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2016
June
27
Posted in Apostolates

On Saturday, May 21st our journey from the Shrine of Christ the King starts with prayer and camaraderie on a bus in the early hours of the morning. We will pray, talk, laugh and sing as we make our way to Holy Hill and the Shrine of Mary Help of Christians. It is a pilgrimage my family and I take every year for many reasons.

First of all, it is enjoyable and edifying to reconnect with members of the Institute family from around the Midwest. This family spirit is evident everywhere, beginning in the parking lot where we meet for the procession. We come together, young and old, spry and feeble, to pray the rosary and sing hymns as we follow our altar boys, our Canons and Our Lady up the hill to this Wisconsin Shrine of Our Lady. All of the Midwest apostolates are handsomely represented by the nearly 40 altar servers who process down the aisle at the start of the Solemn High Mass offered by the Provincial, Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico. He is flanked by Canons from 5 different Apostolates. After Mass many pilgrims make a visit to the chapel of Mary Help of Christians and then everyone meets for a picnic lunch. It is extremely pleasant for us to reconnect with old friends as well as to make new ones. Although we live far apart, we find that we have much in common. Some people we will only see once a year at Holy Hill while some we will see at other Institute gatherings such as the Society of the Sacred Heart retreat, boys and girls camps or the annual Sursum Corda retreat. It is a reminder that, as part of the Institute of Christ the King, we are all part of a large spiritual family.

The final liturgical function of the day is Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the beautiful St. Therese Chapel. Canon Jayr serving in Milwaukee was the celebrant. During Benediction we renew our consecration to the Blessed Mother. It is a fitting end to such a wonderful day--to spend a few minutes thanking Our Lord for all He has given to us individually and to the Institute as a whole and asking our Lady to keep us under her maternal protection.

We say our final goodbyes before once again boarding the bus for our trip home. As we do so we are once again edified by good friendships and assured prayers. We join this pilgrimage every year to make our petitions and to offer our thanksgiving and every year we are granted graces and blessings that far exceed anything we can offer, reminding us once again of the generosity of our loving God. Please join us next year!

– N.R., mother of 8

 

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2016
June
21
Posted in General

Holy Week is the high point of the Liturgical Year. In each of the Institute’s 12 apostolates across the country, the liturgies of Holy Week are a source of many graces for spiritual growth and renewal. Please find below a selection of Holy Week and Easter photos from Institute churches across the United States.

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2016
June
20
Posted in General

The Institute priests serving in the American Province, along with a few confreres from overseas apostolates, met at St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis for their annual retreat, which took place this year during the week of preparation for the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 3. Monsignor Gilles Wach, Prior General of the Institute, came from Gricigliano to preach to the assembled priests during this time of recollection. They were joined by several priests from around the country who are spiritually affiliated with the Institute. 

The canons and priest affiliates had the opportunity to pray the Divine Office together and share fraternal meals as a community. These retreats foster renewal in the interior lives of the priests, as well as for the fraternal unity of the Institute.

On Thursday evening, June 2, Monsignor Wach was the celebrant of a Solemn High Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme and Eternal Priest. In the vestition ceremony, Abbe Matthew O’Hora, a native of Ireland, made his commitment as an oblate brother in the Institute family and received the cassock, having completed his time of discernment and candidacy at St. Gianna Oratory in Tucson, Arizona. Another diocesan priest, Father Thomas Keller, received the Cross of St. Francis de Sales as an affiliate member of the Institute, while other affiliate priests renewed their commitment as well.

All the faithful had the opportunity to greet Monsignor Wach and the visiting priests in a festive reception in the Oratory Hall after Mass. In his address of the faithful, Monsignor Wach expressed his deep gratitude to the St. Louis faithful for their generous spirit and caring support of the Institute and its priests. He also requested prayers for the eleven men, including two Americans, who will be ordained to the priesthood in Gricigliano, Italy, on July 7 by His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke.

 

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2016
Apr
29
Posted in Apostolates

On a bright and sunny Saturday morning, April 23, His Excellency, the Most Reverend James V. Johnston, Bishop of the Diocese Kansas City-St. Joseph, came for his first pastoral visit and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Institute apostolate at Old St. Patrick Oratory in Kansas City, MO. The liturgical celebration began with the Bishop blessing the congregation as he entered the church, while choir sang the beautiful rendition of “Ecce Sacerdos Magnus” by Anton Bruckner.  He assisted ”in choro” at the Solemn High Mass celebrated by Canon Matthew Talarico, the provincial superior of the Institute in the US. Also present were Canon Glenn Gardner, Vice-Rector of the Oratory, Fr. Evan Harkins of St. James parish in St. Joseph, MO. and Deacon Ralph Wehner, diocesan master of ceremonies, who accompanied the Bishop. Our own Abbe Alex Barga served as master of ceremonies for the Bishop. The sermon given by the Bishop focused on the importance of the example of the Blessed Virgin Mary in our lives and her close connection to the Sacrifice of her Son not only on the Cross, but also in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.  A solemn Te Deum followed the Mass. Led by Canon Talarico and all the clergy, the faithful joined in the Benediction, giving thanks to God for the Church, for the recently appointed Bishop, and for the Institute’s work in Kansas City.  

The rich blessings of these 10 years are truly a cause for thanksgiving. Following the liturgical celebrations in the church, a festive reception was given in honor of Bishop Johnston at the diocesan Catholic Center. In remembrance of this occasion, Canon Talarico presented the Bishop with a gift on behalf of this Institute apostolate: a beautiful Waterford crystal cross.

- Canon Glenn Gardner, Vice-Rector

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2016
Apr
12
Posted in Events

For Children and Young Adults

Camp 2016 registration is open! Please register today as space is limited.

For the seventh year, the Institute of Christ the King will return to beautiful Mount Saint Joseph for the annual Music Camp. It will take place from Sunday, August 7 to Friday, August 12, 2016. Registration is open for children and young adults ages 10-24.

Nestled among the rolling hills of Maple Mount, Kentucky, the Ursuline Motherhouse provides an ideal setting for our week-long workshop on Sacred Music and a terrific Summer Camp experience for our youngsters. The generously hospitable facilities include air-conditioned classrooms, a spacious dining hall and rehearsal rooms, as well as ample outdoor areas for organized recreational activities. (Children's activities will be supervised.)

Throughout the week, all participants will be immersed daily in music making. The choristers attend classes in Latin, Gregorian chant, music theory, and vocal technique. Young adult participants will attend special classes in composition and score study as well as rehearsal technique.  Spiritual Conferences are given by the attending Chaplain. 

Daily Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite in the excellent acoustic of the Ursuline Motherhouse Chapel. In addition to the music program, the campers will also enjoy many fun activities guided by the camp counselors. Space is limited.

 

Register Online for Choir Camp

Please register online below. The cost is $450 for per student. After completing the online registration, please send a check or money order made payable to "Saint Francis de Sales Oratory" to:

Saint Francis de Sales Oratory
c/o Nick Botkins/Choir Camp 2015
2653 Ohio Avenue
Saint Louis, MO 63118

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2016
Mar
1

On Thursday, November 26th 2015 Pierre Childeric Bivouli was ordained a Priest for Eternity in Florence, Italy at Ss Michael & Cajetan Church at the hands of His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke. How fitting that this miracle of grace took place on a day that was both Monsignor Wach’s birthday and Thanksgiving. On the anniversary day of the birth of our founder, Holy Mother Church gave birth to a new priest. On a day Americans (joined by all of the seminarians and Superiors) render thanks, the Institute was blessed with its first Canon from our missions in Gabon. God is good!

Canons from across the world who at one time or another contributed to the priestly formation of our first “Child of the Mission” joyfully gathered in Florence to behold his Ordination. It was also the occasion for a large number of faithful from Gabon to come discover the Seminary. Not only did they attend the magnificent Liturgy, they contributed to it the beauty of their voices. The youth choir from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish (which includes Canon Bivouli’s sisters!) sang polyphonic motets during the Ordination. Gabonese Altar boys joined the ranks of the clergy in the procession, certainly inspired by the example of their compatriot. It was truly a sight to behold… the Universal Church in action!

The next day Canon Bivouli celebrated his very first Mass in the Seminary Chapel of the Immaculate Conception; the same chapel that daily nourished and fortified his soul for over 7 years helping him become a Man of God. There he distributed Holy Communion to his parents, his siblings, his friends from back home and his former classmates from grade school.

Let us join the Institute and Holy Mother Church in offering heartfelt gratitude for the immense blessing of a Gabonese Priest. Pray that his generous answering of God’s call may move other young Gabonese men to this life of consecrated service.

 

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2016
Feb
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Deo Gratias! For more information, please visit ShrineLandmark.org.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SHRINE OF CHRIST THE KING TO BE STABILIZED

Archdiocese Deeds Building and Property to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest

CHICAGO, IL (February 28, 2016) - The Archdiocese of Chicago today announced that it has deeded the Shrine of Christ the King in Woodlawn and the land on which it stands to the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. The members of the apostolic institute have confirmed that they have received sufficient funds for the immediate stabilization of the historic Shrine building, ravaged by fire in October, 2015, and determined to be in hazardous condition. The Institute has committed itself to promptly remedying the dangerous condition created by the fire and then following through with the full restoration of the building.

 “We express our deep gratitude to all the individuals and organizations whose most generous and timely donations helped bring us to this moment. We are mindful of the dangerous condition of the Shrine and will begin stabilization immediately with funds already collected,” said Reverend Canon Matthew L. Talarico, Provincial Superior for the Institute in the United States. “We are grateful to the Archdiocese for its partnership throughout our ministry in Woodlawn, especially during this difficult time. Since the day of the fire the collaboration with the Archdiocese has been remarkable: frequent communication, hard work and prayer.”

In thanksgiving for this agreement and in celebration of God’s blessings, the Institute has invited the public to a festive Mass on March 19, the Feast of St. Joseph, at 10:00am in the Shrine’s current Mass location, the gymnasium of First Presbyterian church (6400 S. Kimbark Ave.). Afterwards, all are welcome for a St. Joseph Table luncheon reception with refreshments at 12:00 noon in the church hall of the same building. For more information on this event, contact: Rev. Canon Matthew Talarico at 773-363-7409, ext. 4, or at canon.talarico@institute-christ-king.org.   

 The Archdiocese of Chicago is supportive of the Institute’s efforts to maintain its presence in the Woodlawn community and continue its ministry there. The Archdiocese wishes the Institute every success.

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