Of seminarians, books, birettas, new vestments, and wherein Fr. Z is very pleased

Every summer the Extraordinary Ordinary of the Diocese of Madison, His Excellency Most Reverend Robert C. Morlino, gathers all the seminarians for about a week of fraternity and conferences.  We are in full swing.

Today, I celebrated Holy Mass for them in the Extraordinary Form.  Just now, lunch having been completed, they are off to paint ball.  What better way for men to build camaraderie than to pray together, eat together and then pretend to kill each other.

biretta berettaAlso, the new guys who do not have birettas are all being measured.  The results will be sent to Leaflet in St. Paul as part of our ongoing BIRETTAS FOR SEMINARIANS PROJECT.   Very cool.

Also, we have distributed to all the men the copies of the book I selected for this summer’s gathering.  Thus this year’s BOOKS FOR SEMINARIANS PROJECT is completed.   This year YOU readers gave to the men:

Tracey Rowland, Catholic Theology.  


This book is simply terrific.  Also, in her section on Liberation Theology, there is quite a bit about Pope Francis.  I think she has him exactly right.  The men are filling out online thank you notes through Amazon.  You donors of books should soon get notes.


Today I paid Gammarelli in Rome quite a lot of money for the last of the WHITE Pontifical Vestments.  They shipped the last wave of vestments for the set, including the extra copes and dalmatics and chasubles for ordinations.  They are embroidered with the arms of the Diocese.

PLEEEEEEEZ donate?  It’s tax deductible.  We have yet to make the Rose, Black and BLUE!  Also, I need more funds so we can make the folded chasublesHERE

Moreover, I’ve been receiving SMS texts saying that the two boxes from Rome are OUT FOR DELIVERY!   So, they will come today.  Needless to say, I am looking forward to seeing them in their splendor.  This bring the project to completion, though in the future we could add chasubles and a couple more copes.

I will post updates and photos.

This is how Mass looked last May.


Our next Pontifical Mass is on 22 August, Feast of the Immaculate Heart.

Lastly, we will have SOLEMN MASS on Sunday for the Feast of the Transfiguration.  One of the new deacons will be deacon and the Vocation Director will be Subdeacon.  Talk about strong support for the TLM!


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  1. Yorkmum says:

    August 22nd …Coronation of the BVM Queen of Heaven? [No.]

  2. Zephyrinus says:

    Dear Fr Z.
    Congratulations on your ongoing improvement of Things Liturgical in Madison.
    Can’t wait to see the new Rose, Black, and BLUE Vestments.
    Gammarelli, of course.
    Bring back The Divine. Restore The Sacred.
    in Domino.

  3. Elizabeth D says:

    My book study group takes up a collection every week which we are currently giving to the parish to buy vestments (whatever our priest deems needed), currently the pastor is saying it will be for a white dalmatic for a permanent deacon ordination next year. We are on track to have enough by Advent for the dalmatic he wants to order.


  5. Andrew says:

    Wonderful. Even though it is far from my town, I am encouraged, edified, thankful, consoled, filled with hope.

    When something is wrong, you get 50 comments in a day. When something is right, you get a handful of comments, at best. Interesting!

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