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2017
Jan
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SACRED MUSIC WORKSHOP IN ST. LOUIS 
St. Francis de Sales Oratory, March 10-12, 2017 

Both the practical and spiritual aspects of sacred music will be the focus of an upcoming Sacred Music Workshop in March. Already in the planning stages, the intensive two-day program will include spiritual talks given by Institute canons, Gregorian chant instruction including Gregorian Rhythm and an introduction to Chironomy imparted by Canon Wulfran Lebocq, currently serving in Ireland and was the Chant Master at the Seminary for a number of years.

Canon Lebocq directs seminarian CD in 2012

Participants will also experience singing polyphonic repertoire taught by Mr. Nicholas Botkins, Director of Music at St. Francis de Sales Oratory. Starting on Friday evening, March 10, and including High Mass on Sunday, participants will take part in chanting the Office with members of the Institute, attend lectures and rehearsals for both Chant and polyphony.

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Friday, March 10
Ember Friday
5:30pm Registration (Convent Refectory)
6:00pm VESPERS & ANGELUS (Church)
6:45pm Dinner (Church Hall)
7:45pm Spiritual Talk on Gregorian Chant (Cn. Huberfeld)
8:30pm COMPLINE (Church)

Saturday, March 11
Ember Saturday
8:00am Low Mass
8:45am Breakfast (Church Hall)
9:15am Gregorian Chant Practicum (Cn. Lebocq)
10:30am Break
10:45am Polyphonic Rehearsal (Mr. Botkins)
12:00pm ANGELUS & LUNCH
1:15pm Gentlemen Gregorian Chant Practicum (Cn. Lebocq)
Ladies’ Polyphonic Rehearsal (Mr. Botkins)
2:30pm Break
3:00pm Ladies’ Gregorian Chant Practicum (Cn. Lebocq) Gentlemen’s Polyphonic Rehearsal (Mr. Botkins)
5:00pm Break
5:15pm Spiritual Talk on Gregorian Chant (Cn. Huberfeld)
6:00pm VESPERS & ANGELUS
6:45pm Dinner (Church Hall)
8:30pm COMPLINE

Sunday, March 12
The Second Sunday of Lent
8:45am Warm-up/final rehearsal
10:00am High Mass (Church)
Coffee hour follows the 10am Sung Mass 

Mr. Nick Botkins directs Oratory choir

The deadline for registration is Sunday, February 19, 2017.
 
Price: $95.00 per person; incl. meals, lodging not included

For more information, please contact the Oratory office by phone at 314-771-3100 or via email at sfds@institute-christ-king.org.
 
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2016
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28
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The initial invitation to the Institute by an American Bishop came from His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, then Bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin, in 1996. Since then the Institute has been called by Bishops in twelve other Dioceses to found spiritual centers where Holy Mass is celebrated in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, the doctrine of the Church and the spirituality of St Francis de Sales are taught and explained to people of all ages, and Catholic culture is revived by the beauty of the arts and the charity of social life.

This calendar traces the individual story of these Institute apostolates in chronological order throughout the past twenty years. Offered in grateful thanksgiving to Christ the Infant King, this calendar includes many photos of the Institute’s apostolic work across the United States in the hope that you may be inspired to pray for the spiritual fruits of this mission.

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2016
Nov
11
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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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2016
Sept
10
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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
June
21
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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
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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
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On October 7, 2008, the decree Saeculorum Rex established the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest as a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right in the form of canons secular. On January 29, 2016, Feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron of the Institute, the Holy See gave its permanent approval of the Constitutions of the Institute.

The Church’s solemn hymn of thanksgiving, the Te Deum, was sung at the Institute’s international seminary and Motherhouse in Gricigliano, Italy, following second vespers of the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Francois Bacqué, apostolic nuncio, who was the Apostolic Visitor to the Institute, will celebrate a Pontifical Mass of thanksgiving on February 2.  Deo gratias!

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At the end of August, the Canons and affiliate priests of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest gathered at the Motherhouse and International Seminary of St. Philip Neri for the annual general Chapter. As secular Canons, the priests of the Institute attend this yearly meeting in order to maintain the all-important link between the Motherhouse and the Houses of the Institute throughout the world.

Fostering a strong unity of mind and purpose, this annual Chapter emphasizes for the members of the Institute the fundamental importance of the unity of grace and nature inherent in the Divine Liturgy and in the Holy Priesthood by centering the priestly interior life on the Holy Eucharist and the Sacred Heart. The Chapter is above all the opportunity for the Canons to pray the Liturgy together as a spiritual family.

The Chapter began on Monday, August 24, with the Veni Creator Spiritus chant invoking the Holy Ghost and Adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. In addition to the celebration of private Low Mass, the Canons assisted at Solemn High Mass each day and chanted daily Vespers and Compline.

Each priestly member of the Institute reaffirmed his commitment to live the Constitutions of the Institute, which define the spiritual identity which is proper to it as a community. The Canons are to chant several canonical Hours together each day along with the clerical oblate brothers and to conform to the spirit and teaching of their holy patrons, St. Francis de Sales, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Benedict.

The Chapter meeting this year was graced with the presence of the Most Reverend Giuseppe Sciacca, Official of the Apostolic Signatura. His Excellency offered Pontifical Mass and a beautiful sermon on the specific identity of the Institute priests as secular canons, evoking the celebration of the sacred Liturgy and the pastoral service to souls as integral elements of this vocation.

Led by the Prior General of the Institute, Monsignor Gilles Wach, the consecration of the Institute to the Sacred, Royal, and Priestly Heart of Jesus was renewed in the Chapel of the Sisters Adorers convent, located a few miles from the seminary, in the presence of all the Canons and of the Sisters Adorers.

On Friday, August 28, the Chapter concluded with Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and the chant of the Te Deum in thanksgiving for so many graces received during these days of prayer, meetings, and fraternity.

The Chapter is also a spiritual family reunion which offers the occasion for the members of the worldwide Institute to maintain friendships with one another, as they revisit the seminary in which they all received their priestly formation.

Please remember the 89 Canons of the Institute, as well as the priests who are affiliate members, in your daily prayers as they labor to bring the Reign of Christ the King to our world of today!

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From the 14th to the 17th of August, 2015, the Institute of Christ the King held its fifth annual Sursum Corda young adult retreat. The participants, some newcomers and others old friends, came from across the country to the beautiful campus of the University of Our Lady of the Lake in Mundelein, Illinois. Together, we sought greater attentiveness to the Voice of God and His call, and the spiritual fraternity found amongst other young Catholics.

Our carefully-balanced daily schedule revolved around the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the nightly chanting of Compline. Interspersed were spiritual conferences; opportunities for Confession and individual spiritual direction from the Canons; and the fun recreation necessary for complete spiritual refreshment.

On Friday evening we had our yearly dance, learning some basic ballroom steps and enjoying the ensuing good-natured laughter as we puzzled out the routines. Saturday, the Feast of the Assumption, brought an important conference on loving and serving God in our individual vocations. We were exhorted to have courage, and to step out in faith regardless of our culture’s constant message of protracted adolescence, laziness, and fear. The day also included a Rosary Walk and pilgrimage to Marytown, where we explored the beautiful Church and spent time in silent Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Back on campus, we enjoyed a lively Theology on Tap event, wherein our good-humored Canons answered many anonymous questions submitted via index cards that had been passed out earlier that afternoon.

Sunday evening brought our yearly talent show, with performances ranging from the beautiful vocal gifts of this year’s winner, to the Wounded Soldier sketch that left us all doubled over in laughter. Afterwards, we gathered for a surprise birthday party that included not one, but three different delicious cakes.

Finally, we departed on Monday, our hearts heavy but our spirits invigorated: many miles may separate us, and we struggle against the current of a world gone mad, but we know we are not alone. United in the Sacred Heart, under the Mantle of the Immaculate, we seek to emulate the example of St. Benedict and his monks: having received new strength through prayer and fellowship, we work for Christ and His Kingdom, no matter where He sees fit to place us.
- Rebekah Wielgos

 

When I first attended Sursum Corda I was still in a crossroads in my faith.  I had been attending the Extraordinary form at both an Institute of Christ the King apostate and a small oratory operating in the basement of a parish center.  I was feeling very much an outsider.   For my entire life I had been part of a practicing Catholic family and, because I attended Catholic schools, most of my friends were Catholic.  Attending Mass at my childhood parish was a shared experience.  Upon deciding to attend the Extraordinary Form exclusively this changed.  In the past I had been able to converse on the weekly readings and homiles of this priest versus that.  Now I was alone.  Readings were different, priests were different from those that I had come to know in my home diocese, and most of all there was a completely different mindset as to the Mass.  I felt alone.  Even among my Catholic friends I found myself the outsider.  Attending the Sursum Corda Retreat changed this.

Sursum Corda showed me that I was not alone.  There is an entire community of young Catholics who embrace the extraordinary form of the mass and traditional sacraments.  This was the second year that I was able to attend the retreat at the picturesque seminary in Mundelein, Illinois which serves the Archdiocese of Chicago. 

The weekend includes a balance of events; both spiritual and social.  Participants are able to take full advantage of the lakeside property.  We were treated to professional dance lessons, a volleyball tournament, and plenty of social time in the lounge.  The weekend also included a visit to the Marytown (a shrine operated by the Friars of St. Bonaventure), numerous theology conferences, and a theology on tap session.  With all of the activities the focus on the weekend is the liturgy and sacraments with daily opportunities for spiritual direction, confession, Compline and the Holy Sacrifice of Mass. 

Sursum Corda is a special weekend.  One that I look forward to annually.  It’s an opportunity to connect with friends from across the country and recharge spiritually all while fostering a deeper connection with the Institute. 

- Chad Briesacher

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“They will take it all back with them to the Masses they attend,” said Mr. Nicholas Botkins, referring to the music experience and skills the campers acquired from this summer’s Choir Camp. And indeed they will: thirty-nine students came from eleven states to attend the Institute’s sixth annual Choir Camp, from August 2-7, at the beautiful Ursuline Sisters’ Mount Saint Joseph Conference and Retreat Center in Maple Mount, KY.

During the five-day intensive study, the campers focused their attention on Gregorian Chant, Latin, musicianship, and vocal technique. The instructors, who, incidentally, traveled from as far as Georgia and Texas, taught the students in small groups to make sure the material was absorbed and adequate attention was given to challenging areas. Apart from rehearsals, the campers engaged in games, sports, evening prayer and daily Rosary walks on the beautiful grounds. Watching the campers blossom musically and form new friendships was as rewarding for the counselors, supervising mothers, and Abbe Alex, as it was for the campers. Holy Mass was offered daily at camp by Canon Andrew Todd, and there were ample opportunities for confessions.

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As in previous camps, this year’s campers sang for the retired and convalescing sisters who reside at the long-term care facility on campus. It was a memorable event for both the singers and the elderly sisters whose hearts were deeply touched by the musical young voices.

On the last day, the singers mustered all their newly acquired music skills and sang the entire Mass under the direction of Mr. Botkins. If love could be measured by St. Augustine’s words, “he who sings praise, not only sings, but also loves Him about whom he is singing,” the campers’ love for God filled the chapel at Mount Saint Joseph, and soared beyond the confines of the building.

It is true that the campers took it with them when they left the Institute’s sixth annual Choir Camp, but what they took was priceless beyond measure: friendships and camaraderie that come with every summer camp, but also the beauty of sacred music, love for the liturgy, spirit of service, and possession of music that they can gift to others when they offer their singing at Mass, wherever they are.

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