The Diocese of Des Moines
Handcrafted altar for Sunday's Rural Life Mass honors Iowa heritage
Brad Havran, a wood hobbiest since middle school, is building the altar for this Sunday's Rural Life Mass.
Handcrafted altar for Sunday's Rural Life Mass honors Iowa heritage
August 18, 2016
Written By: Anne Marie Cox

Woodworking hobbiest Brad Havran is constructing an altar for this Sunday's annual Rural Life Mass, to be held at the Anne and Brian Brennan farm near St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Indianola. The reclaimed wood is from a barn more than 100 years old. The altar top is made from 4x6-inch beams and peg doweled together with mortise and tenon joinery, which matches the original barn construction. 

Join Bishop Richard Pates at the farm for 4 p.m. Mass, keynote speaker Judge Advocate General Colonel Suellen Overton, of the Iowa Air National Guard, dinner, farm animals, prairie grass, hot air balloon nearby and more. 

This is the sixth year Bishop Pates has celebrated an outdoor liturgy honoring the rural heritage of our state. Because of limited parking at the farm itself, guests will be shuttled from the parking lot of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Indianola beginning at 3 p.m. to the farm. 

Come rain or shine. If it rains, Mass will be celebrated at St. Thomas Aquinas Church.

For more information, contact Ken Bresnan at 515-237-5089. Save to


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