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On May 29, 2008, Rev. Anthony Rice, S.J.C. and Rev. Bartholomew Juncer, S.J.C. were ordained to the priesthood by His Eminence, Francis Cardinal George, Archbishop of Chicago for the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius. The Mass of Ordination was offered in Latin according to the Ordinary Form (Missale Romanum 2003). The Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry and The Most Rev. Thomas A. Paprocki, Auxiliary Bishops of Chicago were in attendance. Numerous priests concelebrated the Mass. The church was full as parishioners and friends of St. John Cantius Church as well as the patrons of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius were present for this special occasion.

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VATICAN LIBRARYFor two months in the summer of 2008, Br. Robin Kwan, S.J.C., and Br. Brian Schaefer, S.J.C., are studying Latin with the world-renowned Latinist, Fr. Reginald Foster in Rome. During their visit the brothers will reside with the Norbertine Fathers in Rome.

An American, Father Reginald Foster is a Roman Catholic priest and monk of the order of Discalced Carmelites (OCD). Since the time of Vatican II, he has lived in Rome and worked in the Vatican, writing or translating Papal documents and official correspondence into Latin. He is a world-class expert on the Latin language, with a fervent commitment to helping others who love Latin improve their knowledge and appreciation of the language. To this end, he has taught an intensive Latin course in Rome every summer since the 1970’s.

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fr dennis2Sacred Music, Fall 2007

Sacred Music Interviews Fr. Dennis Kolinski, S.J.C.

“Bi-ritual” is what these parishes have been called. Here the 1962 Missal and the 1970 Missal live side by side, precisely as Pope Benedict XVI envisions in Summorum Pontificum, the Moto Proprio liberalizing the use of the 1962 Missal. But the term bi-ritual is now problematic. The Motu Proprio clarifies a long-standing issue: there are not two rites but one rite with two forms.

Can the two forms live coexist in peace, even in the same parish? The Pope writes: “the fear was expressed in discussions about the awaited Motu Proprio, that the possibility of a wider use of the 1962 Missal would lead to disarray or even divisions within parish communities. This fear also strikes me as quite unfounded.”

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pope 2From April 8-17, 2008, members of the Canons Regular went on pilgrimage to Rome to visit the major basilicas and attend an audience with the Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. Prior to this pilgrimage, parishioners of St. John Cantius donated gold and jewelry to make a new chalice for the Holy Father as a means of thanking him for the motu proprio ‘Summorum Pontificum.’ The chalice was presented to him by Rev. C. Frank Phillips, C.R. in St. Peter’s Square.

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Pope Benedict, by all accounts. has a motu proprio – a papal decree – ready that when issued will lift the restrictions on the celebration of the Old Mass. Rumours of its announcement have provoked quite varied reactions. The French bishops have been all up in armes about it. Many tradition-minded Catholics view it as the panacea, after which only good things will happen. I personally will chant the Te Deum when the motu proprio is finally released. Then, in Benedict’s, honor I will crack a nice Bavarian beer, or two. It will, however, be far from an easy task to bring that sense of God-focused reverence back to a liturgy that in many parishes has become increasingly less so as the years since Vatican II pass. Can it be done and if you build it will they come? The answer is “yes” on both counts.

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seeley3After a long illness, Father Burns Seeley, SJC, fortified by the reception of Holy Communion, journeyed into eternity on October 3, 2007, at about 5:30 p.m. Members of the community and his family were with him in those final days. After their visit, our men returned to Chicago, and on the way home they received the news that Father died.

Father Seeley was our first priest ordained and now the first member of our new community to die. During the days following his death, I made numerous calls to various clergy and friends. Cardinal George, OMI, celebrated the funeral Mass. I preached the homily. The St. Cecilia Choir sang Faure’s Requiem Mass and our men served at the altar. Parishioners, friends, and family filled our church, all expressing their sorrow to me, Father’s family, and members of the community. The Mass fittingly paid tribute to this priest of God and it greatly consoled everyone present.

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schuelerMonsignor Richard J. Schuler (1920 – 2007) passed away on Friday April 20, 2007. Over the years, Monsignor Schuler preserve the traditional dignity and sacrality of the Roman Rite. Inspiring Fr. C. Frank Phillips, C.R., to develop an expansive liturgical music program at St. John Cantius, Msgr. Schuler provided Cantius a model, as he was a renowned master of Sacred Music. Monsignor Schuler also did more perhaps than any other priest in this country to preserve the sacred musical heritage of the Catholic Church after Vatican II.

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