Thursday, 14 February 2019

Australia's Pioneering Catholic Bishop

The Archbishop of Sydney, the Most Rev'd Anthony Fisher O.P., has approved the publication of a card commemorating the life of his predecessor, 

Archbishop Polding was the pioneering Catholic bishop in Australia, being appointed Vicar Apostolic of the entire continent in 1835, and subsequently Archbishop of Sydney and Metropolitan of Australia in 1842.  

Archbishop Fisher indicated that he wished to see devotion to Archbishop Polding spread throughout the Archdiocese, Australia and beyond.

Part of the commemorative card is shewn in the adjacent image.  Artwork for the card was carried out by The Saint Bede Studio.

Read more about Archbishop Polding and the history of the Catholic Church in Australia at our other blog In Diebus Illis.

Sunday, 3 February 2019

Priestly Ordinations 2018 : 5

Each year, the Saint Bede Studio has the privilege of preparing sacred vestments for priestly Ordinands.  Happily, 2018 was no exception.

In this belated post, we are especially pleased to draw attention to the ordination of an Australian Father Namora Anderson of the Archdiocese of Canberra and Goulburn.  Father Anderson was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood in the Cathedral of Saint Christopher on 7th September last by the Archbishop of Canberra & Goulburn, the Most Rev'd Christopher Prowse.

Father Anderson commissioned a set of festal vestments from the Studio in the Gothic Revival style for his Ordination, in addition to a linen albe.  The vestments were made from a beautiful English damask in a shade of ivory and ornamented with Puginesque braids of the Studio's design, in colours of red, burgundy and platinum-gold.  The vestments were lined in a wine red-coloured taffeta.

Father Anderson supplied the photographs included in this post, which were taken by Giovanni Portelli.

Please pray for Father Anderson and for all newly-ordained priests.

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Tuesday, 22 January 2019


The Studio Office has been unattended for the ten days and will remain so for another several days.  E-mail correspondence will be attended to in the week beginning 4th February.

Wednesday, 2 January 2019

In Christmastide

We are pleased to present this set of vestments made for an esteemed customer of the Saint Bede Studio from the Archdiocese of Salzburg (Austria). 

Our customer especially wished for a set of vestments that might be used throughout the Season of Christmas.

The vestments are made from an ecclesiastical brocade in a brighter shade of white and lined in a golden taffeta.  Ornamenting the chasuble is the Studio's braid Saint Chad, directly based on a set of vestments designed by AWN Pugin for the Catholic Cathedral of Birmingham (UK).

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We take this opportunity to wish God's Blessings throughout 2019 upon all our customers and readers of this blog.

Enquiries via this page.

Saturday, 29 December 2018

On the Feast of Saint Thomas Becket

On this Feast of Saint Thomas Becket, we are pleased to present this set of vestments, prepared for a recently-ordained priest in Croatia.

These vestments are according to the Studio's Saint Martin style, but ornamented in a manner reminiscent of the famous chasuble of Saint Thomas, displayed with his mitre in the museum of the Cathedral of Sens, France (adjacent image).

Our customer's vestments were made from a very lovely shade of red dupion silk, fully lined in a golden taffeta. The distinctive ornament is formed from one of the Studio's unique braids, named Saint Raymund.

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Enquiries via this page.

The actual chasuble of Saint Thomas Becket,
housed in the treasury of Sens Cathedral.
This image is the copyright of Genevra Kornbluth.

Thursday, 27 December 2018

Festal S' Philip Neri vestments

For a new customer, a priest of the Diocese of Lafayette (Louisiana USA) the Studio recently prepared a set of vestments in the Saint Philip Neri style, shewn in the adjacent image.

The vestments were made from a beautiful silk damask, ornamented in the Roman manner with the Studio's unique braids.  The vestments were lined in crimson red taffeta.

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Enquiries via this page.

Monday, 24 December 2018

Christmas Greetings

To all friends, customers and readers of this Blog, sincere wishes for a Blessed Christmas.

Every valley shall be exalted, and every mountain and hill be made low; the crooked shall be made straight and the rough places plain; and the Glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together, for the mouth of the Lord has spoken it.
Isaiah 40:4-5.

Michael Sternbeck
The Saint Bede Studio
December 2018

Saturday, 22 December 2018

Dalmatic for the Penitential Seasons

Purple dalmatic
Featured in this post is one of a pair of dalmatics made for a returning customer from the United States.  This is part of a Solemn Mass set.

These dalmatics were made from dupion silk in a very beautiful and deep shade of purple.  All of the vestments in this set were lined with dark red taffeta.

Ornamenting these vestments is one of the Studio's unique braids, named Saint Austin.  This braid is an interpretation of braids designed by AWN Pugin.  In colours of red, blue and gold, this braid beautifully ornaments darker coloured vestments.

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Enquiries via this page.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Gaudete 2018

As Gaudete Sunday approaches, we are pleased to present this set of Rose vestments, made for a returning customer, an Italian prelate.

The vestments were made from a silk brocade in a subtle shade of Rose.  They were ornamented with one of the Studio's unique braids in colours of silver, red and purple.  The taffeta lining was in a shade of silver.  Shewn in the adjacent image, the chasuble was made in the Borromeon form.

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Enquiries via this page.