TO THE EDITOR: In June of last year, the Knights of Columbus Council 3525 of Champlain very hurriedly began a campaign to raise money for the medical expenses of our beloved chaplain and pastor, the Rev. James Delbel.
One expense was a stair lift that he required to gain access to his study/bedroom area as he battled cancer. Due to the age and design of the rectory, that expense was much more than we had anticipated, but we went forward with the installation.
That decision turned out to be a wise one as Father Delbel was able to use the lift in the few remaining weeks of his life, giving him the independence that he desperately sought.
A few weeks later, the Lord called Father Delbel, and we were left with the decision as to continue the fundraiser or not. We made the decision to do so, and we are extremely happy to report that the fundraiser was huge success.
There was a huge turnout for the fundraiser itself but also an unbelievable response from many outside our parish. We had donations from former parishioners and friends of Father Delbel, from his former parishes and from those of other faiths, both inside and outside the state.
We are pleased to report that the stair lift was completely paid for and thoroughly appreciated, as well as a significant cash closeout to assist with other medical and burial expenses.
We wish to join with Father Delbel’s family and express our deep appreciation for the unbelievable response. It surely demonstrated the love that was felt for an outstanding servant of God.
It would be impossible to individually thank each person who aided us, so we hope this will serve as that heartfelt thank you.
Knights of Columbus 3525