ACTION ITEM! Birettas for Seminarians Project: UPDATED


John Hastreiter at Leaflet Missal in St. Paul forwarded this to me.  It is from a grateful seminarian.

Thank you for the beautiful (and Italian) Biretta which arrived in the mail yesterday at Mundelein Seminary. This brought a much needed small joy to my day. I prayed for the anonymous benefactor who gifted me this Biretta. Unfortunately, I could not find an email for Fr. Z who organized the project. Can you please forward along my thanks and gratitude to him?

Also, at the time of this writing, I am in St. Paul.  I went to Leaflet Missal yesterday.  One of you readers had picked up on the fact that some of my things (albs, amices, etc.) are falling apart from years of use and volunteered to get me an alb.  John reminded me of this and I was able to leave with a nice linen, Roman style, plain alb (square neck – no lace or embroidery).

Thank to Whoever You Are who made that offer.  I appreciate it.  I’ll use it on Sunday with the new set of green vestments that I picked up in Rome from Gammarelli.

UPDATE 27 Oct (later):

From a seminarian:

I received a message from John that my biretta had been paid and is being shipped to me. I know it would probably be too much spam to post a response from every seminarian, but perhaps you could extend thanks to the donors on your website from those seminarians who have benefited from their generosity. They are in my prayers.

Good job.  Good teamwork.

UPDATE 27 Oct:

Since I seem to be doing lots of business things on the blog today (such as the GOFUNDME campaign HERE), here’s one more.

I just received a note from John Hastreiter at Leaflet Missal in St. Paul.

Hey Father,

Currently I have issued birettas to 40 men, with 25 still on the waiting list.

It’s working!

What a sad thought it is that there are seminarians without birettas.  End the sorrow!

Meanwhile here is a box full of birettas for seminarians of the Diocese of Madison!

I recently received that an consigned it to the Vocations Director.

ORIGINAL Published on: Oct 1, 2015 @ 16:00

I am sure you recall the Birettas for Seminarians Project we had a little while ago.  It was a success.  HERE

I am still getting notes from seminarians hither and yon who need birettas.

John Hastrieter at Leaflet Missal in St. Paul wrote that he has about 50 seminarians on a “biretta wanted list” but… and my eyes well with tears as I write this… no donors.


Don’t write to me.  Rather, contact John in church goods at Leaflet Missal in St. Paul – 651-209-1951 Ext-331. If he is away, leave a voicemail with your phonenumber and he will call you back ASAP.

John is keeping track of the names of the seminarians and their hat sizes. I would only get in the way of the process.

That is where YOU come in.

I think the list is pretty long!  That’s a good sign.  Let’s encourage these men.

Call John and buy a biretta for a seminarian.  It’s as easy as that.


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  1. ASPM Sem says:

    Yes please! The next time I meet Cardinal Burke I want to be prepared.

  2. codefro says:

    Fr. Z,

    Have you been keeping up with the war on Douthat? A petition letter to the New York Times to bully Douthat into silence:

  3. Elizabeth D says:

    yaaaay, my friend Steve Brunner has a biretta! Thanks, whoever donated it!

  4. papaefidelis says:

    Back in MY seminary days, if you gave a box a birettas with the names of seminarians on them to a almost (almost!) any vocations director in the country, those seminarians would have received been out on their ears promptly and the box would have been consigned to a dumpster somewhere. Keep the faith, gentlemen!

  5. CradleRevert says:

    That is a gorgeous, green chasuble.

  6. ReginaMarie says:

    Those are gorgeous green vestments! They remind me of the beautiful green vestments my son’s godmother made for our priest to use during Pentecost (we Eastern Catholics use green vs. red to celebrate Pentecost).

  7. MikeM says:

    I think that thanks are in order from the rest of us Catholics who will, perhaps indirectly, benefit from the generosity of the donors. So, thank you for supporting our Church and those who serve it.

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