Saturday, 26 July 2008

Photos from ICRSS Ordinations

The New Liturgical Movemement reports that the Institute of Christ the King has now released a comprehensive collection of photographs from recent priestly and other ordinations hat took place inside the beautiful Santi Michele e Gaetano church in Florence, Italy.

Here is a selection:

This year's new seminarians of the Institute after having been invested with the soutane:

Minor orders being conferred by Bishop Basil Meeking (em. of Christchurch, NZ):

Ordination to the Diaconate, also by Mgr. Meeking:

Priestly ordinations by Archbishop Raymond Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, in the Institute's splendid Florentine church:

Mgr. Burke vesting - you can see that he is wearing the rochet under the amice:

The newly ordained concelebrating:

The ordaining bishops were Bishop Basil Meeking, Emeritus of Christchurch, and Archbishop Raymond L. Burke.

Please see the website for more photos.

Sunday, 20 July 2008

Can you help us?

“What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place…”

– Pope Benedict XVI in his Letter accompanying Summorum Pontificum

For five months now this Traditional Vocations blog has been featuring Traditional societies and religious orders using the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. We need your assistance to continue this.

In particular, there are many Traditional societies, institutes and religious communities which are not listed here, mainly because we cannot locate information about them in English. Could you translate materials about them out of their original languages and into English?

Alternatively, if you know of communities not featured here, with information in English, then please do comment!

Here are some other things you can do to help:

Spread the word!
  • Can you feature this site on your blogs? Or ask your friends to do the same?
  • Would your Parish or Diocese feature this in a newsletter, on a website? Would you ask them?
  • Are there other websites we should be featured on, or linked from?
Be our eyes and ears
  • Is there content we ought to feature? If so, tell us!
  • Do you have information on courses of studies in various seminaries, entrance requirements, website links?
  • Have you personal experience of one of the communities featured here? Share your experiences with us!
And remember, if you know others discerning their vocations, point them this way! May the Lord send us more holy Priests, monks and nuns than we can know what to do with!

Friday, 18 July 2008

FSSP 20 years old!

Congratulations to the
Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP)
on its twentieth anniversary!

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Institute of St Philipp Neri

The Institute of St. Philipp Neri, is a spiritual Community, in union with the Holy Father and the Archbishop of Berlin, which fosters the traditions of the Catholic Church. Founded in February 2003, it currently has charge of the Church of St Afra, in Berlin.

Building on the basic idea of Philipp Neri's oratory the Institute works against the evident decline of the faith and the increasingly growing incompatible polarization towards differing, internal-ecclesiastical directions of thought. Its primary apostolate is to celebrate the liturgy in its traditional form combined with present-day pastoral work.

On the 25th of May 2004 the Institute was officially recognized by the Holy See as a community of Apostolic Life under papal law.

For further information, contact:

Saturday, 12 July 2008

Shrine of Christ the King

Recently discovered online, two videos about the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago, Illinois:

The former St. Clara/St. Gelasius church on the south side of Chicago was designed and built by the masterful Henry J. Schlacks in 1923. Schlacks applied classical models from Italy, most particularly Rome, to the many magnificent churches he designed in Chicago during the early twentieth century. Among these historical edifices that he built, the church of St. Clara/St. Gelasius stands out as his life's masterpiece, with its application of concepts from the many triumphal arches of antiquity, including the three arched doorways, and the four imposing statues placed above the pediment.

Saved from demolition, this beautiful Church was given to the Institute of Christ the King, who now labour to restore the former church of St. Gelasius. Please consider donating to this most worthy project.

More information can be found at

Sunday, 6 July 2008

Institut religieux de Sainte-Croix

The religious community of Sainte-Croix (Holy-Cross) celebrates the liturgy according to the extraordinary form of the Latin rite, under the provisions of the motu proprio "Summorum Pontificum".

Founded by the Father Revet in the 1960s, the monastic community also supervises a children's village and scouting activities. Its statutes confer a double origin to it: bénédictine (the monks are oblats Benedictines) and scouting. The frieze and the dress of ceremony refer to religious military orders. The main symbol is the potencée, distinguished cross of the scouts of France and originating from the cross of kingdom of Jerusalem.

For more information, please see the Institute's website:Do you have more information about Riaumont? If so, please comment to this post.