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2010
June
25
Posted in Apostolates

On Thursday, June 3, Feast of Corpus Christi, Saint Joseph's Oratory in Green Bay, Wisconsin, had the joy of welcoming Monsignor Gilles Wach, Founder and Prior General of the Institute. Monsignor Wach celebrated the Solemn High Mass, during which Monsignor R. Michael Schmitz gave an inspiring sermon on the institution of the Holy Eucharist. At the end of Holy Mass the First Communicants and numerous faithful participated in the Corpus Christi procession on the chapel grounds.

A reception in honor of Monsignor Wach then followed. Monsignor visited with all the faithful, expressing words of gratitude for their dedicated work and constant assistance in the apostolate, as well as for their continual prayers and support of the many vocations with which God has blessed the Institute of Christ the King both in the expanding seminary and convent.

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Feast of Corpus Christi in Green Bay
Feast of Corpus Christi in Green Bay
Feast of Corpus Christi in Green Bay
Feast of Corpus Christi in Green Bay
Feast of Corpus Christi in Green Bay
Feast of Corpus Christi in Green Bay
Feast of Corpus Christi in Green Bay
Feast of Corpus Christi in Green Bay
Feast of Corpus Christi in Green Bay
Feast of Corpus Christi in Green Bay
Feast of Corpus Christi in Green Bay
Feast of Corpus Christi in Green Bay
Feast of Corpus Christi in Green Bay
Feast of Corpus Christi in Green Bay
Feast of Corpus Christi in Green Bay
Feast of Corpus Christi in Green Bay

2010
June
18
Posted in Apostolates
Tridentine Mass

On Sunday, June 6, Monsignor Gilles Wach, Founder and Prior General of the Institute, offered Solemn High Mass for the External Solemnity of Corpus Christi at St. Mary's Oratory in Wausau, Wisconsin. An enlightening sermon was preached by Monsignor R. Michael Schmitz, the Vicar General of the Institute and Provincial for the United States (which you can listen to online).

The magnificent Gothic architecture and altars of St. Mary's, the splendid liturgical vestments, as well as the beautiful music provided by St. Mary's own Choir of the Immaculate Conception and a guest choir, The Wisconsin Master Choir, made this Corpus Christi Liturgy a "glimpse of Heaven" — a feast for the senses, as well as for both heart and soul.

Following Holy Mass a grand Eucharistic procession took place. Heralded by members of the Knights of Columbus in full ceremonial dress, the path of Our Lord was paved with fragrant rose petals strewn by dozens of flower girls. The Blessed Sacrament, solemnly carried in a brilliant gold monstrance under a baldachino, was followed in procession by hundreds of adoring faithful through the streets of Wausau in the vicinity of the Oratory. Afterwards all were invited for a fine reception prepared by the many good faithful of St. Mary's. There was singing and a children's pageant performed by the youngest members of St. Mary's Oratory family in honor of the visit of our Prior General.

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Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau
Solemnity of Corpus Christi in Wausau

2010
June
16
Posted in Apostolates

On Sunday, June 6, His Grace, the Most Reverend Basile Mvé Engone, Archbishop of Libreville, Gabon, administered the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form to twenty-one young people and adults of the Institute's parish of Our Lady of Lourdes, located in a central district of the capital city of Libreville.

In the church which is currently under construction and which can already barely contain the ever growing numbers of parishioners, His Grace then offered Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament as the parish's Choir of Saint Benedict sang various Gregorian Chants and Renaissance polyphonic pieces. After the ceremony which was attended by several hundred faithful, the Reverend Archbishop graciously received and spoke to each of the newly confirmed and their families.

During the reception, His Grace commented favorably not only on the extensive progress of the church construction, but also on the unity and the joy shown by the parishioners — fruits of the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales, patron of the Institute.

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Confirmations in African Missions of Gabon
Confirmations in African Missions of Gabon
Confirmations in African Missions of Gabon
Confirmations in African Missions of Gabon
Confirmations in African Missions of Gabon
Confirmations in African Missions of Gabon
Confirmations in African Missions of Gabon
Confirmations in African Missions of Gabon
Confirmations in African Missions of Gabon
Confirmations in African Missions of Gabon
Confirmations in African Missions of Gabon
Confirmations in African Missions of Gabon
Confirmations in African Missions of Gabon
Confirmations in African Missions of Gabon
Confirmations in African Missions of Gabon

2010
June
11
Posted in Apostolates
Traditional Confirmations

On Saturday, May 15, just one week before Pentecost, the feast which recalls descent of the Holy Ghost upon the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Apostles, thirty-nine mostly young faithful received the Holy Ghost at the Institute's apostolate in St. Louis, Missouri, St. Francis de Sales Oratory.

The Most Reverend Robert J. Hermann, Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Louis, representing His Grace, the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of Saint Louis, after intoning the Veni Creator, spoke to the confirmands of the "Heart Knowledge" of the things of God, which is bestowed on the confirmed, bringing them an intimate knowledge of God that fills them with love for Him. Bishop Herman then proceeded to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation on the thirty-nine in the Extraordinary Form.

The Reverend Canon Michael K. Wiener, Rector of Saint Francis de Sales Oratory, then celebrated a Solemn Mass in the presence of the bishop.

A reception followed in the church hall, where Bishop Hermann greeted the faithful, posing for pictures with the newly confirmed and sharing stories of his childhood, growing up in a large, Catholic family on a Missouri farm. Many visitors who had come from far away stayed in Saint Louis to be able to attend Sunday Mass at the Oratory on the next day.

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Confirmations in St. Louis
Confirmations in St. Louis
Confirmations in St. Louis
Confirmations in St. Louis
Confirmations in St. Louis
Confirmations in St. Louis
Confirmations in St. Louis
Confirmations in St. Louis
Confirmations in St. Louis
Confirmations in St. Louis
Confirmations in St. Louis
Confirmations in St. Louis
Confirmations in St. Louis
Confirmations in St. Louis
Confirmations in St. Louis
Confirmations in St. Louis
Confirmations in St. Louis
Confirmations in St. Louis
Confirmations in St. Louis
Confirmations in St. Louis

2010
June
3
Posted in Apostolates
Africa missions

On Sunday, May 23, Canon Thibault de Ternay, Provincial Superior for the Institute's African missions in Gabon, celebrated a Solemn High Mass in the large church currently under construction at the Institute's Our Lady of Lourdes parish in the capital city of Libreville. Reverend Deacon Michael Stein of Washington DC served as the Deacon; Abbe Benjamin Coggeshall of Quincy, Illinois, as Subdeacon.

Several hundred faithful of diverse nationalities and backgrounds attended this Holy Mass, which was sung by the youth Gregorian Chant Choir trained by Canon Wulfran Lebocq, Choirmaster of the Institute's seminary in Italy.

After Mass a Pentecost festival with food and games was offered to all.

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Pentecost Sunday in Our African Missions
Pentecost Sunday in Our African Missions
Pentecost Sunday in Our African Missions
Pentecost Sunday in Our African Missions
Pentecost Sunday in Our African Missions
Pentecost Sunday in Our African Missions
Pentecost Sunday in Our African Missions
Pentecost Sunday in Our African Missions
Pentecost Sunday in Our African Missions
Pentecost Sunday in Our African Missions
Pentecost Sunday in Our African Missions
Pentecost Sunday in Our African Missions
Pentecost Sunday in Our African Missions
Pentecost Sunday in Our African Missions
Pentecost Sunday in Our African Missions

2010
May
26
Posted in Apostolates
Traditional Latin Confirmations

On May 20, 2010, Thursday before Pentecost, twenty-nine candidates received the Sacrament of Confirmation from His Excellency, the Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone, Bishop of Oakland. Confirmations took place at St. Margaret Mary Church at 6:00 PM, followed by a Pontifical Low Mass and a reception in honor of His Excellency.

Speaking with unmistakable episcopal authority in his miter and with crosier in hand, Bishop Cordileone addressed the confirmandi simply and directly on the fundamental question of how to know God, love God, and serve God. Noting that our "Catholic Faith is an inexhaustible treasure chest of wisdom," the Bishop exhorted the faithful to continue to study the faith, so that they may explain and defend the faith when called to do so. In clear terms, Bishop Cordileone encouraged the candidates to serve God practically by seeking their future vocations with diligence.

The twenty-nine candidates included both youths and adults. Among the confirmation candidates were many youthful, expectant faces, whose parents, grandparents and siblings looked on with joy as they received this important sacrament. Several had waited a year or more in order to receive this sacrament in the Extraordinary Form.

In a heart-warming role reversal, there was also a couple of husband and wife who received the sacrament of Confirmation from the Bishop's hands, while their four young children looked on with joy and wonderment. Another poignant case was a candidate who, after many years of being captivated by the sacred liturgy, was baptized by Canon Jean Marie Moreau, and received the Sacrament of Holy Eucharist on the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord, only one week previous. He was also confirmed by Bishop Cordileone, with a sponsor half his age standing proudly behind him.

Traditional Latin Confirmations

Especially in the cases of the adult confirmandi, the holy liturgy in the Extraordinary Form played a significant role in their ongoing conversion and the deepening of their Catholic Faith, culminating in this sacrament.

The liturgy in the Extraordinary Form was indeed profound and beautiful on this occasion. The Master of Ceremony for the Bishop was Canon William Avis, from the Old St. Patrick apostolate in Kansas City, who came to Oakland to assist in this liturgical event. The photographs captured many visual highlights of this occasion, while the uplifting sounds of polyphonic motets by Monteverdi, Byrd, Schütz, and Pachelbel were captured in the aural memory and in the hearts of those who were present.

The celebration of Oakland's Confirmation 2010 concluded with a reception after Mass in the church hall, where Canon Moreau, as the Institute priest responsible for this apostolate, welcomed Bishop Cordileone as the guest of honor. A bountiful and festive dinner was prepared by the confirmandi families for the Bishop, priests, and congregation, at least 200 of whom attended the dinner.

Special thanks to Mr. Jay Balza and to Miss Josemine Miranda for the photos.

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Confirmations at Our Oakland Apostolate
Confirmations at Our Oakland Apostolate
Confirmations at Our Oakland Apostolate
Confirmations at Our Oakland Apostolate
Confirmations at Our Oakland Apostolate
Confirmations at Our Oakland Apostolate
Confirmations at Our Oakland Apostolate
Confirmations at Our Oakland Apostolate
Confirmations at Our Oakland Apostolate
Confirmations at Our Oakland Apostolate
Confirmations at Our Oakland Apostolate
Confirmations at Our Oakland Apostolate
Confirmations at Our Oakland Apostolate
Confirmations at Our Oakland Apostolate
Confirmations at Our Oakland Apostolate
Confirmations at Our Oakland Apostolate
Confirmations at Our Oakland Apostolate
Confirmations at Our Oakland Apostolate

2010
Mar
26
Posted in Apostolates
Archbishop Carlson

The Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson visited the St. Francis de Sales Oratory on Sunday, March 14th for the first time as Archbishop of St. Louis. His Grace wished to be present at the official Archdiocesan celebration of "25 Years Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in St. Louis," to show his support for the ever-growing community attending the traditional Latin Mass.

This stately old church was brimming with many guests and friends from near and far, as the magnificent liturgy of Laetare Sunday unfolded. The Oratory's choir, augmented by the angelic voices of the St. Francis de Sales children's choir, sang Hans Leo Hassler's "Missa Secunda."  Archbishop Carlson delivered the sermon during the Solemn High Mass, celebrated by Monsignor R. Michael Schmitz, Vicar General in the Institute and Provincial in the US.

Mother Caroline-Marie of the Trinity, Mother Superior of the Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus Christ Sovereign Priest, who had come from Gricigliano to visit with Sister Marie of the Love of God, was on hand to greet His Grace. On his brief tour of the Convent on the Oratory's campus, the Archbishop was able to witness the impressive progress made there since the renovation began last summer.

At the reception in the Oratory hall, Archbishop Carlson expressed his satisfaction with the work of the Institute in the Archdiocese.  He further underscored the importance and necessity of having competent and diligent "care for the dignity of the liturgical celebrations according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite" within the Archdiocese.

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Archbishop Visits St. Francis de Sales
Archbishop Visits St. Francis de Sales
Archbishop Visits St. Francis de Sales
Archbishop Visits St. Francis de Sales
Archbishop Visits St. Francis de Sales
Archbishop Visits St. Francis de Sales
Archbishop Visits St. Francis de Sales

2010
Mar
23
Posted in Apostolates

Saint Mary's Oratory in Rockford prepared a beautiful "Saint Joseph altar" in keeping with the traditional custom in honor of the feast day of the Patron of the Universal Church.

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Feast of St. Joseph in Rockford
Feast of St. Joseph in Rockford
Feast of St. Joseph in Rockford
Feast of St. Joseph in Rockford
Feast of St. Joseph in Rockford

2010
Mar
13
Posted in Apostolates
St. Francis de Sales Oratory

The Most Reverend Archbishop Robert J. Carlson will visit St. Francis de Sales Oratory for the first time on Sunday, March 14 at 10:00 AM.  His Grace will preach the sermon at a Solemn High Mass celebrated by Monsignor Michael Schmitz, the Vicar General and Provincial Superior of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.

One year after Pope John Paul II published the document "Quattuor Abhinc Annos" ("Four Years Ago"), permitting the celebration of the Mass according to the Missal of 1962 under certain conditions, Archbishop John L. May approved its celebration in the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 1985.

Canon Michael WienerCanon Michael Wiener

In 2007, Pope Benedict XVI, promulgated the document "Summorum Pontificum" ("Of the Supreme Pontiffs"), allowing for even wider celebration of the "Latin Mass," now clarified as the "Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite." Canon Karl W. Lenhardt, the founding Rector of the Oratory, was named Episcopal Delegate for the implementation of Summorum Pontificum in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.  The current rector of the Oratory, Canon Michael K. Wiener, also serves as Episcopal Delegate for Summorum Pontificum's implementation in the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

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2010
Mar
11
Posted in Apostolates
Extraordinary Form Confirmations

In the wake of the February snow His Grace, the Most Reverend John J. Myers, Archbishop of Newark, administered the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form to over twenty faithful of Saint Anthony's Oratory in West Orange, New Jersey.  In addition to the traditional rite of the visitation of the bishop, His Grace also assisted pontifically at the throne during a Solemn High Mass offered by Canon Matthew Talarico, Vice-Provincial. A wonderful reception was then kindly offered in honor of Archbishop Myers by the many hospitable faithful of the apostolate in Father Wickens' hall. The Institute is profoundly grateful to His Grace, Archbishop Myers, for the canonical erection of Saint Anthony's as an Oratory of the Institute, as well as for his paternal guidance and continual support of its apostolate.

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Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory
Archbishop Myers Visits St. Anthony's Oratory



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