A REAL Requiem for a priest

The following came to my attention via a kind reader:

Pontifical Requiem Mass on November 21st

Pontifical Requiem Mass will [was] for the repose of the soul of the Rev. Msgr. Anthony Ferrero [RIP] of the Diocese of San Bernardino. Msgr. Ferrero died this October 12th, and will be remembered in San Diego for having served as Assistant Priest in Bp. Cordileone’s Solemn Pontifical High Mass for the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross in 2005. The Mass will be served by the Brothers of the Little Oratory in San Diego, with polyphony provided by members of the Bach Collegium San Diego.

Someone sent photos of the Requiem


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  1. Brian Day says:

    I am not familiar with the rubrics of a Traditional Requiem Mass. Could someone explain the significance of the white mitre and the white birettas? Thanks.

  2. Mitch says:

    The White Mitre is a simplex mitre. Simple things for a funeral, its a somber mood. The White Birettas are part of the habit of the Norbitines. But I dont think they are Norbitines… so?

  3. Richard says:

    How did I not know about this!!!! I live five minutes from St. Mary\’s.

    Bishop Cordioleone is the best =].

  4. PMcGrath says:

    It also appears that the monsignor was also a Knight of the Holy Sepulcher, judging by the insignia of the Order on his bier.

  5. Etienne says:

    The deacon and sub-deacon are Norbertines of St. Michael’s Abbey (CA).
    Deacon: Fr. Justin Ramos; Sub-deacon: Fr. Victor Szczurek

  6. Andrew, UK and sometimes Canada says:

    PMcGrath: I’ve also seen that insignia (on the bier) used by Carmelites. Perhaps someone who was there knew the priest?

    Pie Iesu Domine dona eis requiem, et lux perpetua luceat eis.

  7. Etienne says:

    He was a Knight of Malta.
    BTW: the Assisting Priest was Fr. Carl Ghizzmondi, FSSP.

  8. Andrew, UK and sometimes Canada says:

    Thanks Etienne.

    A bit of an aside, but as a medievalist I’ve always come across the Norbertines in medieval records as Premonstratensians. Does anyone know why/when the common usage shifted?

  9. Geo.F. says:

    Eternal Rest grant unto him O Lord, and let perpetual light shine him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.

    I am offering up a Hail Holy Queen for the repose of the soul of this priest.

  10. Ashley Paver says:

    Mgr. Ferrero was a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre, as Mr. McGrath correctly noted.

    The Assistant Priest was Fr. Carl Gismondi, FSSP, the pastor of St. Anne’s Parish in San Diego, recently entrusted to the Fraternity by the diocese.

    Members of the Order of Canons Regular of Premontre are known either as Premonstratensians or as Norbertines. It shouldn’t take a great deal of imagination to see why the latter term might have become more common, at least in speech!

  11. Michael Fudge says:

    The Premonstratensians (or, theOrder of Canons Regular of Premontre) are called Norbertines because they were founded by St. Norbert.

  12. Romulus says:

    The “Exit” sign is a nice touch. I don’t think the “fire alarm” will be necessary.

  13. Ashley Paver says:

    The State of California requires exit signs to be prominently displayed during all traditional ceremonies, so that anyone who is upset by them can leave as quickly as possible…

    I did once serve Mass in a chapel where incense apparently hadn’t been used in years, and it set the smoke alarm off at the “Orate, fratres.” Someone was deputed to deal with the firemen, and we continued.

  14. Romulus says:

    Ashley, I was speaking in a symbolic sense.

  15. Ashley Paver says:

    Oddly enough, I was speaking in a humorous sense!

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