Saturday, 13 January 2007

Rome - a Priest's Shopping Paradise

Having lived in the Eternal City for four years, the great thing about a Roman holiday (apart from the obvious spiritual benefits) is that I don't have to race around seeing the sights and getting frustrated about long queues and tourist traps. I simply focus on revisiting favourite haunts, walking around the streets with a contented smile on my face, enjoying some sublime meals and, of course, spending rather too much money in the shops. Rome is a priest's shopping paradise, especially if you're a parish priest. As a poor curate, I had to limit my purchases to shirts, collars, cinctures, socks and a new gilet. However, one of my travelling companions, who has just been appointed parish priest and university chaplain, visited the convent of the Figlie di San Giuseppe di Rivalba (Lungotevere Farnesina 6, 00165 Roma - tel: 06-5809206) just over the Tiber in Trastevere. This is a congregation of sisters founded by Blessed Clemente Marchisio, a priest of Turin, in 1877, and one of their works is making vestments. As you can see in the pictures, the sisters can make both modern free flowing vestments and traditional Roman chasubles - the one in the photo at the top of the post includes a priest's coat of arms and would cost around 4,000 euros. And below you can see negotiations being made for some gothic chasubles for my friend's new parish.



Blogger Jeffrey Smith said...

Is that an old-fashioned flatiron on the table? Looks like one.

2:54 pm  

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