A reader sent me an email yesterday, which I excerpt below:
I do not know whether you also receive the newsletter of the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem, the small, newer religious order that offers the Extraordinary Form of the Mass out here in West St. Louis County, but the newest copy of the newsletter states that they are moving out of their home and temporarily relocating … The students to Rome and Father Prior to California, where he will assist the Norbertines at St. Michael’s Abbey in Orange County for the 2007-2008 school year.
Father Prior says they are not disbanding and will continue their ties to St. Louis and the archbishop.
Ken C. Manchester, MO
I did not want to post this story until I confirmed it, which I was able to do today. The Canons’ last Mass in St. Louis for the foreseeable future will be August 5, 2007. For the next year, the members will have separate situations in different locales. The Canons hope to reconstitute themselves, and hope to do so in St. Louis, in a year or so.
They ask for our prayers.
This leaves a hole that I trust the Archbishop will fill for the availability of the traditional Mass in the Archdiocese. The implementation of Summorum Pontificum will likely result in at least one or two parishes in West County/St. Charles to fill the void.