I received a note from GoFundMe asking me to post how I know the person for whom I was raising the funds and what they were going to be used for... which I had explained clearly in my original post (below)! Hence, I think I won't work with GoFundMe any longer on this campaign, since we have hit and exceeded the original goal in roughly 24 hours. I will suspend this campaign.
It may be that some of you will be disappointed that you will not be able to participate. However, your goodness to Fr. Johnson is deeply appreciated. You can send additional donations through the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison (TMSM) which is a 501(c)(3) organization. You can also avoid GoFundMe service fees by mailing a check to:
Tridentine Mass Society of Madison
733 Struck St.
P.O. Box 44603
Madison, WI 53744-4603
NB: Be sure to include a note that this is for replacing the things that Fr. Charles Johnson lost in the plane crash.
At the TMSM site there is also a PayPal button for convenience.
The funds raised from this campaign will be deposited with the TMSM, since we have had campaigns in the past. I'll take care of everything either directly with Fr. Johnson and/or with Gammarelli, since I have a good working relationship with them. Fr. Johnson will be stuck at GITMO (where I am now, subbing for him) and I will be in Rome where the vestment action is.
And now that that unpleasantness is out of the way, here is something good. I received a note from Fr. Johnson which I also posted at the blog [HERE]:
I don’t have the words to express the gratitude I feel for the deeply touching generosity of your readers who have donated so promptly and unselfishly to this undeserving priest. Naturally, I was feeling a bit less than one hundred percent after the shock and disruption of crash-landing into the river on that ill-fated plane trip. The frightening sensation of hurtling down the runway, only to feel the plane start to jolt and bounce, then nothing but water (illuminated menacingly by the lights on the wing) outside the little window before we came to a violent halt, all that was one thing. Then the hours of waiting and uncertainty, everyone cold and damp and still trying to take it all in, added to the shock. But then this fantastically kind and generous offer on your part and the beyond-amazing response of your good readers have lifted my spirits so much that I think I’ll have trouble falling asleep tonight! Thank you to everyone again and again! I will certainly remember you and your intentions in the Masses to follow. May God bless you all!
That was from Fr. Johnson.
This is from me.
God bless you good, good people.
Finally, since GoFundMe questioned me about how I know this person, Fr. Johnson, here is a photo from 11 years ago, 2008 , when I visited him aboard USS Theodore Roosevelt. From left to right Frs Willis, Zuhlsdorf (me), Cusick, and Johnson.
____________ Originally posted on 6 May 2019:
Recently an airplane skidded off the runway at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville. Officials say that it was miraculous that it was not more serious. More HERE .
On that airplane - which I had just been in on the way to Guantanamo Bay Naval Base - was a good friend, the Navy Chaplain I was to substitute for while he was on leave. Fr. Charles Johnson, the Command Chaplain at GITMO, had his travel vestments for Mass in his bag, which was in the hold of the airplane, now flooded with river water.
The vestments will be a total loss by the time they get them out of the water. It has already been several days.
Please donate to this campaign so that we can have beautiful new reversible travel vestments - in the most useful liturgical colors (perhaps not rosacea or cerulean) for this good priest, who says the Extraordinary Form, and who is serving as a chaplain in the United States Navy.
I'll have them made by Gammarelli in Rome. They will be similar to my own, so I know they will be worthy and well made.
I will head to Rome on 20 May. I'd like to know how much money I will have to work with by then. If we can raise more than my initial goal of $3500, I'll be able to replace, some of the other things he will have lost.
Depending on how much we raise, I will also get him a new alb and some linens for Mass. He will also probably need a new, small travel Missal.
I know that Fr. Johnson will be grateful. He was touched and excited about this when by phone I got his permission to start this campaign.
Here's a photo of Fr. Johnson from a couple years ago, when he came to Madison to help us have a Solemn Triduum in the Extraordinary Form. He is the deacon singing the Exsultet! Quite well, as a matter of fact!
They will be similar to this. Roman. Reversible. Silk.
Just for fun, here's a shot of Fr. Johnson from 2017 when he came to Madison to help with the Triduum. He is celebrant, and I am the deacon in this shot from Holy Thursday.
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