Dubuque Monks Build Casket for 9-year-old Arizona Shooting Victim
DUBUQUE, Iowa - The youngest victim of the Tucson, Arizona shooting will be laid to rest in a casket built here in Iowa.
Monks from Dubuque’s New Melleray Abbey hand-crafted a child’s size casket especially for 9-year-old Christina Greene.
Greene was at the Safeway grocery store Saturday morning when a bullet struck and killed her.
She was there to meet United States Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.
Nestled away in the woods of Dubuque County, 35 Catholic Munks worked day in and day out.
Trapist Casket Manager Sam Mulgrew said, “Their life is spent pursuing God in Prayer. ”
The monks live a sequestered life and take the vows of poverty and chastity. They make money hand crafting these wooden caskets.
Early Tuesday morning, Mulgrew got an urgent request from a funeral home in Tucson, Arizona.
Mulgrew said, “Christina’s family said they would like to use a Trapist Casket so they put us in touch with the funeral director.”
Eight hours later that casket was complete and sent to Tucson.
A former customer now living in Arizona who knows the Greene family suggested a Trapist Casket.
Mulgrew said, “They like to so something as a corporal work of Mercy in a situation like this and what they can offer is a casket at no cost.”
The monks bless each casket and pray for the deceased, but this one had a lasting effect.
“The process of preparing a casket for Christina, it impacts us in a way like no other adult casket could,” said Mulgrew.
1,600 miles away, these Iowa monks want the Greene family to know they are not grieving alone.