St. Patrick Catholic Parish

Brighton, MI

St. Patrick Catholic Parish in Brighton, Michigan was the first church to serve Catholics in the area, many of whom were relatively immigrants from Ireland. The first church was a modest log structure built in 1838 and used by the congregation until 1864, at which time a Gothic Revival church was constructed. The congregation currently operates out of a church constructed in 1961, and enlarged and rededicated in 1991. Additionally, the church has operated a school since 1942, first operating out of an unused Brighton Public School building followed by the construction of their own buildings in 1951 and 2006.

In 2023, EverGreene collaborated with LutherGroup to aid in the design and installation of the liturgical artistry program for the new sanctuary at St. Patrick. The plan for the new sanctuary included new wood reredos, decorative paneling, several large wall shrines, and a hand-painted mural by Italian artist Elisabetta Carini. We were entrusted with two major tasks within the redesign of the sanctuary. The first was the installation of the mural by Elisabetta Carini, which depicts a group of angels on the upper wall behind the reredos, with John the Baptist and Mary Magdalene on the flanking walls.

Our team coordinated with Carini to adhere the canvas, in-paint where necessary, and apply a matte varnish for protection from the elements. The second task pertained to the design and implementation of stenciling on the reredos and the wall shrines. Our skilled craftspeople designed the blue and tan decorative features in the studio, and implemented by hand them on site using paint with accents of 22k gold gilding.