Friday, 11 April 2008

Pilgrimage to Lourdes

On March 29 – 30, the Institute of Christ the King conducted a pilgrimage to Lourdes, in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady there. The superiors, seminarians, and sisters of the Institute came en masse from Gricigliano, along with many of its priests from France , led by their Provincial Superior, Abbé Benoît Jayr. All joined by friends and faithful from France, Ireland, Italy and the United States.

Pictures from the Pilgrimage show the various elements of the Institute of Christ the King:

Msgr. Michael Schmitz, Vicar General of the Institute and Superior in the United States, holds the Sacred Host for the 'Ecce Agnus Dei' during Mass in the Upper Basilica at Lourdes. The Mass was served by seminarians from the Institute's Seminary at Gricigliano, near Florence, Italy.

A Priest of the Institute leads the Sisters of the Institute and the faithful through the Stations of the Cross with the Upper Basilica in the background.

Inside the Sanctuary of the Upper Basilica, the Priests of the Institute sit nearest to the camera in their distinctive blue-trimmed birettas and blue mozettas, representing the Institute's consecration to the Immaculate Conception. Towards the apse, the seminarians of the Institute sit in choir. The altar boy in red soutane is not a seminarian (we think).

This view into the nave of the Upper Basilica shows us the three grades of the Sisters of the Institute, the Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus, Sovereign Priest, who have their convent near to the Institute's Seminary. To the rear of the group are the fully professed sisters in black veils. To the front are the eight novices in formation wearing white veils and the blue choir mantles, again representing the Institute's consecration to the Immaculate Conception. Just to the left of the picture, you can see two ladies in black mantillas, who are postulants, awaiting formal admission to the noviciate.

Finally we see the Institute's seminarians and novices, the future Priests and Sisters of the Institute, participating in the torchlight procession of Lourdes.

Regina Caeli, Laetare!

(Images: The New Liturgical Movement)


Anonymous said...

What are the age limitations for entering the seminary of the ICRSP? I am 39.



Anonymous said...


I do not specifically know the answer, but I will find out for you! Indeed, the Institute of Christ the King is one of the communities we will feature soon.

Sorry for the delay in replying, but I was away on business,

God bless you,

Jenny said...

For those of you out there wanting to take a pilgrimage to Lourdes, there will be one later this year lead by Immaculee.