On such an immense property with equally immense structures, there is never a time where only one project is being completed.
This past summer at the Oratory tuck pointers were called upon to clean and repoint all of the mortar joints on the eastern most bay of the south nave wall. Over a period of several weeks workers stripped out old mortar from the joints and replaced it with fresh material, thus sealing this part of the Church from further water infiltration.
Recently, a local St. Louis roofing company completed a large roof replacement over the original convent building. One of the oldest buildings still standing on the property, the convent was the primary living quarters for the sisters that served the school years ago. Investigations a year ago revealed an old slate roof that had served well for many years, but was in immediate need of repair.
The organ has been a vital and integral component of St. Francis de Sales church. Just as the stained glass, fine woodwork, and frescoes provide visual and tactile beauty, the organ is the source of tangible, aural beauty for the human senses; it is the voice of this majestic edifice.
This beautiful structure is quite a sight from a distance, but over the years water intrusion has become a more and more serious problem. We have been hard at work trying restoring this piece of St. Louis' tradition and this lower roof is now ready to handle St. Louis weather for another 100 years.
The restored sacristy of St. Francis de Sales is a visible, stunning work of art and beauty, serving its intended purpose every day of the week – like the majestic interior of the church itself.