Many have been wondering about our silent Carillon. At the very end of June, we were struck by lightning, which wiped out our Carillon. We don’t have one bell system, but rather, two that need replacing. We had one system that rang the real bell in the tower, another system that played all of the hymns and music on a schedule through speakers, and yet a third company was used to maintain both systems and make sure our bell met all safety inspections. Technology has vastly changed since the systems were originally installed approximately 20 years ago, so an exact replacement is not an option. I have been taking the opportunity to use these technology advances in order to consolidate and make the systems work together as one unit instead of two, and thus we would hear the real bell in ensemble with the speakers to make the best use of our resources. This kind of process and these kinds of adjustments take time, especially when you factor in what insurance can and cannot approve due to the lightning strike. Also, many of the companies have been shut down, or working on partial staff much like the rest of the world. My prayer is that if there are no obstacles, a Carillon for Christmas may be possible; however, we can probably expect it by the end of January. Thank you for your patience and support. Click here as historical information gets posted about our Carillon and bell.
Here is the inscription on the front of our Meneely bell (pictured in this post):
AD MAJOREM DEI GLORIAM
HONOREMQUE BEATAE MARIAE VIRGINIS
ET SANCTI PATRII HUJUS
ANNO DOMINI 1900.
to the Glory of Almighty God
and in Honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary
and of Saint Patrick
Patron of this Church
in the Year of our Lord 1900.
(inscription on the Cathedral bell and translation by Fr. Peter)
Michael Steven Lianos
Director of Music and Organist