Sister Mary Joseph, Provincial Superior of the Carmelites of the Divine Heart of Jesus (pictured to Archbishop Burke’s immediate left, above), was kind enough to send me these photos from the jubilee Mass celebrated last Saturday by His Grace, Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura.

The photos were beautifully taken by Jerry Naunheim. All of the photos can be enlarged by clicking on them, some greatly so. All photos are protected by copyright to Jerry Naunheim.

The photo above shows the Carmelite DCJ sisters with the beaming smiles one of my readers asked about. What I love about the above photo is that it captures something fairly rare in a religious order. We are used to seeing established orders of sisters with older members in dwindling numbers, and not many new sisters to take their place. We are also becoming more familiar with newer, more traditional orders with lots of young nuns. These Carmelites are special in that they are an established order with older sisters, yet also with lots of young sisters, too. This is a great sign of the dynamism and orthodoxy of this order, and points out that such a constant renewal is possible across the spectrum of religious orders so long as they are true to the faith, and to their founding charism.

Archbishop Burke with Deacon Ochoa (in cassock and surplice) of the Archdiocese as Master of Ceremonies– I left my program at home and so will have to fill in the names of the other ministers later today, unless a reader can help me out. Mea culpa!

Introibo ad altare Dei.

Father Thomas Keller at right, Father Olsen at left, and seminarian Eric Schneider in the middle.

Packed house.

Incensing the altar.

Ite, Missa est.

Before Mass, Soeur Marie de l’Amour de Dieu of the Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus Christ Sovereign Priest at prayer.
As a final thought, it is important to reflect on the blessing of this Mass, and what it means for the Church Universal. In St. Louis, the liturgical restoration called for by the Holy Father has proceeded fairly well, though I am sure some would think too slowly, and others too quickly. But bear in mind that Summorum Pontificum was made effective only two years ago, and that Archbishop Burke was installed here only 4 1/2 years ago.

If someone had told me five years ago that an order of Catholic sisters–not a traditionalist order, mind you– would celebrate their 90th jubilee in the Archdiocese by having a traditional Pontifical Solemn High Mass, celebrated by a former Archbishop and assisted by priests and seminarians of the Archdiocese, along with members of a traditional institute all together, I would have thought you crazy or hopelessly optimistic.

And yet, here we are. This is a cause for gratitude to God, and for all those who made this event possible. His Grace Archbishop Carlson also deserves thanks for allowing Archbishop Burke to come back to the Archdiocese and honor his commitment.

Deo Gratias!