Power of Bells

The power of bells rings loud across Lisle, Illinois!

This past Easter, St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church unveiled their new bell tower to the community, thanks to an anonymous donor. This unique tower shows the beauty of the refurbished bells with its open and “arch” like design.

The Church has acquired and had in their possession five historical bells. “For so many years our people… thought of them as anachronistic decorations,” said Father of St. Joan of Arch. “When they heard them ring… they recognized that these were living symbols that have a profound impact on the religious psyche of a community.” Two bells are from the parish by the Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery. A fourth bell was given to the parish by Monks of St. Procopius Abbey and the fifth recently was donated by the Lisle Heritage Society. Therefore, it was time to provide the bells a home together. But first, the refurbishment of the bells to show their true colors and inscriptions.

Possibly one of the most interesting parts of this project is the inscription on the largest bell. A rough translation of the Czech text inscribed reads as followed…

Oh, the sacred and godly bell!

As your heart begins to beat in you

Let the hearts of all drown in prayer

May your clear sound protect everyone!

When your voice in the temple is called to godliness

Let the people draw before the alter with sweet power

Blessed dreams would flow to the couple

May your prayer reach God

And the soul you have ring to the edge

Your music will accompany the gate to Heaven.

This truly shows the power of bells to the faithful.

The custom arch like tower stands 25 feet tall and houses all 5 bells, side by side. Each bell has the ability to swing, and the largest bell can also toll with an outside striker. With a long roof to top off the tower, and two legs, the horizontal structure is one of the more unique towers you will find.

The Verdin Company is happy to have created this landmark for you community. We hope the bells continue to serve as the “Voice of God”, and the presence of St. Joan of Arc is heard.

See a video of the manufacturing process on our YouTube!

Historic church bells note city anniversary

There is more than one way to preserve the sound of historic church bells. These in a decorative clock tower to note a city Anniversary is one we love at The Verdin Company.

Restoration of historic bell “we’re home.”

Historic bell restoration can be required due to age or a calamity.

For nearly two years the Mazomanie United Church of Christ fought triple disaster. As a result, the combination kept the sanctuary closed, congregation home and the bell silent. Those blows came in the form of:

Historic Bells Restored thanks to Donor!

The generosity of a donor helps the Nativity of Mary Parish (St. Mary’s) restore their historic bells! In early 2021, Carol Berner decided to make a generous donation to complete the bell restoration project. The donation is in honor of her late husband who passed just last year.

Bell Restoration after 60 Ft. Fall from Tower

Disaster struck Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Easton, MN in September of 2018 when a large storm swept through the area. The top of the church tower ended up flat on the ground along with all three bells. This required a complete bell restoration. Pictures of the damage can be seen on Our Lady of Mt. Carmel’s Website.

Trust the pros!

Early this week The Verdin Company’s service team arrived at the Owego Central Fire Station in Owego, NY. With only 1 inch to spare, they removed a 813 lb, 110 year old, historic MeNeely Bell from the tower! Dr. Sidney Wells Thompson presented the bell to Village of Owego 110 years ago on December 11, 1911.

Cracked mission bell recast from original bell

Verdin cast a replica bell (left) to replace the cracked bell at the Mission San Antonio de Padua (right). The old bell was used as the pattern to create an exact replica. The original bronze bell in the center niche of the campanaro was cast especially for this mission and is the first mission bell made in California. It is 24 inches in diameter and weighs 500 pounds.

Located on eighty pristine acres, Mission San Antonio de Padua sits within the “Valley of the Oaks” on California’s scenic Central Coast. Founded as California’s third mission in 1771, it has been said that of all the California missions, San Antonio de Padua is virtually unchanged for more than two centuries.

Restoring cracked bell cast by Paul Revere

In 2017, a restored Revere Bell was reinstalled at the Truro Meeting House. The Revere Bell restoration was necessary due to a previously failed repair attempt of a crack on the crown portion of the bell. Historical castings are very difficult to weld when the exact alloy is not known.