Category Archives: Seminarians and Seminaries

Solemn Mass in Extraordinary Form at a major American seminary

I received word via email… the Traditional Latin Mass has “returned” to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. This is an exceptionally good development.  They should should have it every week, at least. Here are a few snaps from their … Continue reading

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VIDEO: How to fold a cassock, normal and with a shoulder cape

During my last trip to Rome (thanks, donors), I had business at the famous clerical shop Gammarelli. I ask one of the helpful men at the shop to demonstrate how properly to fold a cassock.   This is a useful … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! Birettas for Seminarians Project: UPDATED

UPDATE 5 Nov: John Hastreiter at Leaflet Missal in St. Paul forwarded this to me.  It is from a grateful seminarian. Thank you for the beautiful (and Italian) Biretta which arrived in the mail yesterday at Mundelein Seminary. This brought … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Latin Instituted Acolytes in Eastern liturgies

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have two Questions concerning the liturgical role of instituted acolytes in the Eastern Rites: 1) May a man who has been instituted as an acolyte according to the ordinary form of the Roman Rite vest and act … Continue reading

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BIRETTA PROJECT FOLLOWUP: You can still participate!

I received this from John at Leaflet Missal in St. Paul: Hello Fr. Z, I have tremendous news! The goal of 20 birettas for the Diocese of Madison has been reached and I express my gratitude to all who have … Continue reading

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SUCCESS! ACTION ITEM! Correct a GREAT INJUSTICE! (Hint: Birettas… seminarians…)

UPDATE 13 AUG: We have hit our initial goal! I distributed a few of the birettas to the guys yesterday and they were pretty chuffed. I should have some thank you notes pretty soon. “But Father! But Father!”, you liberals … Continue reading

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IRELAND: Conservative seminarians ejected from Maynooth, bishops intervene

Once in a while it is good to be reminded that the oppression is still going on. Did you see the story about the “conservative” seminarians who were given the heave ho from Maynooth Seminary in Ireland? From Irish Catholic: A … Continue reading

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More “tactical clerical” attire

You clerics out there might recall that I have been making, or having made, tactical clerical shirts by adapting 5.11 uniform shirts.  HERE and, amusingly and most recently, HERE. Fathers, you are clerics and officers of the Church Militant.  Stay … Continue reading

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The Church in Madison is alive! VIDEO

Tomorrow, 26 June, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, Bishop of Madison, will ordain 6 men to the holy priesthood. In the last decade or so, since Bp. Morlino has been in Madison, a fairly rural diocese, the number … Continue reading

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Video on a priestly vocation

I was alerted to a great video about the priesthood in which a friend of mine is interviewed.  Fr. Jonathan Martin is a priest of the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton in England.  We lived together in Rome.  He was … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I’m haunted. Was I not really absolved? Am I still excommunicated?

Fathers and seminarians, pay attention! From a reader… The Pope is sending out special priests who can absolve abortion. Does this mean that priests are giving absolution for something they cannot? Is the absolution then invalid? What does that mean for reception of … Continue reading

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Rome – Day 5: Galleries and Lessons

This morning I started in the Galleries of the Palace of the Doria Pamphilij. It has been years since my last visit. I got the audio guide, which was sprinkled through with charming accounts of family history by one of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Text for 1st Blessing by a new priest (… same as blessing by an old priest)

QUAERITUR: Every year this comes up.  I get questions about the Latin form of blessing to be given by new priests. There is no need to throw in all sorts of other ingredients as if those to be blessed were … Continue reading

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Priesthood ordinations up 24.7% this year

I have in the past mentioned the Opus Bono Sacerdotii which is dedicated to helping priests who are in trouble.   This is an organization which deserves support. That said, I saw a fine statistic on their Facebook page. 595 … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can lectors still bless bread?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: We have lector and acolyte installations today and tomorrow here at the seminary. Some of us got into a debate about whether or not the old provision for lectors to bless bread and acolytes to bless … Continue reading

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