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Woodford County church’s hidden beauty uncovered

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GERMANTOWN HILLS (WEEK) - Hidden away and forgotten for generations -- a stained glass window in Germantown Hills is getting renewed interest.

The window is at St. Mary of Lourdes Catholic Church, and was discovered when church leaders wanted to add to the front of the building, requiring a foyer to be removed.

Workers found the window after chipping away at layers of brick.

A local company restored the window, fixing two pieces of broken glass. The window was then reinstalled in its original location. The window apparently dates back to when the church was built in 1855.

"It's priceless," said Father Gregory Jozefiak.

"It's beyond exciting for everybody. That's the first thing they notice when they come in," he added.

"It's pretty neat when you find something like that that's history, and you know I would really love to know all the history of the old church... I think that would be awesome," said contractor Steve Nauman.

"It's a piece of history that was able to be salvaged and maintained, and that's pretty neat," Nauman said.

No current parishioners remember the window. The vestibule was installed in the early 1900s.

No one knows why the window was hidden by all the bricks, according to Father Jozefiak.

Jason Howell

Producer at 25 News and Heart of Illinois ABC

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