Friday, 27 March 2009

Roundup: Franciscans of the Immaculate Ordinations

On March 25th, the Solemnity of the Annunciation of the B.V.M., Archbishop Raymond Leo Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, today celebrated Pontifical Mass in the usus antiquior and ordained five priests for the Franciscans of the Immaculate (FFI) in the church of St. Francis in Tarquinia (a small town in Latium).

Here is a roundup of web coverage:
For more information about the Franciscans, see

Wednesday, 25 March 2009

upcoming Masses in Sweden, Finland, and Estonia

by Fr Tim Finigan

The website for the Finnish Apostolate of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter has announced that Father Benjamin Durham FSSP will visit Sweden, Finland, and Estonia during Passion Week leading to Palm Sunday. He is celebrating Mass, leading the Stations of the Cross and giving a one day retreat:-

Heliga Korsets församling, Eskilstuna, Sverige
Holy Cross parish, Eskilstuna, Sweden
Tue March 31
• 18.00 Holy Mass
• 19.00 Way of the Cross
Wed April 1
• 19.00 Holy Mass

Pyhän Olavin seurakunta, Jyväskylä, Suomi
Saint Olav’s parish, Jyväskylä, Finland
Thu April 2
• 17.15 Holy Mass

Pyhän ristin seurakunta, Tampere, Suomi
Holy Cross parish, Tampere, Finland
Fri April 3
• 18.00 Holy Mass

Pyhän Henrikin katedraali, Helsinki, Suomi
Saint Henry’s Cathedral, Helsinki, Finland
Sat April 4
• 15.00 Holy Mass

Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul, Tallinn, Estonia
Sun April 5 (Palm Sunday)
• 11.00-18.00 One-day retreat (more information shortly)
• 15.30 Holy Mass (with Palm Procession?)

The photo shows Fr Durham saying Mass in the Blessed Sacrament chapel of St Henry's Cathedral, Helsinki, on his last visit.

Sunday, 15 March 2009

Franciscans of the Immaculate in England

The Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate were founded in 1970 and the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate some years later. Both are now of Pontifical Right and belong to the First Order of Franciscans. Recently they have begun to move back towards the Usus Antiquior, or "extraordinary form" of the Roman rite.

Here are a selection of articles about this - the second includes practical ways in which you can help them at Lanherne in mid-Cornwall, UK:-

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Pilgrimage to Wigratzbad for Priestly Ordination of British deacon

Pilgrimage of UK group to Priestly ordination of Rev William Barker:
Wigratzbad, Bavaria, June 26-29, 2009

Message from Fr de Malleray FSSP:

Dear Friends,

For the first time since the ordination of Fr Brendan Gerard, FSSP in 2006, a British deacon formed by the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter according to the Roman traditions of the Church is going to be ordained a priest in Europe. Rev William Barker, FSSP will be ordained a priest in Wigratzbad (Bavaria), the European international seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter, on Saturday 27th June 2009, by His Exc. Bishop Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C., Auxiliary Bishop of Karaganda in Kazakhstan (Archbishop Malcolm Ranjith wrote the preface to Bishop Schneider’s book Dominus est on Holy Communion).

We intend to have a delegation of British faithful. A rough estimate of cost for 2 days and 2 nights is £170/person. Includes all transportation with direct Ryanair flight from London Stansted, and bed & breakfast accommodation.

Depart from London Stansted airport on Friday 26th June 2009 at 1.50pm. Arrival back at London Stansted on Sunday 28th June 2009 at 5.30pm (return flight £65.94, as of today)

Follow in the footsteps of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger who, on Easter Sunday 1990, visited the motherhouse and first international seminary of the FSSP and offered Holy Mass. With the FSSP (a priestly society of pontifical right now numbering 350 members worldwide; see, come and pray with and for this future British FSSP priest.


If you are interested in this pilgrimage, please leave a comment here with contact details. (All comments are moderated for your privacy.)