Crowdfunding my way to the US
You may have noticed the GoFundMe logo in the column to the right. There are several reasons for this fundraising effort. The most obvious is that I am moving my ministry back to the US. I need to safely move mainly my considerable library and a few personal possessions. My library has grown and will grow soon with a number of volumes of local Catholic authors like Hugo Wast, Leonardo Castellani, Julio Meinvielle, some old reference books and such. There are some bookstores in Buenos Aires holding treasure troves of Catholic books. Bookworms like me will understand.
The move itself will take some time but I am hoping for a miracle so I can do it as soon as possible. My target date is early spring to late August at the latest.
- The funds I am cyber-begging for will be used to pay for the cost of the ongoing projects: the move — the equivalent of moving the contents of a small apartment from NYC to LA
- Airplane ticket (or a cargo ship passage if I can negotiate a cargo+passenger good deal)
- Settling in any inexpensive mountain town in Appalachia, rental of an inexpensive home in Virginia, West Virginia or Tennessee near a good church.
- Purchase of a small inexpensive (used) car for basic transportation
- Pay monthly expenses until book sales and other revenues are enough to cover the bills.
The funds will remain unused until half the total is reached: $30,000 US The goal is to keep me alive until I finish my next four books or longer (about 18 to 24 months). I am working on these titles at various stages right now.
- The sequel to Guadalupe a River of Light
- A orderly account of the apparitions of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
- A book on the institution of the Papacy
- The English version of the Vademecum of Catholic Apologetics
- A theme so secret that only I know … (mystery music here!)
The reason why I need to move: Buenos Aires was OK for me but I need to do a lot of research that requires sending and receiving books and documents from various countries, and do some traveling (Puerto Rico.) Unfortunately the strict custom restrictions here, and the slow and unreliable mail service make that quite impractical nearly impossible. For instance: sending and receiving samplers of books published takes many hours of standing in line at local customs desks. It also requires obtaining several forms at various government offices that sometimes take days of processing and hundreds of dollars in fees. That’s for the birds.
I have plans to publish 4 to 6 titles that will be out in English, Spanish, and Portuguese. Since the titles I have published are selling better every month, I have reasonable hopes that the new titles will sell equally well.
I am already very grateful to all those who will be helping me finance this move. My readers are generous but I do not know of any millionaires among them so this may take many reminders and a few months.
I will be sending lifetime free copies of every book I publish in English (one per title) to those who contribute $500 or more.
My readers have supported me 100% during my exile in BA. I wish I could find words to thank all of them for their kindness but all I can say is that I keep you in my prayers and I do not forget even the smallest of those gifts. I work for all of you. I thank Jesus and Mary everyday for my readers and friends. I have trusted this mission to St Joseph. He will get me there if that is God’s will.
My heartfelt thanks in advance to all of you for all your prayers and contributions past, present and future.
Prayer to St Joseph known to be over 1,900 years old
Please pray it for this intention once every morning for 9 days
Oh St. Joseph whose protection is so great, so strong, so prompt before the throne of God, I place in you all my interests and desires. Oh St. Joseph do assist me by your powerful intercession and obtain for me from your divine son all spiritual blessings through Jesus Christ, our Lord; so that having engaged here below your heavenly power I may offer my thanksgiving and homage to the most loving of fathers. Oh St. Joseph, I never weary contemplating you and Jesus asleep in your arms. I dare not approach while he reposes near your heart. Press him in my name and kiss his fine head for me, and ask him to return the kiss when I draw my dying breath. St. Joseph, patron of departing souls, pray for us.