St. Joseph’s Apprentice has made beautiful, practical portable altars for me and for many priests.
I have called his portable altars “the ultimate gift for a priest”. I have one that I can travel with, using a Pelican case, that houses also travel vestments which you have all seen (thanks to a few readers for donations!) and everything else. When it is all set up, it is grand and reverent. Then back into the milspec case it goes. That’s just my over the top solution, but the “travel altar” could go into a backpack, as it was designed to do.
In light of the horrors that some priests are subjected to right now these altars may be more and more important.
I received a note from the wonderful man who is “St. Joseph’s Apprentice”:
We (my wife and I) were so glad you did a post on the persecuted priests who are being forced into psych wards. We have been asked to build two altars so far for such priests. Fr. ___ even posted one on Twitter. This is a picture of his “Altar of Repose” he set up in his psychiatric hospital room on Holy Thursday. We used to be able to “google” this priest’s name but now he is no longer found on the Internet. [I’m being targeted too.]
Your idea to start some respite [redoubt! Different.] for them in Montana sounded great. Something definitely should be done for these priests.
We had the idea that if you think it advisable, we could start a “GOFUNDME” account for altars for these priests. I definitely do not need the extra business as I am working 2-3 months out, but would like to be of help to these priests in whatever way possible. We also could find a safe haven up here in the Idaho woods for a priest or two. Keep us in mind. My nephew (a recent business grad from Univ. of Dallas and a good Catholic man) has offered to manage the gofundme account as I definite can’t manage that at this time. – Rick
Since I have been posting on the troubles of priests, people have poured notes into my email about their willingness to take them even into their homes.
Folks, this is very moving.
The GoFundMe account isn’t a bad idea. Heck, we made it work with Leaflet Missal and the birettas, right?
At the same time, I think you know that in 90% of circumstances priests can’t stay in the homes of people whom they don’t know well. Of course emergencies are emergencies.
All of this makes me think and think hard, but without losing a sense of humor (I hope).
Imagine a whole bunch of priests with checkered pasts, some maybe with real issues, descending on a home or town. The first scenes of the Hobbit movie with all the dwarves arriving comes to mind. Imagine that these various and very different men find a kind of haven, a sort of “island of broken toys” and manage to form a new priestly community or society. I think I would dust off my old plan to found “The Rubricians”. Or maybe it would be more like, “The Dream Team”?