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2016
Nov
11
Posted in General

The faithful of St. Mary Oratory had much reason to celebrate Sunday, November 6, 2016.  His Excellency, the Most Reverend David Malloy, Bishop of Rockford, Illinois, graciously came to officially install Canon Benjamin Coggeshall as Rector of the Oratory.  

His Excellency kindly attended the 9am Solemn High Mass, along with Canon Matthew Talarico, the Provincial superior of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in the United States. His Excellency, Bishop Malloy gave a moving sermon that reminded those present to pray for the souls of the faithful departed, especially during these last few weeks of the Church’s liturgical calendar when the texts for the Holy Liturgy during this time speak of the passing of the present world.

The installation ceremony itself took place at the end of Mass during which Canon Coggeshall publicly made a Profession of Faith and An Oath of Fidelity to the Church.  Additionally, he signed the official Decree of Possession of the Oratory.  

There was a reception afterwards during which His Excellency expressed his appreciation of the apostolate exercised by the Institute of Christ the King in the Rockford diocese at St. Mary Oratory.  He was also presented with a gift from the Oratory in gratitude for his paternal solicitude.  Many of those present were then able to personally greet the Bishop, and he even signed some Mass missals for several young members of the Oratory Faithful!

Thank you, Bishop Malloy, for a memorable visit!

 

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Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford
Visit of Bishop Malloy to St. Mary's Rockford

2016
Oct
25
Posted in Detroit

 The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest established St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit on October 7, 2016, at the invitation of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Allen Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit.  The new Rector, Canon Michael Stein, along with Deacon Jonathan Fehrenbacher, moved to Detroit on October 11.

The Institute’s Provincial Superior, Canon Matthew Talarico, celebrated the glorious First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory on Sunday, October 16. Canon Stein and Deacon Fehrenbacher served as Deacon and Sub-Deacon, assisted by seventeen servers, following their training session with Canon Stein the previous afternoon!  Monsignor Michael Schmitz, the Institute’s Vicar General, also traveled to Detroit for this historic occasion.

This Solemn High Mass was a joyful welcome for the Institute in Detroit.  St. Joseph Cappella, Soloists and Chamber Orchestra presented Mozart’s Missa Brevis in G Major, Mozart's Jubilate Deo, Bruckner's Locus Iste, Kuras’ Ego Sum Pastor Bonus, and the Gregorian Propers.  Faithful from around the Archdiocese, surrounding areas, as well as other apostolates of the Institute around the country, came to pray and support our new spiritual endeavor at this architectural jewel in the city of Detroit.

Toward the conclusion of his homily, Canon Talarico exhorted the faithful to be inspired by the message of St. Paul in the day’s Epistle (Philippians 1:6) to “have confidence, confidence that the God who has begun a good work in you will be with you and help you to bring it to a good completion.  Thus we can have every confidence in the power of God to assist and sustain us in this great mission here at St. Joseph. Let us not forget that as we climb this ladder to heaven, we are following in the footsteps of so many who have gone before us, both many people who have built this beautiful church and who have practiced Catholic life here down throughout the centuries, and all of those who have also promoted the traditional liturgy here in this local area.  Let us ask God for the grace to be able to follow in their footsteps, to pray for them, and if they now be in heaven, to invoke their intercession upon the mission we embark upon here today.”

After the liturgy, everyone enjoyed a festive Michigan and Detroit-themed reception in the social hall.  It was a delightful celebration of the Institute’s arrival in Detroit, and an opportunity to converse with friends both old and new.  Please visit the St. Joseph Oratory website for the new schedule and updates: www.institute-christ-king.org/detroit/  Ite ad Joseph!

 

– Mrs. Teresa Chisholm

 

Photos courtesy of Teresa Chisholm and Jay Balza 

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First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
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First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
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First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
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First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
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First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
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First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
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First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
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First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit
First Mass at St. Joseph Oratory in Detroit

2016
Oct
24
Posted in Apostolates

In 2016 St. Stanislaus Parish and Oratory in Milwaukee has a lot to celebrate!  Another major step in the Church renovation was completed: the Sanctuary received its stained glass windows, ceiling art and statues were redone, the high altar was restored, and a new marble altar rail was installed.  But also, the Parish reached its 150th year!  Founded in 1866 as the first Polish American congregation, it has been strongly renewed since being designated an Oratory of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in 2007.

In late September the Parish held several very moving, joyous liturgical and social events to mark the anniversary in a big way. Saturday evening the 24th, Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki kicked off the celebration with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament for a packed Church. A crowd of about 400 people attended this, along with Auxiliary Bishop Joseph Perry from Chicago and numerous priests from the Institute and the Archdiocese of Milwaukee.  Then all moved to a grand buffet dinner and festival, marked by Polish food, music and dancing—Archbishop Listecki can still do a mean polka!  A new video of the Parish history was shown, along with other photos and information from our archives.

On Sunday morning the 25th, there was a Pontifical High Mass in the Extraordinary Form, including a Consecration of the rebuilt main altar, offered by Auxiliary Bishop Perry and attended by many local and Institute clergy.  The Consecration was particularly powerful, not only because few attending had ever seen that sacred ritual before, but also because it vividly brought out the full spiritual meaning of the altar and embedded relics.

The whole weekend was unforgettable, and highlighted how grateful we are to our ancestors in Faith who supported St. Stanislaus for so many decades, to the Institute for serving and restoring the Parish today, and to all the many parishioners who make it live.

As we often say,

Niech Jezus Chrystus, Wieczny Kapłan będzie chwalony teraz i na wieki!
May Jesus Christ be Praised, Now and Forever!

– Stephen Sharkey, PhD.

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St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
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St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
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St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary
St. Stanislaus Celebrates 150th Anniversary

2016
Oct
23
Posted in Apostolates

On the first anniversary of the fire at the Shrine of Christ the King, hundreds of faithful and friends gathered for a day of prayerful thanksgiving and expression of hope for the ongoing rebuilding. This event welcomed home the freshly restored statue of Christ the Infant King, the 17th-Century spiritual centerpiece of the Shrine which had endured some damage from the fire and smoke. The King has returned!

Monsignor Michael Schmitz, Vicar General in the Institute and Delegate of the Prior General for the United States, celebrated a votive Solemn High Mass of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary outdoors, against the silhouette of the Shrine. In his sermon, Monsignor Schmitz retraced the history of the Rosary devotion and how we are to imitate in our own lives and in the life of our Shrine family the Rosary mysteries of the life of Our Lord and His Blessed Mother. Solemn yet accessible, this memorable outdoor liturgy was made possible by many helping hands.  

Afterwards, a Rally for Resurrection was held in the street near to the Shrine’s active construction site. The newly appointed Shrine Rector, Canon Matthew Talarico, offered publicly gratitude and appreciation to all of those who helped the Shrine community throughout the tragic fire experience and its aftermath.

Canon Talarico thanked the Chicago Fire Department, which was well represented by firefighters of Engine 63 and Truck 16 from the neighborhood firehouse, and read a message from the central leadership of the CFD. He also thanked Fr. Elias O’Brien and St. Thomas the Apostle Parish for offering their church to the Shrine community in the weeks following the fire. He then expressed how much the Shrine family is indebted to the very generous neighbors at First Presbyterian for the continual use of their gym space as the Upper Room Chapel where Mass is offered several times each week. Words of thankfulness were also offered to Archbishop Cupich and the leadership of the Archdiocese of Chicago who made great efforts of collaboration with the Institute of Christ the King to work out the solution of Shrine ownership by the Institute in order to expedite the rebuilding process. Thankful mention was also made of the City Landmarks Commission and to Alderman Cochran for their kind assistance. Canon Talarico then thanked the Shrine’s neighbors and friends in the historic preservation community, who have been so very generous and helpful in raising awareness and in obtaining valuable contributions for the rebuilding of this landmark church of the City of Chicago. Emily Nielsen and Gabriel Piemonte of the Save the Shrine Coalition, along with Ward Miller of Preservation Chicago, expressed their ongoing support for this unique rebuilding effort.

The Project Manager, Architect Elizabeth Ortner of Studio 31A, then gave an update on the current status of the rebuilding work, which has been going full speed ahead since March. Upon receiving the City permit in early September for the new roofing system designed by Wiss Janney Elstner Associates, Inc, engineers, the Institute conducted interviews for several bids for the fabrication and erection of the steel trusses and supports for the new roof. The job was awarded to BJRJ Construction, who immediately commenced the steel fabrication process which will require at least three months. Upon completion, the new steel trusses and supports will then be installed? in the building, likely in early spring, given the winter weather conditions. The church’s walls will be protected over winter from any further damage from temperature cycling? effect. A complete masonry study of the building early this year by Simpson Gumpertz & Heger engineers has prepared the way for masonry repairs to the façade and tower later this autumn. The interior architectural elements of the church, including the plaster capitals which have suffered severe damage, have been scanned into digital format which can be used to recreate them.

Since March, all of the research, study and work which has been done on the building indicates the need to adjust the original budget of $2.5 million last March to $3 million. However, thanks to the charitable contributions of a large number of donors, over $1.5 million has already been raised toward this Phase 1 goal.

After these updates, Canon Talarico then thanked Abbe Alexander Willweber, the superintendent of sacred art for the Institute of Christ the King, for organizing and overseeing the restoration work of the Infant King statue and the beautiful antique portable apparatus which bears the statue. This restoration process has revealed that the venerable statue is even somewhat older than originally thought, dating back apparently to the late 1600s. The same firefighters who had saved this iconic statue from the fire one year previously then did the honor of carrying it for the procession which followed the rally.

Since the fire occurred on the feast of the Holy Rosary, October 7, Canon Talarico explained and invited everyone present to join in the recitation of the Holy Rosary and the singing of hymns. Prayers for peace were also offered for the benefit of the neighborhood and local community. Following the procession, friends from the St. Martin de Porres House of Hope sang some inspirational melodies to end the day’s ceremonies on a high note. Many remained afterward to take part in a reception offered in the reception hall at First Presbyterian next door to the Shrine.

The Institute of Christ the King is deeply thankful for the innumerable prayers, encouraging support, and generous contributions by kind-hearted souls in Chicago and around the world. These efforts, both spiritual and material, have born much fruit during this past year for the Shrine of Christ the King and its local community. Holy Mass is gratefully offered each week by the Shrine priests for the intentions of all these benefactors. This gratitude gives confident hope for the future as, with the help of God, the rebuilding efforts continue for the glory of Christ the Infant King and the good of His people.

Special thanks for the photos is given to Marc Monaghan (www.marcmonaghan.com), to Tim Olk of the Chicago Fire Department, to Devon Neff for drone shots, to Abbe Alexander Willweber, and to Xavier Boudreau.

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Infant King Returns One Year After Fire
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2016
Oct
20

As in previous years, this year's oblate retreat at St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis was an important time for self-reflection, good resolutions, and renewal both spiritual and physical. These few days spent in silence laid the foundation to enhance our hearts' fervor and commitment. Other profitable elements included spiritual conferences, frequenting the sacraments, and communal meals and prayer. The retreat culminated with the solemn celebration of the classical Roman Liturgy.

Our spiritual master, St. Francis de Sales, taught that there is no clock, however good, that will not need taking to pieces each year to perform a comprehensive examination. So it is with our heart, he reminds us, that at least once a year we carefully inspect our affections and passions and repair our defects caused by pride and time. I could not have thought of a better way to do this then this retreat which aided my vocation and duty to grow in holiness and attain true devotion.

 Abbe Kevin Koski
St. Mary’s Oratory, Wausau, Wisconsin

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Annual Retreat of Clerical Oblates
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Annual Retreat of Clerical Oblates
Annual Retreat of Clerical Oblates

2016
Oct
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In March of 2015, St Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr Parish & Oratory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, undertook the beginning of a truly providential restoration project of the Sanctuary in preparation for the 150th anniversary of St Stanislaus Parish in 2016. Similarly, in 1966 St Stanislaus went through a major renovation program in preparation for the parish 100th year anniversary and changes in the liturgy. 

After studies, inspections and architectural designs, the plans for the Sanctuary were finalized and work started several weeks before Easter 2015. The first pictures show the free standing altar, aged carpeting, mono color of sanctuary, as well as the 2 feet of concrete poured to raise the level of the sanctuary up to the same level of the original high altar.

Before the concrete could be removed in view of returning the sanctuary to its original level, plans and drawings were carefully reviewed. The first step was to disassemble the free standing altar and the front of the high altar. The parts were carefully stored to return to the high altar in the future.

Easter Mass took place in the sanctuary using a temporary altar attached to the original high altar. After Easter, the sanctuary was emptied, the worn carpet removed, and the equipment needed to remove approximately 25 tons of concrete brought in. Using a small excavator and lots of man power, the sanctuary was cleared of all concrete, thus uncovering the original tile floor of the church dating to the 1930's. Daily Mass was held in the Parish hall of the adjacent school and in the rectory, so that daily Mass continued each and every day of the construction.

Marble contractors returned and started rebuilding the high altar, while carpenters constructed a new base floor the front of the sanctuary.  

During this phase, St Stanislaus Parish received a providential phone call from a stained glass collector, informing us that they had original stained glass from the church which had been removed and thought to be lost. The artisan wanted to return the glass back home. Mobilizing parishioners and artisans, the glass was rescued and taken to the stained glass contractor for evaluation. While almost all the glass could not be reused as such, it provided us with the missing pieces of the puzzle. There were no pictures of the original stained glass windows! Now we had enough answers to replicate new windows after the pattern of the original. 

The decision was made to replace the sanctuary windows with  windows of the Immaculate Conception and St Stanislaus. Artisans quickly went to work designing the windows with many revisions in order to make the windows as accurately as possible. During this phase, the celebration of Mass returned to the sanctuary with the use of a temporary altar. Our altar boys adapted to many changes with excellence!

The high altar and side altar marble work continued, while the start of the floor tile preparation began. The sub floor needed to be reinforced and leveled. Eventually the entire nave and sanctuary floors would be tiled. The reddish decades-old carpet was in its final days!

The stained glass replacement and installation took place, leaving the Sanctuary with a new yet traditional appearance. Our Lady with the help of St Stanislaus now looks over our restored high altar. 

While all this work was ongoing, other plans and revisions including many measurements and re-measures were taken for the construction of a marble communion rail from Italy. The original communion rail was removed and lost in the renovations of 1966. It was only fitting that a new marble communion rail should return to the sanctuary. Marble contractors from Peoria, IL, worked along side the Italian crew who manufactured the communion rail to guarantee a flawless installation. St Stanislaus is now adorned with a beautiful communion rail composed of white carrara marble top and bottom rails with green onyx pillars.

The final phase of the sanctuary restoration was the painting. Shortly after Easter of 2016, the scaffold in the sanctuary went up, and the Mass was now being offered again on a temporary altar (with our altar boys wondering what was next). Old ceiling tiles from 1966 were removed, plaster was repaired, and layers of paint were scrapped off before the painting could start. Our Institute's Prior General, Msgr Wach, took a look at the work from a high scaffold view. Many daily meetings occurred with the artisans making sure the correct colors were used. Many wonderful surprises were brought out by the new paintings. After four months of work, the scaffold came down revealing the artisans efforts. Needless to say, it is more than what we expected.

The pictures, while showing the beauty of the restoration, do not accurately show the real beauty. One must come to St Stanislaus and look with his own eyes to fully appreciate the magnificence of the sanctuary. 

In just over one year the entire sanctuary and parts of the nave where restored! The faithful of St Stanislaus with God's help have made this project complete for their future generations. God is so good. It shows that nothing is impossible with God.

Abbe George Baird, Oblate
Project Manager and Sacristan

 

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Posted in Detroit

At the invitation of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Allen Vigneron, Archbishop of Detroit, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest will establish a new Oratory at St. Joseph’s Church in Detroit.

The new Rector will be Canon Michael Stein, who will be assisted by Deacon Jonathan Fehrenbacher.

 

Everyone is invited to the first Mass of this new apostolate which will be celebrated by the Institute’s Vicar General, Monsignor Michael Schmitz, on Sunday, October 16 at 12:00pm.

The music accompaniment for this festive Mass will be Mozart's Missa Brevis in G Major.

Social to follow in the parish hall. 

 

Grateful and glad to serve in Detroit, the Institute looks forward to meeting the local faithful and friends of St. Joseph! Please check the new Oratory website regularly for more information regarding the Oratory: http://www.institute-christ-king.org/detroit/

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