Monday, October 20, 2003

I'm Going to Florida: Here Are the Details

As Mark Shea and others have reported, I am going to Florida to be of assistance to Terri and the Schindler family in whatever way I can.

I am still working out some of the logistical details, but at this point I can say that I have spoken to my bishop, James A. Murray of Kalamazoo, about this matter, and have explained my intentions to him. He has graciously given me leave to go. I have consulted with Msgr. Malanowski, who has been the priest closest to the Schindlers, and he and the Schindler family have asked me to come. I'm also grateful to Mr. T. Edward Carey, Chancellor of my diocese, for assisting me in finding a priest to cover at my parish, and to my brother priest, Fr. Massimiliano Camporese, for agreeing to help out in my parish.

I am going down first thing in the morning on Wednesday. I'm not sure how long I'll stay.

Many of you have emailed me or left comments on my blog offering your financial support for my trip . I am very grateful and humbled by this outpouring of support. I will be very grateful for that assistance, and I promise that any funds given to me over and above what is needed for my expenses will be donated to the Schindlers and/or the Terri Schindler Schiavo Foundation.

Many of you have asked where to send donations. I can receive donations online through PayPal. Just click on the PayPal icon below:

You can use either a credit card or an "instant transfer" from your checking account. It's better to use the instant transfer, because I get charged a fee for credit card transactions. But I'll accept the money any way it comes!

If you wish to send a donation via US Mail, send it to:

Fr. Rob Johansen
St. Joseph Catholic Church
211 Church Street
St. Joseph, Michigan 49085

Thank you for your generosity!

One other thing I would add: If you're feeling in a giving mood, I might suggest that you offer some financial support to Canonist Extraordinaire Pete Vere. Pete has been doing yeoman work in helping the Schindlers and getting the word out about Terri's plight. He's been of invaluable help to me in making my arrangements. His wife is due to have a baby any day, and he's given up his vacation in order to devote the time to Terri's cause. He's done all of this at some financial cost to himself as well. He's too humble to ask for himself, but you might e-mail him yourself and ask him if he'd be willing to accept your help.

Pray for Terri, and pray that I can be of help down there!