Brooklyn Daily Eagle
So far the Flatbush parish, which serves a multi-cultural congregation of those speaking in English, Spanish, French and Haitian Creole, has raised $184,000, and now needs $44,000 to complete the restoration and installation process.
Last Saturday, the Selwyn College Choir sang at Our Lady of Refuge’s 5 p.m. Mass, with proceeds from the Offertory collection benefiting the Pipe Organ Restoration Fund. The Mass was well-attended, with most of the congregation coming up to the offering basket. The guest celebrant was Fr. Joel Warden, c.o., administrator of the Brooklyn Oratory at St. Boniface Church in MetroTech. An accomplished musician and choral director, Fr. Warden has been a supporter of the Pipe Organ Restoration campaign at Our Lady of Refuge.
The campaign’s goal is to raise the needed capital in time for next summer’s re-installation of the Kilgen instrument by Michael Quimby of Quimby Pipe Organs. The organ would then be re-dedicated on October 18, 2013, with guest organist Olivier Latry, Titular Organist of the Cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, and professor at the Paris Conservatory.
Those wishing to sponsor pipe in the organ may visit http://www.olrbrooklyn.org/sponsor/.