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2018
Jan
27
Posted in General

Sacred Music Workshop 2018

with
Canon Wulfran Lebocq
Nicholas Botkins
April 20-22, 2018


Following last year’s popular and well-received Sacred Music Workshop, another one will be offered this year at St. Francis de Sales Oratory, April 20 – 22, 2018. Please note that an advanced Gregorian Chant session has been added to the Friday schedule.

The Workshop will focus on the practical and spiritual aspects of sacred music, both of which are important to the liturgy in all apostolates. The intensive program will comprise spiritual talks by Institute Canons, Gregorian chant instruction, including Gregorian Rhythm and an introduction to Chironomy taught by Canon Wulfran Lebocq, and polyphonic practice and guidance provided by Mr. Nicholas Botkins.

We are very grateful to secure the exceptional level of music instruction from Canon Lebocq and Mr. Botkins. Canon Lebocq comes to us on this special occasion from Ireland, where he currently serves as the Prior of Sacred Heart Church in Limerick. Canon Lebocq also served as the Institute Choir Master at the Seminary for many years. Mr. Nicholas Botkins is the Director of Music at St. Francis de Sales.       

The Workshop will begin on Friday morning for the Advanced Chant students, Friday evening for the General Level, and conclude with Solemn Mass on Sunday. All participants will take part in chanting the Office with members of the Institute, attend lectures and rehearsals for both Chant and polyphony.  There will be opportunities to meet and mingle with participants who come from various US apostolates of the Institute. 

THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS: FRIDAY, APRIL 6, 2018

Please make checks payable to:
St. Francis de Sales Oratory
2653 Ohio Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63118

Credit Card payments can be accepted but a $4.00 surcharge will apply.

Pricing:
 
$95.00 (General Participants)
$145.00 (Choirmaster/Advanced Students Practicum)

Lodging - Group Rate at Residence Inn

For the lodging convenience of out-of-town participants, a Corporate Group Rate is available at Residence Inn St. Louis Downtown, located at 525 Jefferson Avenue, less than two miles away from the Oratory. Please note our Group Rate will include free parking (not explicitly stated), and a shuttle will be available to take participants to and from the Oratory.

Special Group Rate available at Residence Inn St. Louis Downtown, and includes free parking and shuttle.  Call 1-866-448-7500, and reference "Sacred Music Workshop", or make online reservation.  To make your reservations online, you may:  book your group rate for Sacred Music Workshop  (or visit this link http://bit.ly/2DB8tWZ). Must book by March 20, 2018.

(Program Schedule below)

2018 Sacred Music Program

Friday, April 20th

Choirmaster/Advanced Students Practicum: 8am-3pm

   8:00 am   Low Mass
   9:00 am   Breakfast/Registration for Choirmasters/Advanced Students
   9:45 am   Chant: “Chironomy: The Art of Directing Chant with Precision and Flexibility”
   11:00 am   Break
   11:15 am   Chant: “The Spirit of Gregorian Modes: Expressions of the Prayer of the Church”
   12:30 pm   Angelus and Lunch
   1:30 pm   Chant: “Necessity and Importance of Transposition”
   2:45 pm   Break
   3:00 pm   Chant Practicum

Sacred Music Workshop: All Participants

   4:15 pm   Registration for General Participants
   4:45 pm   Polyphony Rehearsal
   5:30 pm   Benediction and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
   6:30 pm   Dinner
   7:45 pm   Polyphony Rehearsal
   9:00 pm   Compline

Saturday, April 21st
   
   8:00 am   Low Mass
   9:45 am   Chant/Polyphony Sectionals
          Men: Polyphony
          Ladies: Chant
   11:00 am   Chant/Polyphony Sectionals
          Ladies: Polyphony
          Men: Chant
   12:30 pm   Angelus and Lunch
   1:30 pm   Chant: “Rhythmic Gesture at the Service of the Voice”
   3:30 pm   Break
   4:00 pm   Polyphony Rehearsal
   6:00 pm   Break
   6:15 pm   Dinner
   7:15 pm   Chant Practicum
   8:30 pm   Organ Recital
   9:00 pm   Compline


Sunday, April 22nd
   
   8:45 am    Warm-up/final rehearsal for Mass
   10:00 am   High Mass

 

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2017
Dec
23
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"O Lord, send us many holy priests!" It is the custom in the worldwide apostolates of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest to add this invocation to the Divine Praises which are recited at each Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. By the grace of God obtained through the prayers of the Institute's family and friends, 87 seminarians are currently in formation to serve Holy Mother Church one day as priests of Jesus Christ.

At St. Philip Neri International Seminary in Gricigliano, near Florence, Italy, about one in every three seminarians comes from the United States and Canada. Having participated in the preparatory year of discernment and formation in the Institute's apostolates in the United States, over 30 seminarians from North America then proceed to mount the altar step by step over the course of seven years, receiving the various Minor and Major Orders of the Church after much prayer, study, and work in the community life of the international seminary. 

Priestly Ordinations conferred in St. Louis by Cardinal Burke in 2014

Photo credit: Donald Lee Photography

With heartfelt gratitude to Divine Providence, it is our joy to announce the upcoming priestly ordinations which will take place this summer in the United States. With the gracious permission of His Grace, the Most Reverend Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of St. Louis, several American deacons will be ordained to the holy priesthood at St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis, Missouri, on the morning of Thursday, August 2, 2018, on the First Thursday of the month—day traditionally dedicated to the Priesthood of Jesus Christ. The Sacrament of Holy Orders will be conferred by His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, Patron of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta.  

The Institute's Founder and Prior General, Very Reverend Monsignor Gilles Wach, along with the Seminary Rector and Co-Founder, Reverend Canon Philippe Mora, will be present for this special occasion, along with many Canons and members of the Institute family. The names of those to be ordained will be announced in the coming months after the important period of exams and scrutiny which is a necessary part of preparation before Holy Orders. 

The Institute is profoundly grateful to all who have offered prayers for these future priests, especially through the St. Philip Neri Seminary Society's program of spiritual adoption by which the faithful pray daily for a particular seminarian.  With deep appreciation the Institute likewise is very thankful to all of the generous benefactors of its International Seminary.

 The Institute welcomes all friends and faithful who would like to attend this Ordination ceremony. Details will be made available in the coming months. Everyone is likewise invited to pray for these several deacons as they prepare to become ordained sons of Christ the King Sovereign Priest at the service of Holy Mother Church and for the good of souls.   

Click here for Press Release

 To see photos of the 2014 Ordinations in St. Louis, click here, here, and here

 

 

 

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2017
Dec
23
Posted in General

On the evening of December 8, Feast of the Immaculate Conception, the Institute continued the annual tradition of a candlelight procession through the streets of Rome in honor of Mary Immaculate. This year the procession was presided by His Eminence, Gerhard Ludwig Cardinal Müller.

The procession began at Gesu e Maria Church (Via del Corso, 45), which has been home to the Institute’s Rome apostolate for over 20 years. The Prior General of the Institute, Monsignor Gilles Wach, was present along with the Institute’s Co-Founder and Seminary Rector, Canon Philippe Mora. Many canons and seminarians joined in the procession, as well as a group of Sisters Adorers. Dozens of prelates and clergy participated in this event to honor Mary Immaculate during this centennial year of the Fatima Apparitions.

The procession passed before the Pantheon and, despite the rain, arrived finally at the Basilica of Santa Maria Sopra Minerva, where Cardinal Müller celebrated Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

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Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
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Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
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Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller
Marian Procession in Rome with Cardinal Muller

2017
Dec
22
Posted in General

For the 5th year in a row, Sursum Corda will be leading a brigade to the March for Life in Washington D.C.! Come join us this year as we take part in a pilgrimage to fight for life! As always, led by the Institute Canons, we will attend with the same spirit of reparation we have beheld for past years.


Who can attend?
Anyone! young adults, couples, families, minors.

Registration Deadline for all: January 4th, 2018

Where and how?
Thanks to a growing number of attendants, we are able to offer two buses from the Midwest this year, but there are only 50 spaces available on each bus!

Bus #1: Departs from Chicago.
Bus #2: Departs from Kansas City with a stop in St. Louis

Hotel Info: Hyatt Regency. 400 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA

Cost: This year, the cost has been set at $250.
This includes a spot on a chartered bus and 2-night hotel stay in D.C.

Registration is complete with three easy steps: 
1 - Fill out registration form and waivers (see links below). 
2 - Write check for registration fee (made out to either the Shrine or SFdS) and itemized: March for Life 2018 
3 - Mail check and registration form to either: 

(Bus #1) Shrine of Christ the King 6415 S. Woodlawn Avenue Chicago, Illinois 60637 
(Bus #2) St. Francis de Sales Oratory 2653 Ohio Ave Saint Louis, Missouri 63118 

Registration with payment must be received by January 4th. Your place will not be reserved until registration is paid and forms (Registration form & Waiver) are signed and submitted (all together)! 

For those under 18 have parents sign permission form and waiver. There will be designated chaperones for those under 18. If you are over 21 and would like to fulfill this role let me know.

We look forward to making this important pilgrimage together!

Registration Form

Adult Waiver

Minor Waiver

 

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2017
Dec
16
Posted in General

The Institute’s titular feast of Christ the King is always a cause for special rejoicing in all our apostolates. This was particularly true this year at Old St. Patrick’s Oratory in Kansas City, Missouri, which had the great privilege of welcoming His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider for a Pontifical High Mass. As Bishop Schneider, the auxiliary bishop of Astana in Kazakhstan, is not the local ordinary, the Mass was celebrated “at the faldstool” rather than from the throne, a privilege reserved to the local bishop and cardinals. The Mass, celebrated to a full church, was accompanied by sacred polyphony by the Oratory’s dedicated choir. In his very edifying sermon, the bishop spoke of the Cristeros as a modern example of heroic witness to the rights of Christ the King.

After Mass, the faithful were able to venerate a first-class relic of Blessed Emperor Charles of Austria, to whom a shrine is dedicated at the Oratory. During his brief reign, Blessed Charles governed according to the Church’s social teaching and did his best to bring the First World War to a peaceful conclusion. We were honored on the occasion of this Pontifical Mass by the presence of Her Imperial and Royal Highness, Princess Maria Anna Galitzine, a granddaughter of Emperor Charles.

The feast of Christ the King this year coincided with the anniversary of ordination of Old St. Patrick’s outgoing rector, Canon Glenn Gardner. After the meticulous months of planning for this unforgettable week-end, this was a fitting conclusion for Canon’s years of service at Old St. Patrick’s.

We are grateful to Bishop Schneider for making time during his busy tour of the United States to visit Kansas City. The evening before the feast of Christ the King, a conference jointly sponsored by the Emperor Charles League of Prayer was held under the presidency of Bishop Schneider, who spoke about the reign of Christ the King as exemplified in the reign of Emperor Charles. The conference also featured a very moving talk by Miss Suzanne Pearson on the theme “Reflections of Christ the King in the Life of Blessed Karl.”

Christus vincit, Christus regnat, Christus imperat!

Photos courtesy of Jay Balza

 

 

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Christ the King Weekend in Kansas City
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Christ the King Weekend in Kansas City
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Christ the King Weekend in Kansas City
Christ the King Weekend in Kansas City
Christ the King Weekend in Kansas City
Christ the King Weekend in Kansas City
Christ the King Weekend in Kansas City

2017
Dec
16
Posted in General

July 1-10, 2018

An invitation to Florence, Italy to participate in Ordinations Week 2018 for the Seminarians of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest; a rare window into an extraordinary week in the life of the men who will ensure the continuation of the Classical Roman Liturgy of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, our most sacred treasure! The crown jewel of the week is the awesome Pontifical Mass of Ordination for the Priesthood with Cardinal Raymond Burke followed by a festive banquet at the Institute’s Motherhouse in Gricigliano and a spectacular fireworks show overlooking the hills of Tuscany! 

Also travel to the Adriatic Coast to visit the Shrine of St. Padre Pio in San Giovanni Rotondo and the Cave of St. Michael the Archangel in Mont San'Angelo. Finally travel to Rome by way of Mugnano del Cardinale (Int'l. Shrine of St. Philomena) for the last two evenings in the Eternal City; the physical heart of the Catholic Church! 

Come join us on this pilgrimage of gratitude to Christ the King for the tremendous blessing of future priests!

All-inclusive cost from Chicago is $3395 up until March 15 /$300 more thereafter 

Inquire for the cost from all other cities.  Space is limited. 

For more information go to: www.syversentouring.com/florence or call 1-800-334-5425

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2017
Dec
15
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From the Sea of Galilee to Cana, Nazareth, Jericho, Bethlehem, Ein Kerem, Bethany & Jerusalem, the holy City of David, visit Old and New Testament sites, walking in the steps of the Patriarchs and Prophets, the Apostles, the Holy Parents, Joseph and Mary, and our King and Saviour, Jesus Christ, a wonderful Easter Week pilgrimage to the Ancient Lands of the Holy Bible with Canon Joel Estrada from April 3-12, 2018!  All-inclusive cost from Newark, NJ is $3795.00. Sign-up by Jan. 31, 2018 to save $100.00. Call for cost from all other cities. For info go to www.syversentouring.com/holyland or call 1-800-334-5425

Holy Land Pilgrimage 2018 - Flyer

 

Holy Land Pilgrimage 2018 - Brochure

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2017
Dec
1
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Institute Reopens Church in Naples, Italy

His Eminence, Crescenzio Cardinal Sepe, Archbishop of Naples, has entrusted to the Institute the Church of Our Lady of the Rosary “alle Pigne” (Chiesa di Santa Maria del Rosario alle Pigne). Along with the canonical establishment of this apostolate, Cardinal Sepe has nominated as Rector of the church Canon Louis Valadier.

Located in Piazza Cavour in downtown Naples about a ten minute walk from the Cathedral, Our Lady of the Rosary Church “alle Pigne” had suffered damage in the 1980 earthquake. Despite restoration work in the 1990s, it had not been reopened. Dating from the 17th century, the church is the artistic masterpiece of Arcangelo Guglielmelli.

At the invitation of Cardinal Sepe, the Institute clergy and local faithful worked to prepare the church for the solemn ceremony of reopening on Friday evening, October 6. To represent the Cardinal at the ceremony, the Most Reverend Lucio Lemmo, Auxiliary Bishop, presided. The Prior general of the Institute, Monsignor Gilles Wach, was present, along with the Institute’s resident clergy in Naples, Canon Louis Valadier, ​Canon Guillaume Fenoll, ​

Canon Florian Braun, and seminarian Abbe Andrea De Pas​cale. The Archbishop’s Delegate for the union of Catholic Works attended, as well as several civil and military authorities, such as the Commandant of the Carabinieri of the City’s Stella neighborhood.

The statue of Our Lady of the Rosary on the exterior façade of the church was solemnly crowned. Bishop Lemmo blessed the restored wooden statue of Our Lady of the Rosary venerated above the high altar. Solemn High Mass was celebrated by Monsignor Wach.

The evening’s events included a performance by the Giubileo choir, which sang popular songs of Neapolitan tradition, festive fireworks, and a buffet reception.

The apostolate website is http://www.icrss.it/napoli/. Mass is celebrated daily at 7:00pm.

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Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples
Institute Reopens Church in Naples

2017
Nov
27
Posted in General

Over seventy pilgrimages from North America were led by Canon Michael Stein and the good services of Syversen Touring from October 27-November 4 on a pilgrimage through Spain, Lourdes, and finally to Fatima in the centennial year of these apparitions. In Fatima they joined the Institute’s superiors, canons, sisters, oblates, and seminarians, as well as over 1,000 pilgrims coming from various Institute apostolates in Europe and Africa, for three days of liturgies, conferences, and devotions under the guidance of His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke.

 

Day 1: Pilgrims arrived this morning in Barcelona, Spain and traveled 30 miles West to go up the Montserrat Mountain to visit Santa Maria de Montserrat monastery. Tradition has it that the Benedictine monks could not move the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Infant Jesus to construct their monastery, choosing to instead build around it. The statue's sanctuary is located at the rear of the chapel, where an altar of gold surrounds the icon, and is now a site of pilgrimage.” The pilgrimage started with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in this very place.

Day 2 of the Pilgrimage began with Canon Stein offering morning Mass for everyone at Santa Maria de Montserrat. Pilgrims then spent most of the day driving through the Pyrenees en route to Lourdes - approximately 400 km. The lengthy bus ride was a time of rest, but also of prayer and instructions. In addition to the historical lessons provided by one of the guides, Canon Stein gave a conference on the Salesian Spirituality of the Institute. Upon arrival, they were able to visit the Grotto of Lourdes, attend a candlelight procession and pray the Rosary. “I am the Immaculate Conception.” (Our Lady of Lourdes, March 25, 1858)

Day 3 started out at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception of Lourdes where Canon Stein offered Sunday morning Mass for the Solemnity of the Kingship of Christ in the main Church at the top - the "Upper Church". Pilgrims then traveled to the Boly Mill where St. Bernadette's family lived and worked until she was 10 years old. Afterwards, they toured the Cachot, a former prison and the place where St. Bernadette's family moved after they were evicted from the Mill. St. Bernadette lived at the Cachot during the apparitions of Our Lady. Later, everyone went to the entrance of the baths, walked back to the Basilica and Grotto of Lourdes and had Canon Stein bless items. The day ended with the Rosary and a night at the Grotto.

On Monday, October 30th (Day 4), it was the 150th Anniversary of St. Bernadette's Religious profession. Pilgrims had morning Mass at the parish church, Sacred Heart, in Lourdes. The original church burned down after St. Bernadette's death but the current church has the font that she was baptized in and her pastor is buried in the crypt. The group then traveled to the Cathedral of Saint Mary of Burgos (dedicated to the Virgin Mary) in Leon, Spain. The exterior and interior of the Burgos Cathedral are just stunning and full of incredible details.

On October 31st (Day 5), pilgrims visited the Discalced Carmelites monastery in Segovia where St. John of the Cross is buried. During some "free time" in Spain, many visited the Segovia Cathedral and the Roman aqueduct. To conclude Day 5, everyone visited La Encarnacion Monastery in Avila, where St. Teresa of Avila lived. Canon Stein offered Mass for pilgrims at the monastery.

Day 6, November 1st, All Saints Day, was spent visiting the incredibly well preserved medieval city of Avila before traveling to Fatima. In the bus the pilgrims received an instruction on the history of the town of Fatima and a spiritual conference on the Liturgy. Evening Mass was offered at the Holy Cross Monastery.

Day 7, November 2nd, All Souls Day, although a rainy day, represented the downpour of graces upon all the travelers. Pilgrims followed in the footsteps of the apparitions praying the Rosary, first visiting the places of the 3 apparitions of the angel in 1916. Then the group visited the local parish and prayed for the Poor Souls at the village cemetery. That evening Msgr. Wach offered a Solemn High Requiem Mass with the Pontifical Assistance of Cardinal Burke in the Basilica. It was here that the 70+ American pilgrims were joined by more than 1,000 others from Institute Apostolates around the world. Confessors heard confessions in over 5 different languages, their confessionals being marked with flags of the countries whose languages they spoke.

Day 8, November 3rd, was in most ways the climax of the pilgrimage: Solemn Pontifical Mass by Cardinal Burke for thousands of Institute pilgrims followed by a conference on Fatima by His Eminence. Canon Stein led the pilgrims who braved the rain in the Stations of the Cross.

Day 9, November 4th, after an early Solemn High Mass by Msgr. Schmitz, all of the international pilgrims processed to the chapel of Apparitions where Msgr. Wach renewed the consecration of the entire Institute of Christ the King and all of its branches and all of its apostolates to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The American pilgrims, with hearts full of joy and consolation, then traveled to their final destination: Lisbon. Here they venerated relics of St. Anthony of Padua and visited his birthplace (yes, in Lisbon!). That evening in the hotel Canon Stein blessed a second round of sacramental and the newly ordained Fr. Gallagher offered his First Blessing to all. The enthusiasm and good spirit of the concluding dinner was a tangible example of how a spiritual family had been formed over the course of the pilgrimage.

Day 10, November 5th, the pilgrims meet one last time all together and end the pilgrimage in the same holy way it began: with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Special thanks to Mark Nemecek for contributing his photos to this group selection

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Centennial Pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes
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Centennial Pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes
Centennial Pilgrimage to Fatima and Lourdes
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2017
Nov
27
Posted in General

A Pilgrim’s Perspective. By Stephanie Pearson-Breaux

The Fatima and Lourdes pilgrimages ended yesterday and the graces will continue to flow. I wanted to share a few thoughts about the pilgrimage with you to encourage you in your prayer life for the reparation of sin and the conversion of souls to Christ through the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Lourdes was so beautiful and pilgrims from all over the world experienced the joy of encountering the love of Mary and a healing Grace for their souls. While I was waiting in line to bathe in the waters of Lourdes I met a young attorney named Kara who had just completed her law exam and wants to work as a pro-life attorney…. Kara was truly inspirational and please pray for her work as a pro-life attorney. We need more young attorneys like her! Visiting Lourdes and following in the footsteps of St Bernadette prompts one to seek prayer in a humble way.

We had pilgrims from New Mexico, Canada, Pennsylvania, Wyoming, New Jersey, Wisconsin, New York, Kansas, Vermont, Maryland, Michigan, Texas,and Illinois. We were 72 in number from the US and Canada. Pilgrims from the European apostolates and Africa joined us for the Fatima pilgrimage. We had another priest from a Diocese in New York on our pilgrimage. What a bonus!

The multitude of pilgrims joined together for Holy Mass with Monsignor Wach on Thursday night. Hundreds could not be seated for this Mass and were able to tolerate standing and kneeling for this beautiful Mass. On Friday morning Cardinal Burke presided at the Pontifical High Mass and his homily was extraordinary. We should all have copies of this homily!

On Saturday Monsignor Schmitz presided at the 1st Saturday Mass for our Blessed Mother. We then went to the site of the apparition for the Rosary. It was a rain of grace as we prayed and walked through pouring rain. Portugal was in desperate need of rain. I am glad it rained for 2 days while we were at Fatima. I prayed for intentions given to me and placed them in writing at the site of the main apparition of Fatima.

  • Armando was one of our tour guides and his grandparents witnessed the miracle of the Sun. He was so knowledgeable about the Fatima apparitions and is very devout…
  • SYVERSON touring who made the arrangements were wonderful. The family are devout Catholics. I would recommend them to anyone for travelling.
  • Bernadette Schmidt from the Wausau oratory was also a blessing as she assisted the guides in keeping the flock of pilgrims together.
  • Lisbon was also fantastic! Visiting the home and church of St Anthony was so special! His home was Lisbon!
  • Visiting the convent of Avila was also special! Nuns in the Carmelite convent who are cloistered fast 8 months, bathe in cold water and have no heat in the convent.
  • Encountering St Therese of Avila, St John of the Cross, St Bernadette, St Jacinta, St Francesco, and Sister Lucia in prayer was a deep spiritual consolation for many pilgrims.
  • One thought I want to leave you with is more souls fall into hell every day because there is no one to pray for them or make sacrifices. These are the words of Our Lady of Fatima.
  • Canon Michael Stein endeared himself to all as he cared for our spiritual needs and not one sheep strayed from the flock.
  • There were 4 women pilgrims over the age of 80 who inspired the younger generations with their wisdom and deep faith.
  • There were 1st time pilgrims who enjoyed their experience with the Institute. I will remember all these pilgrims and the families in my prayers during the Holy Liturgy. We are all truly one in Christ!
  • We had the littlest pilgrim from Canada who was with her parents. She is 2 years old and was a delight on this pilgrimage.

                                 Strengthened in faith,

                                  Stephanie

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