Dominican Nuns in Marbury, Alabama Host "Come & See" Weekend

Monday, April 18, 2016

The cloistered Dominican nuns in Marbury, Alabama are holding a Vocation Retreat on the weekend of June 3-5, 2016 for young women age 16-27. Retreatants learn about the nuns' contemplative life of praise and intercession at the heart of the apostolic preaching of the Dominican Order for the salvation of souls, join in chanting the Divine Office in Latin and English, and share in the nuns' special devotion to Eucharistic Adoration and Perpetual Rosary. 

While their community does not have exclusive use of the 1962 liturgy, they hold the liturgical tradition of the Church and of the Dominican Order in great esteem. The nuns welcome celebrations of the Holy Mass in the Extraordinary Form and the Dominican Rite when possible, and retain a good deal of Dominican Latin chant in their daily Office. 

Learn more at http://www.stjudemonastery.org/vocations/vocation-retreats.


5th Anniversary of the Missionary Sisters of Jesus and Mary

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

At this time, please join me in praying for the increase of this order in number.


Saint Thomas Aquinas House of Studies: Traditional Community in Detroit

Monday, February 29, 2016

May all things be restored in Christ in a world that has forgotten Him, and even in a Church that undergoes its own Passion.  The only way to restore Order to society is to restore Christian Civilization.  And this can only occur when our Church is again restored to its former glory and men are willing to lay down their lives for the fullness of the One, True Faith.

May God bless this new community.  Click here for more information

The call of Pope Benedict XVI for a robust rediscovery of the traditional Latin liturgy and consecrated life is at the heart of our foundation, a cause which finds renewed urgency under the reign of Pope Francis.  We lead a vowed life of common prayer totally immersed in the traditional Latin rite and the traditional expression of the Catholic Faith. 
We assist our local diocese in caring for Catholics who are devoted to the old liturgy as well as help others to discover its great strength and beauty.  Our mission of prayer seeks to bring back to the Faith lukewarm and fallen-away Catholics as well as to convert non-Catholics to the One True Faith. 
Common Prayer 
Our community begins its day in Grand Silence, which does not end until after the chanting of Prime (our morning prayer) to ensure a spirit of recollection.  The community daily assists at the traditional Latin Mass either at the parish or in our House chapel, and also chants Vespers and Compline daily according to the ancient Roman rite. 
Brothers who are not bound to recite the full Divine Office are encouraged to recite the remainder of the day's prayers from the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Other traditional prayers are interspersed throughout the day. The old Roman meal blessing is chanted in full at common meals. The Angelus is prayed in Latin, chanted on feasts of Our Lady. Chanted Vespers of the Dead is often added to Vespers of the day. 
Brothers are also expected to pray at least five decades of the Holy Rosary each day and to devote themselves daily to meditation. 
Our community ministers at Mother of Divine Mercy Parish in Detroit teaching catechism and training altarboys to serve at the Traditional Latin Mass.  The community also has engaged in door-to-door inner city evangelization and catechetical home visitation.  Brothers, who wish to discern the priesthood, enroll in priestly studies at Ss. Cyril and Methodius Seminary at Orchard Lake.

Regarding their canonical status:
Our community at St. Thomas Aquinas House is privileged to enjoy the official endorsement of the Archbishop of Detroit as a non-juridical private association of men under formal ecclesiastical review by the Archdiocese of Detroit.   The Archbishop has granted us his full permission to live our religious life according to the Statutes we have submitted to him, to call our community ‘Catholic,’ and to take private vows of religion. 
The proposed name for our community is  ‘Canons Regular of St. Thomas Aquinas,’ though this is not yet official.  We  began our discernment in August 2012 at the invitation of Bishop Francis Reiss, one of the auxiliary bishops and vicar general, and with the generous help of the local Office for Consecrated Life.  We aspire to become a priory ‘sui iuris’ of diocesan rite which will pray and offer ministry totally devoted to the extraordinary (old Latin) form of the Roman liturgy, thus placing us also within the purview of the Pontifical Commission ‘Ecclesia Dei.’ 


Br Edmund Maria Enters the Transalpine Redemptorists

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

On the feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple and the Purification of Our Lady, one of our Novices, Br Edmund, presented himself as a sacrifice to God by making his first vows of Poverty Chastity and Obedience. His family had come all the way from the USA to witness his profession. Since the weather was too bad to bring them to Papa Stronsay during the day, the ceremony was held in the evening when the wind had dropped.

Please say a prayer for Br Edmund Maria.

Image Source: Transalpine Redemptorists on Facebook


45 Seminarians of the SSPX Receive the Cassock

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Throughout the world in the SSPX's seminaries, a total of 45 seminarians have taken the cassock, or clerical habit, during the 2015-2016 academic year. We offer some news and images of this important event, a formative step towards the ultimate goal of the sacred priesthood.
St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary, Winona, MN, USA

On February 2, Bishop Bernard Fellay (the SSPX's Superior General), blessed the cassocks for 10 seminarians and gave the clercical tonsure to 8 other young men during the Pontifical Mass of Candlemas. He was assisted by Fr. Yves le Roux (seminary rector), Fr. Jurgen Wegner (U.S. District Superior), and Fr. Patrick Abbet (seminary vice rector).

Despite the the snowfall of 10 inches—which made travelling difficult for various families—the sacred ministers and servers did make a short procession outside with the lighted candles, celebrating Our Lord as the Light of revelation for the Gentiles. Read more and see an image gallery at the seminary's website (stas.org)>
Holy Sacred Heart Seminary, Zaitzkofen (Bavaria), Germany

On February 2, Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais blessed the cassock for 9 seminarians and gave the clerical tonsure to 7 as announced by Fr. Franz Schmidberger (seminary rector). The day after the bishop gave the minor orders to 7 others, with 3 becoming porters and lectors, and the other 4 being ordained exorcists and acolytes. See the image gallery>
Holy Cure of Ars Seminary, Flavigny-sur-Ozerain, France

On February 2, in the absence of Bishop Alfonso de Galarreta—whose attendance was prevented by a last minute difficulty—Fr. Niklaus Pfluger, the SSPX's 1st Assistant, blessed the clerical habit for 12 seminarians of the first-year: 4 Swiss, 3 Frenchmen, 2 Italians, 1 Gabonese and 2 Nigerians. He was assisted by Fr. Patrick Troadec (seminary rector) and Fr. Prudent Balou Yalu (prior of the St. Pius X Mission in Libreville, Gabon).

Interesting statistics have been published by Fr. Troadec. Since 1996, 347 candidates have entered the seminary to become priests or brothers; i.e., an average of 20 per year. The average age is 21-years old. Candidates consistently come from large families (with an average of 5.8 children ) where 80% of the mothers are mothers at home. 73% of the French candidates come from SSPX schools.

More than 50% of the candidates have received a first calling to the priesthood or religious life before the age of 12 either when serving Mass, helping in the sacristy, or on the day of their First Communion. Many of these seminarians have said that the education received in the family prepared them to make this choice, or they remember being impacted by the good example of a priest or a brother in their surroundings.

After a period where the idea of being fully consecrated to God has faded during their teenage years, a second call comes around the age of 19, which eventually leads them to the seminary or brothers novitiate.

Source (Continue Reading...)


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.



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