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2016
Sept
10
Posted in General

There's no place like home, is a sentiment most people are familiar with, and for the canons of the Institute this common feeling takes on a new resonance every year at the General Chapter meeting. For our priests who minister on three different continents, coming back for a week of prayer, fraternity and spiritual conferences in our motherhouse at Gricigliano is a homecoming they look forward to all year. This year, with 12 new priests attending their first Chapter, we were able to get a better sense of the importance of the ongoing building works at the seminary, as the chapel and refectory are now full to overflowing when the whole community gathers!

As always, the Chapter begins with the traditional invocation to the Holy Ghost, the "Veni creator," and a Eucharistic holy hour. In addition to singing the hours of Vespers and Compline in common every day, our priests also attend the solemn Masses celebrated by our superiors in the seminary chapel. We were honored by the visit of the Most Reverend Luciano Giovannetti, emeritus bishop of Fiesole and friend of long date to the Institute, who celebrated the Pontifical Votive Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ Eternal High Priest, for the First Thursday of the month.

The last night of the Chapter, the canons enjoyed watching a film edited by the seminarians showing the history of the Institute going back over 25 years. Although our modest Institute, in the scheme of the 2,000-year history of the Church is still a very young foundation, it was very striking -- especially for our youngest priests, who were not yet born when the Institute was canonically erected in 1990 -- to get a taste of providential growth of our community and to appreciate the sacrifices made by the founding generation. Monsignor Wach, in his final conference of the Chapter, inculcated for our priests the importance of the forgotten Christian virtue of gratitude. Watching this very moving documentary made it easier for us to exercise this virtue, not only to divine providence but also to the generous prelates over the years who have accompanied the Institute since the beginning, exemplars of the spirit of "Romanitas" which has always been so dear to our founders.

As every year, the Chapter concludes with the singing of the Te Deum in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, in thanksgiving for the many graces of the week.

– Canon Francis Altiere

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2016
Sept
10
Posted in Apostolates

Now in its sixth year, the Sursum Corda young adult weekend, put on by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, ran from August 12th to August 15th of 2016. The campus of the University of Our Lady of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois, once again rang with chanted Latin prayers, beautiful music, and the laughter of friends old and new.

Some participants came from mere minutes away, while at least one made an international trek. Never minding the distance, all who attended the retreat were immersed in a charitable, joyful environment imbued with the Institute’s family spirit: old friendships were renewed and new ones were forged amid a daily schedule centered around the Sacred Liturgy, with plenty of time allotted for spiritual conferences and recreation. Whether we were assisting at Holy Mass; playing volleyball; taking a Rosary walk to the Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe at Marytown; chanting Compline, or singing and acting in an uproarious talent show, there joy and true fraternal charity abounded.

Removed temporarily from our busy day-to-day lives, we who attended the weekend received excellent instruction on both apologetics and the Sacred Liturgy. These conferences radically altered our own participation at Holy Mass, helping us to orient and conduct ourselves well and to be better disposed to receive the abundant graces poured out upon us at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and at our reception of Holy Communion. One participant commented, “I’m beyond thankful I had this opportunity. It changed my life, and I’m more in love with my faith and more proud to be Catholic than ever before. I don’t know how I could repay Our Lord […] the Truth of our Faith is more beautiful than I could have ever imagine[d.]” Our eyes were opened by the beautiful instruction we received in the conferences, and then immediately applied both on the retreat and back in our everyday lives.

Likewise, frequent opportunities for Confession and Spiritual Direction allowed us to repair and renew our spiritual lives, re-strengthening us for the constant battles faced in the world, whatever our vocations may be. Whether one was single; discerning religious life; or embarking on the workshop time of engagement, and whether new to the Traditional Latin Mass or a long-time attendee, no-one left spiritually hungry. Fittingly, we ended on the Solemnity of the Assumption of Our Lady, with this beautiful Marian feast day serving as a reminder of our Heavenly Mother’s constant prayers and protection. We left renewed and refreshed, ready to spread the Social Reign of Christ the King, for, as St. Paul says in his Letter to the Romans, “if God be for us, who is against us?” (Rom. 8:31)

– Rebekah Wieglos

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2016
Aug
19
Posted in Apostolates

‘The measure to love is to love without measure.’ Saint Francis de Sales

The Company of the Immaculate Girl’s Camp left us all very edified despite the bad weather. It seemed that as the weather got worse, the spirit of the campers became even stronger. Putting all their efforts on living according to their motto: ‘The measure to love is to love without measure." Once again the choice of the winning team for the “Spirit Award” was a difficult decision!  

One of the main events of the girl’s camp is the cooking contest, where each team makes a three course meal. However, this year’s girl’s camp had a little twist to its culinary combat: the Institute clerics joined as a surprise team… However, the clergy could not beat one of our camper’s dessert!

The fun and games were also accompanied by spiritual talks given by the clerics. We were blessed this week as well to sing the Night Office of Compline twice in the chapel with the participation of the campers. The camp ended with a Solemn High Mass in the camp chapel, with a choir composed of campers and camp counselors.

We thank Divine Providence for making these summer camps possible and for keeping us in His divine protection. We thank all the participants from near and far and all of those who worked closely with us for the practical work and logistics of the camp. In a special way, we also thank everyone who was praying for us in our mission to foster the growth of a solid Catholic generation of youth.  We hope to see our dear campers and many others next year!

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2016
Aug
19
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Strength and Meekness 

Each year the St. Michael’s Patrol Boy’s Camp in Wausau, Wisconsin, becomes more and more spiritually rich. The boy’s camp of 2016 was a complete success. The campers were presented with two virtues to practice throughout the week: Strength (also known as the cardinal virtue of Fortitude) and Meekness (sometimes called “gentleness” part of the cardinal virtue of Temperance).  Focusing on these virtues, dear to the Salesian spirituality of the Institute of Christ the King, the campers had a great team spirit which made it very difficult to choose the winning team of the “spirit award.”

Each day, the motto of our patron, Saint Benedict, Ora et Labora, “Prayer and Work” was put into practice: Prayer: Mass every morning, confession and spiritual conferences by one of the clerics. Work: Various chores to be done with the team such as dishes or chopping wood for the campfire.

The camp did not lack plenty of games to foster personal blossoming and teamwork. Eagerly facing each other on the playing field to win points for their teams, the campers participated in capture the flag, bowling, horseback riding and archery. Each team was always accompanied, supported and motivated by the canons, seminarians, oblates and counselors. We were furthermore graced by the presence of one of the Institutes’ newly ordained deacons. The Institute’s priests, deacon, seminarians and oblates led the assembled campers and chaperones in singing the Night Office of Compline at the end of each day.

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2016
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17
Posted in Apostolates

For the 7th straight summer, children all across America, aided by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, filled the conventual church of the Ursuline Sisters in Mount St. Joseph, Kentucky with melodious streams. In the spirit of the Institute, each day of Choir Camp 2016 was centered around the altar with the celebration of the Holy Mass by Canon Andrew Todd, sung devotions in honor of the Sacred Heart, and a Rosary walk every evening to the convent cemetery. The solemn celebration of the liturgy would not have been possible without the hard work of the campers and the instruction of the faculty, led by Mr. Nicholas Botkins. In the classes and workshops, children of all skill levels were instructed in the execution of both Gregorian Chant and sacred polyphony, vocal technique and musicianship. They were also provided spiritual conferences and either basic or advanced Latin classes.

A busy and fruitful week of intense classes was balanced with many fun and interesting recreational activities. Abbé Alex Barga and Abbé Christian Juneau led the campers in kickball, capture the flag, volleyball, different forms of hide-and-seek and the camp favorite: extreme ninja dodgeball. All the campers were also able to create and act in funny and original skits and showcase their vocal and instrumental abilities in the annual talent show.  At the end of the week, the students performed a beautiful concert for the always gracious Sisters. This was a great opportunity to not only perform what they learned during the week, but to visit and converse with the Sisters.

On Friday, on the feast of St. Claire, a Sung Mass was celebrated to conclude the camp. Under the direction of Mr. Botkins, the children not only sang the Gregorian chant, but also polyphonic pieces by Dubois, Haydn, Fauré and Delibes.  The parents of the campers who were able to attend the Mass were impressed with the rich musical sound coming from the mouths of their children.  During the successful week, they increased their music skills in a Catholic setting and formed friendships that will last a lifetime. After the Mass, the children exchanged heartfelt goodbyes to their beloved counselors and friends, waiting in anticipation for next year’s choir camp.

– Abbe Alex Barge, oblate

 

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2016
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The highpoint and crowning moment of the academic year at St. Philip Neri International Seminary, Ordination Week is the opportunity to manifest liturgical 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. From July 4-7 about 75 seminarians received the either the clerical tonsure or one of the various Minor and Major Orders.

Reception of the Cassock

This week of grace began on Monday, July 4, when 15 seminarians, having completed their first year of seminary formation, received the Roman cassock from the Prior General of the Institute, Monsignor Gilles Wach. Two clerical oblates received the cassock as well. Following this ceremony in the beautiful Florentine Church of Saints Michael and Gaetano, Monsignor Wach offered the Solemn High Mass in the presence of several hundred faithful and friends.

Tonsure and Minor Orders

On the following day, July 5, the Most Reverend Mario Meini, Bishop of Fiesole and Vice-President of the Italian Bishops Conference, conferred the clerical tonsure upon these same 15 seminarians. During the Holy Mass, His Excellency likewise administered the various Minor Orders of Porter, Lector, Exorcist, and Acolyte, to over 30 other seminarians in the Seminary Chapel of the Immaculate Conception.

Major Orders of Deacon and Subdeacon

On the morning of July 6, 7 deacons and 8 subdeacons were ordained during a Pontifical Mass celebrated by the Most Reverend Robert W. Finn. As the clergy and congregation of faithful participated in chanting the Litany of the Saints, the 15 ordinands lay prostrate in humble supplication in the Church of Saints Michael and Gaetano. The new deacons and subdeacons originate from the United States, Canada, Brazil, Argentina, France, and Germany.

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

The new deacons and priests also received from the Prior General 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 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 7, His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta, ordained 11 priests—2 Americans, 1 Brazilian, and 8 French. The Pontifical Mass of Ordination was offered in honor of Our Lord Jesus Christ Eternal High Priest. The church was overflowing with hundreds of people for this Liturgy, which edified the assembly 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, Cardinal Giuseppe Betori, Archbishop of Florence, offered Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament with Te Deum in the seminary chapel of Gricigliano. This solemn Liturgy of thanksgiving was a fitting spiritual conclusion to a week of abundant blessings for the Institute and for the Church.

Since the 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 nearly 1,000 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 11 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 seminary chapel for Holy and the Divine Office several times each day. Now they have the much anticipated privilege to offer their First Mass in this well-beloved spiritual home.  

May God continue to bless the newly-ordained and their families, friends and benefactors who have been supporting their vocation throughout the years! Ad multos annos! 

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2016
Aug
5

Our Pilgrimage Trip with the Institute group was an amazing experience...visiting Rome, Orvieto, Florence and Sienna was a trip of a lifetime for us. By going on the tour, we were able to see and do so much in just 10 days—so much more than we would have been able to traveling on our own.  Everything was taken care of for us—the itinerary, guides, hotels, meals, tickets, and transportation--we just had to be there at the scheduled times for our many varied tours. This freed us to really experience the history of our Catholic Faith...kneeling on the Holy Stairs, sitting in St. Peter's square in the cool of the evening, walking through the stillness of the Catacombs, seeing the chains that once imprisoned St. Paul and standing on ground where both the great suffering and miracles both occurred.

Canon Avis was a wonderful chaplain for our group and was able to offer us daily Mass in holy chapels in amazing locations, which made for very special spiritual memories. Father Ireland, affiliate priest of the Institute, was also with us and had lived in Rome for 5 years so he took us on ‘side’ tours when we had unscheduled time available. Everyone in our group was just lovely--our extended Institute family. 

The culmination of the trip was attending the Ordinations in Florence and being able to visit the seminary, on top of everything else we had done and seen. Being there when

Cardinal Burke ordained 11 new priests--3 of which we have known through their formation years and others who we had only known through pictures, was an incredible joy. The church was filled to capacity with people from all over the world and during the Mass, as we offered our prayers to God in unison, I felt a deep gratitude for being a part of the Universal Church. One of those grace filled moments that will be treasured always.

After looking at photos of St. Philip Neri Seminary for so many years and then to be actually be there was an emotional experience--an indescribable feeling. When we first stepped off the bus at the seminary Abbé Norman was standing in front of us, then a few steps away was soon to be Canons Matheus & Silvey, then Abbé Sampayo, then Canon Apple, and when we turned a corner there was Abbé Kenney and so many more of the young men who have come through St. Louis. As many can attest to, after meeting these fine priests, seminarians, oblates and sisters they become very dear to your heart and seeing them all again brought unspeakable joy.

The evening after the Ordinations, we enjoyed dinner in the seminary courtyard and then watched the spectacular fireworks display from the grass lawn near the ancient wall that I have loved from so many photographs. I could not get over the fact that we were actually there--a part of this beautiful family celebration that takes place every year on this joyful occasion.

I do have to say that we would have been utterly happy to spend the entire trip just being at the seminary--walking in the gardens, sitting at a table in the corner near the moat or praying in the quiet of the chapel would have been a little bit of heaven on earth. The seminary is a place bustling with life, beauty, peace and brimming with joyful men of God--this is where the heart of the Institute of Christ the King can be found!

Our very special thanks to the Institute for the planning and making this Spiritual Pilgrimage available to us. 

With our abundant gratitude,
Michael and Mary Hayworth

 

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