Wednesday, 22 October 2008

Bp. Athanasius Schneider at ICRSS Rome Apostolate

by Gregor Kollmorgen

His Excellency, Athanasius Schneider ORC, auxiliary bishop of Karaganda, Kazakhstan, and well known to NLM readers from his book "Dominus est" in favour of a return to the traditional practice of receiving Holy Communion directly on the tongue while kneeling, recently celebrated Pontifical Low Mass in the Roman chruch of Gesù e Maria, Via del Corso, where the Apostolate of the Institute of Christ the King in Rome has its Sunday Mass. This apostolate, by the way, after having been present in Rome for over 15 years, has now been canonically erected by the Vicariate of Rome. The images of this Mass also show some of the ceremonial before and after Mass, recently addressed by Shawn.

For more pictures go here.

(reproduced from The New Liturgical Movement)

Tuesday, 21 October 2008

Canons Regular of celebrate their Patronal Feast Day

by Shawn Tribe

The Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius report that to celebrate the Solemn Feast of St. John Cantius on October 20th, 2008, the Canons Regular offered a Latin Holy Hour, a Solemn High Mass (1962 Missale Romanum) and Solemn Vespers (1962 Breviarium Romanum).

The Canons Regular also report that "celebrating the day with the Canons Regular were Her Imperial and Royal Highness, Maria Anna, Princess of Galitzine, granddaughter of Blessed Karl of Austria, and her husband Prince Piotr D. Galitzine as well as members of the Royal Family." A reception followed.

(reproduced from The New Liturgical Movement)

Photos from FSSP Solemn Pontifical Mass in Rome

by Shawn Tribe

Teaser photos of the 20th FSSP anniversary events of this past weekend are coming out of Rome now.

We can expect to see more to come soon: FSSP Rome.

(reproduced from The New Liturgical Movement)

ICRSS Pilgrimage to Lisieux

by Gregor Kollmorgen

This Sunday, as we mentioned in August, the parents of St. Thérèse of Lisieux have been raised to the honour of the altars. On this occasion, the Institute of Christ the King made a pilgrimage for vocations to Lisieux. Here are some impressions:

Note the new dress of their altar boys, which I first noticed here.

Afterwards there was Benediction:

The Founder of the Institute of the Holy Cross of Riaumont, Fr Argouac, was also present:

For more pictures go here.

(reproduced from The New Liturgical Movement)

Monday, 20 October 2008

Video from Clear Creek Monastery

Solemn Pontifical Mass at Our Lady of the Annunciation Monastery at Clear Creek, in Tulsa, OK: celebrated by Dom Antoine Forgeot, Abbot of Fontgombault Abbey (the motherhouse of Clear Creek).

(source: The New Liturgical Movement)

Saturday, 18 October 2008

F.S.S.P. 20th Anniversary Rome Celebrations...

by J.P. Sonnen

Glory be, FSSP have taken over Rome!

They were all over the streets and churches of Rome earlier this week. At the tombs of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, at the papal audience on Wednesday and just this morning all of their European seminarians arrived from their Seminary of St. Peter in Wigratzbad, Bavaria!

Such a treat to see so many countless FSSP priests, seminarians, families, friends and benefactors crawling all over the City in such a spirit joy and prayer and thanksgiving! A twenty year celebration is a big event and such a youthful religious order in the life of the Church is a true blessing that takes ones breath away.

And to celebrate their twentieth anniversary they even just unveiled a really nice glossy covered commemorative book - a book packed with lots of really nice photos illustrating their twenty year "pilgrimage". What I saw was in French, but a must for every family.

This evening Vespers was sung from the Liber Usualis at the FSSP Rome parish, Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini. The church was packed with countless clergy and laymen alike. As one kid remarked afterwards: "Wow, I never saw so many birettas together in one room!"

Then it was off to dinner for everybody atop the cobbled streets of Rome!

But the highlight? Before Vespers in walked "De Magistris the Great." He is known as perhaps the most beloved of old Vatican prelates. With a smile he entered the sacristy to greet everybody and offer a few warm words of hearty congratulations to all.

More photos available at the Orbis Catholicus blog.

(reproduced from Orbis Catholicus)

More Photos from the Recent IBP Ordinations

by Shawn Tribe

Recently the NLM published some photographs of the October 11th ordinations of the Institute of the Good Shepherd in Bordeaux, France.

A French reader sent in a link to the following photos which were of extremely high quality, so they seemed worth showing in addition to what we have already.

I was pleased to see that two of the ordinandi were clerics of the IBP I had the pleasure of meeting in the spring while in Europe. They are pictured below in the first and last photograph respectively. Congratulations to them.

(In the usus antiquior the Ordination Mass of a new priest was the one and only time one would see concelebration of the Mass.)

(reproduced from the The New Liturgical Movement)

Friday, 17 October 2008

News from ICRSS Apostolate in St. Louis

by Gregor Kollmorgen

The St. Francis de Sales Oratory, the Apostolate of the Institute of Christ the King in St. Louis, Missouri, has sent in the following press release about an event which looks very promising indeed:
St. Francis de Sales Church 100 Years’ Anniversary with St. Louis Symphony Orchestra

On November 23rd an architectural gem reminiscent of the great cathedrals in Europe, one of the most beautiful churches in St. Louis—St. Francis de Sales Oratory—celebrates its 100th anniversary. At one time this church boasted 7,000 families. In 2005 the Archbishop of St. Louis, His Grace, the Most Rev. Raymond L. Burke, erected the church and its campus as an oratory of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. This young and growing community was founded in 1990 by two French priests and has today many apostolates all over the globe, fourteen in the US. The Institute administers all sacraments according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

To mark this centenary the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest has scheduled a Pontifical High Mass with the Most Reverend Robert Hermann, Archdiocesan Administrator, as celebrant. The Mass on Sunday, November 23rd, beginning at 10:00 a.m., will feature music to match the beauty of the church’s interior: Charles Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass performed by the Oratory choirs and members of St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Mr. Nick Botkins, the Oratory’s Director of Sacred Music and Master of the Choirs.
They also draw our attention to a project of students of the architecture department of Washington University's Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts which includes plans for the theater on the top floor of the high school building on their campus.

You can read more about this interesting project here.

(reproduced from The New Liturgical Movement)

Tuesday, 14 October 2008

Institute of the Good Shepherd: Ordinations and Apostolate in Poland

by Shawn Tribe

The Institute of the Good Shepherd (IBP, Institut du Bon Pasteur) have some images up from their recent priestly and diaconal ordinations which took place in their church of St-Eloi in Bordeaux, France. The ordinations were performed by Msgr. Gaidon.

(Image Source: Seminaire Saint Vincent de Paul)

In addition to this bit of news, it came to my attention that the IBP now have a website for their apostolate in Poland (

If you would like to see a little of the work if the IBP in Poland, consider viewing this slideshow of images.

(reposted from The New Liturgical Movement)

Friday, 10 October 2008

Institute of Christ the King Now of Pontifical Right

The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, already a Society of Apostolic Life of diocesan right, has now been granted the status of a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right. Here is an announcement from the American website of the Institute:
With deepest gratitude to the Blessed Trinity, to Christ Our King, and His Immaculate Mother, to St. Joseph, to St. Michael the Archangel, to our patron saints, to the entire court of heaven, and with filial thankfulness to our Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI and his faithful collaborators, we have the joy to announce a very important event:

On the feast day of Our Lady, Queen of the Holy Rosary, the Vice-President of the Commission Ecclesia Dei, Very Reverend Monsignor Camille Perl, has read in our Seminary chapel the official decree by which, in the name of the Holy Father, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest was erected to the status of a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right. Also our Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus received the status of Pontifical Right. The Decree was signed by His Eminence Dario Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos. A Solemn Te Deum followed the reading of the Decree.

Born out of a profound union with the Holy Father in Rome and the Institute's founder and members having always lived in a continuous and unwavering spirit of faithful Romanitas, the Institute was granted the Pontifical Right after the formal time of experience and interrogation which is a traditional custom for the Holy See. Various positive Apostolic Visitations conducted by the Roman Curia and a very favorable consultation of all the Most Reverend Bishops in whose Dioceses we are invited to serve have finalized this canonical process.

After this affirmative evaluation of our spirituality and our international presence and work, the Pontifical Right is an expression of the appreciation of the service of the Institute of Christ the King by the Roman Pontiff and his collaborators to whom we are deeply obliged. The Pontifical Right will make it even easier for the Institute to conduct its service for the Church according to its constitutions and gives to Monsignor the Prior General rights and duties that are in unison with our canonical lifestyle.

Now images of the ceremony in which the decrees were read and a Te Deum was sung in thansgiving have been made available. Here is a selection:

Msgr. Perl, Vice-President of the Ecclesia Dei Commission, reads the decree (you can read pdf files of the decrees at the PCED website here [Institute] and here [Sisters]; thanks to a reader for the tip):

The decree is handed over to the Prior General of the Institute:

The decree concerning the Sisters Adorers is handed over:

Te Deum is sung:


Group pictures:

A photo-montage about the Institute:-

(images courtesy of NLM)