This church receives much needed renovation and beautification.
15 April, 2021
Ecclesiastical Studios & Sons, the father-and-son team of Don and Alex Wendt, specialize in service to churches, which often gives them responsibility for preserving and restoring delicate and precious architecture. St. Monica Catholic Church in Cameron, Texas, was something particularly special. When they first were contacted in 2016, their bid on the statuary and altars blossomed into decoration and beautification of the entire church interior. Time and money were tight. “Each phase of the project had to be bid with the exact cost and completed in tight time frames to accommodate the church’s schedule,” said Alex.
Thirty years in the business has taught these Greenwood, Missouri contractors how to plan long-term, out-of-state projects as well as to secure solace in a sacred space. “During all phases of the project, work could not interfere with or disrupt scheduled masses,” said Alex. “The job site had to be kept clean and orderly as well as cleaned daily.”
A relationship with the reverend made it much more fun. “Reverend Dimitrij Colankin would come over to the church to talk with us, check on us and ask if we needed anything,” said Wendt. “He had a great sense of humor and great ideas, was very caring, and was always a pleasure to work with.” Since the reverend planned to retire in January 2021, the contractors worked to make it a special send-off.
The job went in three phases:
● One: statues, altars and sanctuary furniture.
● Two: sanctuary walls and main arch, lower walls in church nave, balcony, columns and capitals.
● The last and most involved phase: Stations of the Cross, then painting and stenciling ceiling arches and alcoves.
After that they painted the sanctuary ceiling above the high altar, adding alpha and omega medallions to each wall. They worked 25 weeks, six days a week, 10 hours a day. A letter from Reverend Colankin notes how pleased he was — even down to the sanding! “The parish community has been enjoying your artistic work, which will also be admired by future generations,” he wrote. This award, their 12th TOP JOB, is richly deserved. APC
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