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2014
Dec
3
Posted in General

In Gratitude to Mary Immaculate for 25 Years at the Service of the Church

On September 1st, 2015, the Institute will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its founding and canonical erection. Join us in thanking God for these twenty-five years of grace!

This commemorative desk calendar includes:

  • 365 pages with color photos
  • Photo captions
  • Spiritual quotes from Institute’s patron saints.

This special calendar is available to you for a donation of $30, which will support our ongoing work during this 25th anniversary year.

Ready to ship mid-December!
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2014
Dec
3
Posted in General

 

Thanks Be To Mary Immaculate For So Many Graces Received!

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!

Canonically erected on September 1st, 1990, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest was consecrated in the early years of its youth to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of her Immaculate Conception. Each year on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8th, the Prior General of the Institute solemnly renews this Marian consecration at the Motherhouse and International Seminary in Gricigliano, Italy, in union with the apostolates of the Institute in over 80 locations around the world.

Offered in grateful thanksgiving for 25 years of grace and blessing in the service of the universal Church, this anniversary calendar contains beautiful images of Mary Immaculate, as well as a selection of color photos depicting the apostolic work of the Institute across the world. As we ask you to join us in prayerful thanksgiving to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, we hope that the many images included in this calendar may also inspire you to remember our Institute in your prayers to our Blessed Mother. May Mary Immaculate intercede for Holy Mother Church and for our world which has such great need of the truth and charity of her Divine Son, Christ our beloved King!

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2014
Nov
28
Posted in General

On the feast of St. Charles Borromeo, November 4, 2014, and in accordance with Article 20 of the Constitutions of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, the General Chapter gathered in the presence of Monsignor Patrick Descourtieux of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei at the Motherhouse in Gricigliano in order to elect the Superior General.

The vote elected Monsignor Gilles Wach as Superior General for the next six years.

Let us render thanksgiving to Divine Providence while invoking the intercession of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception so that the Institute may be ever faithful in the service of God’s Holy Church.

Rev. Canon Gilles Guitard
Secretary

 

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2014
Nov
26
Posted in Apostolates

On Sunday, October 26 2014, the Solemnity of the Kingship of Christ, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Bishop Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, confirmed a large class of young adults. The number of Confirmandi gave tangible proof to the growing sacramental life at the Shrine of Christ the King. Most of them had already received sacraments at the Shrine as young children and they have now grown into young adults under the loving watch of the Infant King. Others, adults, had recently been baptized and received into the Church. They hail from the local neighborhood and show the salutary effect the presence of the Shrine is having in the South Side Community.

The Rite of Confirmation was followed by a Pontifical High Mass offered by Bishop Perry. Renaissance Chorale music was performed by a guest choir and the polyphonic motets were sung by the Shrine’s very own young adult choir Cor Jesu. In the homily His Excellency highlighted the importance of the Kingship of Christ in today’s society. Americans are tempted to shun Monarchy, he stated, but we should wholeheartedly embrace the just and sweet reign of Christ the King. Elected officials may let us down time and time again, but Our Lord fulfills His promises and guides us effectively to His everlasting Kingdom.

Confirmation impresses on the Christian soul an indelible sacramental character. Sacramental Character is a permanent, supernatural mark on the person imprinted by 3 of the Sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders. It changes the one who receives it in his or her very being. Persons baptized, confirmed or ordained are forever new beings. It is indelible. This means that it remains even if one loses sanctifying grace. Thus the sacraments that confer a character are not repeated. A person remains baptized, confirmed, and ordained into eternity. In Catholics, the character they possess is something like a source of grace, because it places them in contact with Christ. He is the heavenly vine whose branches we are through the character. This character gives us a right to possess grace if we place no obstacles in the way. Sacramental Character gives the ability to offer worship pleasing to God.

The sacramental character imprints on the soul a likeness to Christ and his Priesthood by conferring on the faithful the supernatural power to offer sacrifice. This power is given in Baptism, developed in Confirmation, and perfected in Holy Orders. This Character unites Catholics as one in Christ since it is the same Christ whose character is imprinted on all the baptized. The Church stresses that the indelible seal received in Confirmation is really a new character. It is not merely a deepening of baptismal character. The Church’s tradition teaches that the confirmation character gives the power and the right to perform actions which are necessary in the spiritual battle against the enemies of the faith. These enemies are the world, our proud intellect and will and the Devil. Thus, Confirmation changes the simple members of the Kingdom of Christ into Soldiers of Christ.

To celebrate this noble increase in God’s Army, the Shrine community hosted a warm reception graced with the presence of Bishop Perry. Thank you, Your Excellency, for your paternal solicitude! We assure you of our prayerful gratitude!

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2014
Nov
5

For a newcomer to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass at St. Margaret Mary church in Oakland on September 14, the celebrant seemed unremarkable, except for his youthful appearance and obvious dedication to the Sacrifice of the Mass. For many who had been attending Mass here for the past nine years, however, this First Mass of a newly ordained priest was anything but unremarkable, for it was a “homecoming” of sorts: the new priest was a young man the congregation knew well, who had returned after traversing a long and arduous road to the priesthood, a road paved with years of prayers, sacrifices, and hard work.   

This story was not unique: four new Institute priests celebrated their first Masses in their hometowns in the United States this summer and fall, following their ordinations in St. Louis, MO, on August 5, 2014. Similarly, four other new priests did the same in France, following their ordinations in Florence, Italy on July 3 this year. In the United States, New Orleans, Louisiana, received its native son, Canon Andrew Todd for his First Mass at St. Patrick’s Parish; Holy Saviour Parish in Norristown, Pennsylvania, welcomed home Canon Francis Altiere for his First Mass; St. Rose of Lima Parish in Quincy, Illinois, witnessed the First Mass of Canon Benjamin Coggeshall. The celebrant at St. Margaret Mary church in Oakland was Canon Joel Estrada. In each First Mass, the faithful assisting at Mass received not only the gratitude of the celebrant for their support through the years, but also the grace-filled First Blessings, accompanied by the possibility of a Plenary Indulgence, granted by Mauro Cardinal Piacenza, Penitentiary Major, of the Apostolic Penitentiary, for each of these special Masses.

The Apostolic Penitentiary, by mandate of the Supreme Pontiff, gladly grants the favors requested. Thus the faithful will be inspired to exercise more profoundly in their lives the supernatural virtues, especially Faith, Hope and Charity, and will strengthen their communion with the Supreme Pontiff, visible foundation of the unity of the entire Catholic Church.”
- Mauro Cardinal Piacenza, Penitentiary Major

In all cases, a festive reception followed the First Blessings, giving the faithful an opportunity to congratulate the newly ordained priest and his family.  It was also an occasion for the congregations and the new priests to renew their commitment to continue to pray for one another as each new priest departs to his new assignment to serve Holy Mother Church.

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2014
Nov
2
Posted in General

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2014
Oct
24
Posted in Events

The year 2014 marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city of St. Louis, MO, where the Institute’s St. Francis de Sales Oratory is located. Coincidentally, this year also marks the 800th anniversary of the birth of King Louis IX of France, a saintly king who was canonized in 1297 by Pope Boniface VIII. King Saint Louis is a popular saint well known for his exemplary governance, his generous care of the poor, his personal sanctity, and his patronage of the arts.

For a city that bears the saint’s name and enjoys his patronage, this is indeed a year to celebrate! Throughout the year, festivities were held by many civic, secular, and Catholic institutions to mark the development and achievements of this city. The Institute’s Oratory contributed to the city-wide celebration this past Sunday, October 19, with a solemn liturgy to honor the holy patron of St. Louis.

Led by His Grace, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, the clergy of the Oratory and 300-plus faithful honored King St. Louis with a procession of his sacred relic. In the presence of media cameras and many onlookers, the procession wound about the neighborhood streets adjacent to St. Francis de Sales Oratory. Once inside the Oratory, the relic was placed at an honored place at Our Lady’s Altar, and His Grace gave his sermon. The Archbishop focused on the 250 years of Catholic St. Louis, and its reputation as “Rome of the West” because of the many religious communities that have played (and continue to play) an important role in this city’s history. The Archbishop further exhorted the congregation to follow the example of the patron saint of the city, a leader who “showed his people how to deal with one another justly, and taught his children to be filled with a special love for the poor.”  

The celebration then continued with Vespers and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament: in honoring the saintly King Louis IX of France, we once again paid homage to the King of Kings – Our Lord Jesus Christ.   

The evening ended with a joyful and festive reception in the church hall, where many faithful gathered to greet the Archbishop, and to celebrate a noteworthy milestone in Catholic history, a milestone that drew together a saintly Old-World French king, missionaries to the New World, and our present day work toward a future filled with hope and charity.

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