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2014
Dec
3
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In Gratitude to Mary Immaculate for 25 Years at the Service of the Church

On September 1st, 2015, the Institute will celebrate the 25th anniversary of its founding and canonical erection. Join us in thanking God for these twenty-five years of grace!

This commemorative desk calendar includes:

  • 365 pages with color photos
  • Photo captions
  • Spiritual quotes from Institute’s patron saints.

This special calendar is available to you for a donation of $30, which will support our ongoing work during this 25th anniversary year.

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2014
Dec
3
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Thanks Be To Mary Immaculate For So Many Graces Received!

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee!

Canonically erected on September 1st, 1990, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest was consecrated in the early years of its youth to the Blessed Virgin Mary under the title of her Immaculate Conception. Each year on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, December 8th, the Prior General of the Institute solemnly renews this Marian consecration at the Motherhouse and International Seminary in Gricigliano, Italy, in union with the apostolates of the Institute in over 80 locations around the world.

Offered in grateful thanksgiving for 25 years of grace and blessing in the service of the universal Church, this anniversary calendar contains beautiful images of Mary Immaculate, as well as a selection of color photos depicting the apostolic work of the Institute across the world. As we ask you to join us in prayerful thanksgiving to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, we hope that the many images included in this calendar may also inspire you to remember our Institute in your prayers to our Blessed Mother. May Mary Immaculate intercede for Holy Mother Church and for our world which has such great need of the truth and charity of her Divine Son, Christ our beloved King!

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2014
Nov
28
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On the feast of St. Charles Borromeo, November 4, 2014, and in accordance with Article 20 of the Constitutions of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, the General Chapter gathered in the presence of Monsignor Patrick Descourtieux of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei at the Motherhouse in Gricigliano in order to elect the Superior General.

The vote elected Monsignor Gilles Wach as Superior General for the next six years.

Let us render thanksgiving to Divine Providence while invoking the intercession of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception so that the Institute may be ever faithful in the service of God’s Holy Church.

Rev. Canon Gilles Guitard
Secretary

 

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2014
Nov
2
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Enroll your family & friends in a Novena of Masses offered at the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago from December 24—January 1.

Then you can send them these extraordinary Christmas cards to let them know that their intentions will be prayerfully remembered at the altar of the Holy Infant King.

SUGGESTED DONATION: $25 FOR 10 ENROLLMENTS; $20 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL 10

Each enrollment comes with 1 of these high quality Christmas cards! Choose from 9 beautiful cover paintings:

Each shipment of cards will include a form to record the names and intentions of your friends and loved ones. This form can then be mailed back to the Shrine using the enclosed reply envelope so that each card recipient can be prayerfully remembered at the altar in the Christmas Novena of Masses.

Send prayers along with one of these Christmas cards to everyone on your list!

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2013
Nov
12
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Latin Mass Calendar

The Institute's 2014 Calendar will take you around the world on a journey which is just as colorful and instructive, as it is spiritually edifying! This full-size wall calendar contains the feasts of the Church's Liturgical Year according to class in the 1962 Roman Missal. On fourth class ferias days mention is also made of the saints who are honored in certain places throughout the Catholic world. Each month has an inspirational quote from the Rule of St. Benedict, one of the patrons of the Institute. Monthly reminders help you to join in the monthly Novena in honor of Christ the Infant King, whose prayer is printed on the back calendar cover.

The calendar will also help you to learn more about the universality of the Catholic Church. It includes many color photos of the worldwide apostolates of the Institute family in Europe and Africa, as well as in the United States. Scenes from Seminary life and from the Sisters Adorers are depicted, as well as views of the schools and youth camps of the Institute. A complete listing of the Institute houses and churches is also included.

This calendar is ready for pre-order and will ship by the end of November! Order yours today so that you can be a part of this spiritual journey around the Catholic world!

Calendar Feature: St. Benedict, Patron of Liturgy and Community Life

Having featured the Institute's patrons St. Francis de Sales and St. Thomas Aquinas in the calendars of previous years, the 2014 calendar focuses on St. Benedict of Nursia (480-543), the Patron of Liturgy and Community Life. Living in the upheaval of the 6th century Roman world of institutions which were crumbling under the weight of decadent morals and political unrest, the young Benedict was in search of that stability of life which is necessary for peace and good order. He founded monasteries in which the brethren would come together many times each day for the Liturgical prayer of Holy Mass and Hours of the Divine Office sung together in common. Outside of the chapel, the monks were to dedicate themselves to work both manual and intellectual, as well as to the service of their brethren, especially toward the elderly, the sick, and to the young.

St. Benedict outlined the principles and details of this daily rhythm of "Ora et Labora," or "Prayer and Work", in his famous Rule, which has inspired centuries of religious and lay faithful alike. Across Europe and the world Benedictine monasteries became centers of prayer and learning which promote Faith and the culture of the good, the true, and the beautiful in every aspect of human life. Indeed, this culture expresses the divine truths believed by Faith in a practical way, such as for example, in art, music, literature, and architecture. Flowing from Faith, culture also assists this Faith to be ever more deeply rooted in the human heart.

According to its Constitutions which have been approved by the Holy See in 2008, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is a Society of Apostolic Life in which the clerical members live in community in the tradition of Canons Secular. The priests and oblates form a spiritual family of fathers and brothers who pray the Divine Office together morning, noon, and evening. The Canons also administer to the pastoral needs of the lay faithful by the celebration of Holy Mass and Offices of the Liturgy according to the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Rite, the conferral of the Sacraments, the giving of spiritual direction and retreats in the spirit of St. Francis de Sales, as well as the formation of youth in schools and formation programs.

Just as the Liturgy is the center and source of the Benedictine life, so is the Liturgy to hold the primary place in the life of the priories, oratories, shrines, parishes, schools, and missions of the Institute. By promoting Catholic culture as well as Faith in accordance with Benedictine principles, the Institute seeks to establish the Reign of Christ our King in every aspect of human life.

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2013
Nov
4
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Traditional Christmas Cards

Give the gift of prayer this Christmas!

Enroll your family & friends in a Novena of Masses offered at the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago from December 24—January 1.

Then you can send them these extraordinary Christmas cards to let them know that their intentions will be prayerfully remembered at the altar of the Holy Infant King.

SUGGESTED DONATION: $25 FOR 10 ENROLLMENTS; $20 FOR EACH ADDITIONAL 10

Each enrollment comes with 1 of these high quality Christmas cards! Choose from 7 beautiful cover paintings.

Each shipment of cards will include a form to record the names and intentions of your friends and loved ones. This form can then be mailed back to the Shrine using the enclosed reply envelope so that each card recipient can be prayerfully remembered at the altar in the Christmas Novena of Masses.

Send prayers along with one of these Christmas cards to everyone on your list!

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2013
Oct
24
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California Summer Camp

In 2004 Monsignor Schmitz had the inspiration to ask Abbé Kevin and Canon Meney to start a youth group which would meet all year, and would include a camp during the summer months. That is the origin of the St. Michael's Patrol. The first camp met north of Green Bay at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Kerscher (parents of Abbé Kevin). A little more than 20 boys attended this first Father-Son event.  Two years later, the Company of the Immaculate—the parallel youth group for girls—started. The youth groups in Wisconsin, under the subsequent influences of Canons Fragelli and Huberfeld, continue today and gather each year more than 100 participants. 

The team of Abbé Kevin and Canon Meney was reunited in California just before Easter 2013. It was logical to export the idea of the youth camp to these parts, although some changes needed to be made because state law forbids collecting firewood in California!

We found a great location at the Trilby Horse Farm in San Jose CA, private property owned by our octogenarian host. Twenty two were in attendance. Liturgy, camp-fire and games were in the program, just as when it started in Wisconsin... Same team. Same formula. A different location...

Here is a testimony of Mr. Garton-Zavesky, chaperone at the camp and father of three participants:

From morning calisthenics to curfew, the boys breathed Catholic air. At the final Mass, which as it happened fell on the Feast of St. Lawrence, patron of comedians, Canon Meney summed up the purpose of the camp when he quoted St. Francis de Sales, "In the spiritual life, we are like  chickens, but we should be like eagles." I hope the boys took away from the camp an enriched sense of what it means to be Catholic, and I look forward to coming again.

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2013
Sept
24
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As told by one of the camp counselors:

Over the past few years, my younger sibling attended the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest's Choir Camp, and each year when she returned home, she would eagerly give a glowing report of how much she had enjoyed it. This year, however, I was able to witness firsthand the transformation the camp brings about in the campers.

Under the direction of Mr. Nick Botkins, Mr. Kevin Allen, Abbe Matthew Walter, and Mr. Joseph Reidy, camp-goers learned vocal technique, music theory, the history of Gregorian chant, and the fundamentals of Latin. Through these classes, campers learned about the beauty, art, and tradition that make up our Catholic Faith, whether by playing Latin Jeopardy in Mr. Reidy's class or expanding their repertoire and vocal ability in Mr. Botkins' class. 

While the camp was music-intensive, the hard work was well-balanced with many recreational activities. Camp-goers spent the afternoons playing a group game of capture the flag, soccer, volleyball, hand-clapping games, and tag. On the final evening, the children showcased their artistic ability in a talent show, which included piano numbers, religious songs, a fairytale skit, and gymnastic feats. Throughout the week, friendships grew and blossomed among the children. Even though they had only a week together, many of the children remain pen pals and look forward to next year's camp when they can see their friends again.

In the evenings, Canon Raphael Ueda led campers in the Litany of the Sacred Heart and a rosary walk around the peaceful grounds of the Mount Saint Joseph Academy in Kentucky. Canon also offered daily Mass for the campers and was available for daily confession. Campers prayed the angelus before meals and processed with a statue of the Infant of Prague before Mass.  All of these things served as a reminder that our Faith is not something we keep separate from our "normal" lives, but is interwoven in all of our actions. 

For the beautiful closing Mass on Friday, the children's hard work throughout the week was made evident. They sang the Sanctus, Agnus Dei, Kyrie, and other pieces they learned over the course of the week. As their voices echoed in the chapel, I couldn't help but think of the loving effort the children put into their performance for God. The progress the children made over five short days is remarkable. Under the guiding hands of the faculty members, the pieces and high notes campers had struggled with on Monday coursed easily from their mouths and swelled into a beautiful harmony.  

I was incredibly blessed to be able to witness this transformative week. In five days, the campers' musical ability had blossomed. And as everyone waved goodbye to their new friends and beautiful grounds, it was obvious that the camp had brought about a deepening of the children's Faith and Friendship too.  

Emily Wichmer, Choir Camp counselor

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2013
Sept
21
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Catholic Girls Camp

As told by one of the camp counselors.

"Who shall find a valiant woman? Far and from the uttermost coast is the price of her." Proverbs 31 

It is no secret that the quest to find a valiant woman begins with the formation of virtuous girls. This task seems rather daunting when one considers the culture in which we live. But every year in the beautiful countryside of Wisconsin, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest provides a camp where girls from ages 10-17 come from all over the world to participate in a weeklong experience of Catholic girlhood formation. At camp, participants experience the wholesome pleasures of youth, fortified by the Holy Sacraments and spiritual formation, with unique opportunities to cultivate and practice Catholic virtue the in camaraderie of like-minded girls.

This year's camp was certainly no exception, with over 90 girls in attendance. Each morning began with Holy Mass, accompanied by the hearing of Confessions and the call to sainthood in the sermons of one of the three Canons in attendance. This call was kept close in mind by the patronage of various woman saints from countries all over the world, assigned to the girls by teams at the beginning of camp. Various talks and discussions amid the activities of camp, such as a talk given by Mrs. Sarah Ryan on Modesty, called the girls to value the dignity of womanhood and the need to preserve, guard, and defend it's treasures. The end of each day would find the entire camp in rosary procession under the setting sun, with Our Lady's statue and saints' banners held high, and young voices proclaiming the Angelic Salutation.

Far from being, "all prayer and no play," games, activities, and even chores brought the Catholic spirit of camp to life in wholehearted fun. Relay races and competitive games gave girls the occasion to work together as a team, exercise leadership qualities, encourage others, and taste the victory that comes with both winning and losing with charity. With horseback riding, swimming, volleyball, capture the flag, crafting, campfires, there was never a dull moment.  Whether preparing a three-course meal in the famous cooking contest, rehearsing skits and songs for the evening campfires, or doing dishes and collecting firewood, the girls were never without an opportunity to collaborate with like-mined souls and make new friends in the process!

Over 30 girls formed a choir and string ensemble that accompanied the closing Mass with hymns and chants of the Church at St. Mary's Oratory in Wausau at the end of the week. Their innocent voices, and musicianship perfectly portrayed the joy reflected on every face in the church; a joy not to be chased away by fatigue, a dreary rainstorm, or the ever-lurking jackalope. There was a sense of contentment in the living of St. Francis de Sales counsel, "Be who you are, and be it well." Inspired by the examples of Our Lady, the saints, and their fellow campers throughout the week, the girls departed camp with uplifted hearts, renewed fervor in practicing virtue, and new-formed friendships, thus forming girlhood gems into jewels of valiant women.

Mary Serafino, Camp Counselor 

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2013
Sept
21
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Catholic Boys Camp

Of the various summer assignments I have received during the last four years as a seminarian, the boys' and girls' camps held in Wausau, Wisconsin were among my favorites. Camp provided many opportunities, not only for prayer, virtue building, music, fun and games, but also a great opportunity to meet many wonderful families from around the United States and beyond.  

Daily Mass and Rosary, as well as frequent Confession at camp were, without a doubt, the most important part of the week. As a seminarian, wakeup call at 6 AM is a normal part of daily life, but witnessing the devotion of the campers who assisted each morning at 6:30 Mass was very edifying. The graces received at the morning Mass or confession flowed into the rest of the day, helping to give all the competitions, games and fireside skits or concerts a pronounced Salesian atmosphere, with Charity reigning over the camp spirit. 

Mass and thanksgiving were immediately followed by the raising of the colors, which was for a patriotic American living most of his time far from home, a very uplifting and memorable experience. The campers did their country proud standing at attention, marching to the beat of the drum roll and high pitched patriotic melodies, and concluding by the Pledge of Allegiance. 

The many different sports played at camp were a welcome form of relaxation after a demanding year of academics. On several occasions, my modest (to put it mildly) athletic abilities provided the double benefit as a chance to practice humility for me, and as a laugh for the boys! The boys' first competition allowed them to demonstrate their great carpentry potential. It consisted in the construction of sixteen benches for the campfire circle at camp. As a team captain, I was very proud of the young men on my team who won first place for their fine craftsmanship! The girls, in like manner, impressed us by their great culinary expertise at a cooking contest, where each team strove to excel in not only in the quality and originality of the food prepared, but also in presentation, hospitality and live entertainment!    

Each team represents a different country with a patron saint corresponding to that country. My team was assigned Scotland, with the great honor of having the only post-reformation Scottish saint as our beloved patron, Saint John Ogilvie. Some of the other patron saints included St. Brigid of Ireland, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Nicholas von Flüe, St. Zita, and the twenty-six Martyrs of Nagasaki. Each team is normally composed of about 11 campers, with a total of 8 teams.  Each takes great pride in their respective national identities and patron Saints, leading to a healthy competitive spirit.

Football, horseback riding, cross country racing, archery, tug o' war, capture the flag and flag wars were among the numerous sporting events held at camp and provided many occasions for the campers to learn team work skills, as well as to display their own personal athletic prowess. Seeing the many talents, both musical and theatrical of the campers, Canons and confreres around the campfire each evening was certainly the most enjoyable part of the day for me. Each evening, a show is organized, with campers, seminarians and priests alike performing various skits and classical or folk concerts. This convivial fireside spirit was the perfect way to finish each day. 

I had the pleasure of meeting many parents who volunteer at the camp helping with support, transportation, preparation and cooking as well as many young men and women who volunteer as counselors. These volunteers combined effort allowed for a first rate camping experience which could not have been more meticulously planned, prepared and executed. 

Finally, camp provided me with a unique opportunity of meeting many excellent Catholic families from around the United States and beyond. The kindness and generosity of the many volunteers at camp were outstanding. It was great encouragement for my vocation to see the goal towards which my seminary formation is directed.  Seminary life leaves little time for corresponding with the priests stationed in the American province. Camp allowed me to become more acquainted with the priests serving here in America, and to reminisce about seminary years gone by with the younger Canons.

My hopes are already high for returning to help at camp in the coming years. The experiences I had at camp will provide many fine topics of conversation at seminary! I am very grateful to God and my superiors for the opportunity of coming to Wausau this summer for camps. 

Abbé John O'Connor, Seminarian 

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