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2009
Dec
14
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Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos

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

His Eminence Cardinal Castrillon Hoyos, Prefect Emeritus of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, 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. Canons, a deacon, and seminarians of the Institute led the faithful in singing Marian hymns and in reciting the Holy Rosary.

A very large crowd of over 1500 faithful, 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 to Chiesa Santa Maria Sopra Minerva. In this splendid Gothic church of the Dominicans, Cardinal Hoyos offered Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

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Feast of Immaculate Conception in Rome
Feast of Immaculate Conception in Rome
Feast of Immaculate Conception in Rome
Feast of Immaculate Conception in Rome
Feast of Immaculate Conception in Rome
Feast of Immaculate Conception in Rome
Feast of Immaculate Conception in Rome
Feast of Immaculate Conception in Rome
Feast of Immaculate Conception in Rome
Feast of Immaculate Conception in Rome
Feast of Immaculate Conception in Rome
Feast of Immaculate Conception in Rome
Feast of Immaculate Conception in Rome

2009
Oct
1
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Pontifical High Mass in Oakland

On Sunday, September 20, 2009, His Excellency the Most Reverend Salvatore J. Cordileone, Bishop of Oakland, California, celebrated a Pontifical High Mass at Saint Margaret Mary church. The over five hundred faithful who were present could not even all enter into the crowded church. This was the first visitation of His Excellency to this apostolate of the Institute since he became Bishop of Oakland last spring.

This Pontifical Mass was offered in honor of the twentieth anniversary of the celebration of the Extraordinary form of Liturgy at Saint Margaret Mary. His Excellency the Most Reverend John S. Cummins, Bishop Emeritus of Oakland, who had given his permission in 1989 for the celebration of the traditional Latin Mass, and Father Vladimir Kozina, who first offered it in this church, were both present for this occasion. Canons and oblates of the Institute came to provide the liturgical assistance, alongside their confrere Canon Jean-Marie Moreau, the Institute priest responsible for the apostolate at Saint Margaret Mary and the episcopal delegate for the Implementation of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum for the Diocese of Oakland, and the many fine altar servers. The excellent choir, composed of the talented faithful from the Bay area, sang beautifully a remarkable program of sacred polyphony and Gregorian Chant.

In his sermon Bishop Cordileone thanked the Institute for "its faithful service to the people of our diocese here at St. Margaret Mary," and, citing the motto of the Institute "Veritatem Facientes in Caritate," Living the Truth in Charity, commented on the recent encyclical "Charity in Truth" of our Holy Father in the context of the Year of the Priesthood.  "Specifically, I pray that the renewal in priestly life and ministry of all of the priests in our diocese, and the nurturing of a healthy and vibrant appreciation of the Church's living tradition as exemplified here at St. Margaret Mary, may promote a culture of vocation in our diocese, that is, a culture in which all see themselves as called to live charity in truth after the pattern of Christ himself, and thereby many young men may be more disposed and able to hear and respond to the call of Christ to follow him in the Priesthood, giving completely of themselves to his Bride, the Church, for the salvation of souls and the glory of God."

After the Pontifical Mass, the church hall was blessed and dedicated in honor of Father Kozina. Then followed a splendid reception of fine food and refreshments prepared by the many good faithful, hundreds of whom had the opportunity to greet their new Bishop for the first time. In gratitude to Bishop Cordileone, the Institute presented a painting of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, who is the perfect image of the divine Truth and Charity of which His Excellency had spoken of in his sermon.

Special thanks to the numerous faithful volunteers, including the photographers, who contributed their time and effort for the success of this event!

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Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland
Pontifical High Mass in Oakland

2009
Aug
19
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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. 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 Wach conferred the cross of Saint Francis de Sales to friends of the Institute who had attended the very first meeting of the Society in the United States last year. The faithful assisted at Solemn High Mass celebrated by Monsignor Wach, as well as at Vespers and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. On Sunday, Monsignor Wach offered Solemn High Mass and Eucharistic Procession for the External Solemnity of Corpus Christi.

The retreat then concluded with a delightful concert of hidden masterpieces of baroque music for violin, oboe, harpsichord, and basso continuo — thus expressing the Institute's mission to unite Faith and culture.

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Society of the Sacred Heart National Retreat
Society of the Sacred Heart National Retreat
Society of the Sacred Heart National Retreat
Society of the Sacred Heart National Retreat
Society of the Sacred Heart National Retreat
Society of the Sacred Heart National Retreat
Society of the Sacred Heart National Retreat
Society of the Sacred Heart National Retreat
Society of the Sacred Heart National Retreat

2009
June
5
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Over five hundred faithful and friends of the Institute — a much larger crowd than expected—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 23. 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, from 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 Deep South and Eastern seaboard States all converged on Holy Hill in thanksgiving to the Blessed Virgin Mary for graces received by the Institute, especially the Pontifical Right status granted by the Holy See last autumn. Despite an ominous weather forecast, sunshine broke through the threatening clouds as the pilgrims walked in procession up the hill praying the Rosary and singing Marian hymns.

Inside the crowded Basilica Reverend Canon Olivier Meney, Rector of St. Stanislaus Oratory in Milwaukee, was the celebrant of a beautiful Solemn High Mass, for which many members of the choirs of the participating apostolates joined together to provide the beautiful choral music and Gregorian Chant. From Rome Monsignor R. Michael Schmitz, Provincial Superior for the United States, sent a letter to the pilgrims conveying the best greetings and blessing of Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature in the Vatican, and of Monsignor Gilles Wach, Founder and Prior of the Institute. After an outdoor picnic lunch, the faithful gathered once again for a spiritual meditation, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament, 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. It is indeed through charity that the harmony of God's objective truth must be reestablished in its rightful place of precedence over subjective human reality both in society and in our own individual lives. In the sermon of the Solemn High Mass Reverend Canon Matthew Talarico reminded the faithful that they share in the mission of the Institute of Christ the King: veritatem facientes in caritate, "Living the Truth in Charity." The Catholic Faith, as well as Catholic culture and identity, can be resumed in this phrase of St. Paul. Following the example and invoking the intercession of Our Lady and of the patron saints of the Institute, we must strive to benefit from the graces we receive from the Liturgy in order to make God's truth loved by those whom we meet each day. This involves practicing charity even in the little details of daily life at home, in the workplace, at school, as well as teaching children the truth in a manner which is both gentle in its firmness and loving in correction, so that the goodness and beauty of God's truth may attract people of today's world to seek salvation in Christ and His Church.

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Pilgrimage to Holy Hill
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Pilgrimage to Holy Hill
Pilgrimage to Holy Hill
Pilgrimage to Holy Hill

2009
May
13
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In joyful gratitude to Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, patroness of the Institute, for having received the Pontifical Right status from the Holy See, the Institute organized a pilgrimage to Lourdes, France. His Grace, Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signature, offered a Pontifical High Mass in the Upper Basilica on Saturday, April 25, followed by Solemn Te Deum and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Later that afternoon, Archbishop Burke gave a spiritual conference together with Monsignor Gilles Wach and Monsignor R. Michael Schmitz, for the several hundreds of faithful who came from all over France, the United States, and beyond. Dozens of Institute priests and seminarians, as well as the Institute's Sisters Adorers wearing their blue choir mantle, led the large crowd of faithful in a candlelight procession in honor of Our Blessed Mother. On Sunday, April 26, Monsignor Wach celebrated a Solemn High Mass and offered Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the afternoon to conclude this very beautiful Marian pilgrimage.

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Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke
Lourdes Pilgrimage with Archbishop Burke

2009
Apr
21
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On Saturday, May 23, the Institute is organizing a Marian pilgrimage for the feast of Our Lady Help of Christians at her national shrine in the beautiful Basilica known as "Holy Hill," near Milwaukee, Wisconsin. 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 Monsignor R. M. Schmitz
  • 3:00 pm Family picnic
  • 4:00 pm Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in the St. Therese Chapel (Level 2)
    Spiritual meditation given by Monsignor Schmitz
  • 5:30 pm Dismissal

For more information, please contact the closest Institute apostolate.

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2009
Apr
14
Posted in Events

Pontifical MassHis Excellency, the Most Reverend Dino Fisichella, Rector of the Pontifical Lateran University and President of the Pontifical Academy for Life, celebrated a Pontifical High Mass at the Abbey church of the Three Fountains in Rome. This Mass celebrated on March 28 was the highlight of the Institute pilgrimage to Rome for the Year of Saint Paul.

According to venerable tradition, Saint Paul was beheaded on this spot during the reign of the Emperor Nero. His head bounced three times on the ground, thus miraculously causing three fountains of pure water to spring forth.

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2009
Feb
27
Posted in Events

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

In California Canon Jean-Marie Moreau and a large group of faithful from the Institute's Oakland apostolate participated in the annual West Coast Walk for Life. On the East Coast Canon Andreas Hellmann 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.

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

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Pro-Life from Coast to Coast
Pro-Life from Coast to Coast
Pro-Life from Coast to Coast
Pro-Life from Coast to Coast
Pro-Life from Coast to Coast
Pro-Life from Coast to Coast
Pro-Life from Coast to Coast
Pro-Life from Coast to Coast
Pro-Life from Coast to Coast
Pro-Life from Coast to Coast
Pro-Life from Coast to Coast
Pro-Life from Coast to Coast
Pro-Life from Coast to Coast

2009
Feb
14
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On January 29, feast of Saint Francis de Sales, Institute priests and seminarians, as well as the Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus, made a pilgrimage to Treviso, Italy, where the heart of Saint Francis de Sales is enshrined and honored in the convent of the Visitation Sisters. This pilgrimage has become an annual tradition.

Monsignor Wach celebrated a Solemn High Mass in honor of the Doctor of Divine Charity. In the late afternoon, Monsignor Schmitz presided at Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament and presented the holy relic to the sisters, seminarians, and faithful for pious veneration.

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Pilgrimage in Honor of St. Francis de Sales
Pilgrimage in Honor of St. Francis de Sales
Pilgrimage in Honor of St. Francis de Sales
Pilgrimage in Honor of St. Francis de Sales
Pilgrimage in Honor of St. Francis de Sales
Pilgrimage in Honor of St. Francis de Sales
Pilgrimage in Honor of St. Francis de Sales
Pilgrimage in Honor of St. Francis de Sales
Pilgrimage in Honor of St. Francis de Sales
Pilgrimage in Honor of St. Francis de Sales
Pilgrimage in Honor of St. Francis de Sales
Pilgrimage in Honor of St. Francis de Sales

2009
Feb
12
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Despite the inclement Chicago winter, hundreds of faithful attended a Pontifical High Mass celebrated at the Shrine of Christ the King by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Joseph N. Perry, auxiliary bishop in Chicago, on Sunday, January 11.

Participants of the Gregorian Chant Workshop for the Serious Student beautifully sang the Gregorian Mass propers, and members of Chicago Chorale sang Victoria's Missa Magnum Mysterium as well as several polyphonic motets. This was the first Pontifical High Mass celebrated at the Shrine since it was reopened in late December 2007, when His Eminence Francis Cardinal George crowned the four hundred-year-old statue of the Infant King which is enshrined above the high altar.

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