Volume 2, Chapter
Dear Friends and Benefactors,
I am writing this seventeenth
letter to you from Montalenghe, the new priory and retreat house
in Northern Italy, twenty kilometers from Turin.
This is the first retreat
given at this house and those participating are the new aspirants
for the Seminary at Ecône, twenty-seven of the thirty who are beginning
their studies at the seminary this year; and for the seventy who
are entering our four major seminaries. Speaking of this, I want
to add that we have acquired a major seminary in the United States
at Ridgefield, Connecticut. The former seminary at Armada will become
a priory to serve the Detroit area.
The support of priests and
the faithful to tradition grows rapidly. The 50th Jubilee ceremony
in Paris was visible testimony of this. I again wish to thank those
who sent gifts and especially for their prayers and sacrifices which
contributed to this Mass of the action of grace.
Because we are surrounded
by the ruins caused by the corruption of minds and hearts, the evidence
of the vitality of the Church of all time takes on a priceless value.
We are permitted to hope that we can restore destroyed altars, that
we can offer again the true Sacrifice of the Mass.
By contrast, when one lives
with an ecumenical Eucharist, democratic and liberal, the auto-destruction
continues, despite all the calls to order, the statements most worthy
of respect and the most spectacular of ceremonies.
Dominus aedificaverit domum in vanum laboraverunt qui aedificant
eam – If the Lord
does not construct the building, the builders work in vain."
Therefore, the altar of sacrifice of propitiation, the heritage
of the new and eternal testament; the Body and Blood of Jesus are
the foundation stone of the Church from whence gush the waters of
Let us keep confidence in
God, in Jesus and Mary, who will obtain that the authorities of
the Church will restore the altars. While awaiting that day, let
us pray and multiply the altars and the priests for the celebration
of the Holy Mass where the Sacred Victim offers Himself, Ardent
Furnace of Love, for the redemption of our sins.
This is the goal of the Priestly
Fraternity of the Society of St. Pius X which already numbers 200
You have already noted that
the number of priories grows year by year. This is why it has appeared
to me urgent to organize central headquarters for the Society by
having a General House where the Secretary General and the Econome
General (Treasurer) will establish the headquarters and where all
correspondence for the Superior General will be sent. The address
of this house appears below. This action will place us more in conformity
with Canon Law, the districts being the foundation of future provinces.
You may also note that we
have divided the United States into two districts, and that the
house of Brussels is now open. This has been desirable for several
years. The magazine Fideliter from the French District will
give you more information about priories and schools, as other bulletins
and publications have in the past.
Young aspirants to the priesthood,
or to the religious life as brothers or auxiliaries of the priestly
apostolate, should contact the priories where they can obtain all
the useful information they need pertaining to their vocation, either
in the Fraternity, or in the numerous active or contemplative religious
houses which are united the same faith and the same hope.
We pray that Mary, the Mother
of Jesus, whose feast of Divine Motherhood we celebrate today, become
always more our Mother for our identification with Jesus, her Son.
We pray that St. Joseph,
who will return your generosity a hundredfold, will help us for
the development of our work which gives to the world the testimony
it has so much need of today: that of saintly priests.
Affectionately united with
in you in the Hearts of Jesus and Mary,
Fraternité Saint Pie X
Prieure – St. Nicholas-de-Flue
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