Wednesday, October 10, 2007 marks the silver jubilee of the ordination of Monsignor R. Michael Schmitz, Vicar General and U.S. Provincial Superior of the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest. Monsignor Schmitz was ordained by His Holiness, Benedict XVI (then-Cardinal Ratzinger). Monsignor Schmitz is well known in traditional Catholic circles as a powerful and profound speaker and as a tireless and charismatic supporter, defender, and evangelist for the Traditional Mass. Moreover, the Institute has experienced rapid growth and success in the United States under his watch.
From the Institute’s website:
From the Archdiocese of Cologne, he entered the German College in Rome in 1976, and pursued his seminary and graduate studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University, earning a Doctorate in Dogmatic Theology in 1988. Subsequently, in 1992, he received a Licentiate in Canon Law from Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich. Pope John Paul II elevated him to the rank of Chaplain of His Holiness in 1998. Monsignor Schmitz is a member of the Academy of Theology in Rome since 1988 and a chaplain of the Sovereign Order of Malta.
A friend of the founders of the Institute of Christ the King, Monsignor Gilles Wach and Father Philippe Mora, Monsignor Schmitz collaborated with the Institute as visiting professor at its seminary, eventually founding its German Province. He was incardinated into the Institute in September 2000 and was appointed its Vicar General that same year, also taking on the responsibility of Provincial Superior for the United States.
Please keep Monsignor Michael Schmitz in your prayers, especially on the 10th, the day of his Ordination, and the 11th, the day of his first Holy Mass.