Evie Hone at Manresa
Evie Hone was born into an established Anglo-Irish family which had previously included distinguished Irish artists; she was a descendant of Joseph Hone, a brother of Nathaniel Hone. At the age of eleven she became partially lame from infantile paralysis. A visit to Assisi in 1911 made a profound impression on her. In 1921, together with her friend Mainie Jellett (1897-1944), she became a pupil of the cubist painter Albert Gleizes, who had turned increasingly to religion a core element of Evie's life.
Evie Hone produced some seventy-four windows in the twenty-two years during which she worked in stained glass. Her reputation may rest largely on the expressive intensity of her stained glass output, but she was an artist who closely involved herself in the Irish art scene in a number of ways.
- The prayer room is normally open daily to the public from 10.00 am to 1.00 pm and 2.00 pm to 5.00 pm. It may not be accessible to visitors during some retreats. Enquiry to reception will establish whether it is available at a given time.
- This window depicts Mary, the child Jesus, Saint Joseph and animals at the top. Underneath the shepherd in the centre are the Magi, arriving with gifts, following the guidance of the star.
- The figure of the teaching Christ is central surrounded by representations of the Beatitudes as found in Matthew’s gospel.
- The upper part of the window shows Jesus with the Apostles at table at the institution of the Eucharist. The washing of the feet is seen at the bottom. The death of Judas is shown on the bottom right, with the pieces of silver received as reward for hs betrayal of Jesus beneath.
- The window shows the arrival of the Holy Spirit on Mary and the Apostles. The lower section depicts the ministry of the Apostles after Pentecost as they attended to the care and healing of the sick.
- The main figure is the Sacred Heart, though, unsusally, the heart is placed, not on the figure of Christ, but in the lower panel, between Saint Robert Bellarmine, in Cardinal’s red on the left, and Saint Claude de la Colombière, a promoter of devotion to the Sacred Heart, on the right. The right-hand panel portrays Saint Ignatius of Loyola, a founder of the Jesuits. He is seen kneeling at the bottom with the Jesuit Constitutions beside him with the letters AMDG (Ad Maiorem Dei Gloriam, To the Greater Glory of God) on its cover. The top shows La Storta, near Rome, where he had a vision of being placed with Jesus and the figure in the centre of this panel is Saint Aloysius Gonzaga. The left section shows Saint Francis Xavier in the centre, with a scene of him ministering in the East in the top left. The walking figure at the bottom is Saint Stanisław Kostka who joined the Jesuits on his seventeenth birthday, having walked from Poland to Rome to do so. The College in Rahan - the original site of the windows - was named after him.
- Francis Xavier was one of a group of seven companions of Ignatius of Loyola who founded the Jesuits. Sent as a missionary first to India, Francis died aged 46, within sight of the Chinese coast.
- Cattle and sheep are sketched in panels of the Nativity window – often missed by visitors!
- Detail from The Beatitudes window
- The biretta Was worn in the time of Ignatius to indicate priestly and scholarly status. The book with AMDG (Ad maiorem Dei gloriam - "For the greater glory of God" - refers to 1 Corinthians 10:31) suggests the Constitutions of the Society of Jesus, a document close to the heart of Ignatius and central to the Society.
- Ignatius is depicted twice in the window: in the priestly chasuble before the Sacred Heart and, here, at La Storta where Ignatius had a significant experience of God's favour.
- Evie Hone worked with physical disability throughout her adult life, always needing assistance. She is described as often applying colour by hand.
- Head of Evie Hone by Oisín Kelly (1915 – 1981) Bronze