A Roman in Rome for the Roman Rite

I ask for good news from you from time to time.  Here is some for you.

This is just great!

I had a spiffy e-mail the other day from a friend of many years in Rome.  He and his family have been attending the FSSP staffed "personal parish" in Rome for the use of all the pre-Conciliar rites for Mass and sacraments.


Today Francesco served as "ceroferario" at the 10:30AM Solemn Mass at SS. Trinità. His expression was at times so serious you’d have thought he was the celebrant!

I am a sentimental guy, but it’s hard to tell what it is for a father to see his boy serve at a TLM after all we’ve been through. I go back to 20 years ago and it seems as though I am dreaming. But I am not. God is good.

All the more because I didn’t push him at all. He asked me to join the guys and learn. Faking hesitation, I "granted" him permission on condition he would still play rugby and have all homework done within Saturday evening.

Do remember my kids in your prayers. They’re growing up in a very hostile world and these precious opportunities the Lord is providing must not go wasted.


I think many of you can resonate with this great news, in the midst of all our troubles in this troubled world.

But wait!  There’s more!

On the site of my friend and fellow Minnesotan John Sonnen of Orbis Catholicus we have a photo of the new "ceroferario"!

A Roman Rite Roman in Rome.

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  1. don Jeffry says:

    Bravo Francesco! Pray for us my good man! We support you in serving Mass. It is a tremendous privilege. God bless you!

  2. irishgirl says:

    Yes-Bravo Francesco!

  3. gloriainexcelsis says:

    Bravo, Francesco, indeed! And what a privilege to serve in that beautiful old Church of Pilgrims.

  4. TJerome says:

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful news. Dum spiro spero! Tom

  5. ceroferario [thay-ro-fay-rah’-re-o] noun 1. The acolyte who carries the cirial or large candle-stick.

  6. patergary says:

    ceroferario is also called ciriales in the Philippines.

  7. Unfinished says:


    I can only pray my future unborn boys will be the same!

  8. Excellent, excellent, excellent. Praised be Jesus Christ!

  9. Maltese says:

    This stalwart young Roman should be very proud indeed!

  10. Ulsterian says:

    not “pre-conciliar” – instead “forever young”!

  11. P.McGrath says:

    The young fellow is a Rugby-playing Roman-rite Roman in Rome.

    A triple-threat! Yay!

  12. Fr_Sotelo says:

    The father of the lad states: “it’s hard to tell what it is for a father to see his boy serve at a TLM after all we’ve been through.” I think congratulations are in order for both the father and his son.

    The son has stepped up to the plate to serve at the Altar. But I think when sons do this, there is a certain admiration for their father. They see their dad at the Mass, with missal in hand, following devoutly the prayers of the Sacrifice. When a son sees the face of his dad in prayer and devotion, it gives him a unique image of a man as the sacred leader of the domestic church.

    Many a priest who has ascended the Altar has done so with an admiration of his dad. Often the priest can give his heart to God because of the example of a dad who with manly strength has protected his children from spiritual harm and guided them in fear of the Lord like Joshua of old: “As for me and my family, we shall serve the Lord.”

    Bravo to Francesco, bravo to his proud father, and bravo to all those wonderful Catholic fathers who inspire in their sons the virtue of religion as only a man can do.

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