Rome – Day 2: Stoffa and nonsense

If I am of an early morning out and about, my standard “large” Roman breakfast…

Things you see when walking about.

Lovely little neighborhood Marian shrines.  People take care of them.

I really enjoy the old “don’t be a litter bug” signs from “Monsignore Illustrissimo e Reverendissimo Presidente delle Strade”.  This is from 1 March 1741.

As you pass through side streets, look to the left and to the right.

Today in church I lit the four candles on the right on the upper part: parents, a friend, vocations for the diocese, and my benefactors.

Mass was celebrated for my benefactors.   I remember all my donors and benefactors in my prayers.  I’ll do this again for you while I am in Rome.

Kinda cool photo, shot by

Last Gospel.


And flock of Dominicans invaded!

The other day, because of the rainfall, there was a little flood in the sacristy.  Hence, some wag dug this out and put it up.

Supper was a riot, with all sorts of great (traditional) people.

Mortadella di cinghiale!

On the way home, the little chapel on the hill.

In another street, however, I spotted something interesting on the facade of this church.  It has been obscured for some time with scaffolding.   In Rome it is customary to put the coat of arms of the Pope above the doors of the church.  Sometimes, if it also a cardinalatial church, the cardinal’s arms will be tacked up as well.

Here’s the stemma of Pope PIUS XI, still on this church, or newly put up.  I guess they either didn’t get the memo, or they didn’t like the memo they got.  I’ll try to get a better shot in the day light with a better camera.

Today I did lots of fabric and vestment stuff, for the “travel vestments”.

I have one donor and another potential donor.   I have acquired all the fabric and made some decisions about trim.  Now, the last thing to do is to turn in everything, hammer out the details, and then… pull the trigger.

Tomorrow, the conference for the Summorum Pontificum conference begins.  This should be interesting.

I am already running into people I know.  It’s great.  I’ll see a lot more tomorrow.

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  1. pjmpjm says:

    A caution: I had two sided, red/white chasuble made, but the red sort of showed through the white resulting in a kind of pink. If I had another made, I would have a truly opaque interlining.
    The remedy was to make it into two chasubles.

  2. I am pretty sure that those “Dominicans” were actually members of the Society of Saint Vincent Ferrer, a small French group of diocesan right not officially affiliated with the Order of Preachers.

    The give-away is the fellow in the pre-Vatican-II lay brother habit (black scapular). We abolished that habit at the General Chapter of 1965 (in response to a petition from the brothers). It is no longer worn by Dominican cooperator (lay) brothers. They now wear the same white habit as the clerics.

  3. PhilipNeri says:

    One of the Dominicans is wearing the now-abandoned lay brothers’ habit. . .black scapular and capuce. Weird.

    Fr. Philip Neri, OP

  4. Marko says:

    Yeah. Definitely FSVF and not Dominicans.

  5. Boniface says:

    Father Professor Thompson, Fr. P. Neri: I think I ran into another of them, there to say his private mass at the side altar (at which he let me assist) when I was there at Ss. Trinita early one morning a couple of years ago. I think it was the Dominican Rite. As I recall, he seemed to be a native French speaker. Very kindly young priest.

  6. Boniface,

    That fits. The Society of St. Vincent Ferrer is an old-rite group who received permission from the Congregation for Religious to use the Dominican Rite Liturgy. This happened without involvement of the Order; thus they are not affiliated in any way with us.

    I wish them well.

  7. TheBone says:


    I recently completed Cardinal Wright’s Mary Our Hope. The book contained, among other things, three articles he wrote about the street shrines in Rome dedicated to Mary. So, I appreciate you posting the photograph of one such shrine, and I hope you are able to post more pictures of more Marian street shrines.

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