Rorate Caeli

Reminder: American celebration of 25 years of the FSSP - and also in Paris

The North American District of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of the order with a Pontifical Mass at the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala. Archbishop Cordileone will be the celebrant.  The Mass is scheduled for Friday, November 15, at 10a.m. with  nearly 60 FSSP priests and some diocesan priests in attendance. The faithful are welcome to attend.

The FSSP has a parish, St. Anne, with three priests in the Diocese of San Diego, but the Mass will at the Mission San Diego because of its historical status. The Mission Basilica was the first of the 21 California missions and is known as the Mother of the Missions. It was founded on July 16, 1769, by Blessed Junipero Serra - whose third centennial of birth we are celebrating in the same month of November. As the first church in California, it marks the birthplace of Christianity in the Western US. On November 4, 1775, Father Luis Jayme was killed during an Indian uprising at the mission, becoming the first martyr of the California missions. He is currently interred in the sanctuary. Mission San Diego de Alcala was designated as a Minor Basilica in 1976 by Pope Paul VI.


As a aside note: on the following day, November 16, at 10 AM (local time), the largest church in Paris after Notre-Dame, the massive building of Saint-Sulpice, will witness its own celebration of the Silver Jubilee of the Fraternity: a Solemn Mass will be celebrated by Fr Ribeton, superior of the French District, with the presence of many of the FSSP's priests in Europe. All faithful who can be present in this celebration in Paris should be: if the huge building is filled to the brim, what a great image for Traditionalism.