Solemn High Mass for 10 New Carmelite Nuns in Philadelphia

Wednesday, August 09, 2017

Philadelphia’s Carmelite Monastery of St. Joseph and St. Anne, at 66th Avenue and Old York Road, celebrated the 115th anniversary of its foundation with a Solemn High Mass on the evening of Wednesday, July 26. 
The Carmel, which was established by nuns from the Boston Carmel and originally located at 18th and Poplar Streets then at 44th and Spruce Streets, has been at its current monastery since 1910, according to the Prioress, who in keeping with the Carmelite charism does not wish to be named. 
The nuns themselves were an unseen presence at the Mass because of their rules of strict enclosure. They only receive visitors from behind a screen. 
The Mass was celebrated in the monastery’s beautiful chapel which was designed by Maginnis and Walsh, the Boston architects that later designed the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. The celebrant was the monastery’s new chaplain, Father Scott W. Allen, F.S.S.P. (Fraternal Society of St. Peter). 
The Mass itself was in Latin in the Extraordinary Form using the 1962 Missal. It was unlike the typical Ordinary Form Masses that are usually celebrated in a vernacular language using modern translations of the Scripture readings. 
The Latin at the Extraordinary Form Mass was straight from the fourth century Vulgate Bible of St. Jerome, with a pamphlet that provided English translations taken from the Douay-Rheims Bible was compiled from 1582 to 1610. 
Wherever they come from, they are welcome to this quiet gem of prayer in Philadelphia where day after day, year after year this small band of religious women live out the hidden life, all for the greater honor and glory of God.
Read more at Catholic Philly


Life In Hidden Light: A Video Inside a Cloistered Convent

Saturday, August 05, 2017

Video of life inside an enclosed Carmelite community, including short excerpts of interviews with some of the Sisters. The Discalced Carmelites of Wolverhampton, UK, would like to thank Miranda Tasker and Marcus Nield, who made this film, for their hard work and professional skill. With only basic equipment, they did the filming and put together the presentation with sensitivity and understanding.


Solemn Profession of Fr. Martin Bernhard

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Surrounded by family, friends and his monastic brothers, Fr. Martin’s resounding “Volo” ("I do desire"), in answer to the several ritual questions within the ceremony, publicly announced his commitment to remain a monk of Norcia until his death.

What does he desire? Stability in Norcia. Poverty. Obedience and chastity. Conversion of his life. To renounce "the pomps of the world.” This last phrase evocatively refers to all those things in the world that might take us away from God. May this be true for Fr. Martin and all Christians.

Source: Norcia Newsletter


Five Deacons Ordained in Zaitzkofen in June 2017

Thursday, July 06, 2017

Please keep these deacons in your prayers
On Saturday, June 3, 2017, the Vigil of Pentecost, Bishop Bernard Fellay, Superior General of the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X, ordained five deacons at the Sacred Heart Seminary in Zaitzkofen.

The young Levites are all from different countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Poland, and Russia. Our founder, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre once said he saw it as a sign from God that young men filled with a true Catholic faith came from all four corners of the earth to join the Society.



Religious Order for Women with Down Syndrome

Tuesday, June 06, 2017

Here is a very inspiring article at Regina Magazine.  Here is an excerpt:

Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb

Within this garden there is the small community of Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb.  The existence of this Order, according to their Prioress is “to allow those who have the ‘last place’ in the world, to hold in the Church the exceptional place of spouses of Jesus Christ, and to allow those whose life is held in contempt to the extent of being in danger from a culture of death, to witness by their consecration to the Gospel of Life.”

The Little Sisters are made up of women with and without Down’s Syndrome. The Sisters follow the ‘Little Way’ of Saint Therese; their simple life is composed of prayer, work and sacrifice. Together the sisters work to teach their little disabled sisters the manual labor necessary for their development, which includes adoration and praying the rosary adapted to their rhythm and capacities.

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Join the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa and Bishop Robert Vasa for a Barbeque on July 30, 2017


Praying for Vocations Is NOT Optional

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Lord Jesus commands that we foster vocations, "Ask the master of the harvest to send out labourers for his harvest" (Mt 9:38).  Praying for priestly vocations is not optional.  This might be a revelation for many a good Catholic.  Praying for priestly vocations is not a matter of spiritual taste or preference.  Rather, praying for priestly vocations manifests our shared responsibility in obtaining from God the many "other Christs" - the priests needed chiefly for offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and for reconciling penitents, but also for evangelizing, for instructing converts, and for performing the countless works of education, culture, and charity granted by God to the world through His holy priesthood.

Source: FSSP's April 2017 Newsletter


April 1, 2017 Subdiaconate Ordination

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The following is taken from the SSPX website:
On April 1, Bp. Bernard Fellay conferred the major order of Subdeacon upon 1 Irish seminarian, Thomas O' Hart, and five Americans: Thomas Buschmann, Samuel Fabula, John Graziano, Michael Sheahan and Thomas Tamm.

The role of the subdeacon is to present the paten and the chalice to the deacon at solemn high Mass, to pour the water into the chalice, and to sing the Epistle. He is also responsible for purifying the sacred linens.

The ceremonies of the ordination to the Subdiaconate take place as follows: after the admonitions concerning their definitive commitment, the ordinands prostrate themselves on the ground, face to the earth, as a sign of humility and adoration, as the patriarchs and prophets once did. Then is sung the Litany of Saints. Then the admonition to the ordinands lists the functions of the subdeacon. There follows the presentation of the chalice and paten, that of the cruets, the prayer for the new subdeacons, and finally the imposition of the sacred vestments and the handing over of the book of Epistles.

From the beginning of the ordination, the bishop warns the subdeacons that perpetual chastity is imposed upon them and that no one may be admitted to this order without the sincere will to accept celibacy (cf. Code of Canon Law 1917, can. 132). In order to allow the subdeacons to raise their mind regularly to God, the Church commands them to recite the breviary (Ibid., can. 135). Their new state demands of them a profound spirit of faith and the practice not only of purity of body but also of soul.

The bishop asks for the subdeacons the grace to fulfill their functions well, along with the gifts of the Holy Ghost, so that they may be the watchful guardians of the altar and of the holy Host during the sacrifice.


Brothers of the Resurrection: Cemetery Ministry

Tuesday, April 04, 2017

The Brothers of the Resurrection is a religious institute Monacal, born in Las Palmas in 1974. The mission of the community orbits around the seventh work of mercy : is to be responsible and vigilant of the cemeteries where they are called. From these places, they take the enthusiasm, joy and joy of the Risen Christ . His life is governed by moments of prayer with Mary, work and human and spiritual formation. As monks, the Divine Office is the center of life in the cloister: the office helps them penetrate the mystery of God and conform their lives to Christ in his obedience to the Father, in his humility, his poverty, her virginity and delivery men.
For the Brothers, the work has a special place: the cemetery . They work in cleaning, removing grass, opening and closing the places where the faithful departed rest, and of course, accompanied with psalms and prayers to the brother who left for the Father's House . They are also responsible for devising ways for the Eucharistic consecration. The Institute hosts late vocations up to fifty years and more.



First Monastery Established in Meath Since the Reformation

Saturday, March 25, 2017

“Bishop Smith presided at the canonical establishment of a new monastery at Silverstream Priory in the Diocese of Meath on Saturday 25 February 2017.

Silverstream is home to a community of eight male religious who follow the Rule of St Benedict. The community came from Tulsa, USA in 2012 and occupies the former residence of the Visitation Sisters in Stamullen, Co. Meath. The monastery is contemplative in nature, with a particular focus on the Liturgy and Eucharistic Adoration. Its constitution and canonical norms were approved by the Holy See earlier this month.

Bishop Michael Smith signed a Decree on 25 February ‘erecting the Benedictine Monks of Perpetual Adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar as a monastic Institute of Consecrated Life of diocesan right in the Diocese of Meath’. This Decree is believed to mark the first formal establishment of a monastic community in the Diocese of Meath since the suppression of the monasteries by Henry VIII in 1536.

‘The history of religious life has seen many developments over the centuries’ Bishop Smith said ‘and I am delighted to recognise the unique presence of this new monastery in the Diocese of Meath. Through their prayer, study and hospitality, the monks are ‘speaking to the heart’ and their quiet witness is a reminder that the Lord continues to provide the Church with new gifts and grace.’

The Bishop of Meath celebrated Mass in Silversteam Priory on 25 February, accompanied by Very Reverend Dom Mark Kirby, Conventual Prior of the Institute.”

Source: Website of the diocese of Meath, Ireland
You may find a short video on this new monastery on Facebook by clicking here.


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