As things moved along, knowing that the chapel would need a full set of vestments, and all that goes with them, Fr. Oswalt called his favorite vestment manufacturer, The House of Hansen, in Chicago. He has used them for most of his vestments and for parish vestments since his ordination. This is a family run and owned business for more than a century. Father told the owner Jerry Arens what was going on and said we needed a full set of vestments. Jerry asked for clarification and could he call back later?
A few hours later, Father got a call back, and indicated that he and his brother were very touched. He explained that their mother and their sister (who both are deceased) were on the front lines of the pro-life movement in the Chicago-land area since the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973. When the request from Fr. Oswalt had come, they felt as if they had heard their matriarch and their sister speaking to their hearts. Jerry said they would do the vestments, for free, as a tribute to their mom and sister. Father Oswalt was shocked. He told Jerry that he had hoped to be able to get a discount, but this was a blessing from God. A full set of vestments, four matching chasubles, stoles, chalice veils, burses, etc., including a cope and humeral veil (used for benediction of the Blessed Sacrament) have been made for the Holy Innocents' Chapel. The estimated gift is in excess of $8,000.
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