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2013
June
26
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Cardinal Burke Latin Mass

"Ten years already!" Aside from the thundering brass and gorgeous polyphony, this was the resounding refrain in the Wisconsin air as hundreds of people from around the globe found themselves once again in the small but growing town of Wausau to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the consecration of St. Mary's Oratory of the Immaculate Conception on May 31. Both returning friends and newcomers might well have had the impression that they had been transported back in time ten years The visiting clergy was the same as those who present in 2003, not the least of whom was the celebrant of the Pontifical Mass, the Most Reverend Raymond Leo Burke, then Bishop of the local diocese of La Crosse, and now Cardinal of the Roman Church and Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. Also returning were Msgr. Gilles Wach, Prior General of the Institute, and Vicar General Msgr. Schmitz, Canon Philippe Mora, Rector of the Institute's International Seminary, and all the priests of the American Province. Even the master of ceremonies, Canon Gilles Guitard, was the same, though he was only a seminarian ten years ago.

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And of course our brilliant architect, Abbe Alexander Willweber, was in attendance. It is thanks to him and the generosity of the Scholz Family Foundation that this architectural wonder is reality.  Indeed, visitors might have supposed that they had been transported much further back in time—to the glories of the Bavarian Renaissance. St. Mary's Oratory is modeled after the Blutenburg Chapel in Munich, which was designed by architect Jan Pollack in the late 15th century. Abbe Willweber's faithful reproduction of the chapel's High Gothic interior was crowned by the providential discovery and restoration of a statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary from the same period. On this tenth anniversary of the consecration, the choir of St. Mary's Oratory performed Orlande de Lassus' Missa Bell'Amfitrit Altera, a sonorous Mass in Venetian style arranged for voice and brass. It is not impossible that this 16th century Mass setting was once performed in the Blutenburg, as Lassus spent most of his life composing in Munich.

The tenth anniversary of St. Mary's Oratory might be described, above all, as a triumphal homecoming. A homecoming for His Eminence Cardinal Burke, who graciously made the long trek from Rome to return to his home diocese of La Crosse and celebrate Holy Mass once more at the altar of Our Lady of Wausau. To him we offer our deepest thanks and prayers. It was a homecoming as well for all, prelates, priests, and people, who had ever set foot in this glorious house of our Blessed Mother, or only seen it from afar in pictures and sighed with the Psalmist, I have loved, O Lord, for the beauty of Thy house, and the place where Thy glory dwelleth.

Our Lady of Wausau, pray for us!

Read the Cardinal's Sermon (PDF)

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2013
June
26
Posted in Events
Young adult Catholic retreat

Question: What could possibly provoke such enthusiastic testimonies from young adults across the nation?

"Thank you for a grace-filled weekend! I received so many blessings and so much joy."

"Thank you, thank you, thank you! This weekend has been inspiring, amusing, and above all filled with hope and growth!"

"Truly inspiring! To be surrounded by so many Catholics is encouraging and uplifting!"

"Cannot help but feel strengthened in my Faith and ready to evangelize!"

"It was so wonderful to take a step out of the world for a little while into a haven of healing. I feel much less confused and more ready to combat the world."

"Edifying! Inspiring! Memorable!"

Answer: The Sursum Corda national retreat at Mundelein! More than 60 young adults ages 18 and older from over 10 states gathered at the beautiful, peaceful setting of Mundelein, Illinois (about 30 miles northwest of Chicago), for a spiritually refreshing and friendship-building weekend. Saint Mary of the Lake Seminary provided the perfect environment for such an event. The grounds were originally developed by the first bishop of Chicago, His Excellency William J. Quarter, in 1844. But it was in the 1920's, under the direction of Cardinal Mundelein, that the beautiful structures we know today took form.

From June 21 through June 24, on these hallowed grounds, the young adults experienced a balanced schedule of public and private prayer, daily Mass, confessions, spiritual direction, walks on the lake, outings, sports, line dancing, games, conferences, and socializing.

Upon arrival, after checking in (and already enamored with the gorgeous setting), the young adults attended Mass. The homily was on the soul's call to marriage with Our Lord. After community dinner there was Square Dancing in the gym. The chanted Office of Compline in the Main Chapel concluded the day and allowed the retreatants to have a glimpse of the liturgical life of the Canons.

On Saturday, the Canons offered a conference on "Street Apologetics." This involved explaining the different situations they may encounter in conversations and how to go about them with charity. The Canons offered general principles such as: prayer is not a "last resort," but rather the first means of conversion, and that it is much more by a persevering example that our neighbors are touched. They also gave practical down-to-earth and scriptural proofs of oft attacked aspects of the Faith, for example: the veneration due to the Blessed Mother or the role of intercessors.

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Members of the group then sang a beautiful polyphonic Missa Cantata. The homily was in line with "The Year of Faith". The homilist taught and explained the four qualities necessary for the virtue of Faith to be authentic: our Faith must be universal, firm, constant, and living. In the afternoon all partook in a rosary walk to the Shrine of St. Maximilian Kolbe and made visits to the holocaust exhibit and Perpetual Adoration Chapel. In the evening there were engaging conversations on topics ranging from "is Superman a Christ figure?" to "how do you explain the Hypostatic Union to someone?"!

Sunday included conversion testimonies and another uplifting High Mass. After lunch, lake walks, frisbee, and volleyball animated the afternoon. A fun-filled evening ensued thanks to a truly talent-filled Talent Show! Many people showcased their singing or instrument playing capacities. Others performed gymnastics or recited poetry. A Dazzling Dueling Duo of violinists won the gold medal: the most amazing fact; they had just met over the weekend! Theology on Tap flowed into the next day. Today's young adults are most certainly thirsty for the truth and they took full advantage of having priests at their disposition! More time was also accorded for individual spiritual direction; an aspect much appreciated by the participants!

On Monday, everyone was in disbelief that the weekend was already coming to an end. In order to send them back into the world "armed and ready" the final conference was on true friendship as taught by Saint Francis de Sales in his Introduction to the Devout Life. The concluding homily showed how Saint John the Baptist (June 24 is the feast of His Nativity)  is an example of living the truth in charity; of being a light in the darkness; being a voice of He who cries in the dessert;and being a friend of the bridegroom. 

Such are the lessons and experiences of the National Retreat. Thank you, Sursum Corda! Here, life-long friendships are forged, spiritual lessons are engrained, and the sacred is encountered and embraced!

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2013
May
18
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Lourdes Pilgrimage - Latin Mass

The Institute hosted a 12 day pilgrimage to France from April 9-20.  Under the spiritual guidance of Canon Benoit Jayr, sixteen pilgrims from eight states visited many of the most significant religious sites.  These sites included Nevers (the convent of St. Bernadette),  Paray-le-Monial (St. Margaret Mary Alocoque and St. Claude de la Colombiere), Ars (St. Jean Vianney), the church of the Jacobins in Toulouse (St. Thomas Aquinas), Lourdes, Lisieux (St. Therese), Mont St. Michel, the Basilica of Bayeux; and in Paris, Rue de Bac (St. Catherine Laboure, St. Louise de Marillac), the Congregation of the Mission (St. Vincent de Paul), Sacre Coeur, and Notre Dame.  Additional sites visited included the US cemetery at Omaha Beach in Normandy, the Palace of Versailles, and Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte near Paris.

While in Lourdes, pilgrims attended two Masses in the Basilica with His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, and the Institutes' Canons, Oblates, Sisters, and Seminarians. Also, very moving were the Stations of the Cross, the candle-light procession, visits to the grotto of Massabielle, and a presentation by Monsignor Gilles Wach, Prior General.

After the visit to Versailles, the pilgrims assisted at Holy Mass at the St. Francis de Sales House in Marly-le-Roi, in the Diocese of Versailles. The clergy and parishioners then put on a luncheon feast for the American pilgrims.

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2013
May
11
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Oblate retreat

God has blessed the Institute with quite a number of young men who have a strong vocation to the clerical community life as brothers in the family of the Institute. Our oblates work closely with the Canons, dedicating their many and varied talents to serve in our apostolates as full members of the Institute and as spiritual brothers to the lay faithful. 

The annual retreat for the Oblates of the Institute in the United States was held April 29th through May 3rd at St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis. The striking beauty of the church and its campus together with the beautiful springtime weather provided an ideal setting for both spiritual recollection and a profitable retreat. The incredible hospitality shown to the Oblates by the Oratory's Pro-rector, staff and the seminary candidates ensured the retreat to be relaxing for the body as well as the soul.

The beginning of the retreat was an occasion for the Oblates from all across the country to exchange greetings. The inspiring conferences of the retreat were preached by Canon von Menshengen, with themes spanning from the Most Holy Trinity to Our Lady, the work of Grace to the importance of spiritual direction. With 'grand silence' being imposed during the retreat, broken only for the recitation Divine Office, the Oblate's hearts and minds were more easily given to prayer and recollection, as well as being opened to the divine truths taught to them in the conferences.

The Feast of St. Joseph the Worker, May 1st, was providentially celebrated during the course of the retreat. On that day the Oblates had the privilege to renew their commitment to the work they accomplish in the Church and for the good of souls, commending all their efforts under the unfailing patronage and example of St. Joseph, honored under the title exemplar opificium (model of all who labor). As the close of the retreat came and final farewells were given, the Oblates were filled with a renewed love of God and His Church. Their souls being rekindled with a spirit of charity, service and sacrifice, the Oblates look forward for another year of joyfully and generously giving their lives for the greater glory of God.

With gratitude for their service to the Church and to the Institute, please join us in praying for these dedicated men.

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2013
Mar
23
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Pro-life, Latin Mass

This year Institute priests and faithful have joined in pro-life gatherings across the nation.

In California Canon Olivier Meney and a very large group of faithful from the Institute's Oakland and Santa Clara apostolates participated in the annual West Coast Walk for Life in San Francisco.

On the East Coast, Canon Jean-Marie Moreau and a busload of faithful from the Institute's Oratory of St. Anthony in West Orange, New Jersey, traveled to Washington, D.C., for the national March for Life.

In the Southwest, there have been several recent pro-life activities in Tucson, Arizona, under the direction of Canon Richard von Menshengen, Rector of St. Gianna Oratory. These events include 40 Days for Life, pro-life conference for students at the University of Arizona, blessing of pro-life women's pregnancy center and medical vehicles, as well as special devotions at St. Gianna Oratory.

May Our Lady of Guadalupe, intercede on behalf of the unborn!

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2013
Feb
2
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Lourdes Pilgrimage

The Pilgrimage deadline is fast approaching! Since we have had a tremendous response, there are only 6 places left for this once in a lifetime trip. If you are still considering making the Pilgrimage, please keep in mind that the deadline for reservations is Thursday, February 28. You do not want to miss this great opportunity to celebrate the Year of Faith by walking in the footsteps of the saints!

Overview

Celebrate the "Year of Faith" with the Institute of Christ the King and Cardinal Burke on a 12-day pilgrimage to France, April 9-20, 2013.  We will follow in the footsteps of the Saints when we visit Lourdes, Paris, Ars, Bayeaux, Caen, Chateaux de Vaux le Vicomte, Lisieux, Nevers, Normandy, and Versailles. Mass will be celebrated daily.

See the brochure (PDF) for details.

Make Your Reservation

For more information and to make reservations, please contact St. Stanislaus Oratory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at 414-226-5490 or by email at ststanislaus@institute-christ-king.org.

Photo Galleries

You can view photos of the Institute's 2011, 2009, and 2008 pilgrimages to Lourdes, and its 2010 pilgrimage to Ars.

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2012
Oct
27
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Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help

For the second consecutive year, the canons and faithful of the Institute in the American Midwest made their pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Robinsonville, near Green Bay, Wisconsin. The apparition of Our Lady to Adele Brise on October 9, 1859, is the first Marian apparition in the United States to receive diocesan approval. It followed close upon the dedication of the United States to the Immaculate Conception in 1847, the proclamation of that dogma in 1854, and the Marian apparitions at Lourdes in 1858. The Queen of Heaven asked Sister Adele to pray and offer sacrifices for the conversion of sinners and to teach the catechism to the children of the region. Our Lady promised her help in this mission. Now more than ever, we should not hesitate to fly to Our Lady of Good Help to beg her assistance in educating the youth and building a true Catholic culture.

The Institute's pilgrimage included a Rosary procession on the beautiful grounds of the Shrine, Solemn High Mass in the chapel, an enjoyable picnic lunch and Solemn Benediction to close the grace filled day. Holy Mass was celebrated by Canon Benoit Jayr, Rector of St. Stanislaus Oratory in Milwaukee. Assisting as Deacon and Subdeacon respectively were Canon Andreas Hellmann, Rector of St. Joseph's Oratory in Green Bay, and Canon Aaron Huberfeld, Rector of St. Mary's Oratory in Wausau, Wisconsin.

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2012
Oct
23
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Chapter Meeting

From August 27-31, members of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest began the five day, annual Chapter at the Motherhouse in Gricigliano, Italy, with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and a solemn invocation of the Holy Ghost through the Chant of the Veni Creator Spiritus. Not only is this week of conferences and meetings with the Institute's Founder and Prior General, Monsignor Gilles Wach, an opportunity to discuss various affairs concerning the Institute's growing apostolic work, but it also provides an opportunity for the priests of the Institute, who work in over sixty locations throughout the world, to be able to come together in a spirit of fraternal charity which fosters a strong unity of mind and spiritual purpose. Besides Monsignor Wach's conferences, presentations were given by Monsignor Michael Schmitz, Vicar General and superior of the American province, as well as by Canon Gilles Guitard, the Master of liturgical Ceremonies for the Institute, and Canon Wulfran Lebocq, Choirmaster of Gregorian Chant.

The Chapter meeting this year was graced with the presence of His Excellency, the Most Reverend Luciano Giovannetti, Bishop emeritus of nearby Fiesole, who has been a longtime friend of the Institute. Bishop Giovannetti celebrated a beautiful Pontifical Mass and presided over a festive luncheon in his honor.

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Led by the Prior General, the canons and sisters walked in procession chanting hymns in honor of the Sacred Heart from the seminary down to the convent of the Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus. There Monsignor Wach solemnly renewed the consecration of all the Institute—priests, sisters, oblates, and lay members—to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. Afterwards, solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament was given in the chapel of the Sisters Adorers. Through the generosity of charitable benefactors, this antique building is currently undergoing necessary renovations which are long overdue.

Through the many photographs of this year's Chapter one catches a glimpse of the family spirit of the Institute, which unites canons, seminarians, oblates and sisters with the superiors and Prior General. Under the guidance of the Immaculate Conception and the other patron saints, the Institute's members rely upon the prayers of those souls to whom they minister in order that they may be ever more closely united to the Royal Heart of Christ the King. A special thank you to all the faithful and friends of the Institute family for their prayerful support!

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2012
Aug
25
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Young adult retreat
Retreat for young adults

For the second summer, Sursum Corda, a young adult initiative sponsored by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, ran on the scenic grounds of St. Francis de Sales Seminary and St. Stanislaus Oratory in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Overlooking Lake Michigan, the long weekend featured daily Mass, Eucharistic adoration and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament, spiritual talks by the Canons, a boat tour of Milwaukee, a beach volleyball tournament, square dancing and a talent show. Canons Huberfeld, Hellmann, and Jayr, along with Abbé George, were on hand to organize the event and provide spiritual direction. Sursum Corda enjoyed the return of participants from across the country and welcomed new friends as well.

Since the inaugural event in July, 2011, Sursum Corda participants have regularly met up with one another for events around the country. Events include the Auriesville Pilgrimage for Restoration, the National March for Life, a winter Milwaukee retreat, and a trip to explore New York City. In the culmination of a years' worth of events, Canons Hellmann and Huberfeld explained in their spiritual conferences the importance of virtuous friendships and the necessity of striving for heroic virtue.

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2012
Aug
17
Posted in Events
Gregorian chant choir camp

Nestled in the rolling hills of northern Kentucky, the former Mount Saint Joseph Academy campus provided the idyllic setting for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest's 3rd Annual Choir Camp. Thirty-six children coming from all over the country devoted a week to singing, music and deepening their Faith.  In a world where beauty and genuine art are increasingly uncommon, the five-day Choir Camp offered a unique occasion for the children to develop their musical gifts for the glory of God and the restoration of authentic Catholic culture.

The camp culminating with a Missa Cantata on the final day, the children passed much of their time in practicing for the Mass, singing as well as preparing a small orchestra.  Learning classical vocal technique throughout the week, the children were able to sing the little known Messe Brève of Léo Delibes, in addition to the Epistle Sonata No. 15 of Mozart.  A highlight was the Sanctus and Benedictus of the Missa de Sanctae Ursulae for organ, strings and treble choir, premiered at the Mass and specifically written for this year's camp by Chicago composer Kevin Allen.  Because the camp was also aimed at the overall musicianship of the students, each day included classes in music theory, ear skills, composition, Latin and Gregorian chant. An intense musical environment, combined with enthusiasm and eagerness from the children, gave not only a splendid result artistically, but inspired these young Catholics with an ever greater love for the beauty of Sacred Music.

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Of course, the camp environment was truly Catholic in that amidst their musical activities the children had ample time for sports and fun activities, including a talent show and skits. With the presence of an Institute priest, Canon Raphael Ueda, the children and staff were able to assist at Mass each day, as well as benefit from several opportunities for confession.  The busy daily program ended with a Rosary walk at dusk on the beautiful grounds, and the Litany of the Sacred Heart sung by the children themselves. Proof of the happy atmosphere was the many friendships formed by the children from different ages and regions, several of whom write to each other throughout the year.

The quality of the children's final performance left no doubt as to the hard work spent, and to reward their efforts the faculty performed a small operetta for the children on Thursday evening.  Written by a member of the staff and featuring the camp's director, Mr. Nick Botkins, director of music at the Institute's St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis, in an operatic tenor role, the children were introduced to the world of Italian bel canto opera. Laughing at the amusing antics of their teachers, the children learned that classical music can be fun and enjoyable. We often forget that a true Catholic culture entails not only the "serious" parts of our life, but also its lighter  aspects. A life lived for God is full of joy, and even the humorous moments can and should be beautiful in their own way.

While there may be many music camps for children in the United States during the summer, this one is outstanding in its synthesis of discipline and lightheartedness, of excellence and recreation, of art and faith. The great Dom Mocquereau said of Gregorian chant, "For chant to be prayer it must first be art."  This year's music camp witnesses to the beauty of art in the service of God, and the joy that comes naturally when undertaken with this timeless principle in mind.

Abbé Matthew Walter, seminarian

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