Thursday, February 12, 2015

Bishop Schneider To Visit Washington D.C. for Lecture and Mass This Weekend

We have received word of the following event from the Paulus Institute and Juventutem D.C.

The Paulus Institute for the Propagation of the Sacred Liturgy is very pleased to announced that Bishop Athanasius Schneider is coming to Washington D.C. to give a lecture at Annunciation Parish on Saturday, February 14th at 2:00 pm - and celebrate a Mass in the Extraordinary Form at Old St. Mary’s downtown (5th and H Sts., NW,) at 9:00 am on Sunday, February 15. (See flyer below.)

The Most Reverend Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C. was born in 1961 in Kirghistan (Central Asia) of German parents. In 1973, he emigrated to Germany, and was ordained a priest in 1990. In 1997, he received his doctorate in Patrology from the Augustinianum in Rome; and in 1999, he was appointed professor in the Major Seminary in Karaganda, Kazakhstan, in central Asia. In 2006, he was named auxiliary bishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Maria Santissima in Astana, Kazakhstan, and titular bishop of Celerina. Since 2010, he has been the the general secretary of the Kazakh bishops’ conference.

His 2009 book Dominus Est - It is the Lord (Newman House Press, 2008) makes a powerful case for the importance of the traditional manner of receiving Communion. English liturgical scholar and commentator Alcuin Reid, in his review of the book (republished by NLM in 2008), wrote that Bishop Schneider “has raised his voice in prophetic call for the Western Church to recall the importance, if not the necessity, of returning to the previous discipline of the reception of Holy Communion kneeling and on the tongue.”

The Paulus Institute was established for the purpose of propagating the Sacred Liturgy of the Roman Catholic Church, and seeks to do this by undertaking events of impact and significance in the Church. Most recently it sponsored the Pontifical Mass for Nellie Grey celebrated by Bishop Thomas Paprocki, after the March for Life last month at St. Mary’s in Washington, D.C..To learn more about the Paulus Institute and its mission, please visit If you live in the greater Washington-Baltimore region, this is a great opportunity to hear one of the Church’s most courageous prelates. For more information and updates on Bishop Schneider's visit, please visit Juventutem DC’s event page.

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