Dear Friends of St. Bernard,
In fall 2012, we began an all-out-effort to restore and expand our 111-year-old church organ. The last major restoration had been 60 years ago.
Having reached the estimated goal to begin the restoration, we are in the contract phase with Schantz Organ Company of Orrville, Ohio. The restoration has begun and will be completed by the end of 2017. In this time we plan to raise the difference between the estimated funds and actual funds: $40,000.
You can see the progress they are making on the restoration at the following website:
The Schantz Organ Company installed our church organ in 1905. We are fortunate to have a committed team who care not only for our pipe organ, but for one of their own. The restoration by Schantz will provide us with another 70-80 years of liturgical music. Their proposal, and so the difference in price, includes a new 2017 organ console, not a rebuilt one, as originally proposed. The construction of wind chests will be done by them. The refinishing and replacing of missing pipes is included. All in all, it will be complete restoration of the organ they installed a century ago, yet with room for expansion if desired in the future.
We are still accepting any size donation to meet our over all goal of restoring this first-class instrument to its beauty when Fr. Broun had it installed in 1905. Please make checks payable to the St. Bernard Organ Fund.
DEDICATE AN ORGAN PIPE
In memory of a loved one(s):
$100.00 per pipe or
$6,000 for a rank of 61 pipes (over 24 months)
For the Glory of God, Fr. Dan