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2013
June
22
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Priest retreat

Three days after the 10th anniversary of the solemn dedication on May 31 at St. Mary's Oratory in Wausau, from June 3-7, the Institute priests serving in the American Provence met at St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis for their annual retreat. For the third year, Monsignor Gilles Wach, Prior General of the Institute, came from Gricigliano to preach to the assembled priests during this time of recollection. This year there were a total of 16 priests attending the American retreat, among whom we had the joy of having two French priests from Our International Seminary in Gricigliano, Canon Paul-Antoine Lefèvre, Vice Rector and Prefect of Studies and Canon Louis Valadier, ordained by His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke last year.

Similar retreats were preached by Monsignor Wach to the priests of the Institute in Germany and in France. In all cases, the canons had the opportunity to pray the Divine Office together and share fraternal meals as a community. These retreats have been indispensable for renewing the interior lives of the priests, as well as for the fraternal unity of the Institute. With "Grand Silence" during the retreat, the Canon's hearts and minds were more easily given to prayer and recollection.

In this secular world, Monsignor Wach insisted once again the importance of practicing the priestly virtues, like interior recollection, confidence in God's Providence, detachment from worldly things, forgiveness, humility, obedience, etc. His teaching was ever Christocentric, putting an emphasis on the Love of God and the Cross, following the inspiration of St. Francis de Sales' spirituality.

For the community of faithful in St. Louis, this is the third time this Institute apostolate served as the setting for the annual retreat. The generous Midwestern hospitality proved its fidelity wonderfully again this year. Many individuals and families labored to prepare the chapel, the convent rooms, and the garden in order to accommodate the visiting clergy.

On Thursday evening, Monsignor Wach was the celebrant of a Solemn High Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme and Eternal Priest. 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 announced the progressing and ongoing recovery of Canon Wiener, Rector of the Oratory, and he asked once again fervent prayers for him so that he could come back to serve the Church in the USA. On behalf of the Institute and all the clergy who attended the retreat this year, Monsignor expressed his deep gratitude to the St. Louis faithful for their generous spirit and caring support of the Institute and its priests.

Special thanks to Jerry Naunheim Photography for the photos of Thursday's Solemn High Mass.

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2013
Mar
15
Posted in General
Pope Francis

Oratio pro summo Pontifice: Prayer for the Pope

Latin

V. Oremus pro Pontifice nostro Francisco.
R. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius.  

Pater Noster, Ave Maria.

Deus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum Franciscum, quem pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quaesumus, verbo et exemplo, quibus praeest, proficere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito, perveniat sempiternam. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum. Amen.

English

V. Let us pray for Francis, our Pope.
R. May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and make him blessed upon the earth, and deliver him not up to the will of his enemies. [Ps 40:3]

Our Father, Hail Mary.

O God, Shepherd and Ruler of all Thy faithful people, look mercifully upon Thy servant Francis, whom Thou hast chosen as shepherd to preside over Thy Church. Grant him, we beseech Thee, that by his word and example, he may edify those over whom he hath charge, so that together with the flock committed to him, may he attain everlasting life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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2012
Nov
12
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Traditional Painting Christmas Cards

This Christmas, honor the Holy Infant Jesus by sending beautiful Christmas cards to your friends and loved ones. The prayer intentions of the card recipients will be remembered in a special Novena of Masses celebrated at the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago from December 24 to January 1.

Choose from five 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 in the Christmas Novena of Masses.

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2011
Oct
8
Posted in General
Cardinal Burke Latin Mass

On September 12, His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke offered Pontifical Low Mass in St. Patrick's Church, Limerick, where the Institute offers Holy Mass each Sunday. The Lassus Scholars sang motets for this beautiful Liturgy at which His Eminence was assisted by the Canons and seminarians of the Institute, as well as clergy and servers from the local area.

That same afternoon, Cardinal Burke came to the Institute's residence near the city of Limerick at St. Joseph's House in Granagh. His Eminence blessed the new house chapel, where the faithful can attend the daily celebration of Holy Mass, and the large statue of Saint Joseph in the house garden. A good number of the Limerick faithful came for this event, as well as friends from the local clergy of the Limerick diocese.

Excerpt from the sermon of His Eminence, Cardinal Burke, for the Pontifical Low Mass offered at St. Patrick's in Limerick:

It brings me the deepest joy to be able to celebrate the Holy Mass, according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, in Limerick. Because of my strong family bonds with the Church in Ireland and my long friendship with the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, I have looked forward to the time when I would be able to visit you and offer the Holy Mass for you. In my love of the Church in Ireland and in my high esteem of the Canons of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, I have desired to encourage and support, in every way possible, the apostolate of the Institute in Ireland. Celebrating the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for you who are the direct beneficiaries of the apostolate, I express heartfelt gratitude to you for your faithful and generous support of the Institute and encourage your continued active participation in the apostolate, for the salvation of your souls and for the building up of the Church in Ireland . . .

Be assured that I pray every day for the apostolate, confiding it, in particular, to the intercession of Our Lady of Knock, Queen of Ireland; Saint Patrick, Apostle of Ireland; and Saint Frances de Sales, the principal patron of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.

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Cardinal Burke Visits Our Irish Apostolate
Cardinal Burke Visits Our Irish Apostolate
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2011
Apr
9
Posted in General
Priest retreat

Canon Law stipulates that every priest must make an annual retreat to renew his interior life. This year was, however, the first time that all the priests of the American province of the Institute made their annual retreat together. And their retreat master was none other than our founder and Prior General, Monsignor Gilles Wach.

For five early spring days, St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis hosted fifteen Institute priests from the American province and beyond, as well as some priest friends who are spiritual affiliated with the Institute, for a series of spiritual instructions delivered by Monsignor Wach. The priests were amply lodged in the rectory and in the former convent adjacent to the house. The faithful of the Oratory were amazed to see all the altars of the church in use throughout each morning for the offering of Holy Mass. Vespers and Compline were chanted every evening. The retreat concluded on Thursday with a Solemn Votive Mass of Jesus Christ Eternal High Priest celebrated by Monsignor Wach. On this occasion, Father Jean-Pierre Hermann of Belgium was received as an affiliate priest of the Institute. Mr. Francis Bennell received the cassock as an Institute oblate, and one of the Oratory families in St. Louis received the Cross of St. Francis de Sales, thus becoming members of the Society of the Sacred Heart.

The retreat was a poignant reminder that the Canons of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest are called to a common life founded on the solemn celebration of the liturgy. No retreat is more suited to our vocation than five days spent together in community under the direction of our superior. Although the urgent needs of the American apostolate require that our priests spend most of their time in small communities or even alone for the time being, it is a great encouragement to know that retreats and other community exercises will be a regular part of their priestly life. The Canons and affiliate priests of the American province are deeply grateful to Monsignor Wach for his fatherly care.

Old altar serversSt. Francis de Sales' servers, 1917

The visit of our Prior General was also the occasion to inaugurate the special attire adopted by servers in the Institute's apostolates around the world: the blue cassock and shoulder cape, together with the cross bearing the crest of the Institute. The blue color manifests the consecration of the Institute to Mary Immaculate. Such attire, which has been inspired by the choir habit of the members of the Institute, is very similar to the server attire traditionally worn by altar boys in many places, including St. Francis de Sales Oratory (picture at left dates from 1917). The Institute is happy to restore this long-established custom which contributes to its worldwide family spirit.

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2011
Feb
6
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Pope Benedict, Monsignor Wach, Schmitz

His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, recently received in an audience the Founder and Prior General of the Institute, Monsignor Gilles Wach, and his parents, granting them a papal blessing on their 65th wedding anniversary. Monsignor Wach presented His Holiness with the newest CD of Gregorian Chant sung by the Institute's seminarians and Sisters Adorers, as well as with a special album including photos from recent Ordinations.

Pope Benedict inquired as to the progress of the Institute and listened intently as Monsignor described the worldwide rapid growth and the ever-increasing numbers of vocations for the Institute. His Holiness also warmly greeted the Vicar General of the Institute, Monsignor R. Michael Schmitz, whom he had ordained to the holy priesthood nearly thirty years ago.

In gratitude to His Holiness, the Institute superiors offered him a complete set of green liturgical vestments, custom made in Pope Benedict's native Bavaria and especially designed by the Institute's Art Director and designer, Abbe Alexander Willweber, himself a native of Bavaria. A clerical oblate ordained to the subdiaconate, Abbe Willweber has received the Papal medal bene merenti for his artistic work in the restoration of churches. Upon seeing the vestments His Holiness expressed immediately joyful satisfaction: "You see, they make beautiful things in Bavaria!"

With a fatherly smile His Holiness spoke words of encouragement and support of the Institute in its mission to bring the Reign of Christ to all spheres of society and human life through the celebration of the Liturgy and the promotion of Catholic culture and beauty.

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Pope Benedict Receives Institute Superiors
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Pope Benedict Receives Institute Superiors

2010
Oct
23
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Cardinal Burke

With profound gratitude to the Most Holy Trinity, to Christ Our King, and His Immaculate Mother, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest rejoices in the news that His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI will name the Most Reverend Raymond Leo Burke to the College of Cardinals at the Consistory to be held on November 20, 2010.

We are grateful for the example of fidelity and dedication in Archbishop Burke's service to the Church, currently as Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, as Archbishop Emeritus of St. Louis, as former Bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin, and most of all, as a priest of the Roman Catholic Church. Over the past decade, the Archbishop has ordained many priests of the Institute, and we deeply cherish his friendship and fatherly care.

At the General Chapter of the Institute this past September, Archbishop Burke spoke lovingly of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the priesthood. He asked for our prayers, and now we wish to assure him that, from Wisconsin to Missouri, from the Rome of the West to the Eternal City, all those throughout the years who have been baptized, confirmed, ordained — all who have received Christ in His Sacraments at the hands of this holy bishop are praying to Our Lord to keep him close to His Most Sacred Heart and to give him strength and continued perseverance.

We wish as well to express our filial gratitude to His Holiness for this great gift to the Universal Church, and we assure him of our fervent prayers at every Mass celebrated by the canons of the Institute.

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Congratulations to Cardinal-Designate Raymond L. Burke
Congratulations to Cardinal-Designate Raymond L. Burke
Congratulations to Cardinal-Designate Raymond L. Burke
Congratulations to Cardinal-Designate Raymond L. Burke
Congratulations to Cardinal-Designate Raymond L. Burke

2010
June
5
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Year of the Priest Book

Published during this Year of the Priest with the support of the Institute of Christ the King, the monumental book The Catholic Priest: Image of Christ places in the forefront the beauty and sacredness of the Catholic priesthood. With 560 illustrations spanning fifteen centuries of art originating in many parts of the world, the author depicts all aspects of the life of the priest, focusing most particularly on the celebration of the Eucharist as the very heart of the priestly being. Included in these vignettes are the life of a priest as a religious and the self-sacrifice of the priest at its highest level: martyrdom.

Profound exposés on the meaning and value of the Holy Mass and on the sanctity and charity of the priesthood are found throughout the book. These accompanying essays, which include important contributions by the His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI and Cardinal Medina Estevez, as well as Monsignor Gilles Wach, Prior General of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, and Monsignor R. Michael Schmitz, Vicar General in the Institute, among others, describe not only what the priest does, but more importantly, who he is.

In addition, various chapters vividly chronicle exemplary priestly lives which reflect Jesus Christ, Sovereign Priest in an extraordinary way: Saint Bernard and Saint Jean-Marie Vianney and martyrs such as Saint Maximilian Kolbe and Blessed Ivan Ziatyk. Splendidly illustrating the lives of holy priests through the beauty of sacred art, this book offers to the reader a sublime meditation on the sacred grandeur of the priestly vocation.


Glimpses of the new book

Since the Catholic priesthood is just as relevant today as ever before, the author explores the manner in which contemporary sacred art portrays the priest as an image of Christ in. In contrast to the pervasive images of the Crucifixion found in most commercial art, the author gathers together many inspiring and prayerful alternatives from around the world. Included in this book are paintings and stained glass images by contemporary artists, whose work reflects the Holy Father's directive on sacred art: "in continuity with the past, but not copying it." These new canvases find themselves in good company with painters such as Fra Angelico or Zurbaran as can be briefly seen in the video clip at right. Like the Church, this is a truly universal book.

The attractive design and layout of this book together with its enlightening articles available in six languages make this volume a masterpiece in itself. Blending insightful text with impressive iconography, this book emphasizes the mystic, sacramental, and divine aspects of the priesthood, as well as the vital importance of the priest as a man of Christ-like charity. This work is also meant to be a tribute to the many holy priests who, living as 'alter Christus' (other Christs) in a modern world so often hostile to their priestly being and ministry, are the unsung heroes of today.

A truly positive and encouraging gift for priests and seminarians during these difficult times for vocations, this book is also gladly received by young people as an appealing means to deepen their Faith and by families as a valuable catechetical resource.

The author, Mr. Steen Heidemann, is of Danish origin and holds degrees in architecture and art (Oxford Polytechnic), as well as a Master of Science degree in management. He now lives with his French wife and children in Normandy and works as an organizer of international art exhibitions. Having been received into the Catholic Church at Westminster Cathedral in London, the author dedicated this book in grateful appreciation for his conversion to the Catholic Faith. With the encouragement of the Institute of Christ the King, the author devoted six years to create this book.

An edition of The Catholic Priest: Image of Christ published by Liana Marabini of LIAMAR in Monaco is available in the United States since June 1, 2010, through Ignatius Press.

Order the Book through Ignatius Press »

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2010
Apr
9
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Pope Benedict XVI

The bouquet has ended.

The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is preparing to send a spiritual bouquet to His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI.  Via an online form, the faithful may contribute to this bouquet, along with others throughout the world, which will be presented directly to His Holiness.

All are invited to contribute Holy Masses, Rosaries, novenas, Holy Hours, or works of charity for our Holy Father at a time in which he is being unjustly attacked.

The Institute is especially encouraging prayers and sacrifices during a special Novena (PDF) beginning on Saturday, April 24, the 5th anniversary of the inauguration of Pope Benedict XVI, through May 2, which is the first Sunday of the month of Mary, Mother of the Church.

The bouquet has ended.

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2009
Aug
20
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Monsignor Wach in St. Louis

During the first two weeks of June, the Founder and Prior General of the Institute, Monsignor Gilles Wach, visited many of the apostolates of the Institute across the United States. Large numbers of faithful gathered at each apostolate to welcome Monsignor. They kindly prepared pleasant receptions with good food and lively conversation in the family-like atmosphere characteristic of the spirit of the Institute. Touched by their charity, Monsignor Wach expressed time and time again his gratitude to the faithful for their continual prayers and generous support of the Institute priests and seminarians.

At St. Margaret Mary church in Oakland, California, Monsignor was the celebrant of a Votive Solemn High Mass of the Sacred Heart for the First Friday of the month. Then he offered a Sunday Solemn High Mass at St. Gianna Oratory in Tucson, Arizona, the Institute's most recent US apostolate. From Arizona Monsignor traveled east to St. Louis, where he celebrated a Solemn High Mass followed by Marian devotions at St. Francis de Sales Oratory.  He greeted the present Archbishop of St. Louis, the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, as well as Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, presently the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. Next Monsignor Wach was present at the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago for the Solemn Te Deum and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament offered by His Eminence Francis Cardinal George in thanksgiving for the Institute's reception of the Pontifical Rite status. This ceremony was the opening event for the national retreat of the Society of the Sacred Heart, at which Monsignor Wach and Monsignor Schmitz preached the spiritual conferences. On Sunday, June 14, Monsignor Wach was the celebrant of the Solemn High Mass and procession for the External solemnity of Corpus Christi. After a Solemn High Mass at Saint Mary Oratory in Rockford, Illinois, Monsignor then came to St. Anthony of Padua Oratory in West Orange, New Jersey, where he celebrated a Solemn High Mass and Te Deum.

While the increasing number of American apostolates did not make it possible for Monsignor to visit all of them this year, he said that he looks forward with anticipation to returning next year for another tour.

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