Three weeks from Thursday, August 2, 2018, at St. Francis de Sales Oratory, His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke will ordain four new priests for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. Also being ordained to the subdeaconate is Abbé Alex Barga, an Institute Oblate and longtime Oratory sacristan. These ordinations will of course be celebrated according to the traditional rite and ritual.

This will make the third traditional rite ordination ceremony in the Archdiocese of Saint Louis in the last eleven years. The first was celebrated at the Cathedral Basilica and marked the first such traditional ordination in nearly forty years. The second occurred at the Oratory in 2014 (four years already?). All of the priests ordained at the hands of Cardinal Burke, one of the few remaining stalwarts in hierarchy. God bless His Eminence, and also His Grace Archbishop Carlson who allows these ordinations in the archdiocese.

Thus, the math above. 11 years. 3 traditional rite ordinations. 10 new priests. Deo Gratias!

Though the macro-picture in the Church sure looks different today from that heady but naïve optimism of 2007, the situation is really the same: we are at war with the powers and principalities of this present darkness. We have confidence in our victory, which is nothing more or less than the victory of Christ. Priests– and with them the Sacraments– are our necessary means of fighting this war. We are the Church Militant, whatever the sad state of the troops, and there must always be a faithful band of brothers, however ragged. We will win if we are true to Him who is our Savior.

And in no way is it less true today that the traditional Mass will endure. The novus ordo is built to go away. It’s just a matter of time. The demographics are against it, of course, but more likely a severe persecution will accelerate the process.

Whatever, it doesn’t matter. The Faith. The Mass. The other Sacraments. Priests are instruments Christ gives us. Pray for these men, and for all priests.

If you have never assisted at a traditional ordination, you really should do so. It is worth taking time off work and making the effort. So, as the first of several announcements and encouragements to you, here are the details:

Thursday, August 2, 2018 at 10 a.m.

(Feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori, commemoration of Pope St. Stephen I)

St. Francis de Sales Oratory

The Oratory has made it known that– the summers of Saint Louis being what they are and the HVAC system of the oratory being what it is and the length of the Mass being what it will be– that arrangements have been made and THE CHURCH WILL BE FULLY AIR CONDITIONED FOR THIS EVENT. They brought in this supplemental climate control for the 2014 ordinations, and I can attest it was extremely comfortable. So don’t let any fears of heat dissuade you from attending.

The Cathedral was packed in 2007. And the Oratory was packed in 2014. Let’s do it again. These signs of faith and renewal are more important than ever.