May 24: Blessed Juan de Prado

May 24, 2010

Blessed Juan de Prado, 1563 – 1631
Spanish Franciscan priest, missionary and martyr in Morocco.

May 23: Blessed Wincenty Matuszewski

May 23, 2010

Blessed Wincenty Matuszewski, 1869 – 1940

In the Year for Priests

June 26, 2009

St. Paul the Apostle vatican

Have you thanked a priest lately?

I try to thank the priest after Mass; how he interprets it is up to him. I could be thanking him for celebrating that particular Mass, for his homily, for his engaging personality, for the sacraments…the list is endless.

May 25: Saint Cristobal Magallanes

May 25, 2009

Saint Cristobal Magallanes, 1869 – 1927 Read the rest of this entry »

May 23: Blessed Józef Kurzawa, New Martyr Of Poland

May 23, 2009

Blessed Józef Kurzawa, 1910 – 1940
Diocesan Priest Martyr

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Institute Of Christ The King

May 12, 2009

Institute of Christ the King

The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is a society of priests in the Catholic Church that celebrates the liturgy in Latin in accordance with its constitutions and founding documents based on permissions granted by Rome. The Institute also preserves and patronizes traditional Latin Rite liturgical art and music and has undertaken the restoration and beautification of several churches. The Institute is a Society of Apostolic Life, whose rule of life is based generally on that of the secular canons. The Institute has its own choir dress adopted in 2006 and solemnly given to members by the Cardinal Archbishop of Florence. The Institute Read the rest of this entry »

March 25: Blessed Omeljan Kovc, Greek Catholic Martyr & Righteous Among The Nations

March 25, 2009
Blessed Omeljan Kovc
1884 – 1944
Greek Catholic Martyr & Righteous Among The Nations Read the rest of this entry »

March 22: Blessed Bronisław Komorowski – New Martyr Of Poland

March 22, 2009

Blessed Bronisław Komorowski
1889-1940 Read the rest of this entry »

March 19: Blessed Narcyz Turchan, Polish New Martyr

March 19, 2009


Blessed Narcyz Turchan
1879 – 1942

December 27: Blessed Alfredo Parte, New Martyr Of Spain

December 27, 2008

Blessed Alfredo Parte
1899 – 1936 Read the rest of this entry »

October 30: Blessed Oleksa Zarytsky, Greek Catholic Martyr, 1912-1963

October 30, 2008

Blessed Oleksa Zarytsky
Greek Catholic Martyr 
1912 – 1963 Read the rest of this entry »

Happy 20th Anniversary, Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP)

October 25, 2008

Today the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter celebrates the 20 anniversary of its canonical erection as a society of apostolic life of pontifical right by His Holiness of happy memory, Pope John Paul II. It began humbly with 11 priests and 1 deacon.

Today they are 300+ members strong with two packed seminaries – one in Austria and one in Nebraska.

Consider sending a birthday card with a $5 bill to:

The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter
North American Headquarters
Griffin Rd, PO Box 196
Elmhurst, PA 18416

“Who would have thought that this small group of traditional, Latin rite priests would so quickly grow to over 300 members working and studying on 5 continents in the 17 different countries serving over 85 dioceses … and then become THE main force for the implementation of a papal decree expressly promoting the return of the traditional Latin Mass, now known as the “extraordinary form” of the Roman missal, as well as all the sacraments and devotions that go along with it?” (from:

October 15: Blessed Narciso Basté Basté

October 15, 2008

Blessed Narciso Basté Basté
1866 – 1936 Read the rest of this entry »

October 9: Blessed Julián Alfredo, Martyr of Spain

October 9, 2008

Blessed Julián Alfredo
1904 – 1934

October 8: Blessed Ambrose Sansedoni of Siena

October 8, 2008

Blessed Ambrose Sansedoni of Siena
1220 – 1287

Read the rest of this entry »

October 4: Blessed Alfredo Pellicer Muñoz

October 4, 2008

Blessed Alfredo Pellicer Muñoz
1914 – 1936

October 3: Blessed Crescenzio García Pobo

October 3, 2008

Blessed Crescenzio García Pobo
1903 – 1936

October 1: Blessed Alvaro Sanjuan Canet

October 1, 2008

Blessed Alvaro Sanjuan Canet
1908 – 1936

Conception Benedictine Abbey Blessed With Vocations

September 30, 2008

5 bob to Roman Catholic Vocations which reports:

 “Conception Abbey Blessed With VocationsPhoto at left – from left, Brothers Paul Sheller, Victor Schinstock, Guerric Letter, Pachomius Meade, Anselm Broom, Abbot Gregory Polan, Brothers David Wilding, Placid Dale, Macario Martinez, Bernard Montgomery, and Novice Adam Burkhart. Photo courtesy of Jarrod Thome.

To read all go to article at Roman Catholic Vocations

September 30: Blessed Federico Albert

September 30, 2008

Blessed Federico Albert
1820 – 1876

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest

September 30, 2008


The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is a society of apostolic life whose goal is the honor of God and the sanctification of priests in the service of the Church and souls. Its specific aim is missionary: to spread the reign of our Lord Jesus Christ in all spheres of human life. Our work is carried out under the patronage of the Immaculate Conception, to Whom the Institute is consecrated.

His Holiness with our founder Msgr. Gilles WachThe Institute was founded in 1990 by Monsignor Gilles Wach and Father Philippe Mora in Gabon, Africa, where we still have missions. Today, the motherhouse and international seminary of the Institute is located in Gricigliano, in the Archdiocese of Florence, Italy.

Recognizing the importance of a deep harmony between faith, liturgy, life, and the power of beauty in attracting the human senses to the things above, an integral part of the Institute’s charism is the use of the traditional Latin Liturgy of 1962 for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the other sacraments. Great care for a solemn liturgy, complete fidelity to the doctrine of the Church and the Holy Father, and awareness of the central role of Grace, especially Charity – these are essential elements of the Institute’s spirituality, which is drawn from its three co-patrons, St. Benedict, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Francis de Sales. Our motto, taken from St. Paul, is “Live the truth in charity.” The Institute operates in more than fifty places in twelve countries, where our priests focus on the care of souls in many different ways. To assist our priests in their apostolic work, the Institute also has clerical oblates. In 2004, a community of religious sisters was canonically established to aid the priests in their mission through prayer and apostolic work.

History of a Young Institute
Solemn Mass in the traditional Roman riteThe Institute of Christ the King is, for ecclesiastical standards, a very young foundation. Our founder, Monsignor Gilles Wach, STD, supported decisively by the co-founder, Father Phillipe Mora, STD, had the Institute canonically erected the Semptember 1, 1990. Originally, the young French abbé, Gilles Wach, never intended to start a foundation at all, but during the 1980’s, working for Cardinal Silvio Oddi in Rome and with a priestly association in France, he was approached by more and more young men who wanted a traditional Catholic formation to the priesthood. Finally, he decided to make an attempt to bring them together and to follow their formation in some way. Several Roman Cardinals, though, urged him to decide for the foundation of a religious community, so that the idea of the Institute took form already as soon as 1988.

From Africa to Italy
Divine Providence, at this moment, helped to find a bishop who Read the rest of this entry »

VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Norbertine Fathers

September 23, 2008

Norbertine Fathers

St. Michael’s Abbey
19292 El Toro Road
Silverado, CA 92676 – 9710

Yes, something VERY good can come out of Orange County!

The photo above is just of one year’s class… The Norbertines have actually done something that no other religous based in California I know of have accomplished – they have outgrown their current location and are pondering where to move to have enough space for all the fine men joining them.

Pray for them regularly. Consider making a donation if you can.

Also, consider joinging them!

September 20: Blessed Clemente Marchisio

September 20, 2008

Blessed Clemente Marchisio
1833 – 1903

“The Fathers & Sisters Hinnebusch, O.P.” or “A Dominican Vocational Success Story”

September 10, 2008

…Fr. John Frederick Hinnebusch was the youngest in a family of ten children from Pittsburgh, seven of whom became Dominicans. Fr. Paul Hinnebusch was a preacher, biblicist, and spiritual writer and Fr. William Hinnebusch was a Dominican historian. A third brother, Fr. Albert Louis Hinnebusch, also a Dominican, was very active in the Holy Name Society in the South. The three Dominican sisters, Sr. Claire, Sr. Regina Ann, and Sr. Dorothy, were members of the St. Mary of the Springs congregation.

The seven Hinnebusch Dominicans at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C., in 1947. Standing from left to right: Fr. John Frederick Hinnebusch, Fr. William Hinnebusch, Fr. Paul Hinnebusch, Fr. Albert Hinnebusch. Seated from left to right: Sister Regina Ann Hinnebusch, Sister Claire Hinnebusch, Sister Dorothy Hinnebusch.


5 bob to Sister Mary Catherine, O.P. who writes:

Fr. Fred is very old now but we are blessed to have his course on Dominican history which the friars are now posting online Read the rest of this entry »

August 29: Blessed Francisco Monzón Romeo, O.P., New Martyr Of Spain

August 29, 2008

Blessed Francisco Monzón Romeo

August 25: Blessed Luis Urbano Lanaspa, Dominican New Martyr Of Spain

August 25, 2008

Blessed Luis Urbano Lanaspa
1882 – 1936 Read the rest of this entry »

July 26: Saint Ġorġ Preca

July 26, 2008

Saint Ġorġ Preca, 1880 – 1962

Why Do You Confess to a Priest?

July 2, 2008

Q. Why do Catholics have to confess their sins to a priest instead of praying straight to God?

A. In obedience to Christ.

John 20:19-23 On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jews, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive anyone his sins, they are forgiven; if you do not forgive them, they are not forgiven.”

After His resurrection, Jesus, appeared to His disciples on Easter Sunday evening. He conferred the power to forgive sins by breathing on them. This corresponds to God breathing life into Adam. And so, Jesus breathes life giving power to forgive sins into his disciples. Note that this is before Pentecost and the general bestowal of the Holy Spirit. This is a special and unique pouring out of the Holy Spirit for the disciples, the first priests and bishops of the Christian Church.

And the purpose of this special dispensation of the Holy Spirit is to empower the apostles with the authority to forgive or not forgive sins in the name of Christ. This specific action cannot mean some sort of general power such as that by the preaching of the Gospel sins are forgiven or not depending upon the hearer. Jesus says, “If you forgive….if you do not forgive…” It would be impossible for the disciples to obey Jesus without audibly hearing the confessions of men and women, boys and girls.

2 Corinthians 5:17-20 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.

Now this verse can be interpreted in a Protestant way to mean salvation by the preaching of the Gospel. However, we see this verse as further proof for the sacrament of reconciliation/confession. Also, James points out Read the rest of this entry »

June 10: Blessed Edward Joannes Maria Poppe

June 10, 2008

Blessed Edward Joannes Maria Poppe, 1890 – 1924 Read the rest of this entry »

May 28: Blessed Władysław Demski, Martyr Of Poland

May 28, 2008

Blessed Władysław Demski, 1884 – 1940
German death camp Sachsenhausen Read the rest of this entry »

May 20: Blessed Luigi Talamoni

May 20, 2008

Blessed Luigi Talamoni, 1848 – 1926 Read the rest of this entry »

May 10: Blessed Enrico Rebuschini

May 10, 2008


Blessed Enrico Rebuschini, 1860 – 1938 Read the rest of this entry »

April 19: Blessed John Duckett, Martyr Of England

April 19, 2008

Blessed John Duckett, 1585 – 1644

April 5: Blessed Mariano de la Mata Aparicio

April 5, 2008


Blessed Mariano de la Mata Aparicio, 1905-1983

“Fr Mariano is remembered as the messenger of charity and for his educational work among the neediest of Brazil. “


March 23: Blessed Metod Dominik Trčka, Greek Catholic New Martyr Of Slovakia

March 23, 2008



Blessed Metod Dominik Trčka
1886-1959 Read the rest of this entry »