Father Benedict Worry saw a television interview with a Haiti priest in T-shirt and khakis, a man who had lost his church, his vestments, and his liturgical supplies.
I thought, what would I do in that case, if I had to say Mass that Sunday in Port au Prince? I knew that in my church alone, I’m sitting on at least six chalices I can get rid of.
Father Worry contacted his archbishop, John J. Myers, who in turn sent a request for donations to all Newark archdiocesan clergy. Unused church supplies have been pouring in. Their estimated value is more than $200,000: vestments, chalices, and ciboria, as well as more decorative elements such as candlesticks and crucifixes.
Archbishop Bernardito Auza, the papal nuncio to Haiti, said that the Newark Archdiocese was the first to offer this kind of donation. From an e-mail to the Star Ledger:
The initiative of Fr. Benedict is certainly laudable. We hope that the priests of the damaged parish churches in Port-au-Prince could have them as soon as possible.
A friend of Father Worry’s was covering the cost of shipping these items, the first wave of which is hoped to be timed for the celebrations of Easter.