From the desk of Monsignor Schmitz, Provincial for the United States:
It is my great joy to officially announce that the Archbishop of Saint Louis, His Grace Raymond L. Burke, will ordain two of our Deacons to the Holy Priesthood in the Cathedral-Basilica of Saint Louis on the Feast of the Sacred Heart on Friday, June 15, 2007, at 1:00 p.m. This will be the first time that the priests of the Institute are ordained in the United States. (Ed. website for the Cathedral Basilica with information and address here: http://www.archstl.org/parishes/101.shtml)
The Ordinations will take place in the presence of our Prior General, Monsignor Gilles Wach, and a large number of seminarians from Gricigliano, who will travel to the United States for this special occasion.
All are cordially invited to attend this joyous occasion of great solemnity.
Yours very truly in Christ the King,
Msgr. R. Michael Schmitz
Vicar General in the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest
Provincial Superior for the Institute in the United States
The picture above was taken at the Solemn High Mass celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis on March 7, 2007. This Mass was offered by Fr. Karl Lenhardt, Vice-Provincial and Rector of St. Francis de Sales Oratory.
The June 15, 2007 ordinations will be celebrated by the Archbishop himself.
These ordinations, conducted in the Traditional Rite, are the fruit of many prayers and a sign of God’s blessings on this Institute and on the Archdiocese as well. Please, do consider attending this event, even at some sacrifice. The Institute has published information on hotel discounts for those attending from out of town: http://www.institute-christ-king.org/documents/LodgingOrdinations.pdf
After the Ordinations, the first Masses for the newly ordained will be held in St. Louis as follows, as reported at the ICRSP site:
On the following day, Saturday, June 16th, Abbé Matthew Talarico will celebrate his first Mass at our St. Francis de Sales Oratory in St. Louis, and on Sunday, June 17th, will be the first Mass of Abbé William Avis, also at the Oratory. Both these first Masses are, of course, open to all, after which the ordinands will give their first blessing as newly-ordained priests, a blessing to which a special power and charisma has always been attributed.
Whether the awaited Motu Proprio will have been published or merely still awaited at that time, the Ordination Mass will be an important event in the further support and promotion of the Traditional Latin Mass.
Finally, whether you attend or not, please keep these two young men in your prayers as they prepare for their orders.