Saturday, September 13, 2014

St. Francis

I originally posted these in my writer's blog a year or so ago when I was first musing on a photoblog. Since most of you have never seen them, I thought I'd repost. The church is St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in the Hintonburg neighbourhood west of downtown. I lived in this area for awhile, and the church bells took some getting used to, but was quite welcome in time.


  1. A classical and sober building...

  2. Another beautiful Church, William !


  3. Hello.

    Great photographing. Design, composition and ideas. Very sweet atmosphere.

    Greetings and hugs.

    Have a good weekend. From Japan, ruma❃

  4. Welcome "in time". Nice one, William! :-)

  5. You're a devotee of Saint Francis of Assisi ...?


  6. @VP: I've always liked the design. These days I more or less see it at a distance.

    @Mo: it certainly is.

    @Karl: I thought so!

    @Ruma: thank you.

    @Greensboro: a lot of that!

    @Revrunner: thank you!

    @Tomas: oh, no, I was raised Protestant.

    @Luis: that seems to be the consensus.

  7. Beautiful building, I like the two different towers.

  8. Train whistles and church chimes have an allure to me.

  9. When I was growing up in Quincy Illinois, we used to attend St. Francis Church and school. It was a red brick church so it looked just a bit different from this one.

  10. Long ago, we lived near a courthouse with a clock tower that chimed on the hour. Night and day. One bong for one o'clock, two bongs for two o'clock, and so on. Took us a while to get used to it!

  11. @Tex: I thought so the first time I saw it when I lived in the area.

    @Jan: they both have character.

    @Birdman: me too.

    @Sharon: there are probably many churches and schools of that name.

    @Linda: thanks!

    @Cheryl: in time you do get used to it, and I got to love hearing the sound of the bells.
    @EG: I thought so!

  12. I always loved the church bells in our old neighborhood. We don't hear any here, and I miss them.

  13. It is quite a grand church. The church bells rang in our village frequently and I always looked forward to them, especially on a Sunday mornings. I welcomed them too.

  14. It's a beauty! It's not too bad if the bells just ring for services.

  15. It's interesting that there are two different towers...and quite an imposing front. I would imagine the bells could take some getting used to.

  16. what an impressive church!!

    as one photographer to another if it had been me I would straightened up the 1st photo a bit :) hope youre not offended

  17. @Norma: these ones you hear from a good way off.

    @Denise: these ones, as I recall, ring for services on Sunday and the various masses.

    @RedPat: and you do end up getting used to it.

    @Kay: true, but when you don't hear them if you've moved away, you miss them.

    @Jen: no problem at all; I do tend to take shots with an off-kilter angle from time to time.

  18. Worth reposting, and a fine church.

  19. Very nice. I'm glad you posted them here. (and ditto what Sharon said)

  20. I can imagine the sound if you were that close. On frosty Sunday mornings if we didn't go to church, I could hear the bells of our church five miles away. The weather conditions would have to be just right. Beautiful building.

  21. I like that the towers each have a different cupola. I think St. Francis would be amazed at how many churches around the world are named after him.

  22. Fabulous old architecture. I'm sure those bells took a long time to get use to.

  23. I love your header, too. You've gained quite a fair following! Good for you.

  24. @Paul: thank you.

    @Judy: thanks!

    @Mari: you get used to it.

    @ODP: he would be, yes.

    @Anita: not that long!

    @Jackie: that it is.

    @Jennifer: thanks!