Thursday, June 10, 2010

Byzantine Bishop Falls Asleep in the Lord

Metropolitan Archbishop

Basil Myron Schott, O.F.M.

Archeparchy of Pittsburgh for the Ruthenians
Eternal Rest Grant Unto Him, O Lord, and Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him. May He Rest in Peace.
In blessed repose, grant, O Lord, eternal rest to your departed servant, the high priest Metropolitan Basil, and remember him forever. Eternal Memory!

I remember His Beatitude Eminence when he came to the seminary for the ordination to subdiaconate for my friend, now Bishop, William Skurla (Eparchy of Passaic). He was present for consecration as Bishop (Eparchy of Van Nuys) and again when Bishop Skurla was transferred to Passaic. Metropolitan Archbishop Schott was always a most dignified gentleman and a humble soul. He never abandoned his Franciscan foundation even after being elevated Eparch and finally as Metropolitan for the Ruthenians. It was the Divine Liturgy and Byzantine priests who help preserve many vocations in the Latin Rite when we were in seminary as the East became a resevoir of orthodoxy and reverent worship despite the nonsense many of us were taught in the classroom. Praised be Jesus Christ for BOTH lungs of His Mystical Body!

Catholic Clergy Thank Pope for Year for Priests

Catholic Clergy Thank Pope for Year for Priests

The zenith of the Year for Priests, for me, was the joint gathering of the Australian and American Confraternities of Catholic Clergy. Over 100 English-speaking priests and deacons from around the world gathered in Rome (January 4th - 8th, 2010) along with several from Ireland, Scotland and Britain. We stayed at the Domus Sanctae Marthae (residence for the Cardinal Electors during a Papal Conclave) and had Masses at the major Basilicas in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms.

6/10/2010 - 9:32 PM PST

Catholic PRWire

HARRISBURG, PA (10 June 2010) - As the Year for Priests comes to a close, the members of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy wish to extend our deepest thanks and gratitude to Pope Benedict XVI. His decision to dedicate these past twelve months to those of us in Holy Orders has been an enormous blessing for clergy and laity alike, both in the local and in the universal church. Despite the aftermath of public scandals and private disappointments, priests around the world have been affirmed and encouraged by the love and affection the faithful still show for their beloved clergy.

The priests and deacons of the CCC enthusiastically renew our consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of the Clergy and renew our pledge total fidelity to the Magisterium and filial obedience to the Roman Pontiff, our beloved Supreme Pastor and Universal Shepherd. We furthermore, pledge our total commitment to ongoing spiritual, theological, pastoral and human formation in fraternal support of one another so we may better serve the people under our care. We invite all priests and deacons to join and participate in national and diocesan associations of the clergy specifically created to help and encourage its members to seek personal holiness and improve their ministry to others.

We ask all our ordained brothers around the world to join us in giving thanks for the person and the Petrine Ministry of Our Holy Father. He has endured many trials and obstacles yet has never tired in his zeal for souls or in his intense love of the Church.

We promise to support our bishops in their service to the local church by assisting them in their apostolic call to teach, sanctify and shepherd the People of God.

We ask our colleagues to join us in thanking Almighty God for the awesome gift of Holy Orders and for the invaluable and precious treasure of the people whose souls we are commissioned to protect, nourish, enlighten and uplift on this pilgrimage of life. We ask that Catholics everywhere, as faithful sons and daughters of God, will continue to pray for vocations to the priesthood and diaconate and that the clergy they are sent will always act and be their very best since they deserve nothing less.

PA, 17053 US
Rev Fr John Trigilio - President, -717-957-2662

Catholic clergy express deep gratitude to Holy Father for Year of Priests :: EWTN News

Catholic clergy express deep gratitude to Holy Father for Year of Priests :: EWTN News

Catholic Clergy Thank Pope for Year of Priests

Catholic Clergy Thank Pope for Year of Priests

Year for Priests closes this week in Rome. St. John Vianney, pray for us.

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

How serious is the 'predator priest' problem? -

How serious is the 'predator priest' problem? -

Good article. Fair and balanced. Thanks to American Papist for identifying it.

Quid est?

This is a restored decoration over the front door of one of my two parishes, Saint Bernadette.  I had it redone for the 50th anniversary of the church in 2004. The original had been ruined by weather over the years and then taken down and the plain wood background painted white. A parishioner's husband duplicated this symbol from a photo of the original going back to 1954.

No one seems to know what the symbol means, however.  I asked Bishop Lohmuller and Cardinal Keeler, the founding pastors, and they could not remember. The blue waves at the bottom could be the water of Lourdes since the church has always been called Saint Bernadette and was formerly a mission of Our Lady of Lourdes before becoming a mission of Our Lady of Good Counsel.

The harp and two incensers, however, are still a mystery. Obviously, the dove is the Holy Ghost. Anyone got any hypotheses?

Dublin Choral Foundation

Dublin Choral Foundation

Lassus Scholars reflect on recent performance in Rome with the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy for America (CCC) and Australia (ACCC).

International Conference of English Speaking Clergy Meet in Rome for Year For Priests

Monday, June 07, 2010

Divine Life


#1. What Does The Prayer Really Say


#82. The Black Biretta

not bad considering the high caliber of competition.

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