St. Gregory the Great, Stoneham, MA – Sacred vessels win prestigious award

from St. Gregory’s website:

Vincent Hawley, Florentine-trained goldsmith and son of our own Barbara and Steven Hawley, sends word that Saint Gregory the Great’s beautiful silver Chalice and Paten have been awarded top honors in the 2015 International Awards Program for Religious Art & Architecture, a competition hosted by Faith & Form, a nonprofit educational service established in 1967. The program’s sponsors write “This year’s awards program was a landmark for the fact that 33 projects were selected for their outstanding quality—an unprecedented number. The sheer quantity of award-winning projects speaks to the overall quality of the submissions this year—nearly 130 projects were submitted from around the world.” From this unprecedented number of high-quality submissions, Saint Gregory the Great’s Chalice and Paten — product of Vincent Hawley’s Spirit-led design and faith-filled craftsmanship and monument to the erection of this community, a gift of its founding members — was winner of the Religious Arts — Ceremonial Objects category and was one of only seven of the thirty-three winners awarded the additional distinction “Honors.”

St Gregory the Great, Stoneham - sacred vesselsSaint Gregory the Great’s Chalice and Paten, Gift of the Founding Parishioners to commemorate the erection of the community and in thanksgiving for the ordination of its first Pastor, Fr. Jürgen Liias. Designed and hand-raised by Mr. Vincent Hawley, goldsmith, February — September 2013; Consecrated and first used in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at the first Feast of Title and Dedication, Saint Gregory’s Day 2013.

You can read more about the awards program, the organization which founded it, and see the other winning submissions here.

You can read more about the genesis of the project which resulted in our Sacred Vessels and see pictures of the work at various stages on our own website here.

You can read more about Vincent Hawley and his work here.

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