Presentation Through the Year 2013...
The purpose of this section "Through the Year..." is to present through images certain important events, but also "everyday" life in our Fraternity throughout the world.
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Two groups of pilgrims met up in Einsiedeln, Switzerland, on Sunday, October 13th for a Pontifical High Mass, celebrated by His Grace Wolfgang Haas, Archbishop of Vaduz, Liechtenstein. The first group of pilgrims, made up of faithful from German-speaking Switzerland, left from St. Pelagiberg on Friday evening, to walk the 85 kilometres to the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Hermits in Einsiedeln, accompanied by Fr. Martin Ramm, FSSP. The other group was made up of faithful from French-speaking Switzerland, who first travelled to Flüeli, the site of the small hermitage where Saint Nicolas of Flüe, the patron saint of Switzerland, lived for many years as a hermit, whilst praying for the nascent Swiss Confederation. From there, about 50 kilometres separated the pilgrims from Einsiedeln, which involved crossing the eastern part of Lake Lucerne by boat and passing through the snowy pass of the Haggenegg, at 1414 metres. The group was accompanied by Fr. John Berg, Superior General of the FSSP, as well as the priests responsible for the apostolates in Lausanne, Bulle and Fribourg. The closing Pontifical Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Haas to give thanks for 25 years of existence of the FSSP, which coincide with the 25th anniversary of Archbishop Haas’ episcopal consecration. Several seminarians, accompanied by Fr. Hubert Bizard, vice-rector of the Seminary in Wigratzbad, travelled to Einsiedeln to assist with the ceremonies of this important event for the Fraternity of Saint Peter in Switzerland.
The mission work of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter in Anolaima, Colombia has continued to rapidly develop over these last 12 months. Most significantly, the hard work and sacrifices that have gone into building a permanent home for the Colegio Campestre Santo Domingo Savio, our grade school and future high school, are beginning to show concrete results. In August a third priest of our Fraternity will go down to work full time in the mission.
The school which began just a few years ago has continually outgrown the temporary buildings it has been placed in. Its first location was actually a former farm house. This academic year due to the influx of students and adding an academic year, we had to build temporary classroom buildings to accommodate the demand. Generous volunteers aided in erecting the very simple wood and stucco buildings, and the students even aided with painting the exterior! Their makeshift character only urges us on to complete the rest of the work on the future campus buildings.
The preparation of the land has already begun. Volunteers came once again to clear the land, and then the contractors took over to level the land and lay the footings. The mission has been fortunate to receive a large amount of aid from the architect and main contractor from Bogota who have donated a great amount of their time. Thanks to them we have the model for a large, noble and beautiful school building that we hope to have finished within the next 12 months to accommodate all of the students as they continue to grow in number.
In May the Superior General of our Fraternity, Fr. John Berg, visited the mission. While there he visited the school and was able to see the work being done to teach the children all of the standard subjects as well as French, English, aspects of traditional Colombian culture, and of course the rudiments of farming the rich land which surrounds the area of Anolaima. He also able to participated in the annual Marian May Procession with the school children.
Fr. Berg was also able to bless the cornerstone for the new school buildings. May 13 began fittingly with solemn mass at school chapel of Our Lady of Fatima, the first building that was constructed in the mission. The priests, servers and faithful then processed to the future location of the school buildings. Along the way the Girls’ Choir of the Colegio sang hymns. Following the blessing Fr. Baudon de Mony and Fr. Alfaro addressed the many faithful who came, and thanked all those who have helped thus far to make this school a reality which will, God willing, serve the faithful in the countryside for years to come. Many who were present donated small items (and large ones such as cows!) to help with the fundraising for the school.
The Fraternity of St. Peter is extremely grateful to benefactors in other countries who have made this project possible and supported it these last years. Many have even done to through this website. Given how relatively less expensive construction costs are in Anolaima, we are just less than $100,000 away from having all of the funds collected to finish building this permanent home for the school children of the Colegio Campestre Santo Domingo Savio. On behalf of the children and priests of the mission we ask for your continued prayers and generosity.
From June 27-29 the priests in Europe of the Fraternity of St. Peter met at their Mother House in Wigratzbad Germany to begin the celebration of the 25th anniversary of the foundation of FSSP. The days began with Vespers at the country church of Mywiller. They continued the next day with a solemn Mass at the church in Maria Than offered by Fr. Frederique Roseau and assisted by Fr. Jacques Olivier and Fr. Quentin Sauvonnet as deacon and subdeacon; These three priests were also celebrating their 10th anniversary of priestly ordinations. The First Assistant of the Fraternity, Fr. José Clavin-Torralbo preached in Latin on the life and epistles of our Patron St. Peter to exhort us in our respective duties as members and underline what unifies us as a Fraternity.
In the afternoon, His Excellency Vitus Huonder, Bishop of Chur, Switzerland, gave a spiritual conference to all of the priests on the essential elements which a priest must keep in mind when carrying out his duties. The day concluded with solemn First Vespers of Ss. Peter and Paul sung at the church in Opfenbach and a visit to the grave of Fr. Pierre Gaudray; long time spiritual director of many of our priests in Wigratzbad, who died this past year.
The festivities ended fittingly on the Feast of St. Peter and Paul with the ordination of five new priests for the Fraternity at the church of Ss. Peter and Paul in Lindenberg. The ordinations were conferred by Bishop Huonder.
15 diocesan priests from the UK flew to the Marian shrine Wigratzbad near beautiful Lake Constance in Bavaria from April 15 to 19, for a Year of Faith retreat on the theme: ‘The priest and the Eucharist in the recent magisterium of the Church’. Participants came mostly from dioceses across England, but also from Northern Ireland and Scotland.
The occasion was the 10th anniversary of Pope John-Paul II’s celebrated encyclical Ecclesia de Eucharistia (17 April 2003). Retreat Master Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP gave meditations on the centrality of the Most Holy Eucharist in the life of priests, developing in particular the notions of the Real Presence, the Sacrifice, the Adoration and the liturgy. In the context of the current ‘Year of Faith’, focusing here on priests, the conferences and table readings included quotes from Vatican II (Presbyterorum Ordinis, Sacrosanctum Concilium), Pope Paul VI’s Mysterium Fidei, Pope Pius XII’s Mediator Dei, and other magisterial teaching. The priests enjoyed the quietness of this diocesan shrine with all-day Eucharistic adoration, and the presence of the priests and seminarians of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter. Each day ended with EF Compline sung in the chapel of the International St Peter Seminary – where Cardinal Ratzinger stayed and offered Mass on Easter 1990. The retreat had been advertised among other priestly events by Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth (in whose diocese the FSSP has its English base) in his latest circular email to clergy.
[14.III.2013 - www.fssp.org] The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter rejoices with the entire Church at the election of Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio as Sovereign Pontiff, following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI. It heartily welcomes this joyous news and assures His Holiness Francis of its prayers for the solemn responsibility which he now bears.
Since its foundation, the Fraternity of St. Peter has maintained a particular devotion to the Sovereign Pontiff who, according to the words of Vatican I, is “the successor of Blessed Peter, the Prince of the Apostles, as well as the Vicar of Christ, head of the entire Church, the Father and Doctor of all Christians” (Pastor Aeternus).
March 1, 2013: Election of the Sovereign Pontiff: Request for prayers - Communiqué of the General House of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter
[1.III.2013 - www.fssp.org] Given our particular attachment to the See of Peter, the General House of the Fraternity encourages the faithful to unite in prayer for the College of Cardinals which will soon gather together in conclave, guided by the Holy Ghost, to elect the next Successor of St. Peter. May its members “be fully docile to the action of the Holy Ghost” (1); seeking solely the good of the Church.
The General House of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter has asked that the following oration, which is taken from the Votive Mass for the Election of the Sovereign Pontiff, be prayed in its apostolates until the election of the next Pope:
February 13, 2013: Papal resignation - Communiqué of the General House of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter
[13.II.2013 - www.fssp.org] On Ash Wednesday, the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter had the opportunity to personally express its profound gratitude and to assure the Sovereign Pontiff of its prayers through one of its priests. Fr. Martin Ramm, FSSP, was able to greet the Pope on behalf of all of his community. Our confere, who was received in general audience by His Holiness, presented him with an edition of the traditional Roman Missal recently published by the Fraternity of St. Peter as a gesture of filial devotion and of great gratitude for the promulgation of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.
For nearly eight years, Benedict XVI has, with great humility and courage, guided the Bark of Peter - facing great storms – with the greatest concern to always lead souls to safe port. Giving an example of a profound interior life, he refocused the attention of the Catholic faithful upon the fundamentals of the Faith, putting them on guard against every form of relativism; and explaining the more recent Magisterium in the light of Tradition. Ever mindful of the restoration of the sacred, he reconciled the Roman Church with its two-thousand year liturgical patrimony. As a tireless apostle of Church unity, he was particularly engaged in dialogue with the Society of Pius X, in order to achieve the full reconciliation of the latter. The care given to this, on the part of the Holy Father, is particularly dear to us; and reminds us of the care he extended to our own foundation in 1988, when he assisted John Paul II in his role as Prefect for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Pierre Gaudray (www.fssp.org/en/fildesmois2012.htm#Gaudray), an associate priest of the Fraternity and resident spiritual director in Wigratzbad for many years. He was 90 years old. He departed from this world on Monday, January 28, 2013 at 7:15 pm in his room at the seminary surrounded by a number of his confrere.
The funeral Mass will be celebrated on Friday, February 1 at 2 pm in Wigratzbad (Suhnekirche). It will be followed by the burial at the cemetery of Opfenbach.
Requiescat in Pace !
Video of Fr. Pierre Gaudray recorded at Wigratzbad in June, 2009 (French)
Saturday, January 12th was a joyous day for the Priestly Fraternity apostolate in Kansas City as we witnessed St. Rose Philippine Duchesne Catholic Church officially come into existence. All of Kansas City rejoices as a humble structure built by human hands has the supreme honor of becoming a dwelling place for Almighty God and the offering up the Eternal Sacrifice of His Son for the Redemption of sin and the Sanctification and Salvation of the world!
A chilly winter morning greeted the crowds and the arrival of Archbishop Joseph F. Naumann, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas. His Excellency performed the ceremony for the Blessing of a New Church. After the Blessing, the North American District Superior of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, Fr. Eric Flood, FSSP, celebrated the First Solemn Mass in honor of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne with His Excellency, Archbishop Naumann, assisting from the Throne. Many visiting clergy were also in attendance, both from the Fraternity of St. Peter as well as local priests and religious from local parishes here in Kansas City. Over 400 of the faithful were in attendance, packing the new church and offering up their prayers in union with the Archbishop for the glory of God and the sanctification of souls.
Many countless hours of work have gone into this project and we thank all especially who were directly involved, our benefactors, our parishioners, the contractors and laborers who have worked so tirelessly these past months to make the church so beautiful and worthy of God and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Thank you all! May god bless you and reward your generosity in this life and in the next!