CONTEXT. Aita Antton is positioned in the Diocese of Boise (Idaho) and is charged by the Bishop of Boise Peter “Kepa” Christianson as the chaplain to the Basques. But unlike the previous system of Basque chaplains to the American West (Fr. Tillous being the last one), his full-time position is as a parochial vicar (parish associate pastor) at St. John’s Cathedral in Boise, Idaho; i.e., his “day job” is to minister to his assigned parishioners. Nevertheless–as his schedule allows–he endeavors to minister to Basques, visiting the sick and elderly (diaconia), traveling to various communities to offer Basque masses and workshops, etc.
OFFICIAL PROTOCOL. Charged as a Basque chaplain, Aita Antton can minister to all Basques, but if goes outside Idaho he must beforehand secure the permission of the Bishop of the other diocese(s). This requires some time to secure the certificate of good standing that must be furnished to the parish community where Aita is celebrating mass.
FINANCES. Aita Antton’s priest stipend does not cover his Basque travel expenses, so the aim is to make this facet of his ministry self-supporting; i.e., host communities are asked to consider providing some financial support for travel, lodging (and $150 to cover the cost of his substitute at St. John’s if it’s a weekend). If available and feasible, Aita will always make the necessary arrangements to lodge at the local parish to defray expenses. If Aita says Mass in an outside parish, the matter of the collection will be discussed with the host parish priest. If the Mass is celebrated as an outdoor event, with the permission of the parish priest, the collection will be deposited into a separate diocesan fund that will allow our committee of Artzai Ona the discretion of supporting future seminarians and deacons.