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Legal Defense Fund for Fr. Phillips

$22,675 of $40,000 goal

Raised by 217 people in 15 months
Help us raise necessary funds to support Fr. Frank Phillips, CR, of St. John Cantius Church  in Chicago, Illinois.

We believe Fr. Phillips to be a man of impeccable character, whose good name and reputation are worthy of our support and defense.  His epic accomplishments for the parish of St. John Cantius, the Canons Regular  (which he founded) and for all of Catholicism worldwide are legendary, and include preserving St. John Cantius Church from the wrecking ball, restoration of the Latin Mass, promotion of Sacred Music (including Gregorian Chant), and development of Catholic art & culture. 

Many souls have no doubt been saved because of his tireless efforts to restore the sacred at St. John Cantius.

Our goal is to assist Fr. Phillips in returning as soon as possible to his much deserved role as beloved Pastor of St. John Cantius, and to the rank of Superior of the Canons Regular, which was founded under his leadership.

All funds will be used specifically by Fr. Phillips himself to pay his legal and attorney expenses and other personal living costs associated with being vindicated of accusations of improper behavior which are deemed likely to be false by his many peers, friends and parishioners. 

Fr. Phillips will receive all funds collected in connection with this campaign, less the small fees collected by GoFundMe.  On a periodic basis, I will transfer funds  electronically from GoFundMe to a bank account which I have set up to be used exclusively to issue cashier's checks or wire transfers directly to Fr. Phillips (or his attorney) as he directs, for his immediate and exclusive use in connection with the purposes described herein. 

Thank you in advance for your generous support of this campaign.  Please know in your heart that your support will be most appreciated by Fr. Frank Phillips, whose loving care of our parish has been manifest for 30 years.

For questions regarding this campaign, please contact:

James Michael Francis Komaniecki, P.E.
25-year Parishioner, St. John Cantius Church
jmk@RestoreAmericanLiberty.com
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Dear contributors and visitors,

In the prior update #21, I provided details of the Canon Law case for Fr. C. Frank Phillips which is being appealed in Rome. Please pray for success in this endeavor, as we await further developments. At the present moment, we do not have a time frame for the outcome. I will post news as soon as we know further details.

This update #22, is to inform everyone on the continuing parish life at St. John Cantius Church, inspired by Fr. Phillips. His leadership and commitment to preserving the sacred traditions of the Roman Catholic Church makes him a living martyr, as one our blessed contributors has stated. With your ongoing support, we look forward to Fr. Phillips being returned to his ministry if Almighty God wills it.

On Friday, May 31, 2019, St. John Cantius Church hosted the May Crowning Procession for Our Lady of the Broken; SEE https://www.OurLadyOfTheBroken.org/

The Procession was magnificently beautiful and attended by thousands of faithful Catholics from the entire Midwest. I had the honored privilege of being one of the many promoters of this blessed event.

The Chicago Tribune published a nice article on the Procession for Our Lady. SEE https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-met-broken-mary-statue-kevin-matthews-20190530-story.html

Refer to the beautiful photos of the Procession which are posted with this update.

PLEASE REMEMBER: Fr. Phillips prays the Traditional Latin Mass every First Saturday for our beloved donors.

Blessings to everyone for your continued support.

Regards,


James Michael Francis Komaniecki, P.E.
jmk@RestoreAmericanLiberty.com
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Dear valued contributors and visitors,

Our Legal Fund for Fr. Phillips has reached a significant milestone, putting us within reasonable attainment of our initial goal of $25,000. New developments related to the ongoing case of Fr. Phillips have prompted me to provide this latest update, which is a pivotal one for all of us who have supported him thus far.

I have been informed that the canon law case of Fr. Phillips has been referred to the Vatican appeals court system which adjudicates such matters in Rome. The higher court has agreed to hear the appeal of his case and while this is very good news, the timing is yet to be announced. Now it seems that this is where the matter will be finally resolved in a definitive manner.

When I set up this Legal Fund, I was not able to envision exactly at that time how far this journey would take us in the legal process. Our initial goal of $25,000 seemed reasonable at the outset. To date, significant funds have been expended to defend Fr. Phillips, well beyond what we have raised for him.

Given the good news of Fr. Phillip's case being referred to the Vatican appeals court system, it is both wholly appropriate and most necessary to extend our financial goal to assist him with the expected additional legal costs. Certainly there will also be travel costs associated with the appeal. Therefore, in consideration of these circumstances, I have decided to increase our fundraising goal to $40,000, effective with this update.

It is my sincere hope that together we may remain united in our commitment to Fr. Phillips. To date we have strongly supported him on his journey for justice, and I believe that he can confidently continue to rely upon us to stand with him. The road to justice has now become a bit more arduous, but is that not unlike the Heavenly journey for each of us? Our challenges often become greater as we near the final victory.

From the First Epistle of St Paul to the Corinthians, (9:24) we hear: "Know you not that they that run in the race, all run indeed, but one receiveth the prize? So run that you may obtain." To which I will remark: Is not Fr. Phillips running the race of his life? Of course he is. Let's make certain that he has the resources to cross the finish line.

Fr. Phillips has informed me that he continues to make new acquaintances who offer their prayers and support. He has also reminded me that the intentions of our generous donors are remembered at Holy Mass on the first Saturday of every month.

I continue to pray for all of our benefactors, and that together, we will see Fr. Phillips fully restored to his rightful faculties and duties. In addition to financial contributions, we also need prayers and additional social media support. Please help by posting this update to Facebook. Let us stay the course and redouble our efforts in the final chapter of this story.

My own prostate cancer situation (stage IV) remains under control (thanks be to Almighty God) and I pray for perseverance to continue in this cause of our dear Fr. Phillips, to see him through to total vindication.

Pick up your swords and shields. Onward Christian soldiers; to Rome we go.

With prayerful consideration,


James Michael Francis Komaniecki, P.E.
25-year Parishioner, St. John Cantius Church

jmk@RestoreAmericanLiberty.com
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Dear contributors and visitors,

As promised, I am writing to post an update with photos for the 2018 Christmas Celebration of Our Lord's Incarnation at St. John Cantius Church.

I'm posting three (3) of my favorite photos. One of these is a rare photo taken from the top of the Choir Loft. The entire photo album can be viewed here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/canons-regular/albums/72157678053143768

Blessings to everyone for a successful 2019.

Kindest regards,


James Michael Francis Komaniecki
jmk@RestoreAmericanLiberty.com
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Dear generous contributors and visitors,

Christmas at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago is a truly special celebration of the birth of Jesus over two-thousand years ago. Please enjoy a few recent photos below of Christmas-past at SJC. I will post new ones for 2018 shortly.

I plan to be present at Midnight Mass and will look with joy and wonderment to welcome our Savior at His Incarnation. If you are in Chicago, please join us for this beautiful feast of the birth of Our Lord.

Let me take a moment to personally thank each of our kind and generous donors as this year draws to a close. While it has been an especially difficult time for dear Fr. Phillips, it seems that Almighty God has blessed him greatly via this campaign to support his legal and temporal needs. I give great thanks for everyone who has helped us to date. Let us continue to remember Fr. Phillips in prayer and in Mass intentions.

Blessings and joy to all for Christmas 2018.

Most sincerely,


James Michael Francis Komaniecki
jmk@RestoreAmericanLiberty.com
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