IL (August 29, 2008) - The Franciscan Missionaries of the Etern
al Word, based in
the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama, have sent two of their priests to
the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius to learn to celebrate the
Traditional Latin Mass.
The Franciscan Missionaries of the
Eternal Word were founded in 1987, by Mother Mary Angelica, PCPA, who
also founded the Eternal Word Television Network.
Fr. Joseph and
Fr. Miguel are stationed at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in
Hanceville, Alabama, where Mother Angelica and the Poor Clare Nuns are
Each day Fr. Joseph and Fr. Miguel have had the
opportunity to study and observe the various forms of the Traditional
Latin Mass with the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius. They have
attended Low Mass, High Mass, High Mass with Incense, Requiem High Mass
with Incense and the Absolution over the Catafalque, as well as. a
Solemn High Requiem Mass
the Summer of 2007 the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius have trained
almost 175 priests to celebrate the Extraordinary Form of the Mass
through the Sancta Missa Latin Mass Workshops. Future workshops are
planned for the Winter and Spring to be held on the campus of Mundelein
Seminary at the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House.
a week of study, observation, instruction and preparation, Fr. Joseph
and Fr. Miguel were able to offer their first Tridentine Latin Masses
at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago.
On Friday, November 7,
2008, at the hour of Divine Mercy, Fr. Joseph celebrated his first
Tridentine Latin Mass in honor of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Miguel and Br. Juan, a novice in the Canons Regular of St. John
Cantius, served Fr. Joseph’s Holy Mass at the side altar dedicated to
St. Joseph in the Church of St. John Cantius, Chicago.
Saturday, November 8, 2008, Fr. Miguel celebrated his first Mass in the
Extraordinary Form (1962 Missale Romanum
) at the High Altar of St. John
As his religious vocation and priesthood is
dedicated to Our Lady under the title of Our Lady, Mediatrix of All
Grace, Fr. Miguel celebrated the Votive Mass for Our Lady Mediatrix of
Congratulations to the Franciscan Missionaries of the
Eternal Word for their efforts in learning to offer the Extraordinary
Form of the Mass according to the 1962 Missale Romanum under the
instruction of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in Chicago.