Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, our Patroness and Queen celebrated at the Motherhouse of the Institute in Gricigliano

The Preparatory Novena

Solemn First Vespers with Pontificals with His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke

Annual Solemn Consecration of the Institute to the care of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception Solemn High Mass

Solemn Second Vespers with Pontificals with His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke



At the our Motherhouse in Gricigliano, The Very Reverend Monsignor Gilles Wach, Superior General of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, celebrated a Solemn Requiem Mass for Dom Antoine Forgeot, Abbot Emeritus of Fontgombault.

Dom Forgeot was called to rest in peace on the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on the 15th August 2020. This was also the 65th anniversary of his monastic profession
Dom Antoine Forgeot, Abbot Emeritus of Fontgombault


Election of the Superior General

On the feast of Saint Bartholomew, Apostle, and in accordance with article 20 of the Constitutions of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, the General Chapter met in Gricigliano, in the presence of Bishop Patrick Incorvaja of the Congregation for Doctrine of Faith, to elect the Superior General.

The vote designated Monsignor Gilles Wach as Superior General for the next six years.

Let us thank divine Providence and pray to the Immaculate Conception so that the Institute may always be faithful to the service of the Church of God.

Chanoine Gilles Guitard, Secretary.


A short video of the modified week of Ordinations held at the motherhouse, the International Seminary of St. Phillip Neri, Gricigliano and also at Church of Saints Michael and Cajetan in central Florence.


Private ceremonies at Gricigliano against the epidemic have taken place recently with Priests and Seminarians of the Institute

Here Monsignor Wach, Prior General renews the Institute’s consecration to the Immaculate Conception and request for special protection.

Monsignor Wach celebrates a Mass in Tempore Mortalitatis at the Gricigliano seminary

Procession of the Blessed Sacrament to implore Our Lord’s protection for Gricigliano and all its inhabitants


On Wednesday 29th January, the Bishop Emeritus of Fiesole, His Lordship Bishop Giovannetti visited the International Seminary at Gricigliano to celebrate the feast of St Francis de Sales, a patron of the Institute. As such, this feast is ranked in the First Class in all Churches and Oratories of the Institute.

First Vespers (Evening of the 28th January)

Pontifical Mass celebrated by Bishop Giovannetti, Emeritus Bishop of Fiesole

Dinner on the evening of the feast with Bishop Giovannetti in attendance

Second Vsspers



Here are three videos, taken from our Institute’s main site, which we thought you may wish to enjoy.

The celebration of the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a patronal feast of the Institute – chant of the Tota pulchra es

Ordinations 2019 – a compilation of highlights of Ordination week 2019

Holy Week at the Seminary with His Eminence, Raymond Cardinal Burke:


For the week commencing Monday 26th August through Friday 30th August, the Canons of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest gathered at the motherhouse in the beautiful hills of Tuscany at the International Seminary in Gricigliano. The week is an important occasion in the lives of the ICKSP Clergy: in addition to providing them with spiritual, liturgical and practical instruction, the gathering is an opportunity for the priests to enjoy a fraternal reunion with brother priests, who rarely have an opportunity to see one another. In addition, the Canons received their assignments for the coming year.

Below is a photographic record of the week.

Monday 26 August 2019 – The Gregorian Chant of the Veni Creator, Adoration and Vespers

Tuesday 27th August 2019 – Solemn Mass Celebrated by Monsignor Wach and Renewal by the Canons of their Sacred Commitment in the Institute

Wednesday 28th August 2019 – Solemn Mass celebrated by Monsignor Schmitz, with procession and consecration of the Institute to the Sacred Heart

Wednesday 28th August 2019 – Dinner with His Eminence Cardinal Betori, Archbishop of Florence, and Dom Nault, Abbot of Saint Wandrille

Thursday 29th August 2019 – Mass with Pontificals celebrated by Dom Nault, Abbot of Saint-Wandrille

Thursday 29th August 2019 – Pontifical Vespers presided over by Dom Nault, Abbot of Saint-Wandrille

Friday 30th August 2019 – Te Deum of Thanksgiving

Private Masses of the Canons

Special Meal to celebrate the 40 years of Priesthood of Monsignor Wach and Canon Mora

Canons at various meal times during the week

Group Photographs of the Canons of the Institute

Various lectures, Instructions and Conferences



Many people from around the world travelled to Florence, Italy to witness the timeless magnificence of the sacred rites of Holy Mother Church, as she ordained new young men to be servants of her God and King, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Commencing on Monday, 1st July, the first year seminarians received the cassock from our Prior General, Monsignor Gilles Wach. Henceforth they will put aside the attire of this world to “put on Christ as their portion” and be a visible sign to the world of their devotion and service to Holy Mother Church.

On Tuesday, 2nd July, the clerical tonsure, the ordination of porters, lectors, exorcists and acolytes was conferred on the seminarians of each class, imparting on them the corollary graces necessary to the priestly office, to which they have been called by God. His Lordship, Bishop Provost, Bishop of Lake Charles (Louisiana).


On Wednesday, 3rd July those called to the Sacred Orders of the subdeaconate and the deaconate were ordained by Archbishop Pozzo. They received the necessary grace for their new responsibilities and advance in their solemn commitment to perpetual celibacy for the Kingdom of Heaven and to the selfless service of Holy Mother Church for the salvation of souls.

On Thursday, 4th July, 7 young men were ordained to the Sacred Priesthood of our Lord Jesus Christ by the hands of His Eminence, Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke. The seven newly ordained priests will henceforth walk this earth as dispensers of the mysteries of God and the sacraments of salvation. Deo gratias!

We give due thanks to God for the gifts He has bestowed on us durting this week by the solemn chant of the Te Deum in seminary chapel of the Immaculate Conception at Gricigliano in the presence of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

Following Solemn Benediction, the evening continued with the annual banquet dinner to celebrate with the families of the ordained all the blessings received this past year and our Lord’s gift of the sacred priesthood to His Church. No celebration of such divine magnificence and generosity would be complete without fireworks!


4th July 2019
Florence, Italy.

His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke ordained 7 new priests this morning in at Santi Michele e Gaetano in central Florence.

The new priests are:

Canon Edaward Turner

Canon James Hoogerwerf

Canon Ross Bourgeois

Canon Ryan Post

Canon Jorge Vela Martin

Canon Axel Ringeval

Canon Miguel Angel Cañadas Carpio

On Wednesday, The Most Reverend Guido Pozzo, Titular Archbishop of Balneoregium ordained 10 deacons and 8 subdeacons

Please pray for your new priests, deacons and subdeacons and in your prayer also thank Almighty God for the great gifts He continues to bestow upon this Institute.