Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The St. Nicholas Initiative: Interesting news from the Society of St. Catherine of Siena

I am always interested in the doings of the Society of St. Catherine of Siena, and this struck me as of particular interest to NLM readers:

The St. Nicholas Fund

The Society has launched a fund to help us develop initiatives to support parishes and priests who wish to implement aspects of Pope Benedict XVI's motu proprio Summorum Pontificum.

Study Group

The Society has established a study group of scholars and theologians which has begun work and will meet six times a year to consider theological aspects of the traditional liturgy. Beginning with six, we aim gradually to increase this number so that a group will emerge who can share the fruits of our study with others.


We will use the fund to enable speakers to visit priestly, parish and lay groups in the United Kingdom wishing to gain understanding of aspects of the ‘extraordinary’ forms of the Roman Rite. If you wish to request a speaker, please email us.

Retreats for Priests

The Roman Mass, the Blessed Sacrament, and the Priestly Life. A Spiritual and Liturgical Retreat for Priests – 3rd–6th June 2008

The fund will also be used to develop retreats for priests wishing to learn more of the spirituality of the extraordinary forms of the Roman Rite. The first retreat will be lead by the Very Rev'd. Ignatius Harrison of the London Oratory between Tuesday 3rd and Friday 6th of June 2008 in an English monastery. If you are a priest and wish to attend this event please email us. There will be a charge for the retreat and places are limited, but we will do our best to accommodate everyone who requests a place.

More details of this work will be found here as it develops. If you are able to support us financially in this work, please send donations to The Society of St. Catherine of Siena (St. Nicholas Fund) c/o 1 Cackle Hill Cottages, Snelston, Ashbourne, Derbyshire, DE6 2DL. Please indicate whether you are a UK taxpayer when sending your donation, as through Gift Aid your donation can be worth up to 30% more to us.

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