Father Michael Champagne, a priest at Lafayette Diocese, explains “It’s a way that we can give some pride and public expression of our Catholic faith that is not just meant for the walls of the church, but on the streets.”
The Spiritual Care Unit is part of the “Year of Mercy” called for by Pope Francis. The unit will begin it’s service on December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception that marks the beginning of Advent and the start of a new Roman Catholic Liturgical Year. Bishop Michael Jarrea said, “The Holy Father asked us to concentrate on the sacrament of reconciliation and that’s the purpose of this spiritual care unit to bring people into deeper communion with Christ.”
This is the first time I have ever heard of an ambulance being converted to cleanse the soul of sin.
Kudos to Bishop Jarrea and Father Champagne for finding a truly good use for an old beast of burden.
It may be wise to have the diocese Exorcist drive it. You know… just in case.