NEWS FROM GABON

This year marks the 30th anniversary of the foundation of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. The Institute was canonically erected on 1 September 1990 by Monsignor Gilles Wach and Canon Philippe Mora in Gabon, Africa. It is therefore perhaps appropriate to bring some news in the form of a series of galleries from Gabon.

Midnight Mass

3 years of the Apostolate at Pointe Denis and Christmas Day Mass

Christmas dinner at the Mission de Mouila

Christmas holidays football game in Sibang with Les Écuyers de Notre-Dame

Nativity Enactment

Christmas fair of the Saint-François-de-Sales school in Mouila

THE FEAST OF ST FRANCIS DE SALES

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

Compline

NEW HOME FOR THE INSTITUTE IN ROME

On Christmas Eve, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest was invited by rector of the Basilica of Saints Celso & Giuliano in Rome to make this beautiful Roman baroque church our new home in the Eternal City.

Not far from Castello Sant’Angelo, the Institute will begin the care of this apostolate by offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on Sundays and Feast Days at 10am and will be present during the week for confessions and adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Please pray for our apostolate in Rome and for our priests and seminarians that serve the Church in the Eternal City.

Santi Celso e Giuliano is a minor basilica and it has held this status by custom and practice since ancient times. The church is located on Vicolo del Curato 12, just off Via del Banco di Santo Spirito, the road leading to Ponte Sant’Angelo.

SS. Celso e Giuliano is a ‘papal chapel’. Canons of the collegiate church are mentioned in the 14th century. Cardinal Giovanni Antonio Sangiorgio d. 1509 had been the Archpriest, and was buried in the church and in the 17th century, it is recorded, there was an Archpriest and seven Canons. Now there are Canons with the blue pom pom!

NEW APOSTOLATE IN BELFAST

Fortwilliam and Macrory Presbyterian church was closed and empty, however, the desirous to serve better the faithful of Northern Ireland, the Institute purchased this church and it was recently opened as a Catholic church dedicated to the Traditional Rites of the Catholic Church.

The Presbyterian community received with joy and hope the offer made by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest who in turn, were very grateful to the Elders and community at Fortwilliam and Macrory Presbyterian church for the opportunity to take over this sacred building. All of this was done with thee gracious permision granted by His Lordship Noel Treanor, Bishop of Down and Connor.

On Wednesday 11th December, the first Mass was celebrated at the church and below are selection of the photography from this special day.

VIDEO FROM THE SEMINARY

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:

NEWS FROM ACROSS THE POND

After countless prayers, faithful hope, and by the grace of God, the first United States foundation of the Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus was established in Wausau, Wisconsin on All Saint’s Day, 2019.   

On the morning of  the 1st November, His Excellency, the Most Reverend William P. Callahan, Bishop of La Crosse, blessed the Nativity of Our Lady Convent in a beautiful ceremony assisted by Canons Huberfeld and Matheus. Attending the blessing was Monsignor Gilles Wach, founder and current Prior General of the Institute of Christ the King, Canon Matthew Talarico, Provincial Superior of the United States, and Mother Madeleine Marie, Mother Superior of the Sisters Adorers.

His Excellency was very pleased to tour the chapel before the blessing and afterwards enjoyed a visit and luncheon with the clerics and sisters. In the afternoon of All Saint’s Day, Canon Matthew Talarico celebrated the first Holy Mass in the convent chapel with the Sisters Adorers attending.  The stunning vestments used for the first Mass were a generous gift to the sisters from St. Patrick’s Oratory in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

The culmination of this glorious All Saint’s Day was a magnificent Solemn High Mass celebrated at St. Mary’s Oratory by Monsignor Wach.  The Oratory choir sang Casciolini’s Mass in A Minor with string accompaniment and a grand reception followed in the church hall where family and friends gathered to warmly welcome the sisters and to greet Monsignor Wach.   This foundation of the Sisters Adorers in the United States would not have been possible without the intercession of Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception!  Praise be to Jesus Christ, King and Sovereign Priest. 

SUCCESSFUL PILGRIMAGE TO WREXHAM

On Saturday last, Canon Post celebrated a Mass in honour of Wrexham martyr, St Richard Gwyn at the Cathedral Church of Our Lady of Sorrows in Wrexham. Canon was assisted by Canon Scott Smith (deacon) and Deacon Andrew Morrow from Shrewsbury Cathedral (subdeacon). Canon Poucin sang in the choir.

The photographs of the event, organised by the Latin Mass Society can be viewed here.