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2017
Aug
26
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The Summer Camps of 2017 turned out to be a very joy-filled and entertaining two weeks. The first great impression from assisting with the camps was to see the many hours of hard work put into the organization and labor necessary for the camps. The volunteer spirit was certainly noticeably and made a Tennessean like myself feel right at home. Apart from the volunteers, the campers were quick to express their excitement to be at camp, and they had good reason to do so. Once the games and athletic events started the campers gave their all to represent their team and make it the best that they could. Of course some innocent divisions were caused by these teams, but they were continually brought back to Catholic unity as they filed into the chapel for Daily Mass or the Liturgy of the Hours, and the Rosary walks.

During our week of Boys Camp baseball reigned as the sport of choice during any "down time" and an elaborate game of Capture the Flag was a highlight of the week for many of the young men. The young ladies were naturally a bit more delicate in their activities, yet they spared no beauty. A group of the young ladies work hard throughout the week to sing polyphonic pieces during the Daily Masses. The girls enjoyed volleyball and many entertaining games and crafts with a very competitive cooking competition on the last full day. For both camps the nightly bonfires were times of a very particular entertainment. Comedy skits and songs from the campers, parents, and even the clergy helped to bring out the comedian in all of us. 

In short, it was a great pleasure to be able to assist and participate in the Summer Camps this year. I could not imagine a camp being any more exciting while also having such a great spiritual benefit for young boys and girls. If I am given the opportunity, I hope to be able to return to the Summer Camps again.       

Abbé Jordan Blanton
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2017
Aug
22
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The annual Girls Camp in Wausau, Wisconsin, was a remarkable success.  Nearly 120 girls between the ages of 10 and 17 years old came to this unique camp which offers numerous graces such as daily Mass, rosary, and the opportunity for confession.  Also present were four canons of the Institute who gave spiritual talks on the four Evangelists and encouraged the young campers to continue the growth in virtue.  

Throughout the week, the teams competed valiantly and charitably in various sports, relay races, and, perhaps the most competitive of all, the cooking contest.  The Camp, rooted in Christian charity, allowed these girls to practice the virtues.  Soon, this year’s campers will become young women, who, strengthened by the Catholic Faith, will be ready to devote themselves to Holy Mother Church by devotion to a family or, perhaps for some, by a vocation as a consecrated religious.

-Abbe Luke Dittmer, seminarian

 

Account by a young participant, Geneviève, age 10:

I liked my first year at Girls' camp. I had a fun time with the horses and I'm always wondering which team I will be on next year, and who will be on my team. Every morning after Mass the canons gave a talk on the Gospel writers. They also explain to us how some of the martyrs died. My counselor and team captain shared some of their camp experiences with us.

I also liked the concert on the patio, the skits, and the campfires. It was my first time sleeping outside in a tent. It is something I will look forward to every year!

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2017
Aug
22
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Rejoice therefore, O young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart be in that which is good in the days of thy youth” (Ecclesiastes 11:9).  About sixty young adults came together this year for the seventh annual Sursum Corda weekend, August 11-14, on the magnificent campus of St Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL.  

Canons Huberfeld, Commins, and Estrada provided spiritual nourishment through daily Mass, confession, and spiritual conferences on such topics as the Liturgy, Holy Scripture, and prayer.  Each evening also witnessed the beautiful Office of Compline, during which the retreatants joined enthusiastically with the Canons in singing the Latin psalmody of Holy Mother Church.

Other highlights of the weekend included theology on tap, in which the young men and women proposed many difficult and interesting questions to the Canons, spirited games of volleyball and basketball, and a rosary walk through the woods to the national shrine of St Maximilian Kolbe.  On the final evening of the retreat, the participants shared their many talents through music, skits, and folk dancing.

Each year, the national Sursum Corda retreat sees the formation, or the renewal, of friendships founded on our shared Catholic faith.  We are reminded, therefore, of these beautiful words from our spiritual father, St. Francis de Sales, on the value of true friendship:

“Love your neighbor, Dear reader, with a great, charitable love, but befriend only those with whom you can be mutually supportive in virtue. The higher the virtues that you put into these relationships, the more perfect will your friendship be.

“If your mutual exchanges deal with knowledge, your friendship is certainly very laudable; it will be even better if they deal with the moral virtues such as prudence, discretion, strength, justice [cf. Wis. 3:7-8; Prov.8:14]; but if they pertain to charity, the love of God, Christian perfection, then this friendship is truly precious and excellent: excellent because it comes from God, excellent because it tends toward God, excellent because its bond is God, excellent because it will endure eternally in God. Oh, how good it is to be loved on earth the way one is loved in Heaven, and to learn to cherish each other in this world as we shall do eternally in the other!”

--Introduction to the Devout Life, Part Three, Chapter XIX

 

After three years of being too busy to go on the Sursum Corda Retreat, I finally attended it this summer and could not be more grateful for the experience! The combination of daily Mass, recreation, spiritual talks, and opportunities to socialize with likeminded Catholic's was much needed! The grounds were peaceful and lovely which made it easier to see God in all the beauty!

The halls always echoed with laughter, whether it was from those playing board games, dancing or taking part in the talent show!

My favorite part was the rosary walk to the shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe, where there was a holocaust museum. 

Compline was held every evening for everyone to attend and end their day with. 

I hope to attend the Sursum Corda retreat at Mundeline next year, and my goal is to convince at least one friend to come with me! 

May Our Lady bless you with Her holy Child! 

- Christina Kanzenbach 

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2017
Aug
21
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From Richard Allington, Choir Camp Latin Teacher

This camp is unique in the opportunities it offers participants to share in the musical tradition of the Church as part of their formation as Christian men and women. All aspects of the camp, from the stunning location, to the deportment expected of the students, and especially the music they sing, are designed to instill in them a desire to cherish beauty and a recognition that this beauty is most surely found in the life of the Church.

The campers learn that participation in beauty requires dedication. The camp’s program is rigorous, including eight hours each day of classes and rehearsals. After dinner and recreation, the choristers reconvene in the chapel to chant the litany of the Sacred Heart and pray the rosary in procession through the tranquil stillness of the Kentucky countryside.

Many students come to choir camp with significant singing experience, while others have next to none, yet, embracing this program, all make remarkable improvement throughout the week. Their reward, in this life, is the joy of joining their voices together in praise of God and forging truly enduring friendships based on this shared love of beauty and Holy Mother Church.

From Hannah Serafino, Choir Camp Counselor

It has been thought that beauty is nothing of itself, and has purpose only when it reflects that True Beauty which is our destiny. The music, camp experiences, and relationships formed at choir camp were beautiful, especially as they aspired to that heavenly beauty sought and attained by so few in our times. As a first time choir camp counselor, I was amazed at the balance of spirituality, social time, hard work, and good music through the entire week. There were many activities, clearly spiritual by nature, such as Mass, talks, confessions, and Rosary walks daily. However, the activities not so visibly spiritual were all the more impressive. The classes, which amazed this college-graduate in their high quality of education and participation, were taught so that the children would understand the words and purpose of what they were singing, the ways to sing better, and how to be better musicians in order to glorify God. Even the normal activities one experiences at a camp, full of fun and excitement, were carried out with a joy and energy that was truly beautiful. This camp is a hidden gem, and if more people knew its value, there would be no way to keep them away from the adventures of Choir Camp.

From Henry Shikles, camper from Kansas City

I have been attending the Choir Camp for 8 years, and though each camp has been very beautiful and engaging, every year seems to be even better than the last.  Choir Camp 2017 was no exception: the repertoire was incredible and the classes were so fruitful in helping all of the choristers to sing their very best for Our Lord!  I have learned many things about singing and music at the camp this year, as well as in previous years, that I attribute the vast majority of my knowledge of sacred music, and practically everything I know about singing properly, to the teachers at the choir camps.  I have been able to use what I have learned from the camps in the choir at the Oratory in Kansas City, as well as at home.  I hope to continue learning and improving this beautiful art at the camps in years to come.

This year, we learned many beautiful pieces that were sung at the High Mass on the last day of camp.  The polyphony was absolutely magnificent: Mr. Botkins always selects the most beautiful music for the choristers to sing, and he has such a gift for bringing out the best voice in everyone!  Mr. Murphy and Abbé Juneau instructed the choristers in the proper singing of Gregorian chant: their hard work was evident.  The chant propers, which were for the votive Mass of the Holy Cross, were truly uplifting!  The entire repertoire for this year was marvelous, and it was surely one of my favorites.   And to be able to sing all of this wonderful music with friends, for the glory of God is something to look forward to at every camp!

The Choir Camp is such a joy for me, and I often find myself counting the weeks until the next camp.  Every year, I meet so many wonderful people, and get to know them and form friendships throughout the week.  I have learned so much about music, singing, chant and latin, and I use what I have learned almost every day.  The Choir Camp is to me, a nearly perfect balance of singing, prayer, learning and recreation, in the spirituality of the Institute of Christ the King.  Everything we learn and do at camp is ultimately for the glory of God.  That is the beauty of Choir Camp, and that is why I hope to attend as long as I am able.

 


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From Mary Luke, camper from Milwaukee

Every year that I go to Choir Camp, I am always amazed at how much music we learn, and memorize in just four and a half days. Most of the music I learned this year, I now have memorized. Even though I have been going for many years, I am still able to learn something new every year. This year I learned a lot about how to sing well when singing high, and how to obtain good volume.

To me, Choir Camp is not just about learning to sing the music we are given. It’s about learning to sing prayerfully and giving our best to God when we are singing. Latin class helps me to understand and appreciate the texts I sing, and the classes in vocal technique help me to sing my best so I can give our Lord my best.

Outside of classes and rehearsals, it’s nothing but fun. Spending time with our friends and making new ones is all mixed up in morning walks, games of Capture the Flag, and Extreme-Ninja Dodgeball. I keep in touch with all the friends I make at camp the entire year. Choir Camp is the highlight of my summer, and I look forward to it every year.

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2017
Aug
11

The highpoint and crowning moment of the scholastic year at St. Philip Neri International Seminary, Ordination Week is the opportunity to manifest devotion to Christ our King and Sovereign Priest, fidelity to His Church in union with her bishops, and reverence for the edifying traditions of Holy Mother Church.

Reception of the Cassock

This week of grace began on Monday, July 3, when 12 seminarians, having completed their first year of seminary formation, received the Roman cassock from the Prior General of the Institute, Monsignor Gilles Wach. Following this ceremony in the beautiful Florentine Church of Saints Michael and Gaetano, Monsignor Wach offered the Solemn High Mass. The soon-to-be-ordained deacons, having made their profession of faith, also participated in the incardination ceremony, pledging their fidelity to the Institute Constitutions as approved by the Church.

Tonsure and Minor Orders

On the following day, July 4, the Most Reverend Mark Davies, Bishop of Shrewsbury in the United Kingdom, conferred the clerical tonsure upon these same 12 seminarians. His Excellency likewise administered the various Minor Orders of Porter, Lector, Exorcist, and Acolyte, to over 40 other seminarians.

Major Orders of Deacon and Subdeacon

July 5, the Most Reverend Archbishop Guido Pozzo, Secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, ordained 8 deacons and 5 subdeacons. As the clergy and congregation of faithful participated in chanting of the Litany of the Saints, the 13 total ordinands lay prostrate in humble supplication in the Church of Saints Michael and Gaetano. The new deacons and subdeacons include 6 Americans and 1 Canadian. The other newly-ordained men originate from Spain, France, Argentina, and Brazil.

Conferral of the Choir Habit and Cross of St Francis de Sales

The new deacons and priests also receive the Cross of St. Francis de Sales which is an essential part of the choir habit. This Cross is very similar to the one given by the holy Bishop and Doctor to the Order of the Visitation which he founded. According to the design of the saint, there is no visible corpus, or body of the crucified Christ, on this Cross, because he who wears it is himself to be the living corpus by imitating in his own person the sufferings and patience of Jesus crucified. The Choir habit is primarily worn by the Canons and Deacons, along with the clerical oblate brothers of the Institute, when they gather together in community to chant the Divine Office morning, noon, and evening.

Ordination to the Priesthood

On Thursday, July 6, His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Cardinal Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, ordained 6 priests, including 2 Americans, 1 German, and 3 French. The Pontifical Mass of Ordination was offered in honor of Our Lord Jesus Christ Eternal High Priest. The hundreds of faithful who assisted at this Liturgy were moved by the inspiring combination of the beautiful vestments, the melodious polyphony and chant, and the harmonious ceremonial movements of the ministers in the sanctuary. These highly symbolic rites help the faithful to more fully understand and appreciate the spiritual reality of the holy Priesthood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Solemn Benediction and Te Deum of Thanskgiving

That same evening, His Eminence, Giuseppe Cardinal Betori, Archbishop of Florence, offered Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament with Te Deum in the seminary chapel of Gricigliano. His Eminence, Cardinal Burke assisted “in choro.” This solemn Liturgy of thanksgiving was a fitting spiritual conclusion to a week of abundant blessings for the Institute and for the Church. Since whole human person should participate in the joy which grace brings to the soul, a festive dinner was then held outdoors in the seminary villa courtyards and terraces for the hundreds of faithful and friends of the Institute who had come for this Ordination Week from many European countries, as well as from the Americas. The fireworks display was the climax of this evening of celebration in gratitude to Christ our King for all of the graces received.

The next day, each of the newly ordained priests offered his First Mass in the presence of many family members, friends, and Institute confreres. For the new priests this was the long-awaited moment! Each day of the seven-year formation they had gathered in the seminary chapels for Holy and the Divine Office several times each day. Now they have the much anticipated privilege to offer their First Mass in these very same seminary chapels dedicated to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, the Mother of all priests, and to the Most Holy Trinity. May God continue to bless the newly-ordained and their families, friends and benefactors who have been supporting their vocation throughout the years!

Please maintain your prayers and support for the 24 seminarians from the United States and Canada who have received the various Minor and Major Orders throughout this week. Thank you!

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2017
May
17
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The 2017 Institute of Christ the King Choir Camp will take place from Sunday, August 6 to Friday, August 11, 2017. Registration is open for choristers ages 10 -18. In the rolling hills of Maple Mount, Kentucky, the Ursuline Motherhouse in Mount St. Joseph will once again be the setting for our week-long workshop on Sacred Music. The generously hospitable facilities include air-conditioned classrooms and dormitories, a spacious dining hall and rehearsal rooms, and ample outdoor areas for organized recreational activities.

Learn More and Register Now! »

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2017
May
14
Posted in General

August 11th -14th at Mundelein Seminary


Sursum Corda is a nationwide initiative to foster the spiritual lives of the young adults in the apostolates of the Institute of Christ the King. For the seventh year in a row, Sursum Corda is offering a social and spiritual weekend for young people ages 18 and up, August 11-14.

The event will be held on the beautiful grounds of Mundelein Seminary just north of Chicago. Canon Commins (Vicar at Saint Francis de Sales Oratory, St. Louis, Missouri) will be the chaplain for the camp, and several other canons are sure to be there as well. 

The program includes daily Mass, prayer in common and opportunity for confession, faith formation classes and discussions, and other social activities for young men and women.

The weekend begins with check-in at 3:00 PM on Friday, August 11 at Mundelein and will end on Monday, August 14 at 12:00 PM.

This year's admission fee is $250, which includes lodging and meals.
**Your check is your registration!**
Please be sure to include your name/address if it is not on the check.

Mail check to:

Institute of Christ the King
2653 Ohio Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118
To the Order of: Institute of Christ the King
For: Sursum Corda Retreat

Spaces are filling fast!

Directions:

University of St Mary - The Lake.
1000 E Maple Ave
Mundelein, IL 60060


For transportation possibilities, please contact your local Sursum Corda Group.
You can also contact sursumcordastlouis@gmail.com if necessary.

SC Saint Louis: sursumcordastlouis@gmail.com
SC Milwaukee: sursumcordamke@gmail.com
SC Chicago: sursumcordach@gmail.com
SC Green Bay: sursumcordagb@gmail.com
SC Kansas City: sursumcordakc@gmail.com
SC Wausau: sursumcordawausau@gmail.com

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