Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Attn. Young Catholic Women: What Convent to Join?

There are many options for young Catholic women today.

The thriving convents tend to be the newer ones.

This short list is a start.

Please share it so that young Catholic women can visit and stay in at least one convent.  It is an important experience.  

Norbertine Canoneses of Bethlehem Priory of St. Joseph (

Carmelite Monastery of the Infant of Prague (;

Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles (;

Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles (;

Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist (;

Religious Sisters of Mercy (;

Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration (;

Abbey of Regina Laudis (;

Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church (;

Sisters of Life (;

Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist (;

Dominican Sisters of St. Cecilia (;

A Sample of the Church's Rich Calendar: Some March Feasts/Patrons

March 1: St. David, patron of Wales and newborns.
March 2: Blessed Charles the Good, patron of counts and crusaders.
March 6: Sts. Felicity and Perpetua, patrons of widows, death of children.
March 7: St. Thomas Aquinas, patron of Catholic schools.
March 8: St. John of God, patron of the sick, nurses, hospitals and booksellers.
March 9: St. Frances of Rome, patron of motorists and widows.
March 9: St. Dominic Savio, patron of choirboys and the falsely accused.
March 12: St. Gregory the Great, patron of church music.
March 14: St. Matilda, patron of parents of large families.
March 17: St. Joseph of Arimathea, patron of funeral directors.
March 19: St. Joseph, patron of the Universal Church.
March 21: St. Benedict, patron against poison.
March 22: St. Isidore, patron of farmers.
March 22: St. Nicholas of Flue, patron of councilmen.
March 23: St. Turibius of Mongrovejo, patron of native rights.
March 24: St. Gabriel, patron of telecommunications and diplomats.
March 24: St. Catherine of Sweden, invoked against miscarriages.
March 25: St. Dismas, patron of convicted prisoners.
March 28: St. Guntramnus, patron of repentant murderers and divorced.

The Order for Vegans: Minim Friars (They Take a Fourth Vow to Perpetually Fast From Meat, Eggs and Milk)

Selling Dead Baby Parts: #DefundPP

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Soeur Sourire (The Singing Nun) Dominique 1963

50th Anniversary of Musicam Sacram

Pastors and lay folk, take the time to read it!

5 March, 1967 - 2017

Venerable Pius XII

Now that St. John Paul II and St. John XXIII have been canonized, the Vatican Secretary of State has no excuse to continue to stall the beatification of Ven. Pius XII, of blessed, holy and happy memory.  The sooner they canonize him, the sooner the polemic will dissipate.   


Vignette of The Norbertine Life at St. Michael's Abbey

The Norbertine Nuns, The Holy Roman Catholic Church

What Vatican II Actually Says About Changing Nuns Habits

This is what the Council said and did not say.  You decide.

"Since they are signs of a consecrated life, religious habits should be simple and modest, at once poor and becoming.  They should meet the requirements of health and be suited to the circumstances of time and place as well as to the services required by those who wear them.  Habits of men and women which do not correspond to those norms are to be changed."

-Vatican II, Decree on the Appropriate Renewal of the Religious Life (Perfectae Caritatis), 17.

Lady of Knock Hymn

Creating a Tudor Mass Sound Experience

1936 Lancia Drives Smooth in Eternal Rome

1936 Lancia in the Eternal City

1936 Lancia on the Streets of Rome

Bringing America Back to Life Convention 2017 Promo

Catholica Summer Program in Rome for Boys

For boys age 14 - 18.

Support this fine effort to teach the Faith and grant the Rome experience to fine young Catholic men.

More here:

10th Anniversary Summorum Pontificum Celebration: September 14-17, 2017

Monday, March 27, 2017

Cox & Lynch: Classical Speed Drawing

Catholic Humor

Dura lex, sed lex.  Tip of the Fedora to Gregory di Pippo (aka Gregory the Great). 

The Process of Fixing Art

The Palm Beach White House

US President at the Latin Mass Every Sunday

There are lots of photos of President Kennedy on his way to or from Mass at St. Edward's in Palm Beach, always holding his prayer book.

Kennedy attended Mass at different times, that way, people didn’t know when he would show up and the church wouldn’t be overrun with crowds. Some of the ladies, however, would attend every Mass when the President was in town to improve their odds of catching a glimpse. 

Rome Quotes

"Spotted at mass at St. Agnes today: three birettas in the sanctuary and rose-colored vestments with blue and gold orphreys; in the nave at least two bow ties; a man in a three-piece suit; a woman in a big Kentucky Derby-style hat; mantillas; one elderly man with pocket watch, fob and chain on his waistcoat; a girl in Converse sneakers and leggings; a woman in a bright pink fuzzy angora sweater, and a young matron in a flowered full 1950s circle skirt with crinoline. The mass music was Mozart with full orchestra in the loft and choral soloists; the architecture 18th century Austrian, the mass 1970 but in Latin, and the rubrics and vesture closer to 1570. And it was all timeless and heavenly."

-Matthew Alderman 

Catholic Humor

Tip of the fedora to Gregory di Pippo Maximus. 

"Mom, Dad, Where Did all This Ugly Liturgical Art Come From?"

The people were tired of greatness, prestige and words.  They turned to this - the glorification of the ugly.  Some blame Vatican II, but the truth is it began long before that.  

There are many, more poignant examples than these two illustrated above.  

Notice the cretinous faces?

In North America the ugly in liturgical art came from - and continues to come from - St. John's Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota.  Sigh.  

The artist?  His name was Frank Kacmarcik.

He was an avant garde, never married artist from St. Paul, Minnesota.  The Benedictines of St. John's Abbey fell in love with him and later named him an "oblate." 

A strong critic of his oddball art was Vatican II peritus Monsignor R.G. Bandas, who grew up in the shadow of the Abbey in Silver Lake, Minnesota.  He had their number. 

Bandas described the modernistic productions as "pictoral horrors" and "visual blasphemies," pictured as though the saints, Christ and Mary were suffering from abject despair, elephantiasis, leprosy or a deforming arthritis, all contrary to the teachings of the liturgy that Christ "reigned triumphantly" from the cross and that the Blessed Mother is "all beautiful" (tota pulchra).  

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Morris Motors in Rome

A good day to see classic cars in Rome is on a Saturday, when there are weddings.  

Morris 8 1935.

Pontiac in Rome

Lancia in Rome

Lancia was founded in 1906. 

Fiat in Rome

Fiat was founded in 1899. 

What An Antimension Looks Like

It is placed under the starched linen corporal when there is no altar stone.

Sewn inside the antimension is a small relic.   This one dates from 1967.  It is to never be laundered. 


The rite of blessing in the Roman Ritual is interesting to see:

Friday, March 24, 2017

How to Preach a Wedding Sermon

Here is a basic guide for your sermon:

A few tips:

Keep it simple.

Keep your focus.

Keep it short.

Get your material from the Catechism of the Council of Trent on marriage. 

Take advantage of the teaching moment.

Remember that some or much of your audience has not darkened the door of a church in many years, if ever.  Gauge your audience.   

Address your sermon to the married couple.  Stay on topic.  Do not include topics that have nothing to do with love or marriage.  Do not rant.   

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Monsignor Richard J. Schuler, PhD in 1941

My mentor, Fr. Schuler.  Although he was a monsignor since 1970, he always signed his name: "Fr. Schuler."   

Seminarian friends in 1941: Monsignor Lavin, Monsignor Schuler, and Monsignor Dulac. 

Photo taken at the St. Paul Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota (incidentally, the same seminary that Archbishop Sheen graduated from in 1919, and where he frequently returned to preach retreats).

I was privileged to know all three of these eminent men of learning and holiness.  Nicest guys you could ever imagine.  Princes among men.

I can still remember Mons. Dulac giving lowly old me the pax at Solemn High Mass when I was an altar boy.

These men loved the priesthood of Jesus Christ.  They loved the Church.  They were very good at being priests.  They also gave their lives to the College of St. Thomas (today the University of St. Thomas).  They believed firmly in Catholic education.  

May their reward be heaven.  We, their spiritual sons and heirs, continue their legacy.  They gave their lives for the salvation of souls.   

Thank you to Fr. Tim Ferguson for the pic!     

Monday, March 20, 2017

Pastors: Be in Touch To Schedule 2018 Pilgrimages for Your Parish

You like to travel?  Would you like to introduce your parishioners to pilgrimage?

Join us as a chaplain.

Let me know what itinerary you are interested in and we can put something together for you and your parish.

john at

Friday, March 17, 2017

Montini, Ora Pro Nobis!

We are all seeing him in a new light.

Like him or hate him, at least he was Catholic. 

Missionary Bishops Consecrated in St. Peter's Basilica by Pope Paul VI in 1963

It would be terrific to see the historic rugs of St. Peter's used again.  They have been rolled away for too many years.   

Rome Quotes

"The vast majority of the people of Asia do not want communism; they are merely too apathetic to react against it.  So Asia sleeps while communism marches." 

-Bishop Walsh, 1949

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

What Music Should be Used at Mass? | Sum Nerdus

What is the Latin Mass? | Holy History

Servant of God Francis Xavier Ford: American Bishop Killed in Communist Prison

Did you know of this saint?

Pray for his holy intercession.

Name one of your sons after him.  

Hopefully Maryknoll will publish an edited version of his letters and mission reports.

Bishop James E. Walsh: American Missioner Saint

I live for the day this great man will be canonized saint.

Richard Cardinal Cushing of Boston had this to say of him: "I believe Bishop James Edward Walsh is the finest missionary to go forth from America in my lifetime."

Bishop Walsh spent his life as a missioner in China.  At age 28 he was named superior of the Maryknoll Fathers in China.  At age 36 he was consecrated bishop on Shangchuan Island, where St. Francis Xavier, the glorious Apostle to the Indies, died in 1552.

After the Communists took control of China in 1948, Bishop Walsh spent twelve years in solitary confinement in a Communist prison.  His is a precious witness.  I wish Maryknoll would publish in books the papers of Fr. Price and the other earlier missionaries.  Their lives were fascinating beyond belief.   

Read his biography.

Read his book

Tour the Maryknoll Mission Center

March 16 in Rome: Annual Palazzo Massimo Day

A rare glimpse of a private family chapel in Rome.

Image from the Internet.  

Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Created Domestic Prelate by Venerable Pius XII in 1957

I trust the Archdiocese of Toronto will promote his cause for canonization.

Monsignor Vincent Foy, heroic Canadian defender of Catholic teaching, especially Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae Vitae, passed away on March 13, 2017.

Ordained priest in 1939, he was 101!

From Wikipedia: "He has consistently written and taught on the intrinsic evil of artificial contraception, and strongly upheld Pope Paul VI's encyclical Humanae vitae when the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops issued the Winnipeg Statement."


"So he sounded the alarm, loudly and repeatedly, inveighing against the Winnipeg Statement and all its pomps and works. By the 1990s, one heard jokes that there was no subject — from divine revelation to recipe books — that Msgr. Foy could not relate to the Winnipeg Statement. His dogged fidelity prevailed, and in 2008, the Canadian bishops consigned the Winnipeg Statement to history with a new document celebrating Humanae Vitae’s 40th anniversary, Liberating Potential, which called upon Catholics to “discover or rediscover” the wisdom of Paul VI and the Church’s tradition."


"For decades he has fearlessly articulated and defended the teachings of the Church – in a time of moral and doctrinal chaos in the Church in Canada.  He is best known for his untiring defense of Catholic teachings on marriage and family life, Pope Paul VI’s encyclical Humanae vitae.  His efforts have earned him a papal commendation and the Pro-life Man of the Year Award."


Marc Mero's Emotional Dream Big Speech

Monday, March 13, 2017

Rome Quotes

"The love of the missioner for the other sheep prompts him to go to endless trouble to help them; it is a ministry that provides ample scope for unselfish sacrifice."

-Bishop James Edward Walsh (who spent twelve years in a Communist prison in China)

March 9 in Rome: Annual Car Shows

There are a few nice car shows each year in Rome.  

Search online "auto d'epoca Roma." 

March 9 in Rome: Annual Opening of Room of St. Frances of Rome

March 9 is a great day to be in Rome.  Lots of events on the Feast of St. Frances of Rome, my birthday!

For any young ladies discerning a possible call to cloistered convent life, consider here.

It is open once a year on March 9, the Monastero delle Oblate di Santa Francesca Romana, a cloistered community of nuns in the heart of Rome.

Located on the Via del Teatro di Marcello, in the shadow of the Capitoline Hill.  The upstairs chapel is a must see.  

March 9 in Rome: Annual Feast of St. Frances of Rome Celebration at Basilica di Santa Francesca Romana in the Roman Forum

A wonderful celebration.  You must be sure to descend to the crypt underneath the Basilica to see her mortal remains.