Rorate Caeli

Missionary Sisters of the SSPX

On March 11, 2011, the decree of Bishop Bernard Fellay erecting the Missionary Sisters of Jesus and Mary was read by His Excellency’s first assistant, Fr. Niklaus Pflüger, at the Sister’s Our Lady of Angels House in Nairobi, Kenya.


Fr. Niklaus Pflüger flanked by Fr. Vincent Bétin and Fr. Philip Pazat, chaplain of the new congregation.

A novice professes vows.

A Frenchwoman, Sister Irene of Jesus (née Irene de Poncins) is the first to receive the white habit and brown scapular.

The Sisters currently have five novices in formation – all Africans.


33 comments:

Anonymous said...

Last month, a small congregation of religious Sisters also affiliated with the SSPX:

http://www.dici.org/en/news/germany-a-new-community-friend-of-the-society-of-saint-pius-x/

Anonymous said...

Nice photo's!

Just on a short note: the name of the priest is Fr. Pfluger (not ü).

Best,

IA

Crouchback said...

It must be awful working in hot countries dressed like that....

Isn't there a way that Nuns habits be made more "practical" at the same time avoiding the 1960's disasters..??

JoeB said...

The lady on the right. Sort of a one foot in both worlds look, wouldn't you say?

Christopher J. Paulitz said...

Those habits, compared to the traditional habit, or scapular, are the most practical way.

They look pretty light weight.

And, of course, these women aren't looking for a comfortable life.

Crouchback said...

It wasn't the habit...it's the veil and wimple that I would imagine would be too much in hot weather.

Cruise the Groove. said...

"It wasn't the habit...it's the veil and wimple that I would imagine would be too much in hot weather."

I wonder what sisters in tropic climates did for centuries wearing their veils and wimples?
Is everyone somehow wimpier now?

Anonymous said...

Was the prior, written consent of the diocesan Bishop obtained, as stated in Can. 609 Sec. 1?

Anonymous said...

Fr. Phillipe Pazat always makes me smile. I remember him quite fondly!

Delphina

Long-Skirts said...

Joe B. said:

"The lady on the right. Sort of a one foot in both worlds look, wouldn't you say?"

I think she is a postulant and the one in the white veil is a novice.

Jack said...

\\The lady on the right. Sort of a one foot in both worlds look, wouldn't you say?\\

She is obviously a postulant.

For a simple, practical, and dignified religious habit, I would suggest that used by St. Elizabeth's Sisters of Love and Charity at the Martha-Mary convent of mercy: a grey tunic styled like a cassock, leather girdle, and white apostolnik (basically a loose wimple that comes down to the elbows).

Anonymous said...

come on JoeB stop it!

Cruise the Groove. said...

"Was the prior, written consent of the diocesan Bishop obtained, as stated in Can. 609 Sec. 1?"

Yes, permission from the Ordinary was granted.

Cruise the Groove. said...

Those are some of the most beautiful and angelic looking nuns I have ever seen.

Anonymous said...

"Was the prior, written consent of the diocesan Bishop obtained, as stated in Can. 609 Sec. 1?"

Yes, permission from the Ordinary was granted.

--> Are you saying that His Eminence,John Cardinal Njue, gave permission? If so, that is really newsworthy in itself.

bedwere said...

Nairobi seems to have a moderate climate with the average maximum being 24 °C (75 °F).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nairobi

Maybe the good sisters will wear something lighter when engaged in warmer parts of Africa.

Malta said...

These Sisters have my heart!

Tom the Milkman said...

Thank the Lord for the SSPX! And, Thank You, Archbishop Lefebvre!

Cruise the Groove. said...

"--> Are you saying that His Eminence,John Cardinal Njue, gave permission"

Yes, he did.

Andrea G said...

Is there anywhere to find out more about the sisters? Thank you!

chiapet said...

Rah-rah-rah for the Sisters of the SSPX!

Anonymous said...

"--> Are you saying that His Eminence,John Cardinal Njue, gave permission"

Yes, he did."

Please provide documentation. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Germany :A congregation of religious Sisters also affiliated with the SSPX:http://www.laportelatine.org/international/communic/presse/europe/Allemagne/SoeursRepStEsp1102/niedaltdorf.php

Deo gratias !

Pascal said...

"Yes, permission from the Ordinary was granted."

Very interesting. Care to show anything to the public?

Joe B said...

I guess postulant class was one I fell asleep in back there in catechism class. We hadn't invented donuts yet, so sleep was encouraged.

I thought they gave even postulants some kind of religious clothing. But since they obviously don't, she is certainly very commendably dressed. Just what you would expect from an SSPX postulant.

God bless them all, and many more.

"come on JoeB stop it!"

Mom, I thought you were in Purgatory! All those prayers - wasted.

Jordanes551 said...

I thought they gave even postulants some kind of religious clothing. But since they obviously don't, she is certainly very commendably dressed.

You don't think a veil and subdued and modest clothing, all the same color as the nuns' habits, is "some kind of religious clothing"?

Anonymous said...

JoeB I am not your mom but I think she would agree with me.
You are behaving like a puritan and your mom knows you are a sinner like the rest of us!

God Bless!

Raphael Del Val said...

Why are so many of you fixated on the habit os these women? You don't have to wear them. And besides, did warm weather come about in the late twentieth century? Missionary Sisters have worn habits that appear to many as burdensome, but I'm sure they were happy to offer up any sufferings (sadly something almost unheard of today).

Perhaps if you would worry about the many other problems that have beset the Church she might be better served!

Joe B said...

Sure is getting hot around here. You know you're in trouble when Jordanes decides to weigh in against you.

To stretch the point just for the sake of discussion, good female religious clothing is patterned after Our Lady's clothing - layered, loose clothing which hides the female form. The clothing of the sisters in the picture meet that standard, the postulant's falls just a tad shy. Not bad, just not quite up to the attire of the religious.

I know what you're going to ask - how do you know what Our Lady wears? Well, we puritans just know these things.

Miriam said...

Just to clarify, I think these are the Oblate Sisters. The Sisters of the SSPX (who take the vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience) wear a medal and the Oblates wear the Crucifix. Wonderful to see them!

Anonymous said...

Clarification. It is my understanding that the three sisters in full black habits are not part of the new order but are SSPX oblates who have been involved in helping to establish and support this new initiative. The white habit with brown scapular is the habit of the new order not the black habit.

Jeremiah Methuselah said...

Long-Skirts : I think you are right. But, most likely, she is a Catholic young lady who is keen to try her vocation, without the money to buy other clothes. I am sure she would be unhappy were she to read the criticisms posted here.

Some of you have no idea of life in Africa. It is hard for the majority of people there in a way which is not easily understandable if you haven’t been there.

For me, to see African people attend the OLM is a magnificent feeling and a true expression of the timelessness of the OLM, its relevance, its essential Catholicicity.

It’s not your fault you are ignorant of the reality of Africa, but maybe normal prudence directs you should open brain before hitting the keyboard. Some remarks border on racism, IMNSHO.

God bless that young lady - 'Mungu akubariki yake'

Anonymous said...

Ave Maria!

Do they have vows?

God bless