New FSSP parish set up in Minneapolis!

I confess that I am a little shocked.

His Excellency Most Reverend John Nienstedt, Archbishop of St. Paul and (of my hometown) Minneapolis has entrust a parish that was to close to the FSSP!

Brick by brick! Parish by parish.

Here is Archbp. Nienstedt’s letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I am happy to announce that the parish of All Saints of Minneapolis will have a pastor and an associate to serve you beginning next month.
minneopolis-all-saints5As you have likely seen and heard in parish communications over the past few months, the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter has offered to send two of its members to care for the parish of All Saints, which has been without a pastor for more than a year. After consultation with your parish trustees and your parish pastoral council, as well as the presbyteral council, a representative body of priests from across the Archdiocese, I have accepted the Fraternity’s offer.
Father Peter Bauknecht and Father Simon Harkins will begin their service at All Saints onJuly 3, 2013. Fr. Bauknecht will serve as pastor.
As you may know, the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter is a Catholic Clerical Society of Apostolic Life dedicated to providing Catholics access to the extraordinary form of the liturgy according to the liturgical books of 1962. You can find out more about the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter at their website: Mass in the extraordinary form will be offered at All Saints. Mass in the current form to which you are accustomed will be offered, as well. A Mass schedule will be established, in consultation with All Saints parish leadership.
Please join me in welcoming Father Bauknecht and Father Harkins. I will be praying for these priests as they begin service in your parish and I ask that you join me supporting their work through prayer, as well.
With every good wish, I am,
Cordially yours in Christ,
Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt
The Most Reverend John C. Nienstedt
Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis

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  1. Kerry says:

    Google maps has both nice street & aerial views, including St. Michael’s and St. George’s Ukrainian Orthodox Church right next door. Brick by brick indeed!

  2. Rellis says:

    “Mass in the current form to which you are accustomed will be offered, as well.”

    What a delicious sentence.

  3. mike cliffson says:

    After consultation
    your parish trustees
    your parish pastoral council,
    as well as
    the presbyteral council…/…,

  4. APX says:

    So that’s what happened to Fr. Bauknecht… He was in Calgary serving Edmonton, and then was moved, but our priest in Calgary never said anything to us.

    He’s a good priest. Very intense though, but likely because he used to be a Marine.

    This sounds like wonderful news for All Saints Parish.

  5. Very cool. Fr. Bauknecht was up here in Alberta until recently, so I had the opportunity to attend a couple of his Masses. I’m sure they have their work cut out for them, in taking over a parish accustomed to the Novus Ordo.

  6. tjg says:

    Wonderful news!

  7. Steven Surrency says:

    One of the silver linings of the vocations shortage is that, as the “progressive” Catholics produce fewer and fewer vocations, faithful Catholics step in to fill the gaps. That is what happened in this parish, it seems. Furthermore, we see this in our seminaries. The vocations to the priesthood come from committed, orthodox Catholics who won’t stand for the liberal spew of the old guard. Teachers, however compromised by the experiments of the 60s and 70s, have to adapt to what the students will stomach. The students are stomaching less and less of the heretical, touchy-feely, Bugninified Rahnerism of that period.

  8. Konstantin says:

    Interesting, is someone else coming in to say the NO?

  9. Facta Non Verba says:

    This is in my backyard. No more having to drive over to St. Agnes in St. Paul. I could not be happier!

  10. onosurf says:

    “Mass in the current form to which you are accustomed will be offered, as well.”

    Most curious statement. Does this mean that the FSSP will offer the Novus Ordo, or will it be a diocesan priest?

    Would this have happened without the SSPX? We’ll never know, but the growing number of SSPX chapels in Minnesota surely put pressure on the bishop to provide the TLM.

  11. Fr Jackson says:

    I am really curious to know if the FSSP priests are the ones who will be obliged to say the New Mass. (In either case – supposing the hypothetical personal prelature – I don’t think the SSPX would have accepted such a model: they would not go for an agreement that had the New Mass being celebrated in a church under their care.)

  12. Sword40 says:

    And we will miss Fr. Harkins. What a fine priest! You’ll love latin with a Scottish accent. Our North American Martyr’s parish (N.A.M.) is growing but we still share a NO parish . We are grateful for the use of the building but we really need our own church. NAM also has a satellite parish in Tacoma, WA that is served by Fr. Ken Baker.
    The Archdiocese of Seattle has a number of NO churches that are in financial trouble or at least bordering on it. Perhaps soon we’ll be given one of these buildings.

  13. TXKathi says:

    Fr. Bauknecht has been with us in Dallas for only 6 months — he was a delightful addition to our FSSP parish & while here only a short while, he will surely be missed. There were many of us who were pretty sad the day he announced he would be leaving at month’s end. Our loss is Minnesota’s gain, and as an aside, he is great in the confessional.

  14. Fr. Jackson – Notice from Sword40’s comment the FSSP juridically erected diocesan parish in Seattle in union with the Roman Catholic Church shares a building with an Ordinary Form parish. I doubt they reconsecrate the altar before every mass. Would the SSPX? In my town (Geneva, NY, Diocese of Rochester [pray for our next bishop, please]) the SSPX congregation uses space in the back of what was built as a Presbyterian church and is now a non-denominational Protestant assembly.

    In the hypothetical event of the SSPX doing whatever it might be,* they could then be entrusted with a diocesan parish somewhere. In that event, to what extent would they have the canonical ability to refuse, say, the bishop’s request that a Maronite Mass be celebrated there while the Maronites raised money for a building of their own? A Byzantine Catholic Mass? A Mass in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Catholic Church?

    I imagine that in the private chapel of one of their houses they would have more room to say “please, no, we have scheduling difficulties.”

    * I’m not happy with that phrase – how should it be worded? “Submitting to the authority of the Roman Catholic Church”? “Re-entering the wider communion of the Roman Catholic Church”? Whatever it is, it will not be an agreement between equals. It will be a negotiated settlement between a small group (about 600 priests world-wide?) and the largest religious organization in the world. After all, the Archdiocese of New York has something like 450 parishes – the SSXP couldn’t staff it adequately if it were offered them.

  15. Cavaliere says:

    Would this have happened without the SSPX? We’ll never know, but the growing number of SSPX chapels in Minnesota surely put pressure on the bishop to provide the TLM.

    You are joking right? The SSPX has nothing, repeat nothing, to do with the expansion of the TLM in Minneapolis and St. Paul. The growth of the Mass has everything to do with God’s grace first of all and the efforts of many laymen dedicated to the Extraordinary Form here who have nothing to do with the SSPX.

  16. Would this have happened without the SSPX? We’ll never know, but the growing number of SSPX chapels in Minnesota surely put pressure on the bishop to provide the TLM.

    When the SSPX moves its seminary to Virginia will there be as many SSPX priests in southern Minnesota to serve chapels?

  17. Konstantin says:

    As a rule, the FSSP does not accept apostolates which demands the Novus Ordo to be said.

  18. TravelerWithChrist says:

    Fr Bauchneck will be greatly missed here in the Dallas area.
    I suspect the FSSP priests will only say the TLM. The missionary priest? who said the NO Mass before would likely continue to visit for the same scheduled NO Masses.
    FSSP priests are not trained to celebrate the NO Mass (and it kinda goes against the whole purpose of FSSP).

    Pray that the FSSP priests will eventually ‘take over’ the church. Hey, why not pray they take over all parishes around the world. In time… brick by brick, parish by parish.

  19. TradCathPhilProf says:

    There was (is?) a Novus at the Fraternity’s parish in Scranton, PA (St. Michael’s) which was also a requirement set by the bishop before he turned it over to them. In that case, they often had a Jesuit come over from the Univ. of Scranton to say the Novus; no Fraternity priest ever celebrated it.

    In a lot of ways this seems like a similar situation. A dying ethnic parish (Lithuanian in Scranton, Polish in Minneapolis) is turned over the Fraternity by a bishop trying to avoid closing the parish. We’re at St. Agnes now, but we’ll be checking out the effort at All Saints.

  20. AttiaDS says:

    Hey All!!
    I was confused about this as well and obviously not the only one. From the website of the apostolate in Maple Hill, KS:

    “Fr. Rickert on June 26, 2013 at 1:35 pm
    A clarification of a public announcement from the Fraternity.

    I spoke with Fr. Simon Harkins, FSSP, who will soon be going to start the new Fraternity apostolate in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He confirmed to me that he and Fr. Bauknecht will offer the Tridentine Mass exclusively. The Mass according to the Novus Ordo which will continue there on Sundays through July, and on Saturday evenings after July, will be said by a diocesan priest, not by a member of the FSSP.

    Fr. Harkins approved of and encouraged me to make this clarification in case there were any concerns. If you have any questions, please let me know.

    God bless –
    Fr. Rickert”

    I hope this alleviates all worries and confusion!


  21. DaveM says:

    Does anyone have any information about when the FSSP Masses will be at All Saints, on July 7th? There didn’t seem to be any information in their bulletin.

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