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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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2017
Mar
27
Posted in General

Since the Institute's last Chant workshop seven years ago in Chicago, both the level of interest and commitment to Sacred Music have clearly grown in all apostolates. The spiritual aspects of singing sacred music were emphasized during the Workshop, particularly by meditating on the prayer texts of the Second Sunday of Lent and by singing each day the Divine Office with the Institute clergy. On Sunday, in addition to the Gregorian Chant propers, the choir's rendition of Mass in G "St. Crucis" by Joseph Rheinberger and Agnus Dei by Claudio Casciolini were sublime offerings of the Church's prayers. The feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive. We thank three of them for graciously sharing their impressions:

Personal Accounts of the Workshop 

Teresa Chisholm (Detroit, MI)

The Workshop was an excellent mix of instruction, practice, spiritual talks, prayer, and socialization with fellow sacred music enthusiasts from around the country.  What a blessing to be immersed in the spiritual life of the Institute in such a glorious Oratory, and to sing from the choir loft with the other participants for Sunday’s Solemn High Mass. My husband and I returned to Detroit with an increased love for Our Lord and a desire to sing with greater skill for Him. 

Ashley Hayworth (St. Louis, MO)

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Sacred Music workshop at St. Francis de Sales Oratory from 3/10- 3/12. I was struck by two specific thoughts during this workshop. One was brought to my attention during a spiritual conference by Canon Huberfeld: the reminder of how important it is to take the time to study the text we sing. Only in chant does the melody express the Words of our Lord so precisely. From the key the words are sung to the emphasis on the accents, this workshop was a great showcase of the true genius of singing Chant. Just as all the actions of the Mass have purpose and meaning, so does everything within the Chant. It was hard and challenging and so worth the effort.

The other thought was how much the world needs this music today. Over 85 people from across the country came out for this. In a world with so many distractions and superficial entertainments, this very physical effort - to slow down and focus on the task at hand - was refreshing and energizing. It can be overwhelming at first: learning how to direct, learning the notes, trying to express the emotion of the words. However, in this effort, we attempt to grow a little more perfect and that much closer to Our Lord. It was incredible to work and sing with so many individuals who truly cared about this music and were passionate to take this thoughtfulness.

Cassandra Sciortino (Oakland, CA)

The Sacred Music Workshop integrated the profound devotional preparation for singing chant with practical applications of its technique. Packed into this short weekend were topics ranging from chironomy (directing) to solfege sight singing to subtle elaborations on dynamics; students came away with a rigorous and thorough sense of the depth, complexity and devotional power of chant and the kinds of practical skills necessary to sing it faithfully in a spirit of prayer.  Beyond chant, students also participated in the power and beauty of polyphony and the different dynamics appropriate to this slightly younger devotional musical form.

 

The conference also cultivated an atmosphere of solidarity toward a common purpose of returning sacred music to its profound mystical and devotional origins.

 

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2017
Mar
3
Posted in Apostolates

On Saturday, February 18th, the Canons and faithful Old St. Patrick Oratory welcomed His Excellency, the Most Reverend James V. Johnston, Bishop of Kansas City-Saint Joseph, Missouri, for his second visit this year. 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 Glenn Gardner, Vice-Rector of Old St. Patrick Oratory and Canon William Avis, Master of Ceremonies for the American province. We were honored with the presence of two diocesan priests, Frs. Joseph Totton and Evan Harkins who served as “familiares”, as well as Fr. Lawrence Carney, and Deacon Ralph Wehner, diocesan MC and assistant to the bishop who took their place ‘in choro”.

After delivering a sermon on the importance of the unique work of the Holy Ghost in the lives of every Christian and especially His power to strengthen in faith and transform us more and more into the image of Christ, His Excellency invoked the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost and anointed each of the 27 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 the Catholic Center to honor our Bishop and to offer our congratulations to the newly confirmed.

The Canons of the Institute and the faithful of Old Saint Patrick 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 Johnston.

- Canon Glenn Gardner



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2017
Feb
23
Posted in Detroit

Sunday, February 5 was a blessed day in Detroit, as His Grace the Most Reverend Allen H. Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, visited St. Joseph Oratory to install Reverend Canon Michael Stein as Pastor.  Also present for the occasion was Reverend Canon Matthew Talarico, Provincial Superior, and a good number of diocesan priests and local religious as a great sign of spiritual unity within the Archdiocese.

The Installation ceremony poignantly revealed all the essential duties of a Pastor: to offer Mass and distribute Holy Communion; to bring people to the church, baptize, and absolve them; and to preach the Gospel.  The ceremony began with His Grace imposing the pastoral stole on Canon Stein in the vestibule of the church.  Following the entrance procession with the majestic Ecce Sacerdos by Stadler, all chanted the Veni Creator Spiritus.  Canon Stein then knelt in front of the Archbishop to recite the Profession of Faith and Oath of Fidelity.  

Archbishop Vigneron guided Canon to open and close the doors of the tabernacle and touch the ciborium therein.  The Schola chanted the Magnificat antiphon and verse from the Second Vespers of the feast of the church’s patron, St. Joseph, and Canon Stein prayed the Collect from the same feast.  The Archbishop led Canon to ring the bell, to open and close the front door of the church, to open and close the baptismal font, to enter one of the four confessionals in the church, and to ascend the high pulpit.  From the pulpit, Canon Stein emphasized the Installation shows that within Holy Mother Church, any and all authority is received.  St. Peter receives from Our Lord.  The bishops receive from the apostles.  The pastor receives from the bishop.

Following the Installation ceremony, Canon Stein celebrated a Solemn High Mass in the presence of His Grace with Palestrina’s Missa Aeterna Christi Munera.  Archbishop Vigneron powerfully preached on the Epistle of St. Paul to the Colossians 3:12-17 and the Gospel parable of the sower and the cockle, Matthew 13:24-30.  He declared that because Jesus Christ has destroyed death, we are assured of His victory and can trust in His providence.  We can thank God always, even when it seems cockle is growing, because Jesus Christ is victorious.  The Archbishop explained that Canon Stein is at St. Joseph Oratory to continually proclaim, by word and example, that Jesus Christ is risen from the dead.  The priest immerses his people into the victory of Jesus Christ through all the sacraments, above all the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  Archbishop Vigneron then expressed that from the beginning of his acquaintance with the Institute, he has been very impressed with its embrace of the spirituality of St. Francis de Sales in peacefully dealing with the trials of life and moving forward with confidence in God's providence, and with the Institute’s dedication to Christ as Sovereign Priest.  “Sovereign!  Christ rules.  Christ is triumphant.  There is no doubt about it.  He is victorious.  He is victorious as a priest, as the one who offers sacrifice.  And so whatever our trials are in life, whatever the cockle is that burdens us, that gets in our way, by facing it with confidence, with abandonment to God’s providence, it becomes a sacrifice, something pleasing to Our Father.”

During a vibrant Reception in the Social Hall, Canon Talarico thanked Archbishop Vigneron for confiding the flock of St. Joseph to the care of the Institute, and the parish family also expressed its profound gratitude.  Spiritual bouquets and gifts were presented to Archbishop Vigneron and Canon Stein.

Sincere thanks to the altar servers, Mr. Michael Semaan and the St. Joseph Cappella and Chant Schola, and the many volunteers who brought to fruition the details of this beautiful day.  As Archbishop Vigneron frequently prays, Praised be Jesus Christ, now and forever!

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2017
Feb
21
Posted in Apostolates

We have been very blessed by the visit of our beloved Bishop, the Most Reverend David L. Ricken, who conferred the Sacrament of Confirmation on 34 of our young faithful at St. Patrick’s Oratory in Green Bay on the Feast of St. Francis de Sales, January 29, 2017. We are profoundly grateful and appreciative to His Excellency for administering the sacrament which has made so many more soldiers for Christ. Likewise, we were extremely honored that His Excellency joined us for the reception and banquet which followed the Liturgy.

In his remarks, Bishop Ricken congratulated the parents for a job well done. They persevered in the proper religious training of their children so that they could receive this important Sacrament most worthily. His Excellency also congratulated the confirmands, of course! They may be called upon not only to help spread the faith, but to openly profess and defend it as well. Shine in the darkness!

The whole St. Patrick’s Oratory community worked together for the beauty of the church on this special day. We thank the servers, choir, and all of those who contributed their time and efforts for the celebration of the Solemn High Mass which followed the Confirmation ceremony. We likewise appreciate the hard work and talent of our volunteers who prepared the lovely reception and banquet. Thank you to all those who helped in any capacity!

Rev Canon Antoine Boucheron
Rector
St. Patrick’s Oratory
Green Bay, Wisconsin

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2017
Jan
21
Posted in General

June 30-July 8, 2017

Beginning in Rome, with the medieval house of St. Bridget as a base, visit the most important pilgrim sites of the "Eternal City"!  Then travel to the beautiful Tuscan capital of Florence for the Institute of Christ the King's Ordinations Week 2017 with Msgr. Gilles Wach. Pilgrims will participate in a guided tour of St. Philip Neri International Seminary and of the Institute’s Motherhouse, while visiting the beautiful seminary grounds nestled in the Florentine hills among the olive groves and vineyards. The crown jewel of the pilgrimage is the awesome Pontifical Mass of Ordination for the Priesthood celebrated by His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, followed by a grand celebration at the Institute's Motherhouse in the Tuscan hills of Gricigliano beginning with First Blessings, chanting of the Te Deum, a candlelight Banquet and spectacular fireworks show!

All-inclusive cost from Chicago is $3395 from Chicago ORD up  until March 30 /$250 more thereafter Inquire for the cost from all other cities.  Space is limited. 

For more information go to: www.syversentouring.com/florence or call 1-800-334-5425

Click here to see photos from last year’s Ordinations: http://www.institute-christ-king.org/news/365/92/Ordination-Week-for-75-Seminarians/

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2017
Jan
21
Posted in Apostolates

On behalf of His Holiness, Pope Francis, the Archbishop of Milwaukee, the Most Reverend Jerome Listecki, conferred upon Abbé George Baird, clerical oblate of the Institute, the papal medal "Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice.” This decoration of honor by the Holy See was bestowed upon Abbé George Baird in recognition of his outstanding work as the project manager for the restoration of Saint Stanislaus Church in Milwaukee. For the past several years leading up to the 150th anniversary of St. Stanislaus Parish in September, 2016, Abbé George had organized and directed the contractors for the major renovations and improvements to this historic church. He also had accomplished many on the practical tasks of this work with his own hands on experience and energetic talent.

Very pleased with the beautiful results of this successful restoration project, several hundred faithful attended the ceremony in the parish hall of St. Stanislaus on Sunday, December 4, to offer their thankful gratitude to Abbé George as Archbishop Listecki graciously presented him with this papal honor.

Clerical oblates are brothers in the family of the institute who live in community with the canons, praying together various parts of the Divine Office. Formation in the Liturgy and the spirituality of St Francis de Sales, dedication of one's talents for the practical tasks of the apostolate, and fraternity with confreres and the lay faithful are integral aspects of this life of service to Christ and His Church.

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