Rorate Caeli

Happy Fifth Anniversary

to the Apostolic Administration of Saint John Mary Vianney, in Campos, Brazil.

Bishop Fernando Rifan with Fr. Claudiomar Souza and some members of his flock in a recent pilgrimage to Aparecida, the National Shrine of Brazil, whose main cupolas are being restored in preparation to the CELAM 2007 Conference. All races, all ages, one Tradition, One Church. Animarum bonum suprema est lex ac finis Ecclesiae!

On January 18, 2002, the Decree "Animarum Bonum" of Erection of the Personal Apostolic Administration of Saint John Mary Vianney was signed by the appropriate authority, a few weeks after the autograph letter of Pope John Paul II recognizing full communion with Bishop Licinio Rangel and the Traditionalist priests linked to the heritage of Bishop Antonio de Castro Mayer.


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  2. Anonymous12:15 AM

    Does anyone have any statistics on the growth of this community since its regularization? I would suspect that its apostolate has exploded during the last 5 years.


  3. I had the pleasure of meeting Bishop Rifan when he celebrated the TLM in DC, and he is a lovely man, very approachable, no arrogance. He is very orthodox and such a contrast from our American bishops. He was very nice to respond to my emails and even sends Christmas greetings via email.

  4. Anonymous1:41 AM

    I also had the pleasure of meeting the Bishop in Lincoln, Nebraska last year when he presided at the FSSP Minor Order ordinations. Afterwards I spoke briefly with him at the Seminary of Our Lady of Guadalupe. He is fluent in Spanish. I didn't detect a portuguese accent at all. He is a very knowledgeable man. When he found out I was from Colombia, he said we needed more good Cardinals in the Church like Cdl. Dario Castrillon Hoyos who is Colombian as well.

  5. Anonymous11:02 AM

    I am from Brazil and I know the flock.

    Its growth is not an explosion, like mentioned, but it is a large group, with many churchs, priests, seminarists and lay people.

    I think of going to their Seminar.

  6. I had the pleasure of meeting Bishop Rifan briefly a few years ago when he addressed a conference in London.

    While he certainly has the dignity and bearing one expects of bishops - particularly when speaking about the Church, Authority and the Magisterium - he also has a wonderfully friendly, approachable, humorous and informal manner.

    He is not stand-off-ish as most of our English bishops are - he was very willing to speak to individuals about anything, without any hint of suspicion, dis-trust or condescension. After his speech, he wandered over to a grand piano on the stage and entertained us by playing 'Greensleeves' among other pieces.

    A wonderful man of God and at ease with His people.


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