “watch with me and pray”.

The subsequent window shows the Risen Christ appearing to Peter and John while they were fishing. John was the first of the disciples to recognize Jesus, crying out “It is the Lord”.

The last figurative north aisle window depicts John writing the inspired scriptures in Ephesus under guidance from the Holy Spirit. He came to testify to the light, “the True Light”.

The remaining two windows depict parts of the Book of Revelations. The inscriptions read “I am the First and the Last” and “I make all things new”.


“St. Francis of Assisi describes someone who uses their hands, head and heart as an artist, and with these words in mind, when you look at a stained glass window, that very essence should be tangible. What should be apparent is not only that the artist has displayed an understanding of their medium, but that they have given it their all. We would like to thank Fr. Mark for his support, and the parishioners of St. John the Apostle for the opportunity to produce their stained glass over the past four years.”

~ John Gilroy, at the Blessing of Windows by Archbishop J. Michael Miller. 6th March 2011


“Gilroy Stained Glass assisted us with a large scale project which involved replacing most of the church windows. From the design phase through to installation, the Gilroys were excellent to work with. They made a great effort to be sensitive to the parish’s wishes; they were creative with their designs and attentive to details; they communicated regularly throughout the development phase; the workmanship of the completed windows and installation was superb.”

~ The Most Reverend Mark Hagemoen, Bishop of Mackenzie-Fort Smith. Former Pastor at St. John the Apostle Catholic Church, Vancouver.