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2017
May
14
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August 11th -14th at Mundelein Seminary


Sursum Corda is a nationwide initiative to foster the spiritual lives of the young adults in the apostolates of the Institute of Christ the King. For the seventh year in a row, Sursum Corda is offering a social and spiritual weekend for young people ages 18 and up, August 11-14.

The event will be held on the beautiful grounds of Mundelein Seminary just north of Chicago. Canon Commins (Vicar at Saint Francis de Sales Oratory, St. Louis, Missouri) will be the chaplain for the camp, and several other canons are sure to be there as well. 

The program includes daily Mass, prayer in common and opportunity for confession, faith formation classes and discussions, and other social activities for young men and women.

The weekend begins with check-in at 3:00 PM on Friday, August 11 at Mundelein and will end on Monday, August 14 at 12:00 PM.

This year's admission fee is $250, which includes lodging and meals.
**Your check is your registration!**
Please be sure to include your name/address if it is not on the check.

Mail check to:

Institute of Christ the King
2653 Ohio Ave, St. Louis, MO 63118
To the Order of: Institute of Christ the King
For: Sursum Corda Retreat

Spaces are filling fast!

Directions:

University of St Mary - The Lake.
1000 E Maple Ave
Mundelein, IL 60060


For transportation possibilities, please contact your local Sursum Corda Group.
You can also contact sursumcordastlouis@gmail.com if necessary.

SC Saint Louis: sursumcordastlouis@gmail.com
SC Milwaukee: sursumcordamke@gmail.com
SC Chicago: sursumcordach@gmail.com
SC Green Bay: sursumcordagb@gmail.com
SC Kansas City: sursumcordakc@gmail.com
SC Wausau: sursumcordawausau@gmail.com

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2017
Mar
27
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Since the Institute's last Chant workshop seven years ago in Chicago, both the level of interest and commitment to Sacred Music have clearly grown in all apostolates. The spiritual aspects of singing sacred music were emphasized during the Workshop, particularly by meditating on the prayer texts of the Second Sunday of Lent and by singing each day the Divine Office with the Institute clergy. On Sunday, in addition to the Gregorian Chant propers, the choir's rendition of Mass in G "St. Crucis" by Joseph Rheinberger and Agnus Dei by Claudio Casciolini were sublime offerings of the Church's prayers. The feedback from attendees was overwhelmingly positive. We thank three of them for graciously sharing their impressions:

Personal Accounts of the Workshop 

Teresa Chisholm (Detroit, MI)

The Workshop was an excellent mix of instruction, practice, spiritual talks, prayer, and socialization with fellow sacred music enthusiasts from around the country.  What a blessing to be immersed in the spiritual life of the Institute in such a glorious Oratory, and to sing from the choir loft with the other participants for Sunday’s Solemn High Mass. My husband and I returned to Detroit with an increased love for Our Lord and a desire to sing with greater skill for Him. 

Ashley Hayworth (St. Louis, MO)

I was lucky enough to be able to attend the Sacred Music workshop at St. Francis de Sales Oratory from 3/10- 3/12. I was struck by two specific thoughts during this workshop. One was brought to my attention during a spiritual conference by Canon Huberfeld: the reminder of how important it is to take the time to study the text we sing. Only in chant does the melody express the Words of our Lord so precisely. From the key the words are sung to the emphasis on the accents, this workshop was a great showcase of the true genius of singing Chant. Just as all the actions of the Mass have purpose and meaning, so does everything within the Chant. It was hard and challenging and so worth the effort.

The other thought was how much the world needs this music today. Over 85 people from across the country came out for this. In a world with so many distractions and superficial entertainments, this very physical effort - to slow down and focus on the task at hand - was refreshing and energizing. It can be overwhelming at first: learning how to direct, learning the notes, trying to express the emotion of the words. However, in this effort, we attempt to grow a little more perfect and that much closer to Our Lord. It was incredible to work and sing with so many individuals who truly cared about this music and were passionate to take this thoughtfulness.

Cassandra Sciortino (Oakland, CA)

The Sacred Music Workshop integrated the profound devotional preparation for singing chant with practical applications of its technique. Packed into this short weekend were topics ranging from chironomy (directing) to solfege sight singing to subtle elaborations on dynamics; students came away with a rigorous and thorough sense of the depth, complexity and devotional power of chant and the kinds of practical skills necessary to sing it faithfully in a spirit of prayer.  Beyond chant, students also participated in the power and beauty of polyphony and the different dynamics appropriate to this slightly younger devotional musical form.

 

The conference also cultivated an atmosphere of solidarity toward a common purpose of returning sacred music to its profound mystical and devotional origins.

 

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2017
Jan
21
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June 30-July 8, 2017

Beginning in Rome, with the medieval house of St. Bridget as a base, visit the most important pilgrim sites of the "Eternal City"!  Then travel to the beautiful Tuscan capital of Florence for the Institute of Christ the King's Ordinations Week 2017 with Msgr. Gilles Wach. Pilgrims will participate in a guided tour of St. Philip Neri International Seminary and of the Institute’s Motherhouse, while visiting the beautiful seminary grounds nestled in the Florentine hills among the olive groves and vineyards. The crown jewel of the pilgrimage is the awesome Pontifical Mass of Ordination for the Priesthood celebrated by His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, followed by a grand celebration at the Institute's Motherhouse in the Tuscan hills of Gricigliano beginning with First Blessings, chanting of the Te Deum, a candlelight Banquet and spectacular fireworks show!

All-inclusive cost from Chicago is $3395 from Chicago ORD up  until March 30 /$250 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

Click here to see photos from last year’s Ordinations: http://www.institute-christ-king.org/news/365/92/Ordination-Week-for-75-Seminarians/

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2017
Jan
4
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SACRED MUSIC WORKSHOP IN ST. LOUIS 
St. Francis de Sales Oratory, March 10-12, 2017 

Both the practical and spiritual aspects of sacred music will be the focus of an upcoming Sacred Music Workshop in March. Already in the planning stages, the intensive two-day program will include spiritual talks given by Institute canons, Gregorian chant instruction including Gregorian Rhythm and an introduction to Chironomy imparted by Canon Wulfran Lebocq, currently serving in Ireland and was the Chant Master at the Seminary for a number of years.

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Participants will also experience singing polyphonic repertoire taught by Mr. Nicholas Botkins, Director of Music at St. Francis de Sales Oratory. Starting on Friday evening, March 10, and including High Mass on Sunday, participants will take part in chanting the Office with members of the Institute, attend lectures and rehearsals for both Chant and polyphony.

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Friday, March 10
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5:30pm Registration (Convent Refectory)
6:00pm VESPERS & ANGELUS (Church)
6:45pm Dinner (Church Hall)
7:45pm Spiritual Talk on Gregorian Chant (Cn. Huberfeld)
8:30pm COMPLINE (Church)

Saturday, March 11
Ember Saturday
8:00am Low Mass
8:45am Breakfast (Church Hall)
9:15am Gregorian Chant Practicum (Cn. Lebocq)
10:30am Break
10:45am Polyphonic Rehearsal (Mr. Botkins)
12:00pm ANGELUS & LUNCH
1:15pm Gentlemen Gregorian Chant Practicum (Cn. Lebocq)
Ladies’ Polyphonic Rehearsal (Mr. Botkins)
2:30pm Break
3:00pm Ladies’ Gregorian Chant Practicum (Cn. Lebocq) Gentlemen’s Polyphonic Rehearsal (Mr. Botkins)
5:00pm Break
5:15pm Spiritual Talk on Gregorian Chant (Cn. Huberfeld)
6:00pm VESPERS & ANGELUS
6:45pm Dinner (Church Hall)
8:30pm COMPLINE

Sunday, March 12
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8:45am Warm-up/final rehearsal
10:00am High Mass (Church)
Coffee hour follows the 10am Sung Mass 

Mr. Nick Botkins directs Oratory choir

The deadline for registration is Sunday, February 19, 2017.
 
Price: $95.00 per person; incl. meals, lodging not included

For more information, please contact the Oratory office by phone at 314-771-3100 or via email at sfds@institute-christ-king.org.
 
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2016
Nov
28
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The initial invitation to the Institute by an American Bishop came from His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke, then Bishop of La Crosse, Wisconsin, in 1996. Since then the Institute has been called by Bishops in twelve other Dioceses to found spiritual centers where Holy Mass is celebrated in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, the doctrine of the Church and the spirituality of St Francis de Sales are taught and explained to people of all ages, and Catholic culture is revived by the beauty of the arts and the charity of social life.

This calendar traces the individual story of these Institute apostolates in chronological order throughout the past twenty years. Offered in grateful thanksgiving to Christ the Infant King, this calendar includes many photos of the Institute’s apostolic work across the United States in the hope that you may be inspired to pray for the spiritual fruits of this mission.

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2016
Nov
11
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The faithful of St. Mary Oratory had much reason to celebrate Sunday, November 6, 2016.  His Excellency, the Most Reverend David Malloy, Bishop of Rockford, Illinois, graciously came to officially install Canon Benjamin Coggeshall as Rector of the Oratory.  

His Excellency kindly attended the 9am Solemn High Mass, along with Canon Matthew Talarico, the Provincial superior of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in the United States. His Excellency, Bishop Malloy gave a moving sermon that reminded those present to pray for the souls of the faithful departed, especially during these last few weeks of the Church’s liturgical calendar when the texts for the Holy Liturgy during this time speak of the passing of the present world.

The installation ceremony itself took place at the end of Mass during which Canon Coggeshall publicly made a Profession of Faith and An Oath of Fidelity to the Church.  Additionally, he signed the official Decree of Possession of the Oratory.  

There was a reception afterwards during which His Excellency expressed his appreciation of the apostolate exercised by the Institute of Christ the King in the Rockford diocese at St. Mary Oratory.  He was also presented with a gift from the Oratory in gratitude for his paternal solicitude.  Many of those present were then able to personally greet the Bishop, and he even signed some Mass missals for several young members of the Oratory Faithful!

Thank you, Bishop Malloy, for a memorable visit!

 

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2016
Sept
10
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There's no place like home, is a sentiment most people are familiar with, and for the canons of the Institute this common feeling takes on a new resonance every year at the General Chapter meeting. For our priests who minister on three different continents, coming back for a week of prayer, fraternity and spiritual conferences in our motherhouse at Gricigliano is a homecoming they look forward to all year. This year, with 12 new priests attending their first Chapter, we were able to get a better sense of the importance of the ongoing building works at the seminary, as the chapel and refectory are now full to overflowing when the whole community gathers!

As always, the Chapter begins with the traditional invocation to the Holy Ghost, the "Veni creator," and a Eucharistic holy hour. In addition to singing the hours of Vespers and Compline in common every day, our priests also attend the solemn Masses celebrated by our superiors in the seminary chapel. We were honored by the visit of the Most Reverend Luciano Giovannetti, emeritus bishop of Fiesole and friend of long date to the Institute, who celebrated the Pontifical Votive Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ Eternal High Priest, for the First Thursday of the month.

The last night of the Chapter, the canons enjoyed watching a film edited by the seminarians showing the history of the Institute going back over 25 years. Although our modest Institute, in the scheme of the 2,000-year history of the Church is still a very young foundation, it was very striking -- especially for our youngest priests, who were not yet born when the Institute was canonically erected in 1990 -- to get a taste of providential growth of our community and to appreciate the sacrifices made by the founding generation. Monsignor Wach, in his final conference of the Chapter, inculcated for our priests the importance of the forgotten Christian virtue of gratitude. Watching this very moving documentary made it easier for us to exercise this virtue, not only to divine providence but also to the generous prelates over the years who have accompanied the Institute since the beginning, exemplars of the spirit of "Romanitas" which has always been so dear to our founders.

As every year, the Chapter concludes with the singing of the Te Deum in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, in thanksgiving for the many graces of the week.

– Canon Francis Altiere

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Holy Week is the high point of the Liturgical Year. In each of the Institute’s 12 apostolates across the country, the liturgies of Holy Week are a source of many graces for spiritual growth and renewal. Please find below a selection of Holy Week and Easter photos from Institute churches across the United States.

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Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
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Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
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Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America
Holy Week Liturgies Across America

2016
June
20
Posted in General

The Institute priests serving in the American Province, along with a few confreres from overseas apostolates, met at St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis for their annual retreat, which took place this year during the week of preparation for the Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 3. Monsignor Gilles Wach, Prior General of the Institute, came from Gricigliano to preach to the assembled priests during this time of recollection. They were joined by several priests from around the country who are spiritually affiliated with the Institute. 

The canons and priest affiliates had the opportunity to pray the Divine Office together and share fraternal meals as a community. These retreats foster renewal in the interior lives of the priests, as well as for the fraternal unity of the Institute.

On Thursday evening, June 2, Monsignor Wach was the celebrant of a Solemn High Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Supreme and Eternal Priest. In the vestition ceremony, Abbe Matthew O’Hora, a native of Ireland, made his commitment as an oblate brother in the Institute family and received the cassock, having completed his time of discernment and candidacy at St. Gianna Oratory in Tucson, Arizona. Another diocesan priest, Father Thomas Keller, received the Cross of St. Francis de Sales as an affiliate member of the Institute, while other affiliate priests renewed their commitment as well.

All the faithful had the opportunity to greet Monsignor Wach and the visiting priests in a festive reception in the Oratory Hall after Mass. In his address of the faithful, Monsignor Wach expressed his deep gratitude to the St. Louis faithful for their generous spirit and caring support of the Institute and its priests. He also requested prayers for the eleven men, including two Americans, who will be ordained to the priesthood in Gricigliano, Italy, on July 7 by His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke.

 

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Priest Retreat and Oblate Vestition
Priest Retreat and Oblate Vestition
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Priest Retreat and Oblate Vestition
Priest Retreat and Oblate Vestition
Priest Retreat and Oblate Vestition
Priest Retreat and Oblate Vestition
Priest Retreat and Oblate Vestition
Priest Retreat and Oblate Vestition
Priest Retreat and Oblate Vestition
Priest Retreat and Oblate Vestition

2016
Jan
30
Posted in General

On October 7, 2008, the decree Saeculorum Rex established the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest as a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right in the form of canons secular. On January 29, 2016, Feast of St. Francis de Sales, patron of the Institute, the Holy See gave its permanent approval of the Constitutions of the Institute.

The Church’s solemn hymn of thanksgiving, the Te Deum, was sung at the Institute’s international seminary and Motherhouse in Gricigliano, Italy, following second vespers of the feast day of St. Francis de Sales. His Excellency, the Most Reverend Francois Bacqué, apostolic nuncio, who was the Apostolic Visitor to the Institute, will celebrate a Pontifical Mass of thanksgiving on February 2.  Deo gratias!

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Holy See Approves Institute’s Constitutions
Holy See Approves Institute’s Constitutions
Holy See Approves Institute’s Constitutions
Holy See Approves Institute’s Constitutions
Holy See Approves Institute’s Constitutions
Holy See Approves Institute’s Constitutions
Holy See Approves Institute’s Constitutions
Holy See Approves Institute’s Constitutions



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