Monsignor Wach Visits U.S. Apostolates
Posted in General on August 20, 2009
Monsignor Wach in St. Louis

During the first two weeks of June, the Founder and Prior General of the Institute, Monsignor Gilles Wach, visited many of the apostolates of the Institute across the United States. Large numbers of faithful gathered at each apostolate to welcome Monsignor. They kindly prepared pleasant receptions with good food and lively conversation in the family-like atmosphere characteristic of the spirit of the Institute. Touched by their charity, Monsignor Wach expressed time and time again his gratitude to the faithful for their continual prayers and generous support of the Institute priests and seminarians.

At St. Margaret Mary church in Oakland, California, Monsignor was the celebrant of a Votive Solemn High Mass of the Sacred Heart for the First Friday of the month. Then he offered a Sunday Solemn High Mass at St. Gianna Oratory in Tucson, Arizona, the Institute's most recent US apostolate. From Arizona Monsignor traveled east to St. Louis, where he celebrated a Solemn High Mass followed by Marian devotions at St. Francis de Sales Oratory.  He greeted the present Archbishop of St. Louis, the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, as well as Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, presently the Prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura. Next Monsignor Wach was present at the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago for the Solemn Te Deum and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament offered by His Eminence Francis Cardinal George in thanksgiving for the Institute's reception of the Pontifical Rite status. This ceremony was the opening event for the national retreat of the Society of the Sacred Heart, at which Monsignor Wach and Monsignor Schmitz preached the spiritual conferences. On Sunday, June 14, Monsignor Wach was the celebrant of the Solemn High Mass and procession for the External solemnity of Corpus Christi. After a Solemn High Mass at Saint Mary Oratory in Rockford, Illinois, Monsignor then came to St. Anthony of Padua Oratory in West Orange, New Jersey, where he celebrated a Solemn High Mass and Te Deum.

While the increasing number of American apostolates did not make it possible for Monsignor to visit all of them this year, he said that he looks forward with anticipation to returning next year for another tour.

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Monsignor Wach Visits U.S. Apostolates
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Monsignor Wach Visits U.S. Apostolates
Monsignor Wach Visits U.S. Apostolates