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2015
Mar
4
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You are invited on a 10 day pilgrimage to Italy, from June 27-July 6, 2015, for the Institute’s Ordinations’ Week in Florence! You will see the young seminarians receive their cassocks and Minor Orders, and you will assist at the Pontifical Masses of Ordinations for the Deacons and Subdeacons, as well as for the Priests, which will be conferred by His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke. Receive a guided tour of St. Philip Neri International Seminary and the Institute’s Motherhouse, and visit the beautiful seminary grounds nestled in the Florentine hills among the olive groves and vineyards. Enjoy an afternoon in Siena, as well as sightseeing in Florence. Join the seminarians for buffet dinner and Ordinations banquet with fireworks. Having assisted at the First Mass of a newly-ordained priest, you will then visit the Basilica at Orvieto, site of a Eucharistic miracle, en route to Rome. For two full days you will pray at the Basilicas and Shrines of Rome, attend Sunday Mass at the Institute’s Apostolate in Chiesa Gesu e Maria in the heart of Rome, as well as the Sunday Angelus of the Holy Father in St. Peter’s Square.     

Departure from Chicago O’Hare. Organized by Pentecost Tours (www.pentecosttours.com) Base price $2,999 + $769 airline/fuel surcharge. For this early bird rate, a $500 deposit is due March 27.

 

Please call Pentecost Tours today at (800) 713-9800 because seating is limited and airline tickets are reserved for only a limited time!

Click here to see the brochure (PDF) for details.

For more information, you may also contact the group’s Chaplain, Canon Michael Stein, Vice-Rector at the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago at 773-363-7409 or by email at shrine@institute-christ-king.org.

You can view photos of last year’s Ordinations in Florence here.

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2014
Oct
24
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The year 2014 marks the 250th anniversary of the founding of the city of St. Louis, MO, where the Institute’s St. Francis de Sales Oratory is located. Coincidentally, this year also marks the 800th anniversary of the birth of King Louis IX of France, a saintly king who was canonized in 1297 by Pope Boniface VIII. King Saint Louis is a popular saint well known for his exemplary governance, his generous care of the poor, his personal sanctity, and his patronage of the arts.

For a city that bears the saint’s name and enjoys his patronage, this is indeed a year to celebrate! Throughout the year, festivities were held by many civic, secular, and Catholic institutions to mark the development and achievements of this city. The Institute’s Oratory contributed to the city-wide celebration this past Sunday, October 19, with a solemn liturgy to honor the holy patron of St. Louis.

Led by His Grace, Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, the clergy of the Oratory and 300-plus faithful honored King St. Louis with a procession of his sacred relic. In the presence of media cameras and many onlookers, the procession wound about the neighborhood streets adjacent to St. Francis de Sales Oratory. Once inside the Oratory, the relic was placed at an honored place at Our Lady’s Altar, and His Grace gave his sermon. The Archbishop focused on the 250 years of Catholic St. Louis, and its reputation as “Rome of the West” because of the many religious communities that have played (and continue to play) an important role in this city’s history. The Archbishop further exhorted the congregation to follow the example of the patron saint of the city, a leader who “showed his people how to deal with one another justly, and taught his children to be filled with a special love for the poor.”  

The celebration then continued with Vespers and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament: in honoring the saintly King Louis IX of France, we once again paid homage to the King of Kings – Our Lord Jesus Christ.   

The evening ended with a joyful and festive reception in the church hall, where many faithful gathered to greet the Archbishop, and to celebrate a noteworthy milestone in Catholic history, a milestone that drew together a saintly Old-World French king, missionaries to the New World, and our present day work toward a future filled with hope and charity.

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2014
Sept
18
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Returning to the Mount St. Joseph Retreat Center in Kentucky, the Institute of Christ the King held its 5th annual Choir Camp bringing together many musically talented students from far and wide.  With its beautiful grounds, wonderful staff, and accommodating setup, St. Joseph’s has always been a perfect place to have this very edifying camp.  Having been with the camp for three years, I already feel like it is my “home away from home”.

United with the common interest of achieving musical excellence for God’s greater glory, the 27 camp attendees were able to improve their vocal technique, Gregorian chant, Latin, and understanding of virtue under the capable direction of Mr. Nick Botkins, Abbé Matthew Walter, Mr. Joseph Reidy, and Canon William Avis.  In vocal technique class and choir rehearsals, the students learned how to sing with correct posture, cleaner sound, and better dynamics.  The students learned about the history and progression of chant to its mastery at Solesmes, in Abbé Walter’s class, as well as how to sing the chant beautifully.  Along with the captivating History of Rome and the early Church, Mr. Reidy took the class into some of the basics of the Latin language leading up to an exciting scavenger hunt using Latin commands.  Along with daily Mass and confessions, Canon Avis also provided spiritual conferences for all of the students focusing on practicing virtues such as prudence and humility.

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Aside from the camp’s music programme, the campers were also able to do some fun activities guided by the four camp counselors and our newest addition to the camp staff as sacristan, Abbé Alex.  Some of the engaging activities played this year were blind dodgeball, football, soccer, volleyball, and capture the flag, during which, even some of the staff joined in the fun.  On Friday night the camp had a farewell party with a student talent show, fun games, treats, and finally a line dance conducted by Miss Ashley Hayworth.  It was really neat to see all of the friendships formed throughout the course of the week and the good camaraderie present among the campers in general.

During the entire camp, the classes and activities all presented the same theme of giving God greater glory.  Whether we were singing as the voice of the Church, attending Mass, chanting the litany of the Sacred Heart, saying the Holy Rosary at night, practicing at rehearsal, or simply tossing a football to one another, it seemed as if we were always giving to God and continuously praying.  To me, having so many likeminded Catholic musicians come together with the mutual intention of offering their talents to God is the most beautiful aspect of the camp.

Also, the campers annually hold a recital for the Ursuline Nuns after learning the camp repertoire every year.  As one of the campers, it has always been a great pleasure to be able to give the Ursuline’s this unique treat which they always look forward to every year.  This is just another way the choir camp allows the youthful singers to use their musical talent for God.

At the Saturday morning High Mass, all of the camp singers offered to God some of the most exquisite music I have ever heard.  Clearly everyone put forth their best effort for God and really took to heart all of the good instruction taught by the staff throughout the week.  And as I commented to others, “it was truly the best sounding camp I’ve been to so far.”

On the whole, the many new friendships made, the virtues of the Catholic Faith visibly practiced, and the musical excellence attained was very edifying to me and I hope it will continue to grow and edify others in the years to come for the greater glory of God!

- Patrick Hanners, Choir Camp Attendee

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2014
Sept
5
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Overlooking the glistening San Francisco Bay from the solitude of the hills in Kensington, California, at the future site of the Carmelite convent of Jesus and Mary, four days did sixteen boys and young men engage themselves in the Institute’s Saint Michael’s Patrol Camp. This year’s theme for the camp was “Following the Footsteps of the Saints”. Over the course of these four days the boys partook in several cleverly arranged team building activities and exercises, attended spiritual conferences, and, of course, assisted at Holy Mass daily, all under the spiritual care and guidance of Canon Meney, the newly-ordained Canon Estrada, Abbé Kevin, and the visiting seminarian Abbé Post.

Throughout the camp, both during the physical activities and the spiritual conferences, the boys learned a great deal about living an authentic life as a Catholic, especially as future Catholic men. From Saint Ignatius, they learned about how they might become true soldiers for Christ, as members of the Church Militant. The Canons gave a great emphasis on fidelity to the Church and Her teachings, fidelity and obedience to Her Pastors, especially the Holy Father, as well as special fidelity and commitment to one’s vocation in life. In his conference on Saint Don Bosco, Canon Estrada relayed the absolute necessity of cultivating virtue, especially those virtues particularly important for boys and future Catholic men. An indispensable means to achieve these virtues, the boys learned, is by a constant and fervent life of prayer fueled by devotion to Holy Mass and our Eucharistic Lord. Indeed, a prayerful and genuine consideration of a vocation to the religious life, as well as married life, was asked of the boys.

These many lessons from the saints, in whose footsteps the campers committed to follow, were tied well into the Patrol’s motto, “Serviam”, coming from Saint Michael the Archangel’s declaration I will serve God rather than Satan. As members of the Communion of Saints and the Church Militant, no matter where God calls each of the young men later in life, the goal of the camp was to imbue in them a holy sense of service to God, the Church, and to one another, especially those who most in need.

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2014
Sept
4
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 It is no secret that the beautiful state of Wisconsin is a leading source of harvest for the nation through a variety of crops and produce. But perhaps the greatest of all these is little known: the innocent fruit of Catholic Girlhood. Tucked away in the hills of Wausau, the Institute of Christ the King’s annual Girls Camp provides an occasion for young girls to spend time with like-minded hearts and to be so influenced by virtue and grace as to forget the distractions of the world entirely. Hosted by the Institute of Christ the King and the faithful of St. Mary’s Oratory, this year’s Girls Camp welcomed nearly 100 girls to a private campsite that became much like a “heaven on earth”.

Heaven truly came to earth every morning in the new Camp Chapel, erected with the campers in-mind and including a High Altar, a sacristy, Marian shrine, and choir loft. This marvelous addition to camp allowed for daily sung Masses, which were rehearsed throughout the week by choir rotations amongst the campers themselves. The girls also welcomed many opportunities to learn more about their Faith through spiritual talks on the Cardinal Virtues given by the three Canons in attendance, along with a talk on Modesty, and a special visit from Sister Rosemary, who shared stories, songs, and advice with her young audience.

Organized into teams representing different American saints and regions, campers learned skills of the heart by practicing charity and serving one another in the spirit of their special patroness. Campers, events, and activities were all guided and provided for by a volunteer staff of nearly 20 young women from across the country, each contributing different talents, skills, and excellent examples in Catholic girlhood having blossomed into womanhood.

Hearty doses of good clean fun peppered each day in the form of games, skits, and races, with larger events such as a visit to the local water park and bowling alley and the famous Cooking Contest. The arrival of bonnets and horses announced “Pioneer Day”, where the girls learned about gardening, tried their hand at an old-fashioned washing “machine”, ground corn that they made into cornbread over an open fire, churned butter, and even dipped their own candles. As always, the sun set each night to the sweet sound of young girls’ voices lifted to God in prayer during the rosary walk, followed by laughter, song, and s’mores around a glowing campfire.

Yet even the best of times must come to an end. The youthful chords of Byrd’s Mass for Three Voices heralded the end of camp at the closing Solemn High Mass, with families in attendance. Once again, campers left for home filled with hope, invigorated by new and renewed friendships, and confirmed in their resolve to live a happy and Christ-centered life. Though Girl’s Camp 2014 may be officially over, the seeds of Catholic womanhood planted and nurtured here will live on for years to come. The Canons, counselors, and staff look forward to seeing you next year!

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Cultivating Catholic Girlhood: Girls Camp
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2014
Aug
25
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July 14, 2014 found boys from across America and beyond gathered in a little paradise just outside of Wausau, Wisconsin. Its vast expanse of meadows and woodland make it a perfect place for these future men to pitch camp. And, now, this year, the campers were treated to the sight of a beautiful chapel erected in a magnificent new barn perfectly suited for the task, in which they would meet regularly for instruction – both in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and inspirational spiritual talks. The Institute of Christ the King Boy’s Camp of 2014 had begun. It would be a great success thanks to the many enthusiastic boys as well as the Canon, seminarians, candidates, and fathers who ran the camp.

Throughout the following days the boys learned to apply their instruction concerning the four Cardinal virtues – Prudence, Fortitude, Justice, and Temperance - into the many duties and tasks that provided ample opportunity to develop and practice true manliness. They dug the hole for the wooden flagpole that they had put together with their own hands. They fashioned a new fire pit to better accommodate the campers who would gather there later for the bonfires. And, perhaps the most significant, they hauled stone and earth and worked away with their shovels to build a natural dirt ramp in a stunningly short space of time that went to immediate use as the path by which to reach the chapel on higher ground.

This experiences were certainly no less full of calls to virtue than the many excellent and exhilarating games and activities through the week, whether it was arrows zipping through the air guided by their agile archers, or horses trotting through the woods bearing their able riders. Whether they were racing through the pool at the water park, or sending their bowling balls down the lane for a strike. And no matter what side they found themselves on in the Great War broken out anew on its first centennial, the eight teams of boys, representing four nations of the Allies and four nations of the Central Powers, set the WWI theme for camp as they clashed for victory – through virtue.

Each day reached its completion first in a walk to the woods sounding the praises of Our Blessed Lady through the Rosary. Then the United States flag was solemnly lowered by the team assigned to color guard duty that day. To end with, laughter and music brightened the night sky as much as the blazing bonfire which was in the center of many fun skits and songs.

At the end of the grace-filled week, the boys returned to the place at which they commenced their camp – to the chapel for a glorious Solemn High Mass, with the sun’s rays piercing through the smoke of incense that rose so gracefully with the Gregorian chant. These are the memories that, imprinted in the minds of these future men, will drive them forward as the return to the world to fight for Christ.

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2014
Aug
20
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Nearly 70 young adults ages 18-35 gathered from around the country at Mundelein Conference Center near Chicago from July 25-28 for a long weekend of prayer, faith and spiritual formation, social activities, sports and games, under the direction of the Institute's Canons and seminarians. Here is an account of the weekend’s events by one of the participants:

Next year, I think we should...” words heard as soon as the Sursum Corda national retreat is finished, sometimes within minutes of departing for airports and highways. This event, which draws young people from all corners of the country, is highly anticipated and the highlight of many summers...and with good reason! For three glorious days, like-minded young adults fill the beautiful grounds of the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein with friendship, music, and laughter, all ensconced in the spiritual richness of daily Mass, devotions, and nightly Compline.

Each day of the retreat has at least one spiritual conference, offered by one of the canons of the Institute. Topics range from quick “street apologetics” to the theory and practical application of the theological and cardinal virtues. With so many young people in attendance thinking of their futures and how present personal situations factor in, these conferences present a timely reminder that one must have “virtue before vocation” along with helpful ways to grow that virtue once they return to the world. As one young lady expressed it,

“Sursum Corda is a retreat, but not a retreat to escape and ignore the world. It is a retreat to regroup, to gather the forces, and to fortify for the next attack. We pray, we learn, and we laugh. We greet old friends and new. It is all too short, but we leave stronger and wiser, with a new plan. “

Additional counsel and strength can be found in spiritual direction, an option available to all attendees of the weekend retreat. It’s not unusual to round a corner and see a canon and young adult just out of earshot at the end of a porch, or strolling deep in conversation through the trees and flowers by the lake. Confession is available nearly every day, too, should it be desired, and this year's conference included an evening of "Theology on Tap"...Q and A on the pertinent questions faced in everyday life.

Not to be overlooked, however, is the spiritual strength that comes from meeting and bonding with others who are engaged in the same search and struggle for sanctification. One of the first-time attendees mentioned surprise at finding there were many other young single Catholics so similar in age and interests, to which one of the canons replied with a bemused grin, “That’s kinda the point!" Friendships continue long after the weekend has ended and are a source of support, inspiration, and hope.

“I have gone to retreats all of my life and the SC one was unique in a very special way. Never have I attended a retreat where I was surrounded by fellow young adults who were either at the same place spiritually or far ahead of me.... Knowing that I was surrounded by so many prayerful, pious, and devoutly Catholic fellow young adults made me feel as if an impenetrable force field of grace surrounded Mundelein Seminary.”

Siblings and friends are brought by those who have experienced the retreat’s lasting effects, and these novices, in turn, receive unexpected graces to share with untold numbers of people in their lives. Even non-Catholics, at a mere mention of the retreat and its purposes/significance, express admiration and thoughtful commentary on its place in our current society. The effects of this retret truly have no bounds!

Though the weekend is a retreat, it is far from isolated. A Rosary walk through a woodland path brings participants to the National Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe, including a gorgeous church with 24/7 adoration and an impressive collection of relics, a museum of the Saint’s life, and various other chapels and side altars. An architectural and historic tour is also available at the seminary itself, which adds food for thought and for a deepening of devotion while on site.

Amidst all this grace there is “an element of fun” ... and it's a big element! A dance kicks off the weekend on Friday evening. Attendees have use of the grounds for athletic activities, walks, or simply enjoying the beauty of this Midwestern oasis. In the evenings, board games and beverages abound as everyone congregates in the large living room for socializing, and in a group this large, there's always SOMEONE with a birthday...and that means cake! A talent show on the final night brings forth hidden gifts and gales of laughter and applause.

Though all of these aforementioned elements are present for every member, one of the most wonderful things about this weekend is that there are as many "Sursum Cordas" as there are attendees. Each young person gains something unique to their personality and experiences and even for the same individual, that can vary dramatically from year to year. It's one of the reasons so many return 3, 4 (next year will be 5!) years in a row. Friends new and old, a sense of homecoming, and yet fresh perspectives and opportunities for growing into the saints we are called to become.

- Written by Miss Heidi Knuth

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2014
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30
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In the Footsteps of the Saints

In the same spirit as their counterpart in the Midwest, California’s St. Michael’s Patrol, the Institute’s youth group for boys, will rendezvous for its 2nd annual Summer Camp, August 13-16. The Camp will take place in Kensington, CA, at the future site of the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph.

Open to boys ages 11-18, registration is available now at this link. The Summer Camp welcomes and encourages fathers to join in, since the activities are wonderful occasions to reinforce the bonds between teenagers and their fathers. Each activity is organized with the intention to develop the children’s natural virtues, considered as the foundation of divine grace. The virtues fostered by St. Michael’s Patrol are: Honor, Service, Self-Giving, Leadership and Friendship, all moved by Charity. For a preview of this year’s camp, please check out last year’s camp photos.

Dates: August 13, 12 PM – August 16, 12 PM
Place: 40 Rincon Road, Kensington, CA 94707 (future site of the Carmel of Jesus, Mary and Joseph)
Cost:  $65 per person; excellent family rate is available through Canon Meney
Camp Activities: Mass, liturgy, prayer, vocational discernment, games, sports and camp-fires
Registration: please fill out this online form

All donations to support this Summer Camp on the West Coast are most welcome!

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2014
Jul
5
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In the middle of the month dedicated to Our Lord’s Most Sacred Heart, over 130 friends of the Institute from across the country gathered at the scenic campus of the University of St. Mary of the Lake Conference Center in Mundelein, Illinois, about thirty miles north of Chicago. In this setting of superb architecture and natural beauty, the annual retreat for the ever-increasing members and postulants of the Society of the Sacred Heart, the Institute’s spiritual branch for the laity, was held over the weekend of June 13-15.

On behalf of the Prior General, Monsignor Gilles Wach, the Institute’s Vicar General, Monsignor Michael Schmitz presided over this year’s retreat. The liturgies and spiritual conferences were offered in the majestic chapel. The splendid centerpiece of the historic campus, the chapel is a graceful combination of the classical Roman and of traditional American styles.

The retreat began with Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration. The Mass of Ember Friday in the Octave of Pentecost was then celebrated by Monsignor Schmitz, who preached about the necessity of making a spiritual retreat. On Saturday, Monsignor gave two insightful spiritual conferences which included reflections on the Holy Eucharist and on the relationship between grace and dogma in the life of the Church. The Marian consecration in honor of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception was renewed by the participants following the Mass of Ember Saturday, during which Monsignor gave a sermon about the role of the Holy Ghost in our sanctification. In the early afternoon conference the national chaplain of the Society, Canon Matthew Talarico, explained how the Rule of St. Benedict, patron of the Society, offers practical but profound wisdom for the daily lives of lay persons within the Society of the Sacred Heart.

On Saturday evening Monsignor Schmitz conferred the cross of Saint Francis de Sales on behalf of the Institute’s Prior General to 15 new Society members who, having attended the general retreat of the Society the previous year, had now completed their year as postulants. The canonical Hour of Compline being part of the daily prayer life of Society members, this night office of the Church was chanted as well.

On Sunday, June 15, Feast of the Most Holy Trinity, a talk on the Society’s Constitutions and a question and answer session was conducted by the chaplain, Canon Talarico, as well as by the governor general of the Society in the United States, Dr. James Sutherland. As an appropriate conclusion to a weekend of heavenly grace and inspiration, the faithful assisted at Solemn High Mass celebrated by Monsignor Schmitz. This festive Liturgy included Gregorian Chant, sacred polyphony, and instrumental interludes performed by members and friends of the Society.

Offering nourishment for the soul, the weekend also included happy moments for good company and conversation among the members of this spiritual family. The Conference Center grounds along the wooded banks of the lakeside likewise provided a restful opportunity for spiritual repose and retirement. 

Regular meetings of the Society of the Sacred Heart are held in the Institute apostolates under the direction of the local priest. In addition to the daily Office of Compline and daily Mass or spiritual communion, Society members make the total consecration to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and pledge daily prayers for the members of the whole Institute family throughout the world.

After a year of discernment during which postulants practice the Rule of Life in accordance with their particular state in life, one becomes a member by receiving the Cross of St. Francis de Sales which hangs from a blue cord, symbol of the Marian consecration. Neither an award nor a badge of honor, this cross is meant to be an outward sign of interior consecration of love and service to Our Lord’s Most Sacred Heart through the practice of the daily Rule of Life, as well as a visible sign of one’s devotion to Holy Mother Church and of one’s dedication to the spiritual family of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. In a 2010 decree the Apostolic Penitentiary states that both plenary and partial indulgences can be obtained by members who receive this Cross of St. Francis de Sales.

 

 

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2014
June
26
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For the second year in a row, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest has led a pilgrimage--this time to Mexico. Fifteen pilgrims from Arizona, California, Illinois, and Wisconsin accompanied spiritual director, the Reverend Canon Jayr.

Several days were spent in the city of Puebla, east of Mexico City. We had Mass in the magnificent Rosary Chapel of the Santo Domingo Church and toured the beautiful Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary. Pilgrims toured a local ceramics maker.

Other churches visited on this Lenten tour included that of Blessed Sebastian de Aparicio y del Pardo, San Miguel del Milagro, the shrine of our Lady of Ocotlan, the cathedral of the Assumption of Mary in Tlaxcala.

After returning to Mexico City, a mass was held on apse altar in the Cathedral of the Assumption of Mary. This was arranged by members of Una Voce of Mexico. Many members and supporters of Una Voce, including Father Ocampo, joined us in the celebration of the Mass. We also visited the crypt of the cathedral to pray at the burial site of bishop Zumarraga, the prelate who received the news of Our Lady’s apparition from Juan Diego.

A full day was spent at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. We had mass at the Church of the Well. Pilgrims had the opportunity to visit all seven churches on the site. We marveled at the beautiful, miraculous tilma given as a sign by Our Lady to Juan Diego, which was responsible for so many millions of conversion to the faith throughout Mexico and all of the Americas.

Mass was held the Holy Family Church which contains the remains of Mexican martyr, the Blessed Father Miguel Pro. Members of Una Voce again joined us for Mass. Canon Jayr in a reflection, memorably remarked that we should, in this Lenten season, entreat the Blessed Virgin to imprint her image on our souls, as she had on Juan Diego’s tilma.

Canon Jayr related “hidden” history of several of the Martyrs to the religious persecution in 20th century Mexico. We came away with a greater appreciation of how resolute the martyrs and Cristeros were, and how we must be prepared to suffer for our faith.

Other cultural activities included a visit to two ancient pyramids at San Juan Teotihuacan, the scene of human sacrifice in pre-Christian times. There was a canal ride with lunch in a gondola at Xochimilco. We also attended the Ballet Folklorio on our last night in Mexico.

Our final Mass was in the beautiful Santa Prisca Church in Taxco. Taxco is an old center of silver mining in the mountains between Mexico City and Acapulco. Pilgrims returned renewed in their faith and with great thanks to Our Lady of Guadalupe.

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