Dear friends:


Our bishop recently announced that he is taking a general survey of all Catholics in the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana concerning the state of our local Church.  To quote from the website: “Bishop Doherty is eager to understand your thoughts and experiences with the Catholic Church, Schools and Healthcare Facilities in the Diocese.”

We highly encourage all our “parishioners” of the St. John Bosco Latin Mass Community to fill out the form as listed on the website. PLEASE MENTION in the additional information section at the end of the survey your appreciation of the availability of a regular Latin Mass in our diocese. Something along the lines of “we are thankful that the bishop has provided for a regular Tridentine Latin Mass in the Diocese of Lafayette, and we hope that the bishop may find it possible to establish a parish where the Latin Mass may be offered on a regular weekly basis, as well as on feast days.”

Be charitable, but be insistent. And please tell your friends to fill out the survey and mention likewise how much they appreciate having the opportunity to regularly attend a Latin mass. The more replies for the Latin mass, the better. The bishop wants to understand our thoughts.  Let’s make them known.

The link to the survey is here.

Brendan Dougherty – In Defense of Pope Benedict and the Latin Mass

An Article by Brendan Dougherty in The Week, which has this to say about the benefit’s of Benedict’s motu proprio: ” He also did a great service for culture and the arts, for the whole world — even for nonbelievers.”

Father Berg’s Letter on the death of Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP

Dear Friends of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter,

In the midst of mourning for our dear confrere, Fr. Kenneth Walker, one great consolation has been the outpouring of prayers and condolences expressed by so many bishops, religious communities, fellow priests and faithful. Many of you have informed us of the hundreds of Masses which have already been offered for the repose of his soul and for the health of Fr. Joseph Terra. By the grace of God and thanks to your prayers, Fr. Terra’s life is out of danger and we expect him to make a full recovery.

By now you have read on various news outlets and websites about the virtues of Fr. Walker as a priest and how badly he will be missed by his confreres and parishioners. In an age where we seem so centered upon ‘clerical stars’ and are constantly searching for the ‘newest approach to evangelization’, the life of our confrere gave witness to one of the greatest priestly virtues, a quiet and consistent strength, which is a mark of the Good Shepherd who watches vigilantly over his flock in season and out of season.

He has been described by the parishioners he served in the same manner that he would be by his confreres; he was earnest: he was persevering; he was ready first to serve; nothing ever seemed to inconvenience him. Our Lord’s description of Nathaniel perhaps fits him best: he was a man without guile. He will perhaps be remembered as an example to us as confreres more for what he did not say; one would be hard pressed to find anyone who ever heard him complain or speak badly about anyone. As a former professor of Fr. Walker in the seminary, and as superior, I also knew him as one who took correction well; never pridefully objected; and sincerely sought to improve in all areas of formation both as a seminarian and a later as a priest.

In such tragic circumstances I realize that it can be easy to fall into hyperbole, but there was an innocence to Fr. Walker which is rarely found in this valley of tears.

His life and his priestly work here below have been cut tragically short – just two short years serving in the vineyard of Our Lord. But we are grateful for the time he had to serve in the Fraternity and that he was given the vocation that he sought. His reason for becoming a priest was already beautifully formulated in his application to the seminary:

“God, in His infinite love, desires all men to be saved and so achieve their true end. Along with the Church, then, I am deeply grieved by these errors concerning the nature and dignity of man accepted by so many people in the world, which deviate them from their supernatural end. In full view of the situation in the world, then, the only vocation that I could be satisfied with, as a work, would be one that would be dedicated to bringing people to salvation in whatever way God wills for me to do so.”

As confreres we know that Fr. Walker would not want us to waste our time in anger over what has happened; over the gross injustice which has been done. As great as this is a tragedy for us, so too it will bear great graces for our Fraternity: O altitudo divitiarum sapientiæ, et scientiæ Dei: quam incomprehensibilia sunt judicia ejus, et investigabiles viæ ejus! [1] The first grace will be as an encouragement to each of us to take nothing for granted in the call of Our Lord to the Sacred Priesthood. We are His instruments to serve, and must do so always more faithfully in accordance with His will and that of the Church for His greater glory. For the moment let us waste no time, and simply concentrate our efforts in praying for the repose of the soul of Fr. Walker.

We thank the many parishes which have organized Holy Hours and will hold Masses of Requiem on Monday; again, we are humbled by your charity. Fr. Eric Flood, District Superior of North America, will offer a Requiem in Phoenix on Monday in the presence of Bishop Thomas Olmsted, and I will offer one here at the Basilica of Notre-Dame in Fribourg on the same day. The funeral arrangements are on hold until the body of Fr. Walker can be transferred to Kansas. The Fraternity will of course publish these details when they are in place.

Veni Sancte Spiritus, Consolator optime;
In fletu solatium, reple cordis intima tuorum fidelium!

Mater Misericordiae, Ora pro nobis

Requiem Aeternam dona ei, Domine. Et lux perpetua luceat ei.
Requiescat in pace.

Ember Saturday of Pentecost, June 14, 2014

Very Rev. John Berg
Superior General FSSP

Black Mass Indefinitely postponed.

According to the Catholic News Agency, the Satanic “black mass” organized through the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club has been cancelled.

God will not be mocked.

MAY CROWNING – May 17th, 11 A.M.


“Bring flowers of the rarest . . .”


The St. John Bosco Latin Mass Community will be hosting its annual MAY CROWNING Saturday, May 17th, in the Main Chapel of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Festivities will begin with a Solemn Sung Mass at 11 A.M., followed by a Marian procession and crowning. Immediately following, there will be a light reception. The afternoon will conclude with  a lecture given by Fr. Gregory Pendergraft, FSSP.

Habemus Papam: Francis (Jorge Mario Cardinal Bergoglio)

New Church for the FSSP in Chesapeake Virginia

The new church of St. Benedict Chapel in Chesapeake will be blessed and dedicated on Saturday, March 5, by Bishop Francis X. DiLorenzo at 10:00 a.m.

Father Neal Nichols, chaplain, will be the main celebrant of Mass according to the Liturgical Book of 1962 Latin Mass (Tridentine Latin Mass) immediately following.

Built at a cost of $2.5 million, the new chapel was designed by Franck & Lohsen Architects of Washington, D.C., a firm which specializes in Catholic church architecture.

Arthur Lohsen, the principal architect, describes the chapel “as a treasure for the Tidewater area and a sacred space where one is immediately moved toward the Divine.”

Design Architect Michael Franck says the chapel has Roman arches, circular windows at the choir and sanctuary, and brick detailing at the parapet and niche. All elements echo the historical, local vernacular of architecture dating back over 200 years.

Upon entering the chapel, which seats 300, parishioners encounter a small, monochromatically painted narthex which then leads to an expansive, high-vaulted and richly decorated nave.

New stained glass windows share the walls with antique Stations of the Cross. Highly detailed millwork in the nave honors the neoclassical detailing traditionally found in Tidewater churches.

A hint of gothic architecture at the choir and at the sanctuary forms a backdrop for an antique high altar and side altars, as well as an antique marble communion rail. High atop a rood beam rests an antique crucifixion scene illuminated from a new stained glass rose window.

The chapel of St. Benedict started in September 1991 with only 90 parishioners. Worshipping in a small farmhouse-converted chapel, the parish has grown to over 400 members, with the average age of parishioners in their late 20s with many young families.

As the parish increased, it quickly outgrew the worship space, and the faithful approached Bishop DiLorenzo for permission to build a new chapel.

Many of the architectural and planning details were developed by Father Kevin Willis, the first priest assigned by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter as Chaplain to St. Benedict in February of 2006, in collaboration with Dr. Denis McNamara, Architectural Historian at Mundelein Seminary, and liturgical consultant on the project.

In addition to Father Neal Nichols, St. Benedict Chapel is also staffed by Father Peter Byrne of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

Thanks to The Catholic Virginian for the article.

Morrell and family work to revive Latin Mass

January 24, 2011

Morrell and family work to revive Latin Mass

Darragh Doiron The Port Arthur News The Port Arthur News Mon Jan 24, 2011, 08:12 AM CST


Community Connection: Active with Latin Mass Society of Beaumont

Fast Fact: The group will meet at  5 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 20, at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, Vidor

Quick Quote: “I actually am in awe of the Mass and what it has done for my children,” Marilyn Morrell

PORT NECHES – Through her children’s zeal, Marilyn Morrell is learning a Catholic Mass tradition she, as a convert, never experienced.

The Port Neches woman and her husband, Rocco, are working with the Latin Mass Society of Beaumont, a lay society, to make the traditional Latin Mass more widely available within the Diocese of Beaumont.

“ We are working on getting more support from the local diocese and getting the word out to Catholics in general,” Morrell said.

Though the changes of Vatican II, Mass became celebrated in English for most Americans. Morrell’s family has celebrated the traditional Mass in Lake Charles, and is part of organizational meetings in Vidor to bring the tradition to the Golden Triangle area.

“There is drama in what is at stake in restoring the traditional Latin Mass,” she said. “It is a treasure that is our Catholic liturgical heritage that had almost disappeared, one that we had celebrated worldwide for hundreds and hundreds of years — over a millennium —t hat connected us to the roots of Christianity.”

The group meets out Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, 1600 N. Main Ave., in Vidor. A meeting is set for 5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20.

John Morrell, her 29-year-old son, described deep emotions he’s experienced at the traditional Mass. Similar feelings are evident in his parents’ voices as they share. Morrell said she believes the old version focuses on solemnity and individual prayer.

“That’s very moving,” she said.

“My children, all grown now, grew up with the modern Mass, and since living in other areas have become enthusiastic about its older form, the TLM, with its ability to increase their faithfulness and to understand church doctrine.  It touches a mother’s heart to have her sons and daughters-in-law want this so much and it not be available here in the Diocese of Beaumont.  I see it as another example that leads young adults to choose other places to live after they have experienced that and compare it to Beaumont. “

Mr. Morrell said there is community interest.

“I think things are progressing along nicely. We have about 50 to 100 people,” he said.

The group has purchased candles and a crucifix in preparation of celebration.

He said he remembers growing up in the Assumption parish in Beaumont and how the older members missed the Latin Mass. The family considers the renewed interest a “circle of life’ that what was once removed could now be restored.

“So, yes, of course, my husband and I want to support Pope Benedict XVI’s Summorum Pontificum to give this classical form of worship its ‘due honor,’ to make its beauty, its reverence, its richness available for all Catholics to grow in their faith and increase their understanding of the doctrines of the Mother Church. As it has done for my sons and daughters, it can do for countless others,” she said.

“God has blessed our family in abundance and for that we are grateful, she said. “May we use our blessings to the glory of God and for the salvation of souls.”

For more information, call Morrell at 724-1456, e-mail latinmassbeaumont@gmail.com or visit latinmassbeaumont.blogspot.com


EWTN to Televise FSSP’s Seminary Chapel Pontifical Consecration & Mass

DENTON, Nebraska – January 22, 2010 – The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter is pleased to announce the Pontifical Consecration of its newly built chapel at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary on Wednesday, March 3rd at 10:00am (CST). Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz will celebrate the Pontifical Consecration and Mass according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

The five hour ceremony will be held in the presence of a very special guest from the Vatican, William Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter is delighted to have the presence of one of the highest ranking officials in the Catholic Church. Cardinal Levada’s presence is connected with his position as President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei established by Pope John Paul II and recently expanded by Pope Benedict XVI to facilitate the full incorporation into the life of the Church of communities and individuals attached to the Extraordinary Form.

Thanks to Thomas Gordon Smith, its architect, the seminary chapel reflects a contemporary rebirth in the rich tradition of classical Catholic architecture. Upon entering through its mahogany doors, the visitor will be immersed in the chapel’s beauty and grandeur which include an elevated main altar, emphasized by a 31-foot marble canopy or “baldachino”, the chapel’s seven side altars and liturgical choir stalls which seat 92 seminarians and priests. These are some of the integral qualities of this chapel which, on March 3rd, will be full of the people for which it was made.

The Pontifical Consecration and Mass is open to all of the public. Any and all the faithful are cordially invited and are most welcome to attend this joyful event and enjoy refreshments afterwards.

Due to the number of guests and limited space, rooms and television screens will be provided for those outside of the chapel who wish to participate.

The Pontifical Consecration and Mass will be televised live on the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN) at 11:00AM (EST). Watch the Pontifical Consecration and Mass Live Online!

Latin Midnight Mass makes a comeback

By Lisa Weighton. VicNews.com

“In 2007, four decades after Latin mass was widely discontinued, Pope Benedict XVI revitalized it by allowing any priest to say the Mass.

“Father Alex MacLellan of Our Lady Queen of Peace Catholic Church jumped at the chance, and now heads the only church in the Victoria diocese that has a Latin Mass.”

Read article.