Wednesday, April 03, 2024

Bishop Vitus Huonder, RIP

We received word earlier today that His Excellency Vitus Huonder, Bishop Emeritus of the diocese of Chur in Switzerland, just passed away; he would have celebrated his 82nd birthday on April 21. During his time as bishop of Chur, he was a generous supporter of the traditional rite, and performed ordinations for the Ecclesia Dei communities. On his retirement in 2019, after a bit less than twelve years as an ordinary, he lived in a Swiss house of the Society of St Pius X, with the permission of the Pope. The pictures below show him celebrating a solemn pontifical Mass for the feast of St Sebastian in 2013.

Deus, qui inter Apostolicos sacerdotes famulum tuum Vitum pontificali fecisti dignitate vigere: praesta quaesumus; ut eorum quoque perpetuo aggregetur consortio. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum. Amen.
God, who didst raise Thy servant Vitus to the dignity of bishop in the apostolic priesthood, grant, we beseech Thee, that he may be joined to the everlasting fellowship of the Apostles. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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