Friday, February 23, 2007

Ordination of Institute of Christ the King Priests at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis

On June 15th, 2007, the Feast of the Sacred Heart, His Grace, Raymond Leo Burke, Archbishop of Saint Louis, will ordain two new priests of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, at the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis. The Institute is a Society of Apostolic Life that celebrates the sacraments of the Church according to the rites of 1962. For the past several years, Archbishop Burke has ordained the Institute's new priests at their seminary in Gricigliano, Italy; this will be the first time in the United States.

This ought to be a major event. Ordinations will take place in the presence of the Institute's Prior General, Monsignor Gilles Wach, and a large number of seminarians from Gricigliano. The Cathedral seats 2000, and there is also plenty of standing room.

For many more photos of the interior of this beautiful cathedral, please look at the photo index on the sidebar to the right.

Statue of Pope John Paul II, who restored the celebration of the old rites in 1988. This statue commemorates the late Pope's visit to Saint Louis in 1999.

Likely, many traditionally-minded Catholics and those who are attached to the celebration of the Mass in Latin will want to attend these ordinations.

Please email me (marcusscotus [at] sbcglobal {dot} net) if you are planning to come to Saint Louis to attend these ordinations. This would be a great opportunity for fellowship.

On March 7th, the Institute of Christ the King will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral Basilica. This will probably be the first Tridentine Mass there in decades. That date is the feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas in the old liturgical calendar. See Saint Louis Catholic for details.


  1. Actually, the first 1962 Mass to be said at the Cathedral will be March 7. See for detais.

  2. Thank you so very much for the correction. I've updated the post.