IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: We are temporarily accepting donations for (remaining) medical and funeral expenses for Rev. Fr. Joseph F. Collins, our beloved friend and unofficial chaplain. Contributions received will be earmarked especially for travel and Mass expenses for clergy, ceremonial furnishings and sundries, and a modest reception – to the extent possible – for the faithful coming from near and far in honor of Father.


Tuesday, May 7, 2019

5:00 pm (slight possibility of some delay) – Reception of body; procession into church; opening of casket.
5:30 pm – Vespers of Dead (Time may be adjusted to accommodate clergy arrival.)
7:30 pm – Rosary
9:00 pm – End of Wake

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

10:00 am – Matins & Lauds of Dead
11:00 am – Funeral Mass & Burial

St. Michael’s Chapel
507 Rt. 9W
Glenmont, New York 12077

A block of rooms for those coming from out of town has been reserved for May 7-9, 2019, at the Comfort Inn, 37 Route 9W, Glenmont, NY 12077. Please mention the “Fr. Collins funeral” (or reservation group code AZ30P2) in order to receive the “group” rate of $114 per night.

Alternatively, hotel booking may be conveniently made via this link:

(Anyone who vitally needs financial assistance with lodging or travel costs should let us know at the email address indicated below.) A small reception is planned for the afternoon of May 8 at the Applebee’s nearby, just a ways north on Route 9W. Finances permitting, refreshments and snacks will be complimentary.

NOTE: Contributions may be made on Fr.’s behalf using the “make a donation” button below, but PLEASE BE SURE to write “Fr. Collins funeral” in the note when making a contribution so that the funds can be properly set aside. Alternatively, donations may be made via PayPal directly to [email protected] – but PLEASE note “Fr. Collins funeral” in conjunction with any contribution.

Those wishing to contribute by check should send checks payable to “ISOC” to P.O. Box 87, Glenelg, MD 21737 – and, as with electronic contributions, PLEASE note “Fr. Collins Funeral” in conjunction with any donation.


STATEMENT OF THE ESTATE OF FR. JOSEPH F. COLLINS: “Based in part on consultation with intimate friends and family of Fr. Collins, his Estate has authorized the establishment of a means to accept donations to assist the Estate with expenses for his funeral and remaining medical bills. Solely as a matter of convenience and given the pressure of time, the donations will be accepted by a small Catholic organization (see that Fr. Collins supported as chaplain and advisor over the last years of his earthly life. (In consequence, and quite obviously, the donations are for Fr.’s Estate expenses and not for the organization. [Take note of tax consequences accordingly.] An accounting of income and expenses will be made at the appropriate time after receipts and Estate debts are tallied.) While contributions will be gratefully received, the Estate does not in any way wish to impede contributions that may be made to priests and religious organizations around the world for Masses to be said for the repose of Fr. Collins’s soul. We also acknowledge the regrettable circulation (apparently by individuals close to Fr. and unconcerned with his privacy or of the legal implications of circulating inaccurate and potentially defamatory information) of rumors to the effect that the Estate came into possession of a very large sum of money upon Fr.’s departure from this life. Without conceding any limitations upon the legal authority vested by common and positive law in Fr.’s Estate, we finally note, for the sake of transparency and the assurance of potential contributors and other interested parties, that 1) the Estate does not control the account holding the aforementioned sum (the exact value of which is presently unknown), which is both legally and practically inaccessible to the Estate; 2) the Estate is willing to receive contributions merely to offset (and reimburse in a timely way) funeral costs and other Estate debts that include, most importantly, the travel expenses (and stipends, as applicable) of clergy, singers, and impoverished laity who wish to attend the services but who would otherwise be impeded financially from doing so; 3) the key surviving family members expressly endorsed this course of action for the opportunity it would provide for individuals who knew and loved Fr. to show their appreciation of his life by the tangible means of financial participation in his obsequies; and 4) this course of action is consistent with Fr.’s final wishes, expressed numerous times and in various ways – a fact as to which at least one person is prepared, if necessary, to offer eye-witness testimony under oath, and which is also confirmed by readily available extrinsic evidence.”


The “In the Spirit of Chartres” Committee was set up as a non-profit, tax-exempt 501(c)3 corporation in January of 1998 before the first ISOC pilgrimage.  Because it takes funds to manage any organization, ISOC, has through the years, held all kinds of fund-raisers: bake sales, garage sales, Christmas boutiques, and of course, mail solicitations, etc.  And we continue to ask for donations because without them, we cannot operate and continue our activities.

So with that in mind, we ask you to help us maintain and continue all the activities ISOC participates in, but most especially now in the maintenance of this new website and the ever increasing costs of hard and software.

If you can help, please feel free to send whatever you can to ISOC at P.O. Box 87, Glenelg, MD 21737.  Please make check or money order payable to ISOC.  Or donate through PayPal.  Our account name is [email protected].

And please accept our sincerest thanks for your help.

In the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts.