ACTION ITEM! Baptismal Font for Rome’s Traditional Parish

nce upon a time , as a seminarian in Rome, I came to know a young man, about my same age, who grew up in the neighborhood between San Carlo ai Catinari and Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini, between the Campo de’ Fiori and the Ghetto, on the Piazza del Monte di Pietà.  He was deeply traditional and loved the Church and desired to be a priest.

In those years the church now held by the Fraternity of St. Peter, Ss. Trinità, was in bad shape and Tradition was being crushed in Rome on every side.  Neglected for years, the ultra-liberal Sant’Egidio community was encroaching.  Nevertheless Luigi did his part to keep alive the ancient Confraternity founded by St. Philip Neri.  He had the keys to the place and did his best, thanklessly, to tidy and preserve.

I developed a strong connection to that church before my ordination in 1991.  And it came to pass that I was ordained on 26 May, the feast of St. Philip Neri, who is Rome’s co-patron with Peter.  Therefore, I celebrated my third Mass at the main altar of Ss. Trinità, beneath the great painting by Guido Reni.  In a few short years, I would bury Luigi’s mother from the church, Elena, at his request, with the Traditional Rite.

Luigi overcame many obstacles, persecutions, and was eventually accepted as a seminarian for Rome at the Major Seminary at the Lateran.  Ordained in 2001, he was mistreated by his superiors for his traditional leanings and he was persecuted and his well-being neglected, though his health wasn’t good.   Don Luigi died in 2011 at 50 years of age, some 10 years a priest.

This is all a preamble to ask for your help for something that my friend don Luigi would have loved to see in life.

The church Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini was historically the church of a confraternity.  It was not a parish church.  As a result, there was never a baptistery or baptismal font

However, it is now the Traditional Parish in Rome.  As a parish, it needs – precisely – a baptismal font!

11 years since its canonical founding and there’s no font.   And now, as a sign of great life, there are young families and children and baptisms.  Exactly as you would expect from traditional worship and Catholic life.

Here’s where you come in.

The parish is raising money to install a baptismal font from the 1600’s which they obtained in France.   They want 9000 euro for this, though I think that is a little optimistic.  That would provide for installation, etc.    I think we can do a little better.

So far, they’ve only scratched the surface of the campaign, but – in Rome, believe me – it’s hard going to raise money.

Friends, if we want Tradition to be alive where we are, let’s help the birth into new Christian life in the parish in Rome where a great example is being set to confound all naysayers.

We have to help.

I have spoken with the pastor of Ss. Trinità, and the other priests, about this project.

You can contribute to this project by making donations to the Fraternity of St. Peter.  If you are in the United States, go


Donate to the US District.  At the bottom of the form there is a place for a commentEarmark the donation for


If you are in the UK go HERE.  Same deal.  Earmark.

Be sure to state that this is for the BAPTISMAL FONT FOR ROME PARISH.

Also the IBAN of the parish:
IT51A0200805205000105064222 – Account n° 706 105064222 for Parrocchia SS. Trinità dei Pellegrini with UniCredit, Largo di Torre Argentina, 14, 00186. BIC SWIFT è: UNCRITM1706

I’m not sure how, but I’ll try to collect progress reports.

As the Amazon Synod revs up, let’s make our own spiritual counter strike and with the battle cry “FOR LUIGI!” get this done.

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One Response to ACTION ITEM! Baptismal Font for Rome’s Traditional Parish

  1. teomatteo says:

    thank you for helping me donate and maybe someday if i make it to Roma i will visit and pray at this ‘well of grace’.

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