Showing posts with label New Vocations. Show all posts
Showing posts with label New Vocations. Show all posts

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Young Priest Names Benedict in Canon But Not Francis

[] Father Enrico Bernasconi, an assistant priest in Torremaggiore, San Severo Diocese, Italy, believes that Benedict XVI has not resigned and is still Pope, despite Benedict XVI protesting otherwise.

Bernasconi, who was ordained 3.5 years ago, told (April 28) that he feels encouraged by Benedict’s gestures like keeping his Pontifical name, the white cassock and the signature including the acronym P.P. (Pontifex Pontificum).

Bernasconi therefore decided in his "conscience" that Francis is not a pope and, therefore, names Benedict XVI during Mass.

He follows the example of retired Archbishop Lenga and Father Francesco D’Erasmo.

Edit: what would Don Leonardo Ricotta think of this?


Monday, June 17, 2019

13 New Priests for SSPX in Northern Hemisphere

On June 8, three deacons were consecrated in Zaitzkofen for the Society. The ordination takes place at the end of June.

(Berne) The seminaries of the fraternity of St. Pius X (FSSPX) in the northern hemisphere end their academic year in the month of June, the Month of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. At the end of the academic year, ordination is traditionally held around the 29th of June, the feast of apostolic princes Peter and Paul. The Society will receive thirteen new priests in a few days.

Founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Society maintains three seminaries in the northern hemisphere, one each with a German, French and English language of instruction. There are two more seminaries in the southern hemisphere, one in Argentina with Spanish and one in Australia with English as the language of instruction. Diaconal and priestly ordinations take place there just before Christmas: at the Holy Cross Seminary in Australia on 19 December and at the seminary of Our Lady Coroner in Argentina on 21 December 2019.

In the United States, Bishop Alfonso de Galarreta will be consecrating five new priests - all Americans - on June 21 at the St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Dillwyn, Virginia.

In Switzerland, Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais will hand over six priests — four Frenchmen, one Englishman and one Italian - in the seminary of St. Pius X in Ecône on 28 June.

Finally, Bishop Bernard Fellay will consecrate two candidates for new priests - a German and a Pole - on Sunday, June 30, in the Bavarian Seminary of the Sacred Heart of Jesus  in Zaitzkofen.

All ordinations are open to the public. The seminaries explicitly invite the faithful to participate in the Holy Mass and to receive the blessing of the new priests.

Already on June 8, the Pentecost Vigil, Bishop Fellay had consecrated three new deacons in Zaitzkofen - a Pole, an Austrian and a German. In Switzerland, the diaconal ordination takes place at the same time as the priestly ordination, whereas in the USA it took place in April.

Regarding the consecrations Rector in Zaitzkofen, P. Franz Schmidberger emphasized on this occasion that:

"In this way, the Church will be renewed step by step in the German-speaking countries and in the countries of Eastern Europe, even if the work takes more time than one would wish."

P. Schmidberger was the first successor of Archbishop Lefebvre as Superior General of the Society of Saint Pius X. He was followed by Bishop Bernard Fellay, who headed the Society for 24 years. In July 2018 he was replaced by P. Davide Pagliarini.

Text: Andreas Becker
Image: (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred

Monday, October 8, 2018

9th Native Ordination Since Protestant Revolt

Tuomas Nyyssölä as a deacon

(Helsinki) There are officially only 15,000 registered Catholics in Finland. Nevertheless, the small community of 5.5 million Finns has reason to be happy. With Tuomas Nyyssölä the ninth native priest since the Protestant Reformation has been consecrated.

The Lutheran Revolt was introduced under the King of Sweden, Gustav I. Wasa, 1527/1531.

The ordination took place in August in the city of Lohja, which is an hour's drive east of Helsinki. Two monks arrived from Oregon at the local priory of the male branch of the ancient Birgittine Order.

The Order, also known as the Order of the Most Holy Savior, was founded in 1346 by St. Birgitta of Sweden (1303-1373). Today it consists of several branches. The traditional branch to which the monastery in Oregon belongs, is a contemplative branch. It was recognized in 2012 by the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.

The new priest had spent some time in the Oregon monastery in order to clarify his vocation.

The Birgittine monks were impressed by the piety of the Catholics of Finland, as reported by the Catholic Herald, especially as they receive Communion kneeling receiving the body of Christ in reverence.

Tuomas Nyyssölä is incardinated in the diocese of Helsinki. On September 22, Bishop Teemu Sippo also consecrated a new deacon.

At Henriks-Cathedral in Helsinki, Holy Mass is also celebrated on the first Sunday of the month in the Immemorial Rite.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Katolinen (screenshot)
Trans: Tancred

Friday, July 14, 2017

SSPX Ordain New Priests in Ecône and New Seminary in Dillwyn

On June 29th, the Feast of Peter and Paul, Monsignor Alfonso de Galarreta consecrated twelve priests and six deacons in Ecône.
On July 7, 2017, Monsignor Bernard Fellay consecrated nine priests and six deacons in the United States. It was the first priestly consecration in the new seminary in Dillwyn, Virginia.

The General Superior of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Pius X recalled in his homily the great dignity of the priesthood:

The Priests

In the Holy Eucharist, our Lord gave a means to multiply Himself. There is only one Jesus, one Body, one Soul. And in each host, He is completely, fully there. He multiplies Himself through the real presence. But He hides Himself. For our Lord Jesus Christ, His species is the priest, though the man that is the priest is still present. Our Lord is the priest and the victim. There is only one priest, Jesus. Only Jesus absolves in confession. At Mass, the priest opens his mouth and says, ‘This is My body,’ and it is Jesus speaking. These words do not belong to the man; they belong to Jesus.
The only one who has the might in His words and to produce what He says is God. In Genesis, how did God create? By speaking. By His might He makes what He says a reality.
This might is given to the priest when he gives the sacraments.
When the priest speaks, the whole, infinite holiness of God comes through. The priest’s hands are consecrated – they are dedicated to give blessings. It is beyond understanding what kind of treasures God has deposited to His priests. The priest himself is an incomprehensible sign of God’s love. St. John Vianney said that if we understood what a priest is, we would die of love.
A priest is a mediator, a key, one that reunites God and man after they have been separated by sin. The priest repairs the damage caused by sin. When God chooses a priest, He chooses a victim. It is hard to understand. Our human nature does not like it. But a vocation is a call to be a sacrifice.
Every Mass is a sacred sign of an invisible sacrifice. In a Mass, our Lord Himself perpetuates the sacrifice of Calvary. This sacrifice is consummated with the Communion of the priest. The priest is obliged daily to make this sacrifice. In each sacrifice, we priests offer ourselves. Each priest should say, ‘I am immolated with the sacrifice on the Cross. I am dead with Jesus.’ That is the priest that will cleanse sin from the world. To be a priest is something serious. Modern men want to get rid of sin; they have no sense of sin. They want to get rid of mortification and death. But Our Lady said souls will go to hell because no one makes sacrifices for them. A sacrifice hurts.
Charity, which is love, is difficult to really understand. It is gentle and kind and good, yes. Those God loves the most – look at what He requests of them. Who does God love more than the Blessed Virgin Mary? And we know what God had planned for her.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

New FSSP Ordinations in Germany by Cardinal Burke

Edit: this is from the FSSP site with thanks from Accion Liturgica. There are plenty of pictures at the Society site with Cardinal Burke presiding:

The priestly ordinations of this academic end of year were conferred on Saturday, July 1st in the parish church of Lindenberg. The pontiff was His Eminence Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, cardinal-patron of the Order of Malta. 

- Abbé  Thibault Desjars of Keranrouë ( French, 30 years old)
- Abbot  Jakub Kaminski ( Polish, 31 years old)
- Abbé  Edouard Laurant ( French, 26 years old)
- Abbé  Henri Lefer ( French, 26 years old)
- Abbot  Štěpán Šrubař ( Czech, 26 years old)
- Abbot  Roland Weiß ( German, 30 years)

Deo gratias!


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

From Empty Seminaries to Full Seminaries -- Ordinations at the Society of St. Peter

(Wigratzbad) Last Saturday, Bishop Vitus Huonder of Chur ordained 11 subdeacons of the Fraternity of St. Peter. At the same time the Bishop of Chur ordained 15 seminarians in the traditional rite to minor orders as porters and lectors. Five seminarians were ordained exorcist and acolyte. All ordinands are preparing for the priesthood at the International Seminary of the Society St. Peter of Peter (FSSP) in Wigratzbad in the diocese of Augsburg near Lake Constance.
This coming February 20th, there will be another 13 subdeacons  ordained at the second international seminary of the FSSP in the US. "Therefore, there is a realistic prospect that in 2017, 24 new priests are to be ordained for this old ritual community," said Messa in Latino .That would be twice the average of the past twelve years.
"Perhaps we should make the Holy Father aware that there are not just empty seminaries, but also full seminaries when he complains of the lack of priests next time. And that there will be a reason when there are the seminaries of tradition that are full," says Messa in Latino alluding to the speech of Pope Francis last February 1st, to participants at the conclusion of the Year of Consecrated Life .
At the Pontifical Mass, Bishop Huonder was assisted by Father Arnaud Evrat, the General Secretary of the Society of St. Peter, Father Jean-Laurent Lefevre, House Master of the Establishment at Fontainebleau, and Father Christian  Jäger, Administrator for the Apostolate of the Society of St. Peter in Munich.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Bild: FSSP Wigratzbad (Screenshots)
Trans: Tancred

Saturday, August 3, 2013

Feast Days For the Franciscans of the Immaculate in the Immemorial Mass of All Ages -- 12 New Novices, 16 Temporary Vows

(Rome) The last two days were hard days for the Franciscans of the Immaculate. On Thursday at the Pilgrimage sight of Mary of Good Counsel 12 new novices were vested in Frigento. The sanctuary is cared for by the Franciscans of the Immaculate.

Yesterday, Friday, 16 Franciscans made first vows. On both days, the Holy Mass was celebrated solemnly in the Traditional Rite, as has been usual internally for the order for several years. Till the 11th of August it is still possible.

The celebrant was the General of the Order, Father Gabriele Maria Pellettieri, who founded the order together with Father Stefano Maria Manelli. Father General Manelli conducted the investiture of postulants and the temporary vows of the novices.

There were still two large solemn occasions for the vibrant order before the Decree of the Congregation of Religious enters into force. The two liturgies reminiscent of past times, as now so rarely can orders absorb new members in such numbers today in Europe. They testify to the vitality of the Catholic Church, despite the rampant secularization of the world. Before the Order moved to the Old Rite upon the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum , the number of novices was lower and they even came mainly from the Philippines, where the Order began its early work. On Thursday and Friday it was noticed that the new entrants seem to all come from Europe.

Father Stefano Maria Manelli spoke with the greatest inner peace of mind to the nuns and novices. His remarks focused on the holiness of life as a nun. Nothing pointed to the dramatic intervention in the religious life of the order by the Congregation of Religious.

While the Minister General, deposed by Rome, placed wreaths on the Novices for their profession, the sister choir sang the Veni, sponsa Christi, quam tibi Dominus accipe coronam preparavit in aeternum .

Requests for permission to be allowed to celebrate in the future in the Old Rite have to be judged for each individual priest and each community separately says the Apostolic Commissioner. Whether these can be addressed directly above or have the permission of Rome (which location?) must obtain, is unclear. There are, nevertheless, that a large part of the Order that still wants, despite these rules, to continue the Old Rite hold and to make such requests.

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
 Image: Franciscans of the Immaculate
Trans: Tancred

Monday, October 22, 2012

News -- Dominican Order Explosive Growth for Tradition

(New York)  While the Dominican Order in some parts of Europe has some serious growth problems, that is not the ase for the Dominican Province of St. Joseph, which has just published on the internet site it operates for vocations, a photo of the Academic Year 2012/13.  There are 52 brothers in the Province, who are studying at the Catholic University of America in Washington D.C.. They all cultivate the traditions of the Dominican Order, wear the habit worthily and are all drawn to the Immemorial Mass of All Ages.

Text: Order of Preachers Vocations/Giuseppe Nardi
Bild: Order of Preachers Vocations

Monday, August 27, 2012

In Ukraine Two of Three Applicants to Seminary Are Turned Away

(Lemberg/Lviv)  Half of the applicants for entrance in the west Ukrainian seminary are turned away because of a shortage of places:  In the Ukraine it is not the exception but the rule.  Jaroslav Pryriz, the Auxiliary Bishop of  the Greek Catholic Eparchy of Sambir-Drohbytsch, explained in Konigstein at the international headquarters of the Pontifical Aid Agency, Kirche in Not [Church in Need], that for every seminary place in the Catholic part of Ukrain there are three applicants.  In several parts of western Ukraine two out of three applicants are not accepted in the seminary, because the Bishops and the regents of the seminary don't know where they can accommodate the large number of young men in the seminary, who feel themselves called to the priesthood.

Since the collapse of Communism the number of applications has grown steadily.  The Bishops of the  Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church united to Rome have introduced strict standards for selection.  Every applicant has to undergo four acceptance tests.  Only the best will be taken, so long as there are places available, and they are much too few, says Auxiliary Bishop Pryiz.

Already in 2001 Kirche in Not published the documentary film  Die Saat des Glaubens about the growth of the faith among Catholics in the Ukraine after the end of the Bolshevist dictatorship.  The Greek-Catholics untied to Rome celebrate the Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite.  They are concentrated in the western parts of Ukraine, which belonged up until the end of the First World War, to the Austrian Empire.  Since 2011 the Senior Archbishop Syjatoslav Schwertschuk of Kiev and Halytsch is at the forefront of the Greek-Catholic Church of the Ukraine.

The relations to the Russian Orthodox Church is traditionally tense.  The Catholic Ukrainians are considered by the Orthodox Church because of their union with Rome as apostate, although in the 16th century they did not join in complete union with the Moscow Patriarchate.  During Communism, all Greek-Catholic churches were confiscated and -- as far as they remained churches -- were given to the Orthodox.   Historically -- if also from other grounds -- there was also stress in the relationship between the Roman Catholic Poles and the Orthodox Russians.  Through a common declaration of the Patriarch of Moscow Kyrill I and the Catholic Primate of Poland, Josef Michalik, an easing of tension was reached.   The Greek Catholics of the Ukraine also hope and wish the same.   Archbishop Schewtschuk explained on August 19th:  "It would be my deepest wish, that something similar will also take place in Ukraine.  I've already stated this many times.  It would be very pleasing to us, if personal dialog on the level of our Churches could take place, so that the Patriarch of Moscow could recognize the UGCC as his dialog partner.  Because till now, we are talked over  to the Holy Father in the Vatican, and really it's always without us."

Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Photo:  UGCC

Link to katholisches.....

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Is Holland's Liturgical Winter at an End?

(The Haag)  In the Netherlands the Latin Mass is drawing future priests.  Already in April 2011 the blog "Paix Liturique" asked if the "Long Dutch Winter Was at an End".  The reason for that was the readiness of the Rector of the Seminary of the Diocese of s'Hertogenbosch (Herzogenbusch) to faithfully and fully implement the Summorum Pontificum of Pope Benedict XVI.  Since then the German Canon Lawyer, Gero Weishaupt, has been celebrating three times a week the Holy Mass in the classical form. [For obvious reasons we prefer to call it what it is, The Immemorial, our point of departure to heaven]  All seminarians are free to participate.  This is so that the outgoing new priest is made familiar with the Old Rite.

The seminary of the Diocese of s'Hertogenbosch has since 1987 been revitalized from the desolate situation of the Catholic Church and its priestly formation, to promote in the Netherlands a faithful and Rome true movement.

As blogger Mark de Vries reports, at the beginning of June in the cathedral of s'Hertogenbosch, of the two of the nine new priests in the 9 who were ordained for Holland: Patrick Kuis and Geoffry de Jong.  Both are through their education, made familiar with the Old Mass at Sint-Janscentrum.  Patrick Kuis , 27 years old, celebrated his first Sacrifice of the Mass with a pontifical Mass in Amsterdam's St. Agnes Church at which the Society of St. Peter is active.

A sign that the Old Mass has a rising influence on priestly formation and radiating also upon the once so modernistic Dutch seminarians, priestly candidates and new priests.

The documentation by Paix Liturgique of 2011 about the liturgical situation in the Netherlands is still available on the internet.

Translated Katholisches by Tancred
Text: Riposte Catholique/Giuseppe Nardi
Bild: Riposte Catholique

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Tradition: Solemn Vows in Mariawald

Edit: such a great feast for a profession as St. Pius V.  Mariawald is the only Trappist monastery in all of Germany.

The powerful  Schola of the Gregorian Chorale, the Mass of Angels, of incense, the candles and not least of all the language of the Church transforming the church into the forecourt of Heaven.

(  On April 29th Brother Maria Johannes OCSO made his solemn vows at the Traditional Abbey of Mariawald.

From the Website of the Trappist
Abbey Mariawald With Photos of
Solemn Profession of Vows
The contemplative cloister is located in the vicinity of the 4,400 population city of Heimbach in the Diocese of Aachen.

Many faithful gathered for the solemn liturgy.

A Forecourt of Heaven

Only for such a joyful feast does the rarely used organ sound out in Mariawald.

The powerful Schola of the Gregorian Chorale, the Mass of Angels, of incense, candles and not least of all the language of the Church transformed the church into a forecourt of Heaven.

Commitment instead of Lust

The profession itself began after the Gospel.

Abbot Josef Vollberg addressed the candidates.

He noted then that the profession is a contradiction to the decadent society, that it is calculated to be of commitment from beginning to end.

Indeed the monk forsakes the lust of the world for riches.

The Profession

Then Brother Johannes sang his Profession, which he had previously been written on parchment.

He then signed it.

The document was laid at teh altar and then presented to the Abbot.

Humbly Prostrated

The newly professed knelt down before the Abbot and his brothers.

Then the Schola sang many verses of the Miserere-Psalms.

Brother Johannes laid himself down as a sign of his humility before the steps of the altar.

In four solemnly intoned prayers the Abbot bid the grace of God for the monk.

The Holy Ghost Rises on High

Finally the monk takes up his mantle and receives the blessed cucullus

It effects, with a distinctive bag formed cowl -- Cucullus --  a striking white monastic robe.

During the vestiture the hymn "Veni Creator" was sung.

The Crown of Life

Additionally,  Brother Johannes had received the rite of tonsure in the form of a corona.

It is a sign of conforming, to subjugation to the will of Christ.

The corona symbolizes the hope, from Christ himself,  who promises "the crown of life".

Foremost is Prayer

The Pontifical Mass and the solemn Profession were concluded after more than two hours.

Whereupon immediately began the mid-day prayer in choir.

It underscores love and the monks' consciousness of duty, which does not allow that the Liturgy is something to be put off.

The Reception Must Wait

The reception for the celebrating friends and guests had to wait.

The women of the Cloister restaurant provided a vegetarian buffet.

In the future Brother Johannes will be preparing himself for priestly ordination.

In the Dark of Night

The life of the Trappist is completely defined by prayer in choir.

In the deep of night they arise at 3 am and sing in the first of the eight liturgical hours.

The last takes place at 7:15 pm.

Link to original...