I received a note that H.E. Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas has permitted the Institute of Christ the King to set up shop there, their 13th place in the USA, I think.
From the Bishop’s "Monday Memo" (Vol. 6, No. 17 – Aug. 18, 2008). It is in the hated pdf format, so this reposting is a little choppy.
1. Rector Assigned for St. Gianna Latin Mass Community – I am very pleased to announce
that the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest has accepted my invitation to provide
ministry to the St. Gianna Latin Mass Community in Tucson.
Yesterday, Msgr. Michael Schmitz, Vicar General of the Institute and its Provincial Superior for
the U.S., joined me at Holy Family Church in Tucson for Mass and for the announcement that
Father Richard von Menshengen has been assigned to serve the Community as its rector.
Father von Menshengen, who will begin his ministry at St. Gianna next month, recently has
served as the Institute’s Provincial Superior for German Speaking Countries. He will establish
an office for the Community at Holy Family Parish. With Father von Menshengen’s
assignment, the St. Gianna Latin Mass Community becomes the Institute’s thirteenth
apostolate in the U.S.
As the Institute takes responsibility for the pastoral care of the Community, Msgr. Schmitz and
Eduardo Huerta, our Chancellor, will formulate statutes for the Community as an oratory (a
place of prayer other than a parish that is set aside by ecclesiastical authority for prayer and
celebration of the Mass) located at Holy Family Parish.
I established St. Gianna as an informal association in 2006 and named Father Richard Rego its
first chaplain. Father Richard provided dedicated service to the Community until his untimely
death in July of last year.
I thank Father David Reinders, Catholic Chaplain at the Veterans Administration Medical
Center in Tucson, for his dedicated ministry this past year as the Community’s chaplain.
Father David will continue to be involved with the Community. I am grateful, too, to Father
Robert Rankin, who has helped recently to serve the Community. He will resume his fulltime
responsibilities as pastor of St. Melany Parish.
I am grateful to Father Alonzo Garcia, pastor, and the community of Holy Family Parish for
their hospitality to the St. Gianna Latin Mass Community.
More about the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest: Msgr. Gilles Wach and Father
Philippe Mora founded the Institute in 1990 in Gabon, Africa. The motherhouse and
international seminary of the Institute are located in Gricigliano, in the Archdiocese of
The mission of the Institute, according to its Web site, “is to spread the reign of Christ in all
spheres of human life by drawing from the millennial treasury of the Roman Catholic Church,
particularly her liturgical tradition, the unbroken line of spiritual thought and practice of her
saints and her cultural patrimony in music, art and architecture.”
The Institute’s headquarters in the U.S. are in Chicago at the Shrine of Christ the King
I am very pleased at this development.
Doors close in one place and windows open elsewhere.
I would remind all readers here, however, especially parish priests, that Summorum Pontificum says they can establish Mass with the 1962 Missale Romanum and also use the Rituale.
Let us not enclose and isolate people interested in the older forms.
Ecclesia Dei adlflicta is no longer defining our interests. Summorum Pontificum is.