The FSSP Chapel consecration is now LIVE

The consecration of the new FSSP chapel is on now, live, on EWTN.

I will have some Z-Chat for people to talk about it as they watch.

I am pretty sure the liturgical eye-candy specialists at NLM will be posting lots of screen-captures, but I will add a few as time permits.

Please forgive this next understatement, but the rest is "just" a Pontifical Mass.

Perhaps more later.

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  1. Lucas says:

    Thanks for posting this Father.

    I forgot all about it.

  2. Semper Idem says:

    Is there a site online that has the ceremonies in English, and in Latin? I have been following parts of it on, because I couldn’t find it in my Baronious Missal.

  3. Brian Day says:

    Is anyone streaming the video? I don’t have cable/satellite.

  4. pewpew says:

    lol smashing the door

  5. Lucas says:

    Brian: I’m trying to, but the internet is so slow here I can only watch it on the dial up speed. Terrible viewing quality but the audio is clear.

  6. Central Valley says:

    A blessed day, all those prayers and checks over the years. Here it is. If only more bishops woudl allow the FSSP into their diocese.

  7. Eric says:

    Looks like Father Cano has a prominent role. Make us Hoosiers proud Father!

  8. MKubes says:

    Haha well His Excellency has a decidedly…American accent to his Latin, but thanks for reminding me that this was on! I’m streaming it from EWTN’s site right now.

  9. tonio5555 says:

    Beautiful ceremony, but I think its ridiculous that with so many American seminaries closed/in mothballs/severely underpopulated the FSSP had to spend millions on a new facility. If only a diocese with a defunct seminary would’ve given the FSSP use of the facility a great deal of money could have been saved.

  10. TJerome says:

    tonio5555, why deprive the people of that diocese? It probably provided lots of jobs and dollars for the local economy. This diocese also has a tradition friendly bishop. I don’t think they’d be welcome in the Diocese of Erie, for example.

  11. gloriainexcelsis says:

    I’m so pumped! Father McNeely, at the Bishop’s left is the Parish Administrator at St. Stephen’s in Sacramento. Both our parochial vicars are there. I saw our former pastor, Father Novokowsky, Father Berg, of course, Father Saguto, Father Deprey (now in Canada) and Father Lebel (now in France). One of the seminarians is a former altar server from St. Stephen’s, now in his second (third?) year. Besides the wonderful opportunity to see and experience a consecration of this type, it’s like old home week, as well! Father Goodwin is giving a great commentary. Grrrr! So – now it’s snowing like crazy here in Grass Valley at the 2500 foot level and I’m losing my satellite picture. We have two inches already on the ground in just about an hour and a half. One of my friends is taping it so I can see the rest of it. Grrr!

  12. gloriainexcelsis says:

    Oh! We do have a visiting priest saying Mass at St. Stephen’s for the three days our priests will be away, only one Mass on these days – in case anyone wonders who’s minding the store.

  13. wanda says:

    Dare I say it? Ineffible!

    Thank you for posting this Father Z., went to the tube and tuned in. My hubby even sat enthralled for a time, which wouldn’t normally be his wont to do.

  14. wanda says:

    I forgot. I believe I spotted a maniple!

  15. Glen M says:

    Wow. So all the pre-V2 churches were sanctified like this? If so then I was totally born in the wrong generation. The “reformers” cost us dearly.

  16. southern orders says:

    The complexity of the ceremony, the attention to detail and the lack of worry about how long this is all taking is like being in heaven! O, that’s the point! I can’t help but wonder as a former vocation director, that the seriousness in which one prays also leads to the seriousness of discerning one’s vocation. I suspect the FSSP’s have a goodly number of vocations because of the seriousness of how they pray, celebrate Mass and strive to live the teachings of Christ. It reminds me of the Alleluia Community in Augusta which has/does produce an inordinate number of vocations. It’s based upon strong families, strong sense of Christian community, strong prayer life and spirituality and a commitment to Jesus Christ and His Church. I just wish the Alleluia Community was traditional in their spirituality–even Extraordinarily so in the Form I mean, rather than a hybrid charismatic community. I could only imagine what vocations would come from them if that were the case.

  17. New Sister says:

    A Bride adorned for Her Husband!

    Magnificent –

  18. lucy says:

    For all those that are upset they can’t watch it, I’m sure they will offer a DVD of the event, which has been done in prior situations. We’ve been watching since 8am here in Calfornia. So exciting to see our priests who come to the Central Valley every other week to say Mass for us. It’s a beautiful celebration !!

  19. wolfeken says:

    So, was anyone else as disappointed as I am to hear Levada use his entire homily to complain about traditionalists and advocate a hybrid liturgy?

    Talk about a liturgical buzz kill to an otherwise glorious day.

  20. JohnMa says:

    I was very disappointed with the sermon by His Eminence. The theme that he weaved throughout the whole sermon was that he thought that we should be bringing parts of the 2002 MR into the 1962 MR. He then went on to lecture the FSSP about the OF and the EF and how they must be seen as the same act. (Which of course is correct, in both the Body and Blood of Christ is brought to the altar.) However, I don’t think that it was neccesary. He then decided to take a not so veiled shot at the SSPX. There was absolutely no need for that.

    Maybe I was seeing things but when the camera panned the Choir a few times during the sermon I thought I could see the distaste for the sermon in the faces of the priests and seminarians present.

  21. jbalza007 says:

    Has anyone noticed the 2nd Confiteor being said?

  22. Glen M says:

    Ineffible indeed.

    The Cardinal’s sermon was curious, but otherwise a magnificant day for our Holy Mother Church!

    Brick By Brick.

  23. In response to some of the points above, Abp. Bruskewitz was the ONLY ordinary in the U.S. who would allow the FSSP into his diocese. The FSSP and its supporters owe him an enormous debt of gratitude. The Church owes Abp. Lefebvrs an enormous debt of gratitude for without him there would be no FSSP (or, for that matter, the SSPX). The temptation the Traditionalists are fighting this Lent is the temptation to be smug.

  24. Luke says:

    Does anyone know if this will be available in a rebroadcast or on-demand format anywhere? If so, when and where? I hate that I missed this.

  25. gloriainexcelsis says:

    William – I’ve never encountered a smug FSSP priest. They are humble, grateful for whatever place in which they find themselves and full of fraternal charity. Believe me, the FSSP is grateful to every bishop who welcomes them.

  26. Fr Martin Fox says:


    You might be surprised how expensive it can be to restore and maintain an older facility. I wouldn’t be at all surprised to find building this new facility was far more economical.

    Besides, we are not so poor that we cannot afford to build some splendid new buildings!

  27. Jacob says:

    I had to duck out before Mass started, so I didn’t see if anyone sat there and being deaf, I don’t know if any of the commentators mentioned it, but…

    The chair underneath the green canopy off to the left was for whom? Thanks for the help!

    The FSSP should be proud of their building. Two parishes in my town have built new churches in the last year replacing old buildings and they both leave much to be desired.

  28. Jerry says:

    “The Church owes Abp. Lefebvrs an enormous debt of gratitude for without him there would be no FSSP”

    Why do people continue to repeat this unsubstantiated — and unsubstantiatable — claim? There is absolutely no way any of us can or will, in this life, know how things would have played out with the Liturgy had Apb. Lefebvre taken a different course. For example, perhaps Summorum Pontificum might have come years sooner had the Holy Father not had the concern of appearing to give in to the demands of the disobedient.

  29. Mitchell NY says:

    Growing up on Long Island, NY I can not help but think that it is the perfect place for a seminary like this. The east end allows for access to communities with a short drive and also allows for the seclusion and privacy needed for correct seminary formation. Great for the community in Nebraska, I only wish I could have seen this ceremony in person. It must ahve brought many to tears…It makes me happy to know how the seminary and community is thriving…

  30. Publius says:

    Does anyone know from which order those religious with the tonsure hail?

  31. cicada380 says:

    So glad you posted these pictures. Thank you for taking the time to post these Father. It was a treat to see pictures of such a beautiful ceremony after a crazy, and exhausting, day at work. The intricacies were beautiful – visual prayers. It made me even more grateful for those who are stepping out to become priests.

  32. Breck says:

    I’m pretty sure that Archb.Bruskewitz sat under the green canopy, and that the commentator on EWTN said that the men with tonsures were local Carthusians.

  33. Zosimas says:


    They are from the Wyoming Carmelites….the Coffee Monks.

  34. Amerikaner says:

    *Does anyone know if this will be available in a rebroadcast or on-demand format anywhere? If so, when and where? I hate that I missed this.*

    Luke, this will be available via EWTN in June/July.

  35. Amerikaner says:

    *In response to some of the points above, Abp. Bruskewitz was the ONLY ordinary in the U.S. who would allow the FSSP into his diocese.*

    That is not quite correct. Bishop Timlin, Bishop Emeritus of Scranton, was always supportive of the FSSP and was the earliest bishop to allow them in.

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