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2010
Sept
21
Posted in Events
Chapter Meeting

In late August, members of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest entered the five day, annual Chapter by adoring the Blessed Sacrament, and emerged from it spiritually strengthened by the renewal of their consecration to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the offering of the votive Mass in His honor on the first Friday of September. Supernaturally, the Holy Eucharist and the Sacred Heart are the foundation, the core, the essence, the life, the joy, the driving force, and the summation of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in the past two decades.

In the natural beauty of Tuscany, where Divine Providence has given the Institute a location for its Motherhouse in Gricigliano, the superiors and members of the Institute gather from across the world once a year for five days of meetings and spiritual conferences. Fostering a strong unity of mind and purpose, this annual Chapter emphasizes for the members of the Institute the fundamental importance of the unity of grace and nature inherent in the Divine Liturgy and in the Holy Priesthood by centering the priestly interior life on the Holy Eucharist and the Sacred Heart.

On Wednesday, September 1, the Institute acknowledged with profound gratitude and joy the special blessing of the 20th Anniversary of its Canonical Erection on September 1, 1990. Each priestly member of the Institute reaffirmed his commitment to live the Constitutions of the Institute, which define the spiritual identity which is proper to it as a community whose members pray the canonical Hours together as often as circumstances of their apostolate permit and conform to the spirit and teaching of their holy patrons, St. Francis de Sales, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Benedict.

The Chapter meeting this year was graced with the presence of the Very Reverend Dom Antoine Forgeot, Abbot of the Benedictine monastery of Fontgombault, who celebrated a Pontifical votive Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ Supreme and Eternal Priest on Thursday, September 2. The Very Reverend Abbot emphasized from the Collect that, as the "dispensatores Mysteriorum Dei" priests are called to follow Christ "in everything and everywhere, in the unreserved gift of themselves in the imitation of the One who said He is 'meek and humble of heart.'"

Chapter Meeting

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 Grace, Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, was the special guest of honor who offered the Pontifical votive Mass of the Most Sacred Heart on Friday, September 3. Focusing on the pierced Sacred Heart, the theme of the Archbishop's sermon was on unity: to be "one heart" with Jesus.

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 Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, pierced for our sake on the Cross. A special thank you to all friends and faithful of the Institute for their prayerful support during these twenty years at the service of the Church!

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Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary
Institute's Chapter on the 20th Anniversary

2010
Aug
21
Posted in Events
Catholic Boys Camp

Working alongside the adult men, the boys helped prepare the camp site, and watched as the tractor evened out the ground. The bigger boys chopped wood: enough for their camp, and some left over for the girls' camp which would use the same campground two weeks later. Then the tents went up, including the largest one which would house the Altar for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, celebrated everyday during camp.

Thus began the 2010 St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Camp, from July 19 to 23. Led by four priests of the Institute, two seminarians, three oblates, and assisted by men from the Holy Name Society, sixty-eight boys shared a week-long community life consecrated to the Blessed Mother and St. Michael, and centered on Christ.

Catholic Boys Youth Camp

In rain or shine, the daily routine began with Holy Mass, breakfast, clean-up, spiritual conference given by one of the priests, then energetic team activities. Four teams, each composed of boys varying in age from 10 to 18, and each headed by a team captain, studied the lives of saints together, worked together in friendship, and plunged into competitive play of all kinds. A chaplain was available for each team to provide spiritual guidance throughout the day.

By assisting at Holy Mass everyday, going to confession, minding the saints, obeying the priests and their elders, working with diligence, and playing hard and fairly at their games,   the young men learned something important: namely that the Altar is the source of leadership, virtues, and Christian living.

When evening came and the healthy appetites had been satisfied at dinner, the campers turned their attention to building the bonfire and preparing to share the lives of their patron saints in skits. Before turning in to their respective tents for a good night's sleep, one of the priests closed the evening with a benediction.

Camp ended with everyone participating in the Stations of the Cross, an award ceremony, and extinguishing the candle which had been lit throughout the duration of the camp. Perhaps in a less articulated but equally tangible way, they also took with them the basics of laying an eternal fire in their hearts, because the placement of the spiritual foundations matter too.

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St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp
St. Michael's Patrol Boys' Summer Camp

2010
Aug
18
Posted in Events

The week of summer camp opened with a beautiful ceremony in which the camp was consecrated to the Blessed Mother. 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, two oblates, and twelve ladies from the St. Mary's Oratory's (Wausau, WI) Altar and Rosary Society superintended a week of rigorous physical activities and spiritual growth for our campers, age 10 through 18.

For the ninety-eight girls who attended the Company of the Immaculate Girls' Camp (August 2-6),  this year's summer camp will be remembered not only for its cooking contest, fun games and horseback riding, but the company of saints, including Saints Gianna Molla, Therese of Lisieux, Teresa of Avila, and Saint Joan of Arc.

Catholic Girls Camp

The lives of these and other saints were introduced to the campers each day in formation talks given by priests of the Institute.  In teams, the young ladies adopted a "patron saint" for their team, and made banners to represent the spiritual values they studied.  Then in the glow of the evening camp fire, in song and friendship, the teams enacted skits on the lives of their team's patron saints.

Under the protection of Our Lady, and countless guardian angels, the daily routine of the summer camp included praying and playing: daily Mass, confessions, Rosary processions, Capture the Flag, scavenger hunt, Olympics, and the favorite, Cooking Contest—all capped with a presentation of award certificates on the last day.

"Salve, Regina, Mater misericordiae, vita, dulcedo, et spes nostra, salve." The words of the Marian hymn Salve Regina were sung in unison by the young ladies, the entire staff of this year's camp, and the parents present in the closing ceremonies of the camp. 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. Farewell, Summer Camp 2010—till next year!

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Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp
Company of Immaculate Girls' Summer Camp

2010
Jul
10
Posted in Events

Dozens of friends of the Institute from the four corners of the United States came to the Shrine of Christ the King for the national retreat of the lay Society of the Sacred Heart.

Sacred Heart SocietyInstitute superiors with Society members who have received the Cross of Saint Francis de Sales

Preached by Monsignor Wach and Monsignor Schmitz, the spiritual conferences focused on the spirituality of Saint Francis de Sales as well as on the history of the Society of the Sacred Heart, which has its roots in a lay group of Benedictine spirituality which was founded by the late Dr. Dietrich von Hildebrand during the time of the Nazi persecution.

Monsignor Michael SchmitzMonsignor Schmitz Preaches

On Friday, June 11, Monsignor Wach offered a Solemn High Mass for the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The next day Monsignor conferred the cross of Saint Francis de Sales to friends of the Institute who had attended the general retreat of the Society at the Shrine of Christ the King last 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 External Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus. A festive reception in honor of Monsignor then followed.

The retreat concluded with a delightful concert given by the Axiom Brass Quintet of Renaissance and early classical music pieces—thus expressing the Institute's mission to unite Faith and culture.

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Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat
Annual Society of the Sacred Heart Retreat

2010
June
7
Posted in Events

With the fatherly presence of the Founder and Prior General of the Institute, Monsignor Gilles Wach, 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 29.

Holy Hill PilgrimageBenediction by Msgr. Wach

Large 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 pilgrims from the Institute's St. Gianna Oratory in Tucson, Arizona, and a contingent from Eastern seaboard States as well, 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 tenth anniversary of priestly ordination of Canon Olivier Meney, Rector of St. Stanislaus Oratory in Milwaukee, of Canon Richard von Menshengen, Rector of St. Gianna Oratory in Tucson, Arizona, and Canon Andreas Hellmann, Rector of St. Joseph Oratory in Green Bay, who all had been ordained at the International Seminary of the Institute by the late Alfons Cardinal Stickler in 2000.

Pilgrimage to Holy HillMsgr. Schmitz preaches a sermon

The large crowd of pilgrims which walked in procession up the hill praying the Rosary and singing Marian hymns was grateful for the beautiful weather and deep blue sky, a sign of Our Lady's maternal favor. Inside the crowded Basilica Monsignor Gilles Wach was the celebrant of a beautiful Solemn High Mass of Ember Saturday in the Octave of Pentecost with Canon Hellmann serving as deacon and Canon von Menshengen as subdeacon. Many members of the choirs of the participating apostolates joined together to provide the beautiful choral music and Gregorian Chant. Monsignor R. Michael Schmitz, Vicar General in the Institute and Provincial Superior for the United States, preached on the role of Mary, Spouse of the Holy Ghost and Mother of the priesthood.

After an outdoor picnic lunch, the faithful gathered once again for Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament offered by Monsignor Wach 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, Mr. Joseph Fink, and Mr. Mark Krueger for the use of their photos.

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Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin
Marian Pilgrimage to Holy Hill, Wisconsin

2010
May
1
Posted in Events
Ars

In honor of St. Jean Marie de Vianney, whose exemplary life as a parish priest was cited by Pope Benedict XVI when he proclaimed the Year for Priests, hundreds of faithful and friends of the Institute gathered on Saturday, April 17, for a pilgrimage to Ars. There in the town in which St. Jean Marie Vianney ministered to souls his entire priestly life his incorrupt body is venerated today.

On this bright Saturday morning, hundreds of faithful joined the pilgrimage from Institute apostolates all around France, where the Institute has a presence in twenty dioceses,  and from countries beyond, including the United States.  The pilgrimage began with a Rosary Procession along the country road approaching the town of Ars. Led by the superiors of the Institute and priests in their choir habit, followed by seminarians, Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus Sovereign Priest, then the faithful, the procession of pilgrims extended for a quarter of a mile.

Along the same country roads and the same village streets familiar to the footsteps of the holy saint over a hundred years ago, decades upon decades of the Rosary were offered by the pilgrims. Upon arrival at the Basilica of Ars, a Solemn High Mass was celebrated by Monsignor Gilles Wach,  Founder and Prior General, before the incorrupt body of St. Jean Marie Vianney. Monsignor gave an inspiring sermon, reminding us to continually seek the intercession of St. Jean Marie Vianney, especially for our priests. In the unity of the Institute's family of world-wide apostolates, many intentions of the faithful of the Institute, including those who could not attend, were offered at Holy Mass.

A festive luncheon followed. In a congenial atmosphere, faithful from many Institute apostolates gathered to share a meal and conversation, as families do.

Late afternoon Vespers and Benediction, offered by Msgr. Wach, concluded this beautiful Institute  pilgrimage to Ars.

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Institute Pilgrimage to Ars, 2010
Institute Pilgrimage to Ars, 2010
Institute Pilgrimage to Ars, 2010
Institute Pilgrimage to Ars, 2010
Institute Pilgrimage to Ars, 2010
Institute Pilgrimage to Ars, 2010
Institute Pilgrimage to Ars, 2010
Institute Pilgrimage to Ars, 2010
Institute Pilgrimage to Ars, 2010
Institute Pilgrimage to Ars, 2010
Institute Pilgrimage to Ars, 2010
Institute Pilgrimage to Ars, 2010
Institute Pilgrimage to Ars, 2010
Institute Pilgrimage to Ars, 2010
Institute Pilgrimage to Ars, 2010
Institute Pilgrimage to Ars, 2010
Institute Pilgrimage to Ars, 2010
Institute Pilgrimage to Ars, 2010
Institute Pilgrimage to Ars, 2010

2010
Apr
29
Posted in Events

On Pentecost Saturday, May 29, the Institute is organizing a Marian pilgrimage to the national shrine of Our Lady Help of Christians in the beautiful Basilica known as "Holy Hill," near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This splendid Marian shrine is centrally located between many apostolates of the Institute in Wisconsin and Illinois. Thus it is more convenient for a large number of friends and faithful of the Institute to honor our Blessed Mother, to whom the Institute is consecrated, and to gather together in the family spirit of charity, fruit of the spirituality of the Institute.

This year the Very Reverend Monsignor Gilles Wach, Founder and Prior General, will celebrate Solemn High Mass for the pilgrimage, and Monsignor Schmitz, Vicar General and provincial superior, will offer a spiritual meditation for the pilgrims.

The program of events for this pilgrimage is listed below:

  • 12:00 noon Departure of the Rosary Procession from the lower parking lot
  • 1:30 pm Solemn High Mass in the Upper Basilica celebrated by Very Reverend Monsignor Gilles Wach, Founder and Prior General
  • 3:00 pm Family picnic, bring your lunch
  • 4:30 pm Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the St. Therese crypt Chapel, Spiritual meditation given by Monsignor Schmitz
  • 5:30 pm Dismissal

For information regarding organized transportation, please contact your local Institute apostolate.

Links

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2010
Apr
29
Posted in Events
Choir Camp

The Institute is pleased to offer a unique opportunity to children age 9-15: a completely immersive experience in Catholic choral music and musicianship.  The splendid campus of the Ursuline Motherhouse of Mount Saint Joseph in Kentucky will provide the ideal setting for the camp.

Choristers who attend the choir camp will enter a world of daily prayer and music-making, including singing two masses, with their fellow campers. The personal musical advancement the choristers make will be comparable to a full year of standard weekly choir rehearsals.  Classes are taught by practicing Catholic musicians.

Fee, with sibling discount: The cost is $360 for the first camper, $310 for the second, and $250 for each camper thereafter. A limited amount of space is available. You may register online.

See the brochure for more information, including the list of faculty, staff of chaperones and camp counselors, and a complete schedule. Please direct questions to Mr. Nick Botkins (314-771-3100 or nbotkins@institute-christ-king.org) at the Institute's St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis, Missouri.

Information & Registration

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2010
Apr
9
Posted in Events

More than 35 schola directors and singers from various apostolates attended the Gregorian Chant Workshop for the Serious Student, which took place in March at the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago, the Institute's operation center in the US. This marks the second consecutive year the Institute has offered this well-received workshop to the American apostolates. The workshop was taught by Canon Wulfran Lebocq, who took time away from his duties as the Choirmaster at the Institute's International Seminary in Gricigliano to come to Chicago.

In five separate presentations and in lively individual discussions, Canon Lebocq covered nomenclature, rhythmic theory of the classic Solesmes method, transposition, modes, and chironomy. The holy liturgies of Friday and Saturday in the 3rd week of Lent, Benediction, and the joyful Laetare Sunday liturgy, were integral parts of this workshop. The Propers of the Mass served as the starting point for the technical discussions about Gregorian Chant, and its prayerful character in the holy Mass.

Quite a few participants attended this workshop for the second year. "Having practiced for a whole year, so much more of the theory made sense this time around," was a sentiment expressed by one who had come last year. Both the level of enthusiasm and competence among the students indicate a growing awareness of the beauty of Gregorian Chant, and appreciation for its primary place in the liturgy. The significance of Gregorian Chant in the prayer of the Church was underscored not only in the technical presentations, but also in the two profound sermons given by Monsignor R. Michael Schmitz, the Institute's Provincial in the US, during the Friday and the Saturday Masses.

Comments from Participants

"I enjoyed the workshop and especially meeting musicians from other Institute apostolates.  It was fun to be in the choir loft for once, too."

"I enjoyed very much the Gregorian Chant Workshop and found it very informative."

"All lessons were presented well. The reading material was diverse and ranged in content from fairly easy to more complicated."

"Great workshop. I found the workshops from both years very enjoyable and profitable."

"Canon Lebocq provides a good mix in his lessons so that he speaks to people with differing levels of musical experience.'

"Monsignor's sermons were inspiring, and added to my understanding of the place of Chant in the liturgy."

"This workshop felt more like a spiritual retreat for me."

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Gregorian Chant Workshop at the Shrine, 2010
Gregorian Chant Workshop at the Shrine, 2010
Gregorian Chant Workshop at the Shrine, 2010
Gregorian Chant Workshop at the Shrine, 2010
Gregorian Chant Workshop at the Shrine, 2010
Gregorian Chant Workshop at the Shrine, 2010
Gregorian Chant Workshop at the Shrine, 2010
Gregorian Chant Workshop at the Shrine, 2010
Gregorian Chant Workshop at the Shrine, 2010
Gregorian Chant Workshop at the Shrine, 2010
Gregorian Chant Workshop at the Shrine, 2010
Gregorian Chant Workshop at the Shrine, 2010
Gregorian Chant Workshop at the Shrine, 2010
Gregorian Chant Workshop at the Shrine, 2010

2010
Jan
14
Posted in Events

Are you a member of a parish choir which sings Gregorian Chant? Are you a choir director who is starting or building a Gregorian Chant schola? Are you familiar with the basics of Chant, but wish to master the Gregorian art? Then this Chant workshop on the weekend of March 12-14 is for you.

Overview

Gregorian Chant Workshop Canon Wulfran Lebocq, center

Under the direction of Canon Wulfran Lebocq, participants will learn the fine points of the classic method of Solesmes as taught by the late Dom Joseph Gajard and will sing on Friday and Saturday at Holy Mass and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament celebrated by Monsignor R. Michael Schmitz. On the final day, participants will sing at a Solemn High Mass for Laetare Sunday.

About Canon Wulfran Lebocq

Having studied for several years with the Schola Saint Gregoire (Le Mans, France), Canon Lebocq has been serving as the Choirmaster of the schola cantorum of the Institute's International Seminary in Gricigliano, Italy, since his ordination to the holy priesthood in 2003. He has directed and participated in three CD recordings. He directed the Institute's schola for the November 3 All Souls Day Solemn High Requiem Mass which was broadcasted on EWTN.

Information

Please see the event flyer for details about this unique opportunity!

A Sample from the Institute's Schola

From the latest CD of our seminary's schola.

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