UPDATE 20 March:
I want to make something perfectly clear. Fr. Christensen did NOT ASK ME to do this. He posted it on his own site. One of you readers saw it and alerted me to it. Hence, on my own initiative, I put this request on this, my blog. I did this on my own for him without him even knowing I was going to do it. A public plea is a public plea. This is my response.
It is a pleasure and honor to help this good man, fighting ALS. He lost a good chuck of his income because he can no longer receive Mass stipends or stole fees. It is a humbling experience to have to ask for help. Believe me. But it is also an opportunity for many people to come together in a cause. And many hands make light work.
UPDATE 19 March – Feast of St. Joseph:
ALL: Here is a note from Fr. Christensen:
Dear readers of Fr. Z’s blog,
I have been truly humbled, and frankly, dumbfounded by your generosity to me. Know that even though I can’t thank you each individually, that I am truly grateful. I will have a novena of Masses offered for all those who donated. I was particularly touched by the small gifts, which surely meant that someone made a sacrificial gift. Now I understand a little more how the Lord was so touched by the widow’s mite. I pray that on his feast day, St. Joseph will shower you with abundant and rich blessings. May God reward you!
Fr. Dana Ambrose Christensen
Originally Published on: Mar 17, 2021
Dear friends I implore you for the love of Christ and Mary, Queen and Mother of Priests and of St. Joseph, Hope of the Sick, to give financial support to Fr. Dana Christensen whose body is slowly succumbing to ALS, Lou Gehrig’s Disease.
When he has written to me lately, he is using a computer that tracks is eye movement.
Fr. Christensen is literally begging for alms.
Father cannot any longer say Mass or administer sacraments. He no longer receives either stipends or stole fees. Without this income, he is struggling. As he writes: “If 80 people donated only $10 a month this would cover what is missing because I cannot offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.”
80? How about more than that.
You all have been so good to me and to the good causes which I have pointed out in the past.
Please, as you have helped me and others, now help Fr. Christensen.
Fr. Christensen wrote:
I implore you for the love of Christ the High Priest and of Mary, Queen and Mother of Priests and of Joseph, Hope of the Sick.
I’d love to see in the combox or by email here that 80 of you signed up before St. Joseph’s Feast Day!
UPDATE 22 March – 2135 EDT: