Help Casey Study for the Priesthood

Sunday, August 21, 2016

In your generosity, please consider financially supporting (but at least prayerfully supporting) Casey who is preparing to enter the seminary for the Institute of Christ the King.


Since being confirmed into the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church in 2014, I have felt called to the Holy Priesthood of Jesus Christ.  After seriously discerning for more than two years, I sought to continue following Our Lord's path and thus have been accepted into the pre-formation program of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.  Because this religious congregation lacks a significant income for supporting its seminarians, it is important to raise this tuition on my own. 

Most importantly, I beg for your prayers to Our Lord and Our Lady as I seek to do His Holy Will in my life.  I would also ask for you to prayerfully consider sponsoring this journey of mine through a donation of any monetary amount.  My first year as a candidate will cost approximately $9,200 (including health insurance).

May the Infant King, through the intercession of Our Lady of Confidence and St. Gerard Majella, reign forever in your heart.

-Casey Grant Gerard Burns JMJ
You can learn more and donate at https://www.youcaring.com/casey-burns-594607 

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SSPX Winona Seminary Ordains 7 Priests in Final Year at Winona

Tuesday, June 07, 2016

June 3, 2016 will be remembered as a day of stark contrasts for Winona. A day of joy for giving 7 new priests and 9 new deacons to the ranks of Holy Mother Church and tradition, and a day of natural sorrow for losing a home that has been so good to so many men, before the SSPX moves its seminary operations to Virginia.

As evening fell on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the celebrations of the faithful, the reminiscing of the seminarians, and the collaborative discussions of the bishops and priests were still underway. In attendance at this beautiful and historic ceremony conducted by Bishop Alfonso de Galaretta were Bishop Tissier de Mallerais, Auxilliary Bishop of the SSPX; Fr. Niklaus Pfluger, First Asssistant of the SSPX; Fr. Daniel Couture, Superior of Canada; Fr. Robert Brucciani, Superior of Great Britain, and more than 90 other priests. Additionally, more than 3,300 faithful came to witness the ceremony and to gather in what has become annually a reunion of family and friends in Winona.

Following these ceremonies, the Society of St. Pius X reached a milestone of 600 priests. 12 more priests will be ordained at the end of the month at Econe, Switzerland, and in Zaitzkofen, Germany.

Source: SSPX.org
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Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem (CRNJ)

Sunday, June 05, 2016

The following is taken as excerpts from an article by the Dominican priest, Fr. Lawrence Lew, OP.  I wish to draw all young men considering a religious vocation to this most noteworthy order:
The Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem have their Priory, dedicated to Our Lady of the Annunciation, in Charles Town, WV. The dedication recalls the Augustinian canons' foundation at Walsingham, the ancient Shrine to Our Lady in England; the CRNJ are founded to make reparation for the destruction of that Shrine and for the abandonment of the Catholic Faith by the canons regular during the Protestant Reformation.

Located just a block from the heart of historic Charles Town which was founded in 1786 by Charles Washington (brother of the first U.S. President), the canons have the care of a small church which belongs to the Diocese but which is given to them as their permanent oratory. It is a charming rural church which the CRNJ have transformed into a sanctuary of worship and prayer, reminiscent of the medieval Shrine of Walsingham in its intimacy and candle-lit beauty; votive candles burn constantly before the image of Our Lady of Walsingham at the Lady Altar. As a English Dominican, I was glad to be able to celebrate a private Low Mass in the Dominican rite at this Altar.

The Liturgy here at the CRNJ is celebrated in its entirety according to the Extraordinary Form, both the Mass and the Divine Office, and the other sacraments. Often the liturgical form can be separated from the rest of one's religious life. So, for example, if one occasionally celebrates the Mass according to the 1962 Missal, the Mass in this form is somewhat marooned from the rest of the former Liturgy and also from a religious life that gave it its context. This is not the case for the CRNJ, and I found this deeply attractive. For the old Mass in Latin flowed organically from the Latin Divine Office, as well as from the other sacraments such as Confession, for example. Thus I had the chance to hear Confessions in the older form in Latin on Sunday before the High Mass, and one sees at once the connection between the prayers and formulas used in Confession, and again at the beginning of the Mass. Moreover, as I stood in choir and prayed the psalms of Matins in Latin, I felt a connection to St Dominic, who would have done likewise with his fellow canons regular in Osma. And as I looked at the tonsures on the heads of these canons today I recalled that St Dominic and the other Dominican saints are often shown with tonsures, as had been our practice too until recently.
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What I discovered this past weekend, then, was a thriving and inspiring community gathered around the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem, who are committed to the Church's living Tradition – not as a showpiece nor because of 'nostalgia' nor with any combative sense, as such, but because this Tradition sustained the Faith of many, and formed countless souls in holiness. One such person, indeed, became the sainted founder of the Order of Preachers.

Currently the CRNJ numbers three: Dom Daniel Augustine, Dom John Berchmans, and Dom Alban. However, if so much can be accomplished by three, imagine what more could be done if their number were to double. So, I would encourage young men who are thinking of a religious vocation, and who are committed to the traditional Liturgy, to consider the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem; do go and visit them. At the very least, you'd have a good retreat and some quiet days of beautiful worship and prayer – I know I did!

For inquiries about vestments, or for more information about the CRNJ community and vocation, please contact the Prior, Very Rev. Dom Daniel Augustine Oppenheimer. Address: Priory of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, 219 South George Street, Charles Town, WV 25414. Or email: information@canonsregular.com
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Deacon Trenton Rauck, SJC Ordained

Friday, June 03, 2016

Archbishop Blase Cupich ordained Deacon Trenton Rauck, SJC to the Diaconate on Monday, May 30, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. The Diaconate is the order just before one is ordained to the Holy Priesthood.

The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius service several parishes but their major one is St. John Cantius in Chicago, IL.

As stated on their website:
"St. John Cantius stands as a unique parish in the Archdiocese of Chicago—helping many Catholics discover a profound sense of the Sacred. Founded by Polish immigrants at the end of the nineteenth century, the parish today represents a broad cross-section of every ethnic, socio-economic and age group. The solemn liturgies, devotions, treasures of sacred art, and rich program of sacred liturgical music have helped many Catholics discover a profound sense of the sacred, thereby permeating their lives with a renewed faith.  
St. John Cantius Parish offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass according to the Roman Rite in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms.  The Ordinary Form of the Mass is offered both in Latin and in English according to the Missale Romanum, issued by Pope John Paul II in 2003.  St. John Cantius Parish is also privileged to offer daily the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, commonly referred to as the Tridentine Latin Mass, according to the Missale Romanum of 1962.
Source: Cantius.org

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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.

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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.


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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

Purpose 
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. 
Labor 
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.’ 

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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

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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.

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Benedictines of Mary Queen of the Apostles Fall 2015 Newsletter

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

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