Monday, May 04, 2009

Italian "Priestly Friends of Summorum Pontificum" Host Study Days

Recently, the Italian society, Giovani e Tradizione (Youth and Tradition) and the Amicizia Sacerdotale Summorum Pontificum (Priestly Friends of Summorum Pontificum), organized "Days of Theology" in Rome at the Casa Bonus Pastor for its priests, religious and seminarians.

The theme for these study days surrounded the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas and was led by Fr. Roberto Coggi, O.P. of Bologna and chaired by Fr. Vincenzo Nuara, O.P., founder of these organizations.

They report that the days were attended by priests from various parts of Italy and that in addition to the periods of study, the participants also shared in times of prayer through the recitation of the Divine Office, the Holy Rosary and Eucharistic Adoration.

These days also provided a time for the fraternal exchange of ideas and sharing the ideals and projects of the Priestly Friends of Summorum Pontificum for the upcoming year. They report that future projects will include the planning of a retreat, two more study days and the continuation of an annual conference on Summorum Pontificum in October.

The priests were welcomed to the study days by Monsignor Camille Perl, Vice-President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei. The study days began with the Pontifical Mass of Cardinal Canizares in the Basilica of St. John Lateran.

(As an aside, it strikes me that similar clerical societies might do well to be established in the English speaking world, to help build the bonds of fraternity between like-minded priests, religious and seminarians, and to further both the usus antiquior and the reform of the reform.)

Giovani e Tradizione provided some photographs of the events to the NLM. Here are a few.

(A moment of fraternal conversation)

In related news, tomorrow at 5:00pm Rome time, the same Fr. Vincenzo M. Nuara, O.P. will celebrate Mass in the usus antiquior in the Cappella Cesi of the Basilica of Saint Mary Major for the Feast of St. Pius V (according to the calendar of the same Missal). The NLM hopes to bring you a report of this event.

This is all the more pertinent for as many will know that the relics of St. Pius V are to be found in St. Mary Major, including his breviary and some of his vestments.

(The Tomb of Pope St. Pius V in St. Mary Major)

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