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2017
Dec
1
Posted in General

Institute Reopens Church in Naples, Italy

His Eminence, Crescenzio Cardinal Sepe, Archbishop of Naples, has entrusted to the Institute the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary “alle Pigne” (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Rosario alle Pigne). Along with the canonical establishment of this apostolate, Cardinal Sepe has nominated as Rector of the church Canon Louis Valadier.

Located in Piazza Cavour in downtown Naples about a ten minute walk from the Cathedral, Our Lady of the Rosary Church “alle Pigne” had suffered damage in the 1980 earthquake. Despite restoration work in the 1990s, it had not been reopened. Dating from the 17th century, the church is the artistic masterpiece of Arcangelo Guglielmelli.

At the invitation of Cardinal Sepe, the Institute clergy and local faithful worked to prepare the church for the solemn ceremony of reopening on Friday evening, October 6. To represent the Cardinal at the ceremony, the Most Reverend Lucio Lemmo, Auxiliary Bishop, presided. The Prior general of the Institute, Monsignor Gilles Wach, was present, along with the Institute’s resident clergy in Naples, Canon Louis Valadier, ​Canon Guillaume Fenoll, ​

Canon Florian Braun, and seminarian Abbe Andrea De Pas​cale. The Archbishop’s Delegate for the union of Catholic Works attended, as well as several civil and military authorities, such as the Commandant of the Carabinieri of the City’s Stella neighborhood.

The statue of Our Lady of the Rosary on the exterior façade of the church was solemnly crowned. Bishop Lemmo blessed the restored wooden statue of Our Lady of the Rosary venerated above the high altar. Solemn High Mass was celebrated by Monsignor Wach.

The evening’s events included a performance by the Giubileo choir, which sang popular songs of Neapolitan tradition, festive fireworks, and a buffet reception.

The apostolate website is http://www.icrss.it/napoli/. Mass is celebrated daily at 7:00pm.

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2017
Nov
27
Posted in General

Over seventy pilgrimages from North America were led by Canon Michael Stein and the good services of Syversen Touring from October 27-November 4 on a pilgrimage through Spain, Lourdes, and finally to Fatima in the centennial year of these apparitions. In Fatima they joined the Institute’s superiors, canons, sisters, oblates, and seminarians, as well as over 1,000 pilgrims coming from various Institute apostolates in Europe and Africa, for three days of liturgies, conferences, and devotions under the guidance of His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke.

 

Day 1: Pilgrims arrived this morning in Barcelona, Spain and traveled 30 miles West to go up the Montserrat Mountain to visit Santa Maria de Montserrat monastery. Tradition has it that the Benedictine monks could not move the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Infant Jesus to construct their monastery, choosing to instead build around it. The statue's sanctuary is located at the rear of the chapel, where an altar of gold surrounds the icon, and is now a site of pilgrimage.” The pilgrimage started with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in this very place.

Day 2 of the Pilgrimage began with Canon Stein offering morning Mass for everyone at Santa Maria de Montserrat. Pilgrims then spent most of the day driving through the Pyrenees en route to Lourdes - approximately 400 km. The lengthy bus ride was a time of rest, but also of prayer and instructions. In addition to the historical lessons provided by one of the guides, Canon Stein gave a conference on the Salesian Spirituality of the Institute. Upon arrival, they were able to visit the Grotto of Lourdes, attend a candlelight procession and pray the Rosary. “I am the Immaculate Conception.” (Our Lady of Lourdes, March 25, 1858)

Day 3 started out at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of Lourdes where Canon Stein offered Sunday morning Mass for the Solemnity of the Kingship of Christ in the main Church at the top - the "Upper Church". Pilgrims then traveled to the Boly Mill where St. Bernadette's family lived and worked until she was 10 years old. Afterwards, they toured the Cachot, a former prison and the place where St. Bernadette's family moved after they were evicted from the Mill. St. Bernadette lived at the Cachot during the apparitions of Our Lady. Later, everyone went to the entrance of the baths, walked back to the Basilica and Grotto of Lourdes and had Canon Stein bless items. The day ended with the Rosary and a night at the Grotto.

On Monday, October 30th (Day 4), it was the 150th Anniversary of St. Bernadette's Religious profession. Pilgrims had morning Mass at the parish church, Sacred Heart, in Lourdes. The original church burned down after St. Bernadette's death but the current church has the font that she was baptized in and her pastor is buried in the crypt. The group then traveled to the Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos (dedicated to the Virgin Mary) in Leon, Spain. The exterior and interior of the Burgos Cathedral are just stunning and full of incredible details.

On October 31st (Day 5), pilgrims visited the Discalced Carmelites monastery in Segovia where St. John of the Cross is buried. During some "free time" in Spain, many visited the Segovia Cathedral and the Roman aqueduct. To conclude Day 5, everyone visited La Encarnacion Monastery in Avila, where St. Teresa of Avila lived. Canon Stein offered Mass for pilgrims at the monastery.

Day 6, November 1st, All Saints Day, was spent visiting the incredibly well preserved medieval city of Avila before traveling to Fatima. In the bus the pilgrims received an instruction on the history of the town of Fatima and a spiritual conference on the Liturgy. Evening Mass was offered at the Holy Cross Monastery.

Day 7, November 2nd, All Souls Day, although a rainy day, represented the downpour of graces upon all the travelers. Pilgrims followed in the footsteps of the apparitions praying the Rosary, first visiting the places of the 3 apparitions of the angel in 1916. Then the group visited the local parish and prayed for the Poor Souls at the village cemetery. That evening Msgr. Wach offered a Solemn High Requiem Mass with the Pontifical Assistance of Cardinal Burke in the Basilica. It was here that the 70+ American pilgrims were joined by more than 1,000 others from Institute Apostolates around the world. Confessors heard confessions in over 5 different languages, their confessionals being marked with flags of the countries whose languages they spoke.

Day 8, November 3rd, was in most ways the climax of the pilgrimage: Solemn Pontifical Mass by Cardinal Burke for thousands of Institute pilgrims followed by a conference on Fatima by His Eminence. Canon Stein led the pilgrims who braved the rain in the Stations of the Cross.

Day 9, November 4th, after an early Solemn High Mass by Msgr. Schmitz, all of the international pilgrims processed to the chapel of Apparitions where Msgr. Wach renewed the consecration of the entire Institute of Christ the King and all of its branches and all of its apostolates to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The American pilgrims, with hearts full of joy and consolation, then traveled to their final destination: Lisbon. Here they venerated relics of St. Anthony of Padua and visited his birthplace (yes, in Lisbon!). That evening in the hotel Canon Stein blessed a second round of sacramental and the newly ordained Fr. Gallagher offered his First Blessing to all. The enthusiasm and good spirit of the concluding dinner was a tangible example of how a spiritual family had been formed over the course of the pilgrimage.

Day 10, November 5th, the pilgrims meet one last time all together and end the pilgrimage in the same holy way it began: with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Special thanks to Mark Nemecek for contributing his photos to this group selection

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2017
Nov
27
Posted in General

A Pilgrim’s Perspective. By Stephanie Pearson-Breaux

The Fatima and Lourdes pilgrimages ended yesterday and the graces will continue to flow. I wanted to share a few thoughts about the pilgrimage with you to encourage you in your prayer life for the reparation of sin and the conversion of souls to Christ through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Lourdes was so beautiful and pilgrims from all over the world experienced the joy of encountering the love of Mary and a healing Grace for their souls. While I was waiting in line to bathe in the waters of Lourdes I met a young attorney named Kara who had just completed her law exam and wants to work as a pro-life attorney…. Kara was truly inspirational and please pray for her work as a pro-life attorney. We need more young attorneys like her! Visiting Lourdes and following in the footsteps of St Bernadette prompts one to seek prayer in a humble way.

We had pilgrims from New Mexico, Canada, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, New Jersey, Wisconsin, New York, Kansas, Vermont, Maryland, Michigan, Texas,and Illinois. We were 72 in number from the US and Canada. Pilgrims from the European apostolates and Africa joined us for the Fatima pilgrimage. We had another priest from a Diocese in New York on our pilgrimage. What a bonus!

The multitude of pilgrims joined together for Holy Mass with Monsignor Wach on Thursday night. Hundreds could not be seated for this Mass and were able to tolerate standing and kneeling for this beautiful Mass. On Friday morning Cardinal Burke presided at the Pontifical High Mass and his homily was extraordinary. We should all have copies of this homily!

On Saturday Monsignor Schmitz presided at the 1st Saturday Mass for our Blessed Mother. We then went to the site of the apparition for the Rosary. It was a rain of grace as we prayed and walked through pouring rain. Portugal was in desperate need of rain. I am glad it rained for 2 days while we were at Fatima. I prayed for intentions given to me and placed them in writing at the site of the main apparition of Fatima.

  • Armando was one of our tour guides and his grandparents witnessed the miracle of the Sun. He was so knowledgeable about the Fatima apparitions and is very devout…
  • SYVERSON touring who made the arrangements were wonderful. The family are devout Catholics. I would recommend them to anyone for travelling.
  • Bernadette Schmidt from the Wausau oratory was also a blessing as she assisted the guides in keeping the flock of pilgrims together.
  • Lisbon was also fantastic! Visiting the home and church of St Anthony was so special! His home was Lisbon!
  • Visiting the convent of Avila was also special! Nuns in the Carmelite convent who are cloistered fast 8 months, bathe in cold water and have no heat in the convent.
  • Encountering St Therese of Avila, St John of the Cross, St Bernadette, St Jacinta, St Francesco, and Sister Lucia in prayer was a deep spiritual consolation for many pilgrims.
  • One thought I want to leave you with is more souls fall into hell every day because there is no one to pray for them or make sacrifices. These are the words of Our Lady of Fatima.
  • Canon Michael Stein endeared himself to all as he cared for our spiritual needs and not one sheep strayed from the flock.
  • There were 4 women pilgrims over the age of 80 who inspired the younger generations with their wisdom and deep faith.
  • There were 1st time pilgrims who enjoyed their experience with the Institute. I will remember all these pilgrims and the families in my prayers during the Holy Liturgy. We are all truly one in Christ!
  • We had the littlest pilgrim from Canada who was with her parents. She is 2 years old and was a delight on this pilgrimage.

                                 Strengthened in faith,

                                  Stephanie

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2017
Nov
25
Posted in Apostolates

On the feast of the Holy Rosary, October 7, 2017, over twenty candidates received the Sacrament of Confirmation at St. Anthony of Padua Oratory in West Orange, New Jersey. These young men and women prepared to receive the Sacrament under the direction and guidance of the Oratory Rector, Canon Brian Bovee, and with the help of Abbe Francis Bennell, clerical oblate.

The Sacrament was administered by  His Excellency, the Most Reverend John W. Flesey, STD, Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Newark. Following the Rite of Confirmation, Bishop Flesey celebrated Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament. A festive reception was then held in honor of Bishop Flesey. 

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2017
Nov
7
Posted in Detroit

With filial joy, St. Joseph Oratory hosted His Grace, Archbishop Allen H. Vigneron of Detroit, for the Confirmation of young people on October 22, 2017. Assisting Archbishop Vigneron in the beautiful Pontifical ceremony of Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form were Canon Michael Stein, Pastor; Canon Jonathon Fehrenbacher, Vicar; Abbé Alex Barga, Master of Ceremonies; brothers of St. Thomas Aquinas House; and numerous altar servers of the Oratory. His Grace delivered sermons to the confirmandi and their sponsors, encouraging them as follows: “With Confirmation you are now equipped with God’s grace to go out into the part of the world He’s entrusted to your care and to sanctify it as you grow in holiness too."

As Archbishop Vigneron conferred the sacrament of Confirmation on each young person, the St. Joseph Cappella sang O Quam Gloriosum by Tomás Luis de Victoria, with its magnificent text based on Revelation 7:9: "O, how glorious is the kingdom, in which all the saints rejoice with Christ! Arrayed in white robes, they follow the Lamb, wherever He goes." Now sealed with the Holy Ghost, may these ten confirmandi increase in holiness and always follow Christ.

The Solemn High Mass after the Rite of Confirmation was offered by Canon Stein. During the reception in the social hall, the faithful congratulated the newly confirmed and their families, and enjoyed refreshments together. The Canons and the faithful of St. Joseph Oratory are most grateful for the Archbishop's second pastoral visit, especially as the previous week marked the one year anniversary of the Institute's First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory and the launch of the Historic Renewal capital campaign on October 16.

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2017
Oct
20
Posted in Apostolates

Historic Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parish Entrusted By Bishop of Bridgeport to Institute of Christ the King

At the invitation of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Frank J. Caggiano, Bishop of Bridgeport, Connecticut, a new Oratory of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest has been established at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parish in Bridgeport on the Feast of the Holy Rosary, October 7, 2017.

The retiring Pastor, the beloved Monsignor Joseph Pekar, has served the Parish faithfully as Pastor since 1971. The pastoral care and administration of the Parish has now entrusted to the Institute clergy, who will continue the celebration of the traditional Roman Liturgy of 1962 according to the long-standing tradition of this Parish.

The new Oratory Rector appointed by Bishop Caggiano to serve at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parish is Canon Andrew Todd. He will be assisted for the first year by an Institute seminarian, Abbe Bryan Silvey.

The first Mass of this new Oratory was celebrated on Sunday, October 8, at 10:15am. His Excellency, Bishop Caggiano presided the ceremonial rite of installation for the new Rector and preached the homily. The Diocesan Vicar General, Monsignor Thomas Powers, and the Vicar for Clergy, Father Joseph Marcello, and Father Cyprian LaPastina, Pastor of St. Mary’s in Greenwich, were all present for the occasion. The Institute’s Vicar General, Monsignor Michael Schmitz, attended and publicly expressed gratitude to Bishop Caggiano for the invitation to serve in Bridgeport. The Provincial Superior for the American Province, Canon Matthew Talarico, as well as Canon Brian Bovee and Abbe Francis Bennell from the Institute’s Oratory of St. Anthony of Padua in West Orange, New Jersey, came to participate in the celebration.  

After the Liturgy, many faithful and friends gathered for the social in the parish hall in order to welcome the Institute and to offer grateful tribute to Monsignor Pekar for his priestly dedication and pastoral leadership at Sts. Cyril and Methodius for over 46 years.

With the help of God and the prayerful support of His people, the Institute seeks to carry on the Catholic life and tradition of Sts. Cyril and Methodius Parish. The Oratory is to be a unique spiritual home offering the traditional Roman liturgy, devotions, daily confessions, days of recollection in the spirit of St. Francis de Sales, classes in spirituality and doctrine, and youth formation activities among others.

For more information, a new website for Sts. Cyril and Methodius will be forthcoming at: http://www.institute-christ-king.org/bridgeport. For more information on the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, visit www.institute-christ-king.org.

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2017
Aug
26
Posted in Apostolates

On Saturday, June 24th, the Canons and faithful from St. Mary Oratory welcomed His Excellency, the Most Reverend David Malloy, Bishop of Rockford, Illinois, for his third pastoral visit. On this occasion, His Excellency came to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation with the assistance of Canon Talarico, Provincial Superior of the Institute in the U.S., Canon Benjamin Coggeshall, Rector of St. Mary Oratory, and Canon William Avis, Master of Ceremonies for the American province.  Present also to solemnize this memorable occasion, were an honor guard of 4th degree Knights of the local Knights of Columbus, as well as numerous Oratory faithful.

After delivering a sermon on the importance of young Catholics living their faith in the modern world, citing in particular, the edifying example of St. Jose Sanchez del Rio, His Excellency invoked the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost and anointed each of the confirmandi, saying "Signo te signo Crucis...I sign thee with the Sign of the Cross and confirm thee in the Chrism of Salvation..."

Following the Rite of Confirmation, His Excellency officiated at the Benediction of the most Blessed Sacrament.  Afterwards a festive reception was held at St. Joseph Hall, directly below the Church to honor our Bishop and to offer congratulations to the newly confirmed.

The Canons of the Institute and the faithful of St. Mary Oratory are greatly thankful towards His Excellency. May the newly confirmed correspond faithfully to the graces they received in this Sacrament and pray daily for Bishop Malloy.

Canon Benjamin Coggeshall
Rector

 

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