Saturday, 3 May 2008

Apostolic Administration of Saint John Mary Vianney

The Personal Apostolic Administration of Saint John Mary Vianney was established on 18 January 2002 by Pope John Paul II for traditionalist Catholic clergy and laity within the Diocese of Campos in Brazil. It is the only Personal Apostolic Administration in existence. It consists of 15 Personal Parishes, 125 Chapels, more than 30 priests, 27 seminarians, and more than 100 religious.

An Apostolic Administration is not a group or a religious society or congregation, but is a normal and official ecclesiastical circumscription of the Catholic Church, the same as a Diocese or a Prelature or an Ordinariat, that is, a particular church, part of the Universal and unique Catholic Church. Because of that the Bishop of the Apostolic Administration has the same power as an diocesan bishop, in his jurisdiction.

As a group of traditionalist Catholics thus fully within the Roman Catholic Church, they recognize the authority of the Pope as Vicar of Christ and Shepherd of the Church, the legitimacy of the Second Vatican Council, and the validity of the Mass approved by Pope Paul VI. The Priests of the Apostolic Administration have the faculty to celebrate in Latin the Mass and all the other sacramental rites in the form codified by Pope Pius V and modified by his successors down to Pope John XXIII.

More information can be found at the Apostolic Administration's website, here (Portuguese language).


Anonymous said...

Do you know if they have any sisters?

Anonymous said...

Sorry, Anonymous; I do not know the answer to that.

Maybe another reader will know the answer...

B. said...

They have sisters.
There was a foundation just last year.
I have also heard that they have a traditional female redemptoristine monastery, this is the only information I could find.

Juliana said...

They also have active sisters dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary especially as revealed by Our Lady of Fatima (see above link).

Bruno Luís Santana said...

They have SEVERAL kinds of sisters. Not just the redemptoristine, but others, if somebody look their pics, can see lots of kinds of sister's habits.