URGENT PRAYER REQUEST: Alphonse Matt, publisher of The Wanderer – R.I.P.

I have a prayer request.

Mr. Alphonse Matt died on Sunday, 8 December. He was 88 years old.   Al, whom I had known for many years and was was a fellow parishioner at St. Agnes in St. Paul, was the publisher of the Catholic weekly The Wanderer for decades.  In that role, he made a major contribution to informed sanity in the Church in these USA and in Rome – where The Wanderer was indeed read in the offices of the Curia.

Al asked me to write a column for the paper some before the 2001 document Liturgiam authenticam was issued, but we decided that I would write on liturgical translation picking up on a feature that I had posted in the Compuserve in the Catholic Online Forum which I ran.   That column was named What Does The Prayer Really Say.  Eventually, I started this blog to archive article, but you readers had a different plan for it.

Hence, this blog is in its origin due in part to Al Matt.  If it has even been of helpful to you, please say a prayer for him.

He died on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and he was born on the Feast of the Assumption (15 August 1931). The funeral is set for next Monday, 16 December, at the Church of St. Agnes,  in St. Paul, with visitation at 9:30 a.m. and the Mass at 10:30 a.m.

Requiescat in pace.

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  1. Kathleen10 says:

    Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord. May he rest in peace, amen. Our condolences to the entire Matt family.
    It must be excellent to go to the Lord with so much accomplished on behalf of the Kingdom.

  2. SanSan says:

    A good an faithful servant! May he be granted eternal rest in the loving arms of our Lord Jesus. Prayers for his dear family.

  3. Fr. Kelly says:

    Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him.
    May he rest in peace.

    For many years, the Wanderer was the only Catholic Newsweekly in these USA, and the only way that most of us had to know what was actually happening in the Church in a timely fashion.

    Well done, good and faithful servant!
    God rest his soul.

  4. Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him.
    May he rest in peace.

    I pray daily for all departed souls and now he will be included in those prayers. Amen

  5. Taylor Marshall did a very interesting interview about the history of the traditionalist movement with Michael Matt, the son of Alphonse Matt. He talked about his father’s part in preserving tradition when the typhoon hit. I recommend watching this interview.

  6. Offered at the foot of St. Anne in her shrine:
    “Seigneur, accorde-lui le repos éternel, et que la lumière perpétuelle brille sur lui. Que son âme et les âmes de tous les fidèles défunts reposent en paix, amen”

  7. When the National Wanderer Forum was in DC in the late 1990s, I assisted in serving the Mass alongside Fraternity seminarians. When the annual event moved to the Virginia side in the early 2000s, I was “hired” as the sacristan, which involved securing the generous loans of vestments and other appointments for the chapel. It was fun while it lasted, until budgetary and logistical constraints brought an end to the annual event.

    Mr Matt was a good man, one who kept The Wanderer going, like a voice crying in the wilderness, and in spite of everything. I won’t forget him. May he rest in peace.

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  9. Fr_Sotelo says:

    May the Blessed Virgin send flights of angels, to sing Alphonse Matt to his place of rest.

  10. Charles E Flynn says:

    @Anita Moore, O.P.(lay)

    Video (1 hr. 55 min. 16 sec.) History of Traditional Movement with Michael Matt (Dr Taylor Marshall #329)

  11. LA says:

    Alphonse is Michael’s uncle, not his father. His dad is Walter. Walter and Alphonse were brothers.

    [No. Walter was Al Jr’s uncle. Al, who just died, and Michael, editor of the The Remnant, are 1st cousins.]

  12. Well, I got that completely wrong! I thought Alphonse was his father. Never mind! But, you should still watch the interview.

  13. Johann says:

    Eternal rest grant unto him Oh Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon him. Amen.

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