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2011
Sept
24
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General Chapter Meeting

From August 29-September 2, 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.

Cardinal Burke Latin Mass

The Chapter meeting this year was once again graced with the presence of His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, who celebrated a Pontifical votive Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ Eternal High Priest on Thursday, September 1, and preached a beautiful sermon (PDF)"I wish to express my profound joy at coming to celebrate the Solemn Pontifical Mass for you during the days of your annual chapter. It has been a great blessing for me to know the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, from the first years of my service as a diocesan bishop. I shall remain always deeply grateful for your faithful and most generous assistance to me in the care of souls, during my years as Bishop of La Crosse and as Archbishop of Saint Louis. With the affection of a spiritual father, I pray daily that your hearts may rest totally in the Royal Heart of Jesus, our High Priest, as you respond to your vocation in the Church."

The Institute was also privileged to welcome Monsignor Pozzo, Secretary for the Commission Ecclesia Dei. Monsignor gave an informative conference on the practical application of the recent Instruction of the Holy See Universae Ecclesiae.

Catholic Procession

Led by the Prior General of the Institute, Monsignor Gilles Wach, the procession which included the Co-Founder Canon Mora, and Vicar General Monsignor Schmitz, and the canons of the Institute chanting hymns in honor of the Sacred Heart, walked the two miles 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. His Eminence, Cardinal Burke, then offered solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel of the Sisters Adorers.

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!

Read Cardinal Burke's Sermon (PDF)

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2011
Sept
19
Posted in Events
Catholic Girls' Camp

The week of summer camp from August 1-5 opened with a beautiful ceremony in which the camp was consecrated to the Blessed Mother. For five days the Wisconsin forest was transformed into a school of sanctity where cheerful girls pray, work, and play together. It is a wonderful experience for young hearts to learn how to love God and neighbor in a concrete way. The Institute's devotion to the Blessed Mother and her maternal guardianship over us were represented by a candle which stayed lit for the duration of the camp. Three priests, one seminarian, one oblate, eight young adults and twelve ladies from the St. Mary's Oratory's (Wausau, WI) Altar and Rosary Society and other mothers from U.S. apostolates of the Institute supervised a week of rigorous physical activities and spiritual growth for almost one hundred campers, aged 10 through 18. For adults the days were very demanding with overseeing these energetic young people; but how wonderful it is to see young ladies working together as they grow in their love of God and neighbor.

This year formation talks given by priests of the Institute focused on the motherly care of our Blessed Mother for us her children and upon the spiritual fruits and joys of devotion to Mary. The message could be summarized in this beautiful prayer to Our Lady of Guadalupe. "I am a merciful mother to you and to all people who love me and trust in me and invoke my help. I listen to their lamentations and comfort them in all their sorrows and their sufferings." May Our Lady of Guadalupe and Our Lady of Akita guide and protect us!

Under the protection of Our Lady and countless guardian angels, the daily routine of summer camp included praying and playing: daily Mass, confessions, Rosary processions, Capture the Flag, scavenger hunt, Olympics, and the favorite, Cooking Contest. The American spirit of challenge is never ending—all capped with a presentation of award certificates on the last day.

During the closing ceremonies of the camp the Marian hymn Salve Regina was sung by the young ladies, the entire staff of this girls' camp, and by the parents who came to be present. As the camp candle was extinguished, the campers departed with the light of Christ, the love of the Blessed Mother, and the prayers of the saints in their minds and hearts.

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2011
Aug
20
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Choir Camp

The children of the Institute's American apostolates, filled with fond memories of last year's choir camp, returned to Kentucky last week with great enthusiasm and met up with old friends from around the country. The results of their dedication were evident within the first days of their arrival. Guided by their chaplain and a team of accomplished faculty and counselors, the young musicians quickly settled into a rigorous schedule of three hours of class and two hours of rehearsal per day. Classes included vocal technique with Nick Botkins, music composition with composer Kevin Allen, Latin with Joseph Reidy, and Gregorian chant with Canon Aaron Huberfeld. Canon Huberfeld's presence this year as camp chaplain made possible the celebration of daily Mass and the opportunity for confession. The camp closed with a High Mass at which the children sang the pieces which they had been learning throughout the week.

The Ursuline sisters who hosted the camp at their retreat center followed the progress of the camp very closely and were deeply touched by the performance which the children offered them halfway through the week. "What beautiful Latin!" exclaimed one. They all expressed their earnest hope that our children would remain committed to the study of sacred music, and that they would see them all again next summer. You can be sure that they will!

The Institute of Christ the King wises to express its thanks to the camp's faculty and counselors, as well as to the generous donors who helped to defray the cost of the camp. You have made a valuable investment in our children's future and in the future of the Church. The study of sacred music is essential to that solemn celebration of the liturgy which is so earnestly desired by the Holy Father and carried out in the apostolates of the Institute of Christ the King. Thank you for your generous support.

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2011
Aug
13
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Catholic Boys Camp

DEO GRATIAS!  This year's Boys' Youth Camp was very successful thanks to the good weather and the help by the faithful of St. Mary's Oratory.  The annual camp was held at the JMJ Farm in Bowler, Wisconsin, from July 18-22.  The camp was organized by Rev. Canon Henry Fragelli, with the help of Canons Gardner, Meney, Hellmann, and Huberfeld.

About 60 boys ages 12 through 18, along with many of their fathers and adult chaperones, from various apostolates of the Institute of Christ the King Apostolates in the Midwest, participated in this year's camp, of which the aim is the Catholic formation of boys.

The boys were divided into six teams named after their chosen patron saint. Each team was led by a team leader and a chaperone.  The camp started each day with Holy Mass, during which confessions were made available, and ended with a campfire, where each team entertained everyone with their talents and creativity.  Daily spirituality talks on topics such as Catholic Manhood, Vocation and State of Life, as well as on Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. John Vianney, were also given.  The camp promoted healthy competition and camaraderie between teams through games, Olympics, and Silly Olympics.

They also participated in various outdoor activities such as scavenger hunt and horseback riding.  In addition, the boys joined together for Stations of the Cross and Rosary processions around the beautiful farm.  On the last day, the boys and helpers were given awards for their great participation and contribution to the youth camp.

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2011
Jul
21
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Catholic Young PeopleYoung men and women came from all parts of the U.S. to take part in what promises to be the first of many events sponsored by the Institute of Christ the King for the spiritual and cultural enrichment of young adults, an initiative dubbed Sursum Corda. The inaugural event was a four-day retreat from July 8-11 on the beautiful grounds of St. Francis de Sales Seminary in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Catholic Young PeopleThe long weekend featured daily Mass and spiritual talks, sports, visits to churches and a museum, live music and square dancing, and a very impressive talent show. Canons Meney, Hellmann, and Huberfeld were all on hand for the event, along with several lay organizers. Sunday was crowned with Solemn High Mass at St. Stanislaus Oratory with Canon Huberfeld's final first blessing as as a priest ordained in July of 2010. The weekend ended with Exposition and Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament accompanied by a small polyphonic choir formed from among our musically gifted participants.

Here is what the participants had to say about Sursum Corda:

Catholic Young People

"Many thanks to the Institute of Christ the King for providing this enriching weekend, giving great hope in friendships with like-minded young Catholics."

"Sursum Corda is a group where a young, traditional Catholic can truly feel at home. After four days we feel like we've known each other four years, because we have the same mindset. We all want eternal happiness for each other; long lasting true friendships are inevitably formed."

"It was a beautiful, awesomely exhausting weekend!"

"This was an amazing opportunity for finding great companions. We hope to see the camp continue and grow. Thank you for an enjoyable, spiritually rewarding weekend."

"Thank you so much for doing this. I had an amazing time. I learned a lot, made new friends and grew in faith."

"I am so grateful to the Institute for putting together this first Sursum Corda weekend. From the conferences on friendship to the volleyball games, I have learned so much from this experience. The friendships built here continue the family of the Institute and help spread the love of God throughout the world. Thank you again!"

"What spiritual refreshment! In a dark world, I have found true friendships in the spirit of God. Receiving the Sacraments and the spiritual talks were the core of this camp—what graces I received here!"

"Absolutely wonderful! Can't wait until next year!"

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2011
June
27
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Society of the Sacred Heart

From the four corners of the United States dozens of friends of the Institute came to the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago for the national retreat of the lay Society of the Sacred Heart.

Preached by Very Reverend Monsignor Gilles Wach, Founder and Prior General, and by priests of the Institute, the conferences focused on the spirituality of Saint Francis de Sales, the importance of the Holy Mass and Liturgy, and the daily rule of life practiced by Society members.

On Friday, June 17, Monsignor Wach offered a Solemn High Mass for Ember Friday in the Octave of Pentecost. The next day Monsignor conferred the cassock upon Abbe George Baird, who, after a one year period of prayer, reflection and service as a candidate, made the commitment to become an oblate in the Institute. A Solemn High Mass was then celebrated by Canon Brian Bovee, Rector of St. Mary's Oratory in Rockford, who is celebrating his 30th anniversary of priestly ordination this June. During this Mass Monsignor Wach preached on the Holy Priesthood as a divine gift bestowed by God upon men whom He chooses to act in His Name as His instruments.

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In the afternoon Monsignor Wach conferred the Cross of St. Francis de Sales and thus received into the Society of the Sacred Heart friends of the Institute who had attended the general retreat the previous year. The canonical Hour of Compline being part of the daily prayer life of a member of the Society, this night office of the Church was chanted as well.

On Sunday, June 13, the faithful assisted at Solemn High Mass and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament celebrated by Monsignor Wach for the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. A festive reception then followed.

This third annual national retreat for the Society of the Sacred Heart in the United States strengthened the unity of the Institute's spiritual family through Liturgy, Salesian spirituality, and fraternal friendship.

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2011
June
11
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Lourdes Pilgrimage

On May 28-29, 2011, the Institute's superiors, canons, seminarians, and sisters made a pilgrimage to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes, with His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura.

For the clergy as well as the 700 faithful who came from many Institute apostolates world-wide, this pilgrimage, with its public ceremonies and opportunities for private devotions, was a grace-filled retreat under the maternal protection and guidance of the Institute's patroness, the Immaculate Conception.

At the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, commonly known as the Upper Basilica, Cardinal Burke celebrated a Pontifical High Mass at 10:30 AM on Saturday, May 28. Later that afternoon, Cardinal Burke gave a well-attended conference on the defense of life, with concluding remarks by Monsignor Gilles Wach, prior general of the Institute. Spiritual sustenance was continued into the evening when the Institute's entire entourage made the candlelight procession to the Grotto.  Before thousands of pilgrims and the flickering candle lights held by each, Cardinal Burke gave his Episcopal blessing.

Monsignor Michael Schmitz, Vicar General of the Institute, was the celebrant on Sunday, also in the Upper Basilica. To conclude this joyful Marian pilgrimage, a Solemn Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament was offered by Canon Benoît Jayr, Provincial Superior of the Institute in France.

As with the Institute's Lourdes pilgrimages in previous years, many families came with their young children. Through the young eyes and hearts of these children, the maternal love of Our Lady of Lourdes seemed to glow even more brightly than ever, and more indispensable than ever.

Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, pray for us! St. Bernadette, pray for us!

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2011
June
4
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Holy Hill

Over five hundred faithful and friends of the Institute participated in a pilgrimage to the National Shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians at the Basilica of Holy Hill near Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Saturday, May 28. On this same day Monsignor Wach, Founder and Prior General of the Institute (who offered the Mass at Holy Hill for last year's pilgrimage), Monsignor Schmitz, twenty Canons of the Institute, along with the seminarians and Sisters Adorers, led a very large group of faithful and friends of the Institute on a pilgrimage to the Marian sanctuary of Lourdes, France. Despite the great distance which separated them, these two simultaneous pilgrimages were closely united in praying with one another to Mary Immaculate for the intentions of the Institute.

Numerous chapters of faithful from St. Stanislaus Oratory in Milwaukee, from St. Joseph's Oratory in Green Bay, from St. Mary's Oratory in Wausau, St. Mary's in Cashton, from St. Mary Oratory in Rockford, and from the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago, as well as pilgrim friends from far and wide, all converged on Holy Hill in thanksgiving to the Blessed Virgin Mary for the many graces received by the Institute. In particular the pilgrims honored the Priesthood of Our Lord during this Year of the Priest in celebrating the thirtieth anniversary of priestly ordination of Canon Brian Bovee, Rector of St. Mary's Oratory in Rockford, Illinois.

Holy Hill Pilgrimage

The large crowd of pilgrims walked in procession up the wooded hill, praying the Rosary and singing Marian hymns. Canon Bovee was the celebrant of a beautiful Solemn High Votive Mass of Our Lady Help of Christians. Volunteer choir members of the participating apostolates joined the choir of St. Stanislaus Oratory in Milwaukee to provide the beautiful choral music and Gregorian Chant.

The outdoor picnic lunch was a wonderful opportunity for friends and faithful of various Institute apostolates to meet each other and to deepen their friendships. Afterwards everyone gathered for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament offered by Canon Bovee in the crypt church of the Basilica and the renewal of the Consecration of the Institute to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception. A wonderful manifestation of the family spirit of the Institute, this pilgrimage expressed the power of charity to unite the faithful in the sacred Liturgy of Holy Mother Church.

Special thanks to Dr. William Machata and Mr. Justin Ong for the use of their photos.

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2011
Jan
12
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Cardinal Burke, Latin Mass

On Saturday, January 8, the Institute had the great honor and pleasure of welcoming His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke, to Saint Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis.

At the invitation of the superiors of the Institute, Cardinal Burke came to celebrate a Solemn Te Deum in thanksgiving for his elevation to the College of Cardinals by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI. A very impressive number of faithful flocked to the Oratory to assist in this glorious celebration.

The Vicar General and Provincial for the United States, Monsignor Michael Schmitz, along with four canons of the Institute, received His Eminence at the Oratory and welcomed many clergy to the celebration. The Most Reverend Everardus Johannes de Jong, Auxiliary Bishop of Roermond, Netherlands, and Monsignor Arthur Calkins, and many priests and seminarians of the Archdiocese were in attendance.

Cardinal Raymond Burke

The Cardinal's entrance was greeted by the Ecce Sacerdos Magnus, highlighted by triumphant organ and trumpet. During the vesting at the throne lively motets of Monteverdi and other polyphonic masters filled the magnificent interior of the Oratory. As the Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament began, St. Thomas' words in O Salutaris Hostia in the elegant setting by Piramallo lifted all hearts towards God Almighty. Then in profound gratitude, the entire assembly—clergy and lay faithful, young and old—offered thanks to God in the Te Deum, the ancient hymn of praise and thanksgiving. With the hymns Alma Redemptoris and Tu es Petrus, we expressed our unity with the Blessed Virgin and the entire Church in praise and worship.

A festive reception in the Oratory hall in honor of the Cardinal followed the liturgical ceremony. On behalf of the Institute and all those who gathered to honor the Cardinal, Monsignor Schmitz gave a brief welcoming address. In his gracious remarks, His Eminence Cardinal Burke again asked for prayers for the new responsibilities he now has as a member of the College of Cardinals. In a receiving line which lasted more than two hours, many faithful and clergy took the opportunity to give personal congratulations and assurance to His Eminence of their filial prayers.

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Visit of Cardinal Burke to St. Francis de Sales
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Visit of Cardinal Burke to St. Francis de Sales
Visit of Cardinal Burke to St. Francis de Sales
Visit of Cardinal Burke to St. Francis de Sales
Visit of Cardinal Burke to St. Francis de Sales
Visit of Cardinal Burke to St. Francis de Sales
Visit of Cardinal Burke to St. Francis de Sales
Visit of Cardinal Burke to St. Francis de Sales
Visit of Cardinal Burke to St. Francis de Sales
Visit of Cardinal Burke to St. Francis de Sales
Visit of Cardinal Burke to St. Francis de Sales
Visit of Cardinal Burke to St. Francis de Sales

2010
Dec
19
Posted in Events
Marian Procession

On December 8, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest organized for the third consecutive year a candlelight procession in honor of Mary Immaculate through the very heart of Rome .

Very Reverend Msgr. Juan Miguel Ferrer Grenesche, Undersecretary of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, presided over the procession, which began at the Church of Jesus and Mary (Chiesa Gesu e Maria), the home of the Institute's apostolate in Rome.

The Founder and Prior General of the Institute, Very Reverend Monsignor Gilles Wach and a representative group of canons and seminarians of the Institute, along with priest friends and clergy led the faithful in singing Marian hymns and in reciting the Holy Rosary. A very large crowd of about 1500 people, following the statue of Our Lady of Fatima, filed down the Via del Corso and through other avenues which serve as main arteries through the center of the city, passing along the way such well-known Roman landmarks as the Pantheon, Chiesa Santa Maria in Aquiro, Piazza Colonna, and Palazzo Montecitorio. Along the way the Madonna was greeted with ringing church bells, wholehearted applause and cries of "Viva Maria," as festive music was played at intervals by a band of the Carabinieri, the national gendarmerie of Italy.

Upon the arrival of the procession at the Basilica Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, Monsignor Ferrer offered Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in this splendid Gothic basilica of the Dominican Fathers.

After the singing of Christus Vincit at the conclusion of Benediction, Monsignor Ferrer gave a closing address in which he noted with satisfaction the large number of faithful who had participated in this procession organized by the Institute of Christ the King. Furthermore, he stressed the importance and need to promote such forms of popular devotion which help to sustain and increase the love for the Liturgy of the Church. Finally, Reverend Canon Joseph Luzuy, who serves in the Roman apostolate of the Institute, offered remarks thanking the many faithful who were present for this Marian procession. He also invited them to return next year for this annual procession in honor of the Immaculate Madonna, patroness of the Institute of Christ the King.

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Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome
Institute Marian Procession in Rome



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