The long-awaited and most joyous occasion finally approaches.
On June 15, 2007 at 1 p.m., the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the ordinations of Abbe William Avis and Abbe Matthew Talarico of the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest, will take place at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. The celebrant will be His Grace, the Most Reverend Raymond L. Burke, Archbishop of Saint Louis. These ordinations, in the traditional rite, will be the first such ordinations in the United States for the Institute and will be the first at the Cathedral in more than 37 years.
If you have not already made plans to attend, you should do so now. All are welcome to attend. The Institute of Christ the King has information on its website about local hotel accommodations.
Monsignor Gilles Wach, Superior General of the Institute, Monsignor R. Michael Schmitz, Provincial Superior for the United States will be present, as will a schola from the Institute’s seminary in Gricigliano, Italy.
Directions to the Cathedral can be obtained here, or at mapquest.
Why should you attend?
1. The ordinations themselves will be a great proof of the growth of interest in the traditional Latin Mass, and the traditional ordination Mass will be a beautiful example of the timeless Mass.
2. The Archbishop of St. Louis is a great supporter of the traditional sacraments and of the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest. It would be a fitting way to show our gratitude for his decision to allow the use of the Archdiocesan Cathedral.
3. The Institute is a blessing to St. Louis, and deserves our support.
4. The motu proprio making the traditional Mass more available will hopefully be issued soon, and filling the Cathedral for this occasion would be a powerful witness throughout the U.S. and the world that the traditional Mass is wanted by Catholic faithful.
The Cathedral seats 2,000, so don’t be afraid to come. The best case scenario would be to fill it to overflow.
The first Masses of the newly ordained will take place as follows:
Please, pray for the Archbishop, the Institute, and these two soon-to-be priests.