A Long History of Bringing Art to the Church
Ray H. Meyer Company was founded in 1935 in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a church goods and religious articles store by brothers-in-law Robert E. Vogelpohl and Ray H. Meyer. In 1951, Robert Vogelpohl added the Altar Bread Agency to bring the excellent wafers of Holland to America. The breads are produced by deaf and hearing-impaired adults at St. Michael's Bakery, a nonprofit organization. In 1976, Robert's son John expanded the company's service into church candles with the creation of the Candle Sales Agency. John Vogelpohl became president of this full-service enterprise in 1982 under the name of Meyer•Vogelpohl. The founders are both deceased.
Meyer•Vogelpohl's goals are twofold. Historically, the company's endeavors have been rooted in a desire to enrich the Church by offering the highest quality goods and services available. This commitment continues as the cornerstone of Meyer•Vogelpohl's operations and has earned the company a national reputation for innovative designs, quality merchandise and outstanding customer service.
Secondly, Meyer•Vogelpohl seeks to reestablish the relationship between the Church and the arts by offering its customers well-designed and beautifully crafted products by artists and artisans. The Church has a rich history of supporting the arts which have enriched our liturgical celebrations in countless ways. Unfortunately, in many cases, the Church in the United States seems to have lost sight of that relationship. Meyer•Vogelpohl has the resources to foster that relationship and is committed to doing so.
ProductsThe following are among those currently available:
- Our own exclusive line of premium vestments designed by Katreen Bettencourt.
- Handwoven and hand-embroidered vestments and tapestries from Germany, Holland and Belgium.
- Handwoven, hand-embroidered vestments and tapestries from Slabbinck, Belgium.
- Communion linens from Germany, Ireland and Belgium.
- Clerical apparel.
- Handblown glassware including oil vessels for storage and display, communion cups, chalices, water and bread bowls, cruets, pitchers and decanters from the United States and Eastern Europe.
- Bronze and copper incense braziers and Easter Vigil fire bowls - a Meyer•Vogelpohl exclusive.
- Handcrafted wood icon stands, brazier stands and ambries - a Meyer•Vogelpohl exclusive.
- Ceremonial binders and folders in all of the liturgical colors - a Meyer•Vogelpohl exclusive.
- Italian hand carved wood, marble and cast metal statuary, stations of the cross, and nativity sets.
- Custom art, including icons and tapestries.
- Handmade altar breads in special airtight containers from the United States and Holland.
- Fine metalware in gold, silver, brass, bronze, aluminum, pewter, stainless steel and copper from Spain, Belgium, Germany and the United States.
- A wide assortment of beeswax candles, including cathedral size paschal candles.
We offer toll-free phone service (1-800-543-0264) for all calls from the United States and Canada. We also have an automated voice mail system that allows churches to place orders or call with questions 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our fax machine (1-513-241-4454) is also available around the clock to allow customers to place orders at their convenience. Of course, if you prefer, we can take orders right here online. Please contact us by phone or e-mail if you have any questions about items available on this site.
Our standing order service allows customers to receive altar bread, candle, palm, wine and calendar orders automatically at regular intervals throughout the year.
We ship merchandise on inspection. This is especially helpful for customers interested in vestments, because it gives them the opportunity to see how a particular vestment will look with the interior design of their church.
We market our products worldwide. Since we either produce our own designs or have exclusive arrangements with a number of studios, we are able to offer our customers unique items that are available nowhere else.
Our marketing strategy is directed towards the clergy, parish liturgy committees and diocesan worship commissions. We presently advertise in Faith & Form and E&A magazines, publish an annual catalogue and exhibit nationwide at various liturgical conferences.