These are the words prayed every weekend for 30 years as Fr. Maurice Chase drove his small white Toyota to skid row sporting his red sweater and his Notre Dame cap and a wad of cash that would be passed out to the penniless, addicts, winos, ex cons and homeless. He wasn't concerned how they spent the money but claimed he was out here "skid row" to tell people I love them and God loves them."
Fr. Maurice Chase was more popularly known as "Fr. Dollar Bill" or "D.B." and felt it his duty to bring joy and comfort to the poor each Sunday. On Good Friday each year, Chase would spend the night on skid row among his people.
|Fr. Maurice Chase at work|
Fr. Chase raised over $100,000 every year to share with the poor. Many celebrities including Bob Hope, Bob Newhart, Merv Griffin, Loretta Young along with numerous others supported Fr. Chase's ministry.
|Fr. Chase memorial book|
|Mass Program and Prayer Card|
On November 20, 2011, as Fr. Chase was preparing for another Thanksgiving on skid row, Chase died of cancer at the age of 92.
Fr. Dollar Bill's life was celebrated during a funeral mass (programs and prayer card pictured) that was held Friday, Dec. 9, 2011 in the St. Catherine of Siena Catholic Church in Dinuba. Among those who paid tribute to him was Robert Raisson, the former publisher of the Dinuba Sentinel newspaper. He said of Chase "Over the years his commitment to serve the Lord has kept him physically absent from Dinuba much of the time. But I can tell you this: Emotionally he has never left Dinuba-not for one minute."
Fr. Chase was laid to rest in the Smith Mountain Cemetery next to his grandfather.