Benedictines of Mary Queen of the Apostles Fall 2015 Newsletter

Wednesday, November 25, 2015


3 New SSPX Deacons To Be Ordained in the US

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

We are proud to announce that 3 new deacons will be ordained for the SSPX here in the United States on November 28 at St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary.

This sacrament of major holy orders will be given by Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais at the Winona seminary to the 3 subdeacons recently ordained at the new Our Lady of Sorrows Church in Phoenix, Arizona on September 14th:

    Rev. Mr. Francis Palmquist
    Rev. Mr. Paul Franks
    Rev. Mr. Brandon Haenny

Please pray for the continued sanctification and perseverance of these diaconate ordinands, and for their faithful service to Holy Mother Church!

Source: SSPX


National Vocation Awareness Week

Sunday, November 01, 2015

National Vocation Awareness Week (NVAW) is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promote vocations to the priesthood, diaconate and consecrated life through prayer and education, and to renew our prayers and support for those who are considering one of these particular vocations.

Please explore the many links in our sidebar to various religious orders worthy of support.  Whether or not you are considering a vocation, please pray for the men and women who are called to have the courage to follow the Lord in service to His True Church.

O Lord, send us priests
O Lord, send us holy priests
O Lord, send us many holy priests and religious vocations


Help Candace Enter the Convent!

Friday, October 30, 2015

Candace, a recent graduate from St. Bernard Prep School and a wonderful, joy-filled woman of the Lord, will be entering the Nashville Dominicans. Please help her raise funds for her entrance, habit, etc.

Candace is a truly inspiring young woman, who has chosen to give her life to Christ as His bride - what a beautiful calling! It has been such a gift to get to know her this year at St. Bernard, and I am so happy for her as she begins her discernment. Whatever you may be able to give to help her reach her goal ~ she is so very grateful. Please pray for her for these last few weeks before her entrance. In her own words, when she visited the Dominicans, she had this "sense of peace and I don’t quite know how to explain what I felt, but I felt as if I were at home. The joy that each sister seemed to have is something that I want and what is more is that the sisters take this joy and spread it to those around them."

And to learn more about the Nashville Dominicans, please visit: http://nashvilledominican.org/

May God bless you abundantly for your generosity!


Nine Men Receive Cassock at Seminary in La Reja, Argentina

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Catholic Seminarians La Reja Receive Cassock
On September 13th, nine men received the cassock in La Reja, Argentina and thus became part of the clerical state.
In the context of a solemn Pontifical Mass offered by Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais, 9 seminarians studying at Seminario Nuestra Senora Corredentora (Our Lady of Co-Redemptrix Seminary) received the clerical habit of the cassock and surplice.

The seminarians were from diverse South American backgrounds and included 5 Argentinians, 2 Brazilians, 1 Guatemalan, and a Chilean national. We ask that you please keep these seminarians of the Society of St. Pius X in your prayers.



Brothers Hermits of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel (EREMITAE CARMELI)

Sunday, September 13, 2015

In South America is a lesser known Order of Carmelites entirely devoted to serving the Lord and the Church through the ancient traditions and Liturgy of the Carmelite Order.  The Brothers Hermits of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel (EREMITAE CARMELI) are certainly worth considering for those attached to the Carmelite Spirituality.  And even for those not considering this vocation, please say a prayer now for all members of this order.

The Brothers Hermits of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel is a Roman Catholic Religious Order that is in full communion with the Holy See and is under the authority and support of His Excellency Bishop Heinz Wilhelm Steckling of the Diocese of Ciudad Del Este, Paraguay.  The hermits live the strict observance according to the Primitive Carmelite Rule and exclusively celebrate the traditional liturgy according to the ancient Carmelite Rite.  This Order, Fratres Eremitae Beatae Mariae Virginis de Monte Carmelo, was originally founded by the Discalced Carmelite Blessed Francisco Palau in 1860 as a revival of the primitive charism, spirit, life, and discipline of the ancient Carmelite Hermits: a return to a life which St. Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross sought.  Having suffered from the secular persecutions in Spain and the Spanish Civil War in 1936 the community died.  However, by grace and divine providence, the Order was revived in Brazil in 2000 and is growing in Paraguay, Brazil, and abroad.

The life of a Carmelite Hermit is a continuous act of love and worship of Almighty God, aimed at perfection of Christian Charity and the fruition of the grace of Christian Baptism.  "This is the will of God, your sancitfication" (1 Thessalonians 4:3).  God created us, and from Him we receive ourselves, in order that we might receive the Gift of Himself.  God gives us Himself in Christ: it brings great glory to Him freely to receive His Gift to us.  A soul united to God in the transforming union is a "Praise of Glory" (Bl. Elizabeth of the Trinity; cf. Ephesians 1:6,12) and becomes a living spring of potent, saving grace for the Church and the world.  Through this divine love and union, the Carmelite life also glorifies the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Flower of Carmel, as the hermit lives in communion with her who received the Lord in her heart and soul, as well as in her body and her immaculate womb.  Like Mary, the Carmelite Hermits serve the Church through the love and adoration of God; furthermore, they efficaciously contribute to the transformation and salvation of the world through prayer and intercession night and day, penance, writings, and the apostolic works of the Brother Priests.  Like St. Elias, the love of God, in a contemplative mode, and the love of neighbor, in a prophetic mode, determine the form of their lives.  Faithfully lived with Mary, the Carmelite hermit lives, as a baptized Christian, in time and on earth—through Grace and Mystery in faith, hope, and charity—the life of the Blessed in eternal Glory in Heaven, through Jesus Christ our Heavenly Lord, the Creator of all and the Author of Grace: in the soul of His faithful Carmelite who is conformed to the most Blessed Virgin Mary, Christ's Kingdom comes among men...even now.

The Daily Weekday Schedule of Members of this Order:

  • 00:00 Midnight – Rise, Invitatorium (in Choir),Matutinum (in Cell)
  • 05:00 – Rise, One Hour of Meditation and Mental Prayer (in Cell or in Choir, according to individual with permission)
  • 06:00 – Angelus, Laudes (in Choir)
  • 06:30 – Holy Sacrifice of the Mass (Conventual Mass in Church) followed by Thanksgiving and Prima (in Choir)
  • 08:45 – Tertia (in Cell)
  • Outside of days and times of fasting there is a small, simple breakfast (Individual)
  • 09:00 – Work (according to the vocation and ability of each Brother, including intellectual work and study, for those called to it, or priestly apostolic works for the Brother Priests)
  • 12:00 – Angelus, Sexta (in Cell)
  • 13:00 – End of work, Nona (in Cell)
  • 14:00 – Meal, Rest (During desert days and days of retreat the meal is taken in the Cell)
  • 15:00 – Bell for Prayer on the Passion of Our Lord
  • 16:00 – Vesperae (in Choir) (17:00 during summer)
  • On Sundays and Solemnities there is community recreation
  • 17:00 – One Hour of Meditation and Mental Prayer (in Cell)
  • 18:00 – Angelus, Completorium (19:00 during summer)
  • During days and times of fasting there is a small Collation; outside of days and times of fastingand there is a small, simple dinner  (Individual)
  • Personal Prayer (individual)
  • Retire for the night
Thanks to Fr. Peter Carota for making me aware of this order.  Please say a prayer for him now.


Steps to Becoming a Monk or a Nun

Sunday, August 23, 2015

In keeping with St. Benedict's rule for monks, we warmly welcome newcomers to monastic life, but require careful discernment before being admitted to the community.

Typically, a candidate to monastic life will pay visits to a particular monastery over a period of months to become acquainted with the members of that community and its way of life. During this time, the candidate is spoken to frankly of the challenges faced on the path that leads to God. A candidate is received as a brother or sister in a community when these visits make clear that he or she possesses the spiritual dispositions necessary to live our life. It is also important that the newcomer possess adequate maturity and health.

Having determined that a newcomer is ready to enter the community, she is invited to do an "Observership". Under the guidance of the Novice Director, the candidate takes up residence with the community in the enclosure of the monastery and embraces the monastic way of life for a period of about six to eight weeks. This is an opportunity for the aspirant to experience monastic life in all it's aspects: private and communal prayer, manual labor, solitude, community life, fasting and vigils.

Having completed an Observership, and if the candidate and Novice Director discern that God is calling her to continue on, the Observer is admitted to the Postulancy. A postulant is further initiated into the spiritual disciplines of the Order by living the monastic life with the community for a period of about six months.

A postulant who demonstrates a desire and a capacity to live the Cistercian way of life may be admitted to the Novitiate. At this point, she is clothed with a religious habit and officially becomes a member of the order though she has not yet taken vows. During the novitiate, more formal instruction is offered in the monastic observances, especially the Liturgy of the Hours, Lectio Divina, prayer and manual work. During this time, the novice is supported and encouraged to persevere by her sisters in the monastery. The novitiate lasts two years.

If, after two years, it is seen that the novice truly seeks God and is zealous for the work of God, obedience and trials, and is well suited to community life, silence and solitude, then she may be admitted to temporary profession of vows as a "Junior".

By "temporary vows" a person commits to living the monastic way of life for a period of three years or three periods of one year. A Junior retains personal ownership of his or her goods but, before taking vows, must assign the administration of his or her goods to someone else. During these three years of formation, the Junior is typically entrusted with greater responsibility and is more completely integrated into the professed community. Formal studies are also continued during this period.

At the end of the period of temporary profession, after prayerful and prolonged reflection so as to appreciate the significance of the action she is about to take, a person may freely petition the abbess to make solemn profession. If the abbess and community consider her to be ready, then she is permitted to make solemn profession of the monastic vows of stability, obedience, and conversion of manners. By making solemn vows, a sister gives herself to Christ in a spirit of faith and commits herself perpetually to live, with her community, a life in accord with the Rule of St. Benedict. This commitment is made with the assurance of the love and support of the abbot and the whole community.

Source: Trappists.org


Ss Cyril & Methodius Byzantine Catholic Seminary Hosts Come and See Retreat

The Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius is pleased to invite you to a “Come and See” Retreat of Discovery for Byzantine Catholic Men 18 to 35 years old.


Every young man eventually has to make some hard decisions – college, career, marriage, family, religious life. How do you know what’s right? Does God care what you decide?

Maybe someone has suggested to you that you should check out the Seminary. If so, they’ve seen you as someone who loves God, loves people, and has the potential to be a priest.

Maybe you’ve caught yourself thinking about the priesthood at church on Sunday, in your personal prayers, or wherever.

Maybe you’ve thought to yourself: Will I have to give up everything – my family, my friends, the things I enjoy? Must I be super holy, super smart, or somehow “different?” Anyway, how would I know if God is calling me?

“Come and See” will help you answer these questions as you witness a seminarian’s life of prayer, labor, and joy!

“Come and See” is a retreat weekend hosted by the Byzantine Catholic Seminary in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The retreat includes sharing liturgical services and meals with the Seminary community, an introduction to the Seminary formation program, a tour of the Seminary, gatherings with the seminarians, witness talks, and guided reflections on discernment – on how to listen to God’s plans for your future and your happiness.

Invited are men, ages 18 to 35, single or married, who may be considering a vocation to the priesthood in the Byzantine Catholic Church. It is important to note that the retreat is conducted in a “no pressure, no hard-sell” environment. The atmosphere is prayerful, positive, and fraternal.

Friday evening (5:00 PM), 16 October 2015 through Sunday afternoon (3:30 PM), 18 October 2015.

Byzantine Catholic Seminary of Saints Cyril and Methodius
3605 Perrysville Avenue
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15214=20

Free! There is no charge for the retreat, meals, and lodging.


Retreat participants are responsible for the arrangements of and expenses for their transportation to Pittsburgh. Eparchial Vocations Offices may have scholarships or grants available for travel to this event, so please inform your Vocations Director of your plans to attend. Vehicle transportation from the Pittsburgh airport or train and bus stations and back will be arranged as indicated on the registration form. Airport or station arrivals should be by 3:30 PM on Friday, 16 October if possible. Departures are to be scheduled after 5:30 PM on Sunday, 18 October.


Women Entering Religious Life Are More Conservative

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The following article was published in the generally liberal New York Times newspaper.  The story is written by Mark Oppenheimer and was published on August 7th.

An excerpt:
Mechanical bulls, rock-climbing walls, bounce houses, go-karts: Before becoming a nun, Sister Virginia Joy helped insure them all.

“I was a go-between between the underwriters and the customers,” said Sister Virginia Joy, a former high school soccer star from South Carolina now wearing a habit of white and navy blue. She was fighting Midtown Manhattan traffic, late for a lunch with some other nuns. “I was overwhelmed by the Lord’s generosity in my life, and I wasn’t fulfilled in this job,” she said.

In 2009, at age 28 and then known as Virginia Cotter, she joined the Sisters of Life.

Young women joining religious orders have become increasingly rare over the years. The number of “women religious” in the United States is about 50,000, less than a third of that in 1966. According to a Georgetown University study, “there are more Catholic sisters in the United States over age 90 than under age 60.”

The younger nuns can be a surprising bunch. While many in the older generation moved to the left after the 1960s, in theology and politics — a trend that led in part to Pope Benedict XVI’s investigation of American nuns in 2012 — younger nuns tend to be more conservative. They want to wear the habit. While they work outside their communities, they have a strong focus on contemplative life, making time for hours of daily communal prayer. And they tend to have a strong sense of a particular mission...
 Photo Source: Andrew Sullivan for The New York Times


Jessica Hayes: Consecrated Virgin for the Diocese of Fort-Wayne South Bend

Monday, August 17, 2015

The following story is excerpted from an article written by Rosa Salter Rodriguez for The Journal Gazette and dated August 15th.  Jessica Hayes became a consecrated virgin on the Feast of the Assumption of our Lady.

Although this is rare today, consecrated virgins date back to apostolic times, hundreds of years before there were consecrated sisters and nuns.  About 200 consecrated virgins live in the United States.
Fort Wayne’s Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception today will host a ceremony not seen in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend in 25 years – the dedication of a woman as a consecrated virgin.
Jessica Hayes, 38, a theology teacher at Bishop Dwenger High School in Fort Wayne, will be dedicated to what church officials call “a spousal union with Christ lived in the midst of the world.”

That means she is not becoming a nun or a religious sister but begins a different vocation that enables her to keep her job and continue living in her own home, said Stephanie Patka, diocesan spokeswoman. Hayes will not change her name, as religious sisters and nuns often do, and will continue to dress in street clothes.

But the consecration rules out marriage in the future, and Hayes will live a life of prayer and service to church. She will continue discerning the specifics with diocesan Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades as her superior.

During the 10 a.m. Mass, Hayes will be dressed in a wedding dress and prostrate herself at the altar in a manner similar to that of candidates for ordination to the priesthood.

Hayes will become the only consecrated virgin in the diocese. The most recent consecrated virgin was the late Mary Jane Carew, who died in 2012. She was a religious sister who transferred her consecrated life to the Ecclesial Order of Virgins for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend in 1990.


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