Rorate Caeli

Establishment of the Priory of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Charles Town, WV

"WITH GRATITUDE TO BISHOP MICHAEL J. BRANSFIELD OF THE DIOCESE OF WHEELING-CHARLESTON (WEST VIRGINIA) AND FATHER JOHN LEDFORD OF SAINT JAMES PARISH IN CHARLES TOWN, WEST VIRGINIA

THE CANONS REGULAR OF THE NEW JERUSALEM 
JOYFULLY ANNOUNCE THE ESTABLISHMENT 
OF THE 
PRIORY OF THE ANNUNCIATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

COMMENCING WITH THE PALM SUNDAY LITURGY OF HOLY WEEK - APRIL 17, 2011"

Schedule of Principal Events (Go to TLM in MD)

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Deo gratias!

Cruise the Groove. said...

Thank you for this news.

Does anyone know if this will be in the Traditional Latin liturgy
and
What does this priory-chapel look like?
Thank you.

Cruise the Groove. said...

Do the Canons offer the TLM at St Peters chapel, which is part of St James parish:

http://www.stjameswv.org/stpeterschapel.htm

Anonymous said...

Is this Father Oppenheimers group? If so does this mean they are now in a permanent home? Thanks

Henry said...

From their web site www.canonsregular.com :

Archbishop Raymond Burke established the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem in the Diocese of La Crosse (Wis.) on June 22, 2002. The Canons relocated to the Archdiocese of St. Louis in November of 2004.

Archbishop Burke noted the worthy celebration of the traditional Catholic liturgy in Latin as being at the heart of spirituality and work of the CRNJ.

The Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem seek perfection of the worship of God using the 1962 liturgy in the celebration of Holy Mass in its historic Latin form, consistent, Bishop Burke noted, with his holiness Pope John Paul's Ecclesia Dei Adflicta of 1988.

This site, therefore, is made available to those seeking a means of giving glory to God through the religious life and to those who seek to worship Him by means of the traditional Latin Mass and liturgy.

Anonymous said...

I received this news yesterday or the day before. It is wonderful in itself but I still see no announcement that the Canons will be offering Mass every Sunday in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, embracing the entire State of West Virginia. What we see so far is a schedule for Holy Week and the Easter Octave.

Does anyone know more? Keep in mind tht the Dicoese of W.-C. is one of the very few in the U.S.A. which had the ancient Mass every Sunday and then later lost it. We need it back!

I realise that the Canons have recently be given approval to offer Mass in the Diocese for one year ad experimentum. But I still don't see an every-Sunday schedule. Until I do, I'm keeping the Dom Perignon on ice.

P.K.T.P.

Deo volente said...

There are 5 links added to the announcement on TLM-MD:

Link to the Canons Regular
Link to the Saint James Yahoo Group
Link to two articles on NLM
Link to an article that appeared here in January.

The Canons have been coming to Charles Town for several years during Christmas and Holy Week. They are now in residence at what I think is called "Old Saint James" as shown on the address of the post at TLM-MD.

Thanks to New Catholic for getting the word out on this, and for linking to my post!

Hat/Tip
D.v.

Anonymous said...

Why was it the Canons Regular spent such a short time in the Archdiocese of St. Louis before relocating?

It seems they had strong support from (then) Archbishop Raymond Burke when they got setup in the archdiocese. Did the community suffer a scandal? Did it fragment internally or ...?

Anonymous said...

Again, this is wonderful news but I still see no every-Sunday schedule of Traditional Latin Masses at St. James Church. I hope that this will change soon. The people of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston deserve to have the Mass of the Ages every Sunday to fulfil the obligation. Driving to another State every Sunday (or for some Sundays) is not a good option.

P.K.T.P.

Anonymous said...

"Why was it the Canons Regular spent such a short time in the Archdiocese of St. Louis before relocating?"

No scandal or fragmentation (how do you fragment three guys?). They are Burke groupies, so when he left they were lost.

I hope they succeed, but they can never seem to get it all together.

Frankly, I think the wrong one of the three is the Superior.

DefensorFidei said...

"Again, this is wonderful news but I still see no every-Sunday schedule of Traditional Latin Masses at St. James Church."

They're establishing a priory, where obviously they will live. It stands to reason that it is where they'll be offering Mass everyday. We may not have a regular schedule yet, but this news obviously means that the EF will now be sung daily in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.

DefensorFidei said...

"I hope they succeed, but they can never seem to get it all together."

The CRNJ was "homeless" for a number of years, the founder staying with the Norbertines while the two others studied in Rome. The fact is that there are very few who are willing to try out the contemplative life (even among Traditional-leaning youths), and of these few, even fewer would be willing to try out a new, struggling congregation that doesn't even have a monastery of its own.

Gratias said...

I pray this community establishes weekly Latin Mass. Hopefully their masses will be open to the public.

I have a suggestion for Rorate Caeli: why not set up a post where all readers can relate the achievements or travails of the Latin Mass in their respective Dioceses? Done periodically this could provide a public record of bishops that do their duty and obey their Pope.

awatkins69 said...

I almost joined their group and even met Fr. Oppenheimer. I knew that they had said they were working up some sort of detail, but I wasn't allowed in on the details at the time. Anyways, I hope for the best for them. They're a wonderful group of holy people and I'll miss not having them in southern California.