Thursday, April 19, 2018

Sacred Liturgy: the Last Resistance


Friday, April 13, 2018

Historic Catholic Cathedral in Vladivostok, Russia, Survived the Purge of the Communist Revolution

I have been here twice to visit.  

A phenomenal place.  

Dr. Dietrich von Hildebrand's 1957 Catholic Studytour in Europe: ITALY, THE BLESSED LAND OF BEAUTY

This is a gem from DVH.  I wanted to share this with all.  We are working on re-creating something very similar to be offered by Orbis Catholicus Travel.  We will keep you posted.  Of course it could never be this epic.  Those study tours in the fifties were utterly breathtaking, amazing in every way, uniquely legendary and totally unrepeatable.  Transatlantic sea travel today sadly makes the price prohibitive.   

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Traditional Catholic Holy Land Pilgrimage (FSSP)

Announcing: FSSP Holy Land Pilgrimage with rare Jordan extension! Nov. 25 - December 10, 2018. Join Fr. Michael Passo, FSSP (pastor of Mater Misericordiae in Phoenix, AZ) for daily EF Mass and ALL meals included. Our local guide is a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Do not miss out. Space is limited.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

The Family: The Last Resistance

Grow up, get married, have kids, and you are way ahead of the game.  It's that simple.  And difficult.  Not for everyone, but it is most people's call.

The Saint Paul

My favorite hotel.  In St. Paul, Minnesota.  

Monday, April 9, 2018

RIP Thomas Loome (1935-2018)

Eternal rest to a great man, Tom Loome.

He is one of a handful of Americans who studied under Ratzinger during his professor days at the University of Tübingen in Germany.

Thank you, Tom, for creating the English-speaking Catholic world's greatest used book shop.  It brought hours of joy to many of us when we visited the old Swedish church in Stillwater, Minnesota.  Let us hope it will one day return to the same church, now owned by your daughter.    


Thomas Michael Loome, 83, passed away on March 31 of complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was preceded in death by brothers, Charles and James and daughter Margaret Mary. He is survived by his loving wife of 37 years, Karen; by children Felicity, Thomas Noah, Cecilia (Jon Moler), David (Anna); granddaughters Fiona and Lydia Moler; and by sister, Carol (Moe) Powers. 

Tom was born in 1935 in Watertown, NY to James and Margaret (Harrigan) Loome on March 7, the traditional feast day of St. Thomas Aquinas, patron of teachers. Upon the death of his mother when he was 9, and with his father overseas during WWII, Tom settled with relatives in Boston, and later moved to California with his father and sister. He attended the Christian Brothers’ high school and college (St. Mary’s) in Moraga, CA and entered the Christian Brothers order in 1952. 

Tom taught high school before moving to Germany in 1968 where he earned his Doctorate in Theology at the University of Tübingen. Upon his return to the US in 1976, he left the Christian Brothers and taught college, first at St. Mary’s, followed by St. Anselm College in Manchester, NH and the College of St. Catherine in St. Paul. Tom and Karen met at St. Anselm’s and later moved to Minnesota. 

Tom is most known for the bookstore he and Karen established, Loome Theological Booksellers, in Stillwater MN. This became the largest second-hand bookstore specializing in works of theology and philosophy in North America. 

Tom was active at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Stillwater, where he taught adult Catechism and other courses for many years. With Karen, he founded the Stillwater Catholic Worker Community in 2000. He was also dedicated to the pro-life cause, and was a vital part of the St. Croix Valley Life Care Center. 

Tom will be deeply missed by his wife and children, other family members, and by his many friends. 

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Michael’s Catholic Church, 611 South Third St., Stillwater at 11:00 am on Friday, April 6, preceded by visitation beginning at 10:00. The wake will be held on Thursday, April 5, at The Old Swedish Church, former home of Loome Theological Booksellers, 320 N. Fourth St., Stillwater, from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. (Dress warmly). Memorials are preferred to the Stillwater Catholic Worker Community or to the Loome family, and can be sent to 522 Maple St. W., Stillwater, MN 55082. 

See here for obituary source.    

Friday, April 6, 2018

March for Life in Rome! #perlavita2018

This has become the ONE BIG event in Rome each year.  Every citizen should participate. 

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Missa Regina Coeli - Kyrie

Missa Regina Coeli by William J. Marsh

A lovely Mass which my grandfather introduced me to at the Church of the Assumption in St. Paul, Minnesota.  

Every Generation the Church Raises Up New Ecclesial Artists Worthy of the Name

One of the Biggest Problems in the World Today: Fatherlessness

That fathers might walk with their sons and daughters & and sons and daughters with their fathers.  

Archbishop Sample on the Traditional Mass

Catholic Culture: the "Strepitus" at the Conclusion of Holy Week Tenebrae

Angelicum Diploma in Latin

Study in Rome and get yourself one of these.  

Courses offered in two languages: Italian or English. 

Degrees offered in Theology, Philosophy, Thomism, Canon Law, Spiritual Theology, Dogma, Systematic Theology, Fundamental Theology, etc.

See the excellent new Angelicum website here:

Monday, April 2, 2018

Teaser Video for Inaugural BC Sacred Music Symposium (July 20-22, 2018)

This terrific initiative has my full support (it is my home parish!).  
Sts Joachim & Ann Parish in Aldergrove, British Columbia, Canada will host the inaugural BC Sacred Music Symposium from July 20-22, 2018.
For registration and more information:
This event aims to bring together musicians of all skill levels and those interested with a general interest in sacred music for a weekend of instruction, collaboration and fellowship. 
There will be an opportunity to attend practical workshops (beginner, intermediate and masters) and lectures and to experience the riches of the Church’s musical tradition through celebrations of sacred liturgies in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms.

Easter Vigil at the FSSP Basilique de Notre-Dame in Fribourg, Switzerland

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Fr. Z's Famous Old Tenebrae Cards

Eternal debt to my good friend Fr. Z for these nice keepsake cards he had printed back in the day.  This one is from 1997, my senior year at St. Agnes High School.  Each year he had these commemorative cards printed, always with a different image, which he gave freely to those who sang Tenebrae at the church of St. Agnes in St. Paul, Minnesota.  They made great bookmarks in the Liber Usualis and in general a nice memento.  Each card brings back memories of different years.   

Clacker for Holy Thursday

Monday, March 26, 2018

Spanish Vestments

Relics chapel of Pamplona cathedral.  

Extraordinary Form in Pamplona Cathedral (Spain): the Mass of Saint Josemaría Escrivá

Pamplona is the city where El Padre established his Catholic university in the 1950s, today it hosts the finest faculty of Canon Law in the world.

2018 Palm Sunday Procession in Pamplona, Spain

Catholic Quebec

Thursday, March 22, 2018

I Lived on Parker Avenue

Society of St. Dominic Event in Winnipeg, Canada

The Society of St. Dominic will be honouring The Most Reverend Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Mary in Astana, Kazakhstan, with the Regina Sacratissimi Rosarii award at the Fort Garry Hotel on Wednesday May 30th, 2018.

The Society has commissioned New York iconographer Mr. Ken Woo to create this inaugural award, which will be presented by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski of Wyoming Catholic College. The Master of Ceremonies for the evening will be Dr. Michael Sirilla, Director of Graduate Theology at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio.

Music for the evening will be provided by the Rembrandt String Quartet.

Tickets are $100 per person, payable by cash or cheque. Cheques shouldbe made payable to the SOCIETY OF ST. DOMINIC.

For further inquiries, email or call the Society of St. Dominic. Messages left at the telephone numbers will be returned by a Society volunteer, so please be patient.

Society of St. Dominic
162-2025 Corydon Avenue, Suite 178
Winnipeg, MB R3P 0N5

Telephone: (431) 800-5803
Toll Free: (866) 244-7136

Monday, March 19, 2018

Saturday, March 17, 2018

PILGRIMAGE ANNOUNCEMENT: Poland and Czech Republic 2018

FYI: 15 Days in Poland and Czech Republic with the FSSP: August 13-27! This TLM tour includes the Infant of Prague Shrine in the Czech Republic, the birthplace of St. John Paul II in Poland, the Divine Mercy Shrine of St. Faustina in Krakow (see the original "Jesus I trust in Thee" painting), Auschwitz (to visit the cell where St. Maximilian Kolbe was martyred) and much more. Added bonus: the chaplain is Polish AND the tour coincides with two major Marian feasts (the Assumption and Our Lady of Częstochowa)!


Teaching Sacred Music to Catholics: A Welcome Initiative!

Sacred Music Symposium 2017 in California

St. Patrick, Pray for Us!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Jordan Peterson and Ben Shapiro: Frontline of Free Speech (LIVE)

Catholic History Walks in London

I saw this in London, UK.  Looks very interesting.  If you find yourself in London, be sure to check it out:

Btw, OC-Travel is putting together a Traditional Catholic Tour in England in 2019 -- stay tuned for details.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Billy Graham: 1918-2018

Catholic Humor

Santo Subito

Actually, the decision for beatification/canonization comes in large part from the Cardinal Secretary of State. 

Thursday, February 22, 2018

#whywehomeschool (Tip of the Fedora to Fr. Z)

A Great Catholic Hymn: Salve Festa Dies - Catholic Easter Gregorian Chant

Summer 2018 Traditional Catholic Pilgrimage to Poland and Czech Republic

Celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Częstochowa in Poland summer 2018! Daily Mass in the EF. Do not miss this rare once-in-a-lifetime tour which also includes the Feast of the Assumption, the Infant of Prague Shrine, the Divine Mercy Shrine, the Birthplace of John Paul II, Auschwitz Concentration Camp, and more.

Catholic Culture: Brave Catholic Statesman

Friday, February 16, 2018

God Bless This Young Catholic Woman for Getting Into Politics: Vote Tanya Granic Allen

Eternal Rest to the Great Dr. Don Briel of Catholic Studies Fame

Dear Dr. Briel:

I was deeply touched by the homage that George Weigel paid to you in the recent First Things article.  

Please know how eternally indebted we all are for the great gift you bequeathed to us at the University of St. Thomas, that fine school which we share such affection for, located on the upper banks of the mighty Mississippi River.  

Your vision with the Catholic Studies department makes me think of this quote from Christopher Dawson: "It seems to me that the time has come when the universities should consider whether it is not possible to do more for Christian studies.  The Christian culture of the past was an organic whole.  It was not confined to theology; it expressed itself also in philosophy and literature, in art and music, society and institutions; and none of these forms of expression can be understood completely unless they are seen in relation to the rest" (cf. Christianity and European Culture, p. 79).  

And still another quote from the same author: "Christians can only react successfully through cultural and educational channels and they are unable to do so unless they possess either their own institutes of higher education or reasonable opportunities for the study of Christian culture within the existing system" (cf. Christianity and European Culture, p. 81).  

The Catholic Studies program has done just this: it has enabled us to react successfully within the existing system to teach and absorb the organic whole.  We give credit where credit is due: THANK YOU!       

Twenty years ago last September I set foot in your office in Aquinas Hall, a nervous eighteen-year old college freshman, a recent graduate of St. Agnes High School.  You were very kind to me and spoke to me as an adult, inviting me to consider a major or minor in your "new" venture.  Convinced of your cause, I was more than happy to declare a Catholic Studies major.  

By God's grace, that encounter opened many doors for me and has led me on a surprising path that will bring me this June to Rome for my lectio coram, defending my licentiate thesis in the dogma section on the theme of the question of atheism in Gaudium et Spes, articles 19-21.    

Please pray for me.  And be assured of our fervent prayers for you as you labor fortiter et suaviter, in this most important moment of your life.   


John Paul Sonnen  

Monday, January 22, 2018

Rome Quotes

"If is far, indeed, from our intention to repudiate all that the genius of the time begets; nay, rather, whatever the search for truth attains, or the effort after good achieves, will always be welcome by us, for it increases the patrimony of doctrine and enlarges the limits of public prosperity." 


Be an Army for God

In Memoriam: King Louis XVI of France Last Will and Testament

Louis XVI came to power after the death of his grandfather, Louis XV, in 1775. Louis XVI’s reign was marked by attempts to reform France in accordance with Enlightenment ideals and a financial crisis that contributed to discontent among France’s middle and lower classes. This discontent eventually culminated in revolution with  Louis XVI’s reign ending on August 10, 1792. A few days later he was imprisoned at the Temple with his family. The National Convention eventually tried him for high treason, found him guilty, and sentenced him to death. Prior to his execution by guillotine on 21 January 1793, he wrote his will. It is provided below, almost verbatim:
In the name of the Holy Trinity, the Father, Son and Holy Ghost; This Day, the 25th day of Dec. 1792, I, Louis, the XVIth of that name, King of France, having been for more than Four Months shut up with my Family in the Tower of the Temple at Paris, by those who were my Subjects, and deprived of every kind of communication with my Family since the 11th of this month; and being moreover involved in a Trial, of which, from the passions of Mankind it is impossible to foresee the event, and for which neither pretext nor precedent can be found in any existing Law; having no Witness of my thoughts but God, and no one but Him to whom I can address myself, I here declare, in His presence, my last Will and Sentiments. I leave my soul to God, my Creator. I entreat him in mercy to receive it, and not to judge it according to its defects, but according to those of our Lord Jesus Christ, who offered himself up a sacrifice to God, his father, for us men, however, hardened we might be, and confess myself to be among the first.
I pity with all my heart, our brethren who may be in error; but I presume not to judge them, nor do I love them less in Jesus Christ, agreeable to the instructions of Christian charity. I pray God to pardon all my sins which I have endeavoured scrupulously to recollect; and I detest and humiliate myself in his presence. Deprived of the assistance of a Catholic Priest, I entreat of God to receive the confession which I have made to him, and particularly my profound repentance of having signed my name, although strongly against my will, to instruments which may be contrary to the faith and discipline of the Catholic Church, to which I have in my heart continued sincerely attached. I pray God to receive my firm resolution, should he grant me life, to avail myself, as soon as I can, of the Ministry of a Catholic Priest, to confess all my sins, & to receive the sacrament of repentance.
I beseech all those whom by inadvertence I may have offended (for I do not recollect ever knowingly to have committed an offence against any one), or those to whom I  may have given a bad example, or occasion for scandal, to pardon me the evil which they think I may have done them.
I beseech all those who have Charity to unite their Prayers to my own, to obtain from God the pardon of my Sins. I pardon, with my whole heart, those who have made themselves my enemies, without my having given them any cause; and I pray to God, that he will pardon them, as well as those who, by a false zeal, or by a zeal ill-understood, having done me much evil.
I commend to God, my Wife, my Children, my Sister, my Aunts, my Brothers, and all those who are attached to me by the ties of Blood, or in any other manner whatsoever. I especially implore God to cast the Eyes of his Mercy upon my Wife, my Children, and my Sister, who have for so long a time suffered with me—to support them by his Grace, should they happen to lose me, so long as they shall remain in this perishable World.
I commend my Children to my Wife: I have never doubted her maternal tenderness for them. I commend to her to make them good Christians, and honest; to induce them to consider the Grandeurs of this World (should they be condemned to make trial of them) as no other than dangerous and perishable possessions; and to turn their view to the only solid and durable Glory of Eternity.
I beseech my Sister to be pleased to continue her tenderness to my Children, and to supply to them the place of a Mother, should they have the misfortune to lose their own.
I beseech my Wife to forgive all those evils which she suffers for me, and the uneasiness which I may have given her in the course of our union; as she may be assured, that I retain nothing in my mind respecting her, should she imagine that she has any reason to reproach herself with respect to me. I earnestly recommended to my Children, after what they owe to God, which they ought to consider as prior to every thing else, to remain always united among themselves, submissive and obedient to their Mother, and grateful to her for all the pains she takes for them, and in memory of me. I beseech them to consider my Sister as a second Mother.
I recommend to my Son, should he have the misfortune to become a King, to reflect that he owes himself entirely to the happiness of his Fellow-Citizens; that he ought to forget all hatred and resentment, and especially all which has a reference to the misfortune and miseries which I experience; that he cannot effect the happiness of his People, but by reigning according to the Laws; but that, at the same time, a King cannot make those respected, or do the good which is in his heart, unless he possess the necessary authority; and that otherwise being confined in his operations, & commanding no respect, he is more hurtful than useful.
I commend to the care of my son, all those persons, who were attached to me, as far as his circumstances permit; and to consider this as a sacred debt contracted by me towards the children or relations of those who have perished in my behalf, and those also who are rendered miserable on my account. I know there are several persons who were attached to me, that have not conducted themselves as they ought, and who have even been ungrateful, but I pardon them (in moments of disorder the imagination is heated, and we are sometimes not masters of ourselves). I request my son would only consider this distress.
I wish it were in my power to prove here my grateful acknowledgments to those who have testified towards me a sincere and disinterested attachment. If on the one hand I have been deeply afflicted at the ingratitude and disloyalty of those whom I have constantly distinguished by favours, I have on the other hand had the consolation to experience the attachment and voluntary interest of many in my favour. I entreat these to accept my warmest acknowledgements.
In the present state of affairs, I should be fearful of involving my friends in embarrassments, were I to speak more explicitly; but I most earnestly enjoin my son to embrace every opportunity of finding them out.
I should, however, conceive, that I calumniated the sentiments of the nation, were I not openly to recommend to my son Messrs. de Chamilly and Hue, whose sincere attachment to me has induced them to shut themselves up with me in this sorrowful abode, and who have been in danger of becoming the unhappy victims of that attachment. I also commend to him Clery, with whose attention I have every reason to be satisfied since he has been with me, as he is the person who has remained with me to the end. I beseech the gentlemen of the Commons to deliver to him my effects, my books, my watch, and the other little articles of my property, which have been deposited with the Council of the Commons.
I pardon also most heartily those who guarded me, the ill-usage and restraint which they thought it their duty to adopt towards me. I have found some tender and compassionate friends; may they enjoy in their hearts that tranquility which their mode of thinking always bestows.
I request Messrs. Malsherbes, Tronchet, and de Seze, to receive my utmost acknowledgements and expression of gratitude, for the care and anxieties they have sustained on my account.
I conclude by declaring before God, and at the eve of appearing before him, that I reproach no one with the crimes they have committed against me.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Matt Burke: "Former NFL Player Returns To Faith" | SEEK2015

Catholic Leader Matt Birk (Former Altar Boy From Nativity Parish)

Rome Quotes

"Time to study Roman Law and then translate Latin. Soundtrack: Bartók."

-Fr. Alan 

Rome Quotes

"A professor encouraged us to meditate for 5 minutes each day before Our Lord with 5 words: “I am loved by Jesus.” Today, I noticed a detail of one of our side altars after taking my professors advice: “Dilectus Deo,” (“Loved by God”). That’s the beauty of Sacred Art, Sacred Scripture, Sacred Liturgy: it can say so much, by the grace of God."


Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Announcing: FSSP Pilgrimage to the Holy Land 2018

Do not miss out on our third FSSP Holy Land Pilgrimage in a year.

Back by poplar demand -- this time it will include Jordan. 

The tour departs after Thanksgiving and extends into Advent. 


Where to Purchase the Best Traditional Catholic Coloring Books

See here for the best.  

I highly recommend you purchase these for the kids in your family:

Nine Ways of Being Accessory to Another's Sin

By counsel. 

By command. 

By consent. 

By provocation. 

By praise or flattery. 

By concealment. 

By partaking. 

By silence. 

By defense of the ill done.

How It Is Done in Paris

Sunday, January 14, 2018

FSSP Spiritual Highlights of France Tour 2018

Do not miss the truly rare opportunity to visit this very special place -- one of the last Gregorian Chant monasteries left in Europe.

Be a part of living history!


My Uncle Ed has passed at age 96. A fine Catholic man of German stock.  In your charity kindly offer a prayer for the repose of his soul. He was a WWII warrior who was awarded the Bronze Star for heroism and multiple Purple Hearts.  Paratrooper, 82nd Airborne Division, X Battalion.  The Nazis shot him in Sicily, but he survived, by Divine Providence. A great man has passed before us. Requiem!


Saturday, January 13, 2018

Registration is now OPEN!

The organizers of the BC Sacred Music Symposium are very pleased to announce that early registration for the symposium is now open through the end of February 2018. You can find the registration link as well as some additional information about everything that's included in your registration on the symposium page on the host parish website:

Hope to see many of you there!

Thank you in advance!