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2017
Dec
1
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Institute Reopens Church in Naples, Italy

His Eminence, Crescenzio Cardinal Sepe, Archbishop of Naples, has entrusted to the Institute the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary “alle Pigne” (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Rosario alle Pigne). Along with the canonical establishment of this apostolate, Cardinal Sepe has nominated as Rector of the church Canon Louis Valadier.

Located in Piazza Cavour in downtown Naples about a ten minute walk from the Cathedral, Our Lady of the Rosary Church “alle Pigne” had suffered damage in the 1980 earthquake. Despite restoration work in the 1990s, it had not been reopened. Dating from the 17th century, the church is the artistic masterpiece of Arcangelo Guglielmelli.

At the invitation of Cardinal Sepe, the Institute clergy and local faithful worked to prepare the church for the solemn ceremony of reopening on Friday evening, October 6. To represent the Cardinal at the ceremony, the Most Reverend Lucio Lemmo, Auxiliary Bishop, presided. The Prior general of the Institute, Monsignor Gilles Wach, was present, along with the Institute’s resident clergy in Naples, Canon Louis Valadier, ​Canon Guillaume Fenoll, ​

Canon Florian Braun, and seminarian Abbe Andrea De Pas​cale. The Archbishop’s Delegate for the union of Catholic Works attended, as well as several civil and military authorities, such as the Commandant of the Carabinieri of the City’s Stella neighborhood.

The statue of Our Lady of the Rosary on the exterior façade of the church was solemnly crowned. Bishop Lemmo blessed the restored wooden statue of Our Lady of the Rosary venerated above the high altar. Solemn High Mass was celebrated by Monsignor Wach.

The evening’s events included a performance by the Giubileo choir, which sang popular songs of Neapolitan tradition, festive fireworks, and a buffet reception.

The apostolate website is http://www.icrss.it/napoli/. Mass is celebrated daily at 7:00pm.

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2017
Nov
27
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Over seventy pilgrimages from North America were led by Canon Michael Stein and the good services of Syversen Touring from October 27-November 4 on a pilgrimage through Spain, Lourdes, and finally to Fatima in the centennial year of these apparitions. In Fatima they joined the Institute’s superiors, canons, sisters, oblates, and seminarians, as well as over 1,000 pilgrims coming from various Institute apostolates in Europe and Africa, for three days of liturgies, conferences, and devotions under the guidance of His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke.

 

Day 1: Pilgrims arrived this morning in Barcelona, Spain and traveled 30 miles West to go up the Montserrat Mountain to visit Santa Maria de Montserrat monastery. Tradition has it that the Benedictine monks could not move the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Infant Jesus to construct their monastery, choosing to instead build around it. The statue's sanctuary is located at the rear of the chapel, where an altar of gold surrounds the icon, and is now a site of pilgrimage.” The pilgrimage started with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in this very place.

Day 2 of the Pilgrimage began with Canon Stein offering morning Mass for everyone at Santa Maria de Montserrat. Pilgrims then spent most of the day driving through the Pyrenees en route to Lourdes - approximately 400 km. The lengthy bus ride was a time of rest, but also of prayer and instructions. In addition to the historical lessons provided by one of the guides, Canon Stein gave a conference on the Salesian Spirituality of the Institute. Upon arrival, they were able to visit the Grotto of Lourdes, attend a candlelight procession and pray the Rosary. “I am the Immaculate Conception.” (Our Lady of Lourdes, March 25, 1858)

Day 3 started out at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of Lourdes where Canon Stein offered Sunday morning Mass for the Solemnity of the Kingship of Christ in the main Church at the top - the "Upper Church". Pilgrims then traveled to the Boly Mill where St. Bernadette's family lived and worked until she was 10 years old. Afterwards, they toured the Cachot, a former prison and the place where St. Bernadette's family moved after they were evicted from the Mill. St. Bernadette lived at the Cachot during the apparitions of Our Lady. Later, everyone went to the entrance of the baths, walked back to the Basilica and Grotto of Lourdes and had Canon Stein bless items. The day ended with the Rosary and a night at the Grotto.

On Monday, October 30th (Day 4), it was the 150th Anniversary of St. Bernadette's Religious profession. Pilgrims had morning Mass at the parish church, Sacred Heart, in Lourdes. The original church burned down after St. Bernadette's death but the current church has the font that she was baptized in and her pastor is buried in the crypt. The group then traveled to the Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos (dedicated to the Virgin Mary) in Leon, Spain. The exterior and interior of the Burgos Cathedral are just stunning and full of incredible details.

On October 31st (Day 5), pilgrims visited the Discalced Carmelites monastery in Segovia where St. John of the Cross is buried. During some "free time" in Spain, many visited the Segovia Cathedral and the Roman aqueduct. To conclude Day 5, everyone visited La Encarnacion Monastery in Avila, where St. Teresa of Avila lived. Canon Stein offered Mass for pilgrims at the monastery.

Day 6, November 1st, All Saints Day, was spent visiting the incredibly well preserved medieval city of Avila before traveling to Fatima. In the bus the pilgrims received an instruction on the history of the town of Fatima and a spiritual conference on the Liturgy. Evening Mass was offered at the Holy Cross Monastery.

Day 7, November 2nd, All Souls Day, although a rainy day, represented the downpour of graces upon all the travelers. Pilgrims followed in the footsteps of the apparitions praying the Rosary, first visiting the places of the 3 apparitions of the angel in 1916. Then the group visited the local parish and prayed for the Poor Souls at the village cemetery. That evening Msgr. Wach offered a Solemn High Requiem Mass with the Pontifical Assistance of Cardinal Burke in the Basilica. It was here that the 70+ American pilgrims were joined by more than 1,000 others from Institute Apostolates around the world. Confessors heard confessions in over 5 different languages, their confessionals being marked with flags of the countries whose languages they spoke.

Day 8, November 3rd, was in most ways the climax of the pilgrimage: Solemn Pontifical Mass by Cardinal Burke for thousands of Institute pilgrims followed by a conference on Fatima by His Eminence. Canon Stein led the pilgrims who braved the rain in the Stations of the Cross.

Day 9, November 4th, after an early Solemn High Mass by Msgr. Schmitz, all of the international pilgrims processed to the chapel of Apparitions where Msgr. Wach renewed the consecration of the entire Institute of Christ the King and all of its branches and all of its apostolates to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The American pilgrims, with hearts full of joy and consolation, then traveled to their final destination: Lisbon. Here they venerated relics of St. Anthony of Padua and visited his birthplace (yes, in Lisbon!). That evening in the hotel Canon Stein blessed a second round of sacramental and the newly ordained Fr. Gallagher offered his First Blessing to all. The enthusiasm and good spirit of the concluding dinner was a tangible example of how a spiritual family had been formed over the course of the pilgrimage.

Day 10, November 5th, the pilgrims meet one last time all together and end the pilgrimage in the same holy way it began: with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Special thanks to Mark Nemecek for contributing his photos to this group selection

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2017
Nov
27
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A Pilgrim’s Perspective. By Stephanie Pearson-Breaux

The Fatima and Lourdes pilgrimages ended yesterday and the graces will continue to flow. I wanted to share a few thoughts about the pilgrimage with you to encourage you in your prayer life for the reparation of sin and the conversion of souls to Christ through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Lourdes was so beautiful and pilgrims from all over the world experienced the joy of encountering the love of Mary and a healing Grace for their souls. While I was waiting in line to bathe in the waters of Lourdes I met a young attorney named Kara who had just completed her law exam and wants to work as a pro-life attorney…. Kara was truly inspirational and please pray for her work as a pro-life attorney. We need more young attorneys like her! Visiting Lourdes and following in the footsteps of St Bernadette prompts one to seek prayer in a humble way.

We had pilgrims from New Mexico, Canada, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, New Jersey, Wisconsin, New York, Kansas, Vermont, Maryland, Michigan, Texas,and Illinois. We were 72 in number from the US and Canada. Pilgrims from the European apostolates and Africa joined us for the Fatima pilgrimage. We had another priest from a Diocese in New York on our pilgrimage. What a bonus!

The multitude of pilgrims joined together for Holy Mass with Monsignor Wach on Thursday night. Hundreds could not be seated for this Mass and were able to tolerate standing and kneeling for this beautiful Mass. On Friday morning Cardinal Burke presided at the Pontifical High Mass and his homily was extraordinary. We should all have copies of this homily!

On Saturday Monsignor Schmitz presided at the 1st Saturday Mass for our Blessed Mother. We then went to the site of the apparition for the Rosary. It was a rain of grace as we prayed and walked through pouring rain. Portugal was in desperate need of rain. I am glad it rained for 2 days while we were at Fatima. I prayed for intentions given to me and placed them in writing at the site of the main apparition of Fatima.

  • Armando was one of our tour guides and his grandparents witnessed the miracle of the Sun. He was so knowledgeable about the Fatima apparitions and is very devout…
  • SYVERSON touring who made the arrangements were wonderful. The family are devout Catholics. I would recommend them to anyone for travelling.
  • Bernadette Schmidt from the Wausau oratory was also a blessing as she assisted the guides in keeping the flock of pilgrims together.
  • Lisbon was also fantastic! Visiting the home and church of St Anthony was so special! His home was Lisbon!
  • Visiting the convent of Avila was also special! Nuns in the Carmelite convent who are cloistered fast 8 months, bathe in cold water and have no heat in the convent.
  • Encountering St Therese of Avila, St John of the Cross, St Bernadette, St Jacinta, St Francesco, and Sister Lucia in prayer was a deep spiritual consolation for many pilgrims.
  • One thought I want to leave you with is more souls fall into hell every day because there is no one to pray for them or make sacrifices. These are the words of Our Lady of Fatima.
  • Canon Michael Stein endeared himself to all as he cared for our spiritual needs and not one sheep strayed from the flock.
  • There were 4 women pilgrims over the age of 80 who inspired the younger generations with their wisdom and deep faith.
  • There were 1st time pilgrims who enjoyed their experience with the Institute. I will remember all these pilgrims and the families in my prayers during the Holy Liturgy. We are all truly one in Christ!
  • We had the littlest pilgrim from Canada who was with her parents. She is 2 years old and was a delight on this pilgrimage.

                                 Strengthened in faith,

                                  Stephanie

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2017
Aug
26
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The Summer Camps of 2017 turned out to be a very joy-filled and entertaining two weeks. The first great impression from assisting with the camps was to see the many hours of hard work put into the organization and labor necessary for the camps. The volunteer spirit was certainly noticeably and made a Tennessean like myself feel right at home. Apart from the volunteers, the campers were quick to express their excitement to be at camp, and they had good reason to do so. Once the games and athletic events started the campers gave their all to represent their team and make it the best that they could. Of course some innocent divisions were caused by these teams, but they were continually brought back to Catholic unity as they filed into the chapel for Daily Mass or the Liturgy of the Hours, and the Rosary walks.

During our week of Boys Camp baseball reigned as the sport of choice during any "down time" and an elaborate game of Capture the Flag was a highlight of the week for many of the young men. The young ladies were naturally a bit more delicate in their activities, yet they spared no beauty. A group of the young ladies work hard throughout the week to sing polyphonic pieces during the Daily Masses. The girls enjoyed volleyball and many entertaining games and crafts with a very competitive cooking competition on the last full day. For both camps the nightly bonfires were times of a very particular entertainment. Comedy skits and songs from the campers, parents, and even the clergy helped to bring out the comedian in all of us. 

In short, it was a great pleasure to be able to assist and participate in the Summer Camps this year. I could not imagine a camp being any more exciting while also having such a great spiritual benefit for young boys and girls. If I am given the opportunity, I hope to be able to return to the Summer Camps again.       

Abbé Jordan Blanton
Seminarian    

 

Photos courtesy of Xavier Boudreau

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2017
Aug
22
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The annual Girls Camp in Wausau, Wisconsin, was a remarkable success.  Nearly 120 girls between the ages of 10 and 17 years old came to this unique camp which offers numerous graces such as daily Mass, rosary, and the opportunity for confession.  Also present were four canons of the Institute who gave spiritual talks on the four Evangelists and encouraged the young campers to continue the growth in virtue.  

Throughout the week, the teams competed valiantly and charitably in various sports, relay races, and, perhaps the most competitive of all, the cooking contest.  The Camp, rooted in Christian charity, allowed these girls to practice the virtues.  Soon, this year’s campers will become young women, who, strengthened by the Catholic Faith, will be ready to devote themselves to Holy Mother Church by devotion to a family or, perhaps for some, by a vocation as a consecrated religious.

-Abbe Luke Dittmer, seminarian

 

Account by a young participant, Geneviève, age 10:

I liked my first year at Girls' camp. I had a fun time with the horses and I'm always wondering which team I will be on next year, and who will be on my team. Every morning after Mass the canons gave a talk on the Gospel writers. They also explain to us how some of the martyrs died. My counselor and team captain shared some of their camp experiences with us.

I also liked the concert on the patio, the skits, and the campfires. It was my first time sleeping outside in a tent. It is something I will look forward to every year!

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2017
Aug
22
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Rejoice therefore, O young man, in thy youth, and let thy heart be in that which is good in the days of thy youth” (Ecclesiastes 11:9).  About sixty young adults came together this year for the seventh annual Sursum Corda weekend, August 11-14, on the magnificent campus of St Mary of the Lake in Mundelein, IL.  

Canons Huberfeld, Commins, and Estrada provided spiritual nourishment through daily Mass, confession, and spiritual conferences on such topics as the Liturgy, Holy Scripture, and prayer.  Each evening also witnessed the beautiful Office of Compline, during which the retreatants joined enthusiastically with the Canons in singing the Latin psalmody of Holy Mother Church.

Other highlights of the weekend included theology on tap, in which the young men and women proposed many difficult and interesting questions to the Canons, spirited games of volleyball and basketball, and a rosary walk through the woods to the national shrine of St Maximilian Kolbe.  On the final evening of the retreat, the participants shared their many talents through music, skits, and folk dancing.

Each year, the national Sursum Corda retreat sees the formation, or the renewal, of friendships founded on our shared Catholic faith.  We are reminded, therefore, of these beautiful words from our spiritual father, St. Francis de Sales, on the value of true friendship:

“Love your neighbor, Dear reader, with a great, charitable love, but befriend only those with whom you can be mutually supportive in virtue. The higher the virtues that you put into these relationships, the more perfect will your friendship be.

“If your mutual exchanges deal with knowledge, your friendship is certainly very laudable; it will be even better if they deal with the moral virtues such as prudence, discretion, strength, justice [cf. Wis. 3:7-8; Prov.8:14]; but if they pertain to charity, the love of God, Christian perfection, then this friendship is truly precious and excellent: excellent because it comes from God, excellent because it tends toward God, excellent because its bond is God, excellent because it will endure eternally in God. Oh, how good it is to be loved on earth the way one is loved in Heaven, and to learn to cherish each other in this world as we shall do eternally in the other!”

--Introduction to the Devout Life, Part Three, Chapter XIX

 

After three years of being too busy to go on the Sursum Corda Retreat, I finally attended it this summer and could not be more grateful for the experience! The combination of daily Mass, recreation, spiritual talks, and opportunities to socialize with likeminded Catholic's was much needed! The grounds were peaceful and lovely which made it easier to see God in all the beauty!

The halls always echoed with laughter, whether it was from those playing board games, dancing or taking part in the talent show!

My favorite part was the rosary walk to the shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe, where there was a holocaust museum. 

Compline was held every evening for everyone to attend and end their day with. 

I hope to attend the Sursum Corda retreat at Mundeline next year, and my goal is to convince at least one friend to come with me! 

May Our Lady bless you with Her holy Child! 

- Christina Kanzenbach 

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2017
Aug
21
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From Richard Allington, Choir Camp Latin Teacher

This camp is unique in the opportunities it offers participants to share in the musical tradition of the Church as part of their formation as Christian men and women. All aspects of the camp, from the stunning location, to the deportment expected of the students, and especially the music they sing, are designed to instill in them a desire to cherish beauty and a recognition that this beauty is most surely found in the life of the Church.

The campers learn that participation in beauty requires dedication. The camp’s program is rigorous, including eight hours each day of classes and rehearsals. After dinner and recreation, the choristers reconvene in the chapel to chant the litany of the Sacred Heart and pray the rosary in procession through the tranquil stillness of the Kentucky countryside.

Many students come to choir camp with significant singing experience, while others have next to none, yet, embracing this program, all make remarkable improvement throughout the week. Their reward, in this life, is the joy of joining their voices together in praise of God and forging truly enduring friendships based on this shared love of beauty and Holy Mother Church.

From Hannah Serafino, Choir Camp Counselor

It has been thought that beauty is nothing of itself, and has purpose only when it reflects that True Beauty which is our destiny. The music, camp experiences, and relationships formed at choir camp were beautiful, especially as they aspired to that heavenly beauty sought and attained by so few in our times. As a first time choir camp counselor, I was amazed at the balance of spirituality, social time, hard work, and good music through the entire week. There were many activities, clearly spiritual by nature, such as Mass, talks, confessions, and Rosary walks daily. However, the activities not so visibly spiritual were all the more impressive. The classes, which amazed this college-graduate in their high quality of education and participation, were taught so that the children would understand the words and purpose of what they were singing, the ways to sing better, and how to be better musicians in order to glorify God. Even the normal activities one experiences at a camp, full of fun and excitement, were carried out with a joy and energy that was truly beautiful. This camp is a hidden gem, and if more people knew its value, there would be no way to keep them away from the adventures of Choir Camp.

From Henry Shikles, camper from Kansas City

I have been attending the Choir Camp for 8 years, and though each camp has been very beautiful and engaging, every year seems to be even better than the last.  Choir Camp 2017 was no exception: the repertoire was incredible and the classes were so fruitful in helping all of the choristers to sing their very best for Our Lord!  I have learned many things about singing and music at the camp this year, as well as in previous years, that I attribute the vast majority of my knowledge of sacred music, and practically everything I know about singing properly, to the teachers at the choir camps.  I have been able to use what I have learned from the camps in the choir at the Oratory in Kansas City, as well as at home.  I hope to continue learning and improving this beautiful art at the camps in years to come.

This year, we learned many beautiful pieces that were sung at the High Mass on the last day of camp.  The polyphony was absolutely magnificent: Mr. Botkins always selects the most beautiful music for the choristers to sing, and he has such a gift for bringing out the best voice in everyone!  Mr. Murphy and Abbé Juneau instructed the choristers in the proper singing of Gregorian chant: their hard work was evident.  The chant propers, which were for the votive Mass of the Holy Cross, were truly uplifting!  The entire repertoire for this year was marvelous, and it was surely one of my favorites.   And to be able to sing all of this wonderful music with friends, for the glory of God is something to look forward to at every camp!

The Choir Camp is such a joy for me, and I often find myself counting the weeks until the next camp.  Every year, I meet so many wonderful people, and get to know them and form friendships throughout the week.  I have learned so much about music, singing, chant and latin, and I use what I have learned almost every day.  The Choir Camp is to me, a nearly perfect balance of singing, prayer, learning and recreation, in the spirituality of the Institute of Christ the King.  Everything we learn and do at camp is ultimately for the glory of God.  That is the beauty of Choir Camp, and that is why I hope to attend as long as I am able.

 


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From Mary Luke, camper from Milwaukee

Every year that I go to Choir Camp, I am always amazed at how much music we learn, and memorize in just four and a half days. Most of the music I learned this year, I now have memorized. Even though I have been going for many years, I am still able to learn something new every year. This year I learned a lot about how to sing well when singing high, and how to obtain good volume.

To me, Choir Camp is not just about learning to sing the music we are given. It’s about learning to sing prayerfully and giving our best to God when we are singing. Latin class helps me to understand and appreciate the texts I sing, and the classes in vocal technique help me to sing my best so I can give our Lord my best.

Outside of classes and rehearsals, it’s nothing but fun. Spending time with our friends and making new ones is all mixed up in morning walks, games of Capture the Flag, and Extreme-Ninja Dodgeball. I keep in touch with all the friends I make at camp the entire year. Choir Camp is the highlight of my summer, and I look forward to it every year.

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2017
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14
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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
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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
Jan
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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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