Thursday, March 13, 2008

Missionaries of Charity and the TLM

As Fr. Z has been saying, "Brick-by-brick...."

News from St. John Cantius in Chicago - where Grotto has one young man in the seminary - in fact, I see him right behind Fr. Phillips, who is behind the two Missionaries in the back row on the right.

As posted on the blog of Fr. Z:


Recently Sister Marcella, MC, the Regional Superior of the Missionaries of Charity in the North America, asked the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius to provide instruction in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite for the superiors of the houses of the Missionaries of Charity in the United States.

On March 12, 2008, these sisters visited the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius for a day of lectures and discussion. Fr. Scott Haynes, SJC, gave various talks throughout the day on the history, spirituality and mystical theology of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

A DVD presentation of the Low Mass was used to instruct the sisters in the ritual of the Traditional Latin Mass and its meanings.

Other lectures of the day included a presentation of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, the importance of the silence of the Mass, the history of ad orientem prayer, and means of external and internal participation in the Mass.

The Missionaries of Charity here in metro Detroit have been a presence at Assumption Grotto over the years for various Masses and events, such as Corpus Christi. They come from the other side of Detroit, quite a distance so it is infrequent that we do see them, but it is always a humbling experience. Here are a few pictures with the first being from Assumption 2006 when Fr. Perrone was enrolling people in the Brown Scapular. Others are from Corpus Christi 2006.

This is also a good time to remind you that St. John Cantius is offering training in the TLM for priests and seminarians. See this page on their website for more details:

TLM Workshop at SJC: May 19 – May 23, 2008

Also noteworthy is that the mega-TLM site, Sancta Missa, comes out of St. John Cantius.

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