Goods To Haiti

A nice feature in the Newark Star Ledger on a New Jersey priest spearheading a drive to collect and send excess liturgical items to Haiti.

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.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Goods To Haiti

  1. smf says:

    This is a very good idea.

    It seems there should be some orderly process for transferring excess church goods to more needy places (locally or internationally) in normal times, but it is all the more important after such devastation.

  2. Chase says:

    I may be a bit selfish here, but… I’ve known of parishes that have lost some incredibly historic items in similar efforts.

    Unbeknownst parishioners, an over-zealous pastor has given away the chalice that belonged to the parish’s first pastor, etc. It’s sad, really.

    Obviously, common sense would seem to be key… but unfortunately, that isn’t always the case.

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