Monday, 7 April 2008

Institute of the Good Shepherd [updated]


ego sum pastor bonus: et cognosco meas, et cognoscunt me meæ
I am the good Shepherd: and I know Mine, and Mine know Me (
Jn. 10:14)

Under the Roman calendar of 1962, yesterday was often called "Good Shepherd Sunday", so called because the Gospel tells us of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. As pointed out on The New Liturgical Movement this also means it was a feast day for the Institute of the Good Shepherd.

The Institute of the Good Shepherd is a Society of Apostolic Life of traditionalist Priests in full communion with the Holy See. Founded only in September 2006, the Institute has grown quickly.

Founded with only 5 priests and a some seminarians, the institute now numbers 23 priests and 35 seminarians. Four deacons of the Institute were ordained on Saturday 23 February, this year, by Archbishop Luigi de Magistris, in the basilica of St. John Lateran in Rome.

The New Liturgical Movement has a feature on the life of the Institute, with photographs of the main Church in Paris, Saint-Eloi.

Click on the links below to find out more information on the Institute. If you read French and/or know further information about the Institute, its entrance requirements and applications process, please do let us know!

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3 comments:

Hermit, without a permit said...

Institut du Bon Pasteur
a litle more english background info for you.
Father Paul Aulagnier, who had been provincial superior of the Society of Saint Pius X in France from 1976 to 1994 was expelled in 2003 for having spoken in favour of the 2002 agreement between the Holy See and the priests of Campos, Brazil who form the Personal Apostolic Administration of Saint John Mary Vianney. These priests were authorised to use the Tridentine form of the Roman Rite on the condition of recognising the Second Vatican Council "in the light of Tradition" and the validity of the revised Roman Missal promulgated by Pope Paul VI.

In August 2004 Father Philippe Laguérie was expelled for having complained that the Society of Saint Pius X had serious problems which discouraged priestly vocations in its seminaries. As a disciplinary measure he had been transferred to Mexico, but refused the assignment.

Father Laguérie had for many years been in charge of the church of Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet in Paris, occupied by traditionalist Catholics since 1977.

Father Christophe Héry was expelled for supporting Laguérie, as was Father Guillaume de Tanoüarn. The latter was the founder of the religious association of Saint-Marcel and the Saint-Paul Centre in Paris.

On 15 June 2006, a French court in Nanterre (chambre du Tribunal de grande instance de Nanterre) ordered the reinstatement of Fathers Laguérie and Héry

Foundation of the Institute
hey had already decided to embark on a new path (while, according to at least one of them, remaining members of the Society of St Pius X). On 8 September 2006, the liturgical feast of Our Lady's Birthday, they, together with Father Henri Forestier, who also was stationed in Bordeaux, formed the~ Institute of the Good Shepherd~, a society of priestly apostolic life in full communion with the Holy See. Several seminarians joined the new fraternity, some of them close to ordination, and Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, who signed the decree approving their constitutions for a preliminary experimental period of five years, promised to confer the sacrament of orders on them.

Father Laguérie had declared in March 2006 that agreement with the Holy See was required by the very constitution of the Catholic Church, and he asked his parishioners to take note of the signs of good will on the part of Rome and of its intention to put an end to the doctrinal craziness and the scandals of 1960-2000. He pointed to an address of Pope Benedict as a condemnation of using "the spirit of the Council" as a pretext for excesses.
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They had already decided to embark on a new path (while, according to at least one of them, remaining members of the Society of St Pius X).
On 8 September 2006, the liturgical feast of Our Lady's Birthday, they, together with Father Henri Forestier, who also was stationed in Bordeaux, formed the Institute of the Good Shepherd, a society of apostolic life in full communion with the Holy See. Several seminarians joined the new fraternity, some of them close to ordination, and Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, who signed the decree approving their constitutions for a preliminary experimental period of five years,promised to confer the sacrament of orders on them.

The Holy See granted the members of the new Institute EXCLUSIVE use, as the institute's own rite, of the "Tridentine" form of the Roman Rite, employing the 1962 Roman Missal(receiving an approbation directly from Pope Benedict XVI permission to always and only celebrate the "Tridentine" Rite to the exclusion of the Novus Ordo).
For their part, each of the founding members personally undertook to respect the authentic Magisterium of the See of Rome with "complete fidelity to the infallible Magisterium of the Church."
The members of the Institute are accepted to engage in a public and scholarly criticism of the Second Vatican Council that is serious and constructive and in accord with Pope Benedict XVI's address of 22 December 2005 to the Roman Curia, while recognizing that it is for the Apostolic See to give the authentic interpretation.
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as far as entrance requirements(besides knowing French) this is The Institutes seminary website.
http://www.seminairesaintvincent.info/

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http://www.institutdubonpasteur.org

ESabeth said...

This is only loosely related to the Institute of the Good Shepherd, but I'm not entirely certain how else to give this information.

I have up-to-date information on the Little Sisters of the Good Shepherd, featured as a website link on this blog, and originally attached to the Institute (hence why I'm using this post to give this information).

Under the guidance of their local bishop, among other reasons, the Little Sisters of the Good Shepherd are now not attached to the Institute and had to change their name to the Little Sisters of the Mission of Holy Mary (Petite Soeurs de la Mission Sainte Marie). The website link for the foundation is out-of-date. At present there is no website but the foundation can be contacted at missionsaintemarie@hotmail.fr. They are traditional apostolic with strong emphasis on the Holy Rosary and catechism.

To my knowledge they are the only foundation of their kind (traditional and apostolic, while not being teaching sisters). I have visited twice with view of discernment and so know the foundation well.

Again, I apologise for using this posting but the Sisters were originally attached to the Institute and the information on this blog is out-of-date, which is why I wanted to share what I know of the latest situation.

ESabeth said...

This is only loosely related to the Institute of the Good Shepherd, but I'm not entirely certain how else to give this information.

I have up-to-date information on the Little Sisters of the Good Shepherd, featured as a website link on this blog, and originally attached to the Institute (hence why I'm using this post to give this information).

Under the guidance of their local bishop, among other reasons, the Little Sisters of the Good Shepherd are now not attached to the Institute and had to change their name to the Little Sisters of the Mission of Holy Mary (Petite Soeurs de la Mission Sainte Marie). The website link for the foundation is out-of-date. At present there is no website but the foundation can be contacted at missionsaintemarie@hotmail.fr. They are traditional apostolic with strong emphasis on the Holy Rosary and catechism.

To my knowledge they are the only foundation of their kind (traditional and apostolic, while not being teaching sisters). I have visited twice with view of discernment and so know the foundation well.

Again, I apologise for using this posting but the Sisters were originally attached to the Institute and the information on this blog is out-of-date, which is why I wanted to share what I know of the latest situation.