Wednesday, December 26, 2007

A Priestly Organophile

Here is another post from the PIPORG-L listserv. I think this is a cool story, courtesy of Roy Daniels; if only Clergy Creatures could be as supportive as this RC priest from Corpus Christi, TX:

I had lunch today with my favorite RC priest, in Corpus Christi, TX, and we were discussing his heroic effort to get a pipe organ in his church. He purchased a 1936, 5 rank Wicks from the Wicks factory, about a year ago, and personally flew to the factory, rented a truck and brought the organ back and, with a fellow organist, installed the organ (with a little help from an organ builder friend)...mind you at a total cost of less than $8,000 We were just wondering how many other priests, pastors have gone to this length to get an organ in their church. Everyone at St. Joseph's now thinks it's the hottest thing around...mind you the same people told Fr. Tom that it was a crazy idea, he'd never find an organist...blah, blah, blah. We'd really like to hear some good stories along the same lines..not stories about raising money but stories where the priest personally did the work. I will pass them all along to my good priest friend, who is a very accomplished organist...

If any of you have some great stories along these lines, feel free to share them in the comments section, and I'll in turn post them on the PIPORG-L listserv to share with those people there.

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