Friday, October 17, 2008

20th Anniversary FSSP Celebrations Begin in Rome

Beginning today in Rome, the FSSP are celebrating the 20th anniversary of their founding. Ten years ago, the celebrations were more generally about Ecclesia Dei, but of course, in the light of the motu proprio, Summorum Pontificum, this has been superceded on that level and so we focus instead now upon the founding of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter by Pope John Paul II.

As John Sonnen notes it, the "FSSP have taken over Rome". He reports that "they were all over the streets and churches of Rome earlier this week. At the tombs of the blessed Apostles Peter and Paul, at the papal audience on Wednesday and just this morning all of their European seminarians arrived from their Seminary of St. Peter in Wigratzbad, Bavaria!"

Over the next few days, you will see and hear about various events coming from this, and of course, the NLM will do what it can to point you to anything that comes its way.

While we are discussing this, may I please remind our readership of the fact that the FSSP in Rome could use your donation to help their important and central apostolate.

John also mentions that they have produced (in French at least) a commemorative coffee table type book of their history. As we learn more about that, we'll be sure to bring it to you.

John notes the following from this evening in Rome:

This evening Vespers was sung from the Liber Usualis at the FSSP Rome parish, Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini. The church was packed with countless clergy and laymen alike.


But the highlight? Before Vespers in walked "De Magistris the Great." He is known as perhaps the most beloved of old Vatican prelates. With a smile he entered the sacristy to greet everybody and offer a few warm words of hearty congratulations to all.

Much more to come.

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