Rorate Caeli

Institute of Christ the King takes up permanent residence in Eire

Canon Lebocq celebrates Holy Mass at St. Patrick's Church in Limerick

Dear Friends of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest,

For the last four years Divine Providence has permitted the Institute of Christ the King to exercise a ministry in the Diocese of Limerick with the permission of the Most Reverend Bishop Murray, then Bishop of Limerick, whom I had the pleasure to meet several times on my visits.

Thanks to your prayers and perseverance, and also to Father Irwin, Pastor of St. Patrick Church, we have celebrated mass more and more often in Limerick.

This year as every year, I have asked all the canons of our Institute to come together at our mother house and seminary at Gricigliano, near Florence, Italy, for the first week of September. Canon Lebocq knows this house well, having received his priestly formation here and having spent another seven years here as vice-rector and choirmaster.

Our 57 young priests have thus come together this year, first of all, to pray together and also to cultivate a spirit of family and true brotherhood. It is also the occasion when I receive them individually and announce to them the place where they will exercise their ministry for the next year.

As you know, Canon Lebocq has been coming regularly from Italy for several years to tend to your souls. Thanks to your prayers, patience and perseverance, I have the pleasure to announce to you that Canon Lebocq will soon stay in Ireland permanently; you will thus be able to attend the extraordinary form of the mass every Sunday in Limerick, as encouraged by our Holy Father, Benedict XVI. Monsignor R. Michael Schmitz, my Vicar General, whom many of you know, will assist me as Provincial for Ireland. The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right in canonical form, which means that all the priests of our community are canons. This title is not first of all an honour but above all a duty. The principal duty of a canon is to make the prayer of the Church public by chanting the divine office in community. For this reason, I have asked a seminarian and an oblate to form a community life with him. They will pray together, study and work in St. Joseph House in Graigacurragh, Granagh, to advance the reign of Christ the King on your beautiful island.

I will have the pleasure to come visit you soon and to sing the mass again at St. Patrick Church. In the meantime, I ask you to give thanks to God for sending you our young community which, by the Catholic priesthood, will bring to you the wonders of God in a spirit of great love for the Church. I thank each one of you for supporting by your prayers and fidelity this apostolate which we have placed under the patronage of St. Joseph, foster father of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

Msgr Wach

Prior General of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest

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  1. Anonymous7:43 AM

    Deo Gratias!!

  2. Ma Tucker8:23 AM

    Could not be happier. Canon Leboc is a great blessing.

  3. Anonymous8:24 AM

    This is wonderful news. Thank you, Msgr. Wach. I suggest prayers for the Institute's mission in Ireland. Finally, we have something new to celebrate!

    The struggle to bring the T.L.M. to dioceses in Ireland (as in my own country, Canada), has been very difficult, but this bring us real hope for a long-term improvement.


  4. This is truly wonderful news and quite timely...considering the state of society and the Church in Ireland. May God bless the Institute and the work they do everywhere.

  5. PKTP,

    I wished to comment on your question to me on another thread which, unfortunately, also concerned Father Lebocq.

    The LMSI website is at present up to date, but obviously it will have to be revised in the light of this present announcement which I received yesterday. You can take it that from 3 October, Mass will take place every Sunday in St Patrick's Church, Dublin Road, Limerick at 10.30 am.

    The Institute have also been celebrating TLM on the 3rd Sunday of the month in Galway City since the Spring. This has been in the military chapel in Galway (which is accessible to civilians) at 3pm, but it necessary to watch the announcements on the LMSI website to be sure. One hopes for an improvement here soon.

    Peadar Laighléis,
    Cumann an Aifrinn Laidinigh.

  6. Time for a traditional takeover in another NO desert.

  7. Anonymous7:36 PM

    Good news from Ireland after the ghastliness at Knock. I know the shrine very well and all through the day there are many New Rite Masses. The LMSI annunal Mass is a splendid witness and it is a shame that it was disrupted. Anyone who has a problem with traditional Catholic rites and devotional practices could have easily gone to one of the other Masses. I used to serve a monthly Traditional Rite Mass at Knock and we didn't have any nastiness, just the occasional person not realising the "form" or saying Amen before receiving.
    God bless the work of the Institute of Christ the King in their mission to Ireland. Alan Robinson

  8. Jack B.7:58 PM

    Canon Lebocq was recently in the news here in Rorate Caeli.

  9. Anonymous9:31 AM

    Thank you, Mr. Laighléis. By the way, do you know if the every-Sundeay Mass in the Diocese of Derry is continuing? I heard at one point that it was 'de facto' but not official, and it has not been listed on the website of the L.M.S.I.

    Again, this news from Limerick makes my month.

    In Christo et Maria,


  10. Anonymous12:50 PM

    This is splendid news--few countries need the traditional communities to take root more than Ireland, the land of my ancestors and for fifteen centuries the wellspring of missionaries who spread the faith throughout the world.

  11. Alan,

    Thanks for your comments regarding Knock. It is hoped that Mass will happen there more often than just once a year - Saturday's incident hasn't helped though.


    I would say that the focus in Ireland has switched from the south to the north and Derry is an obvious consideration. Masses were offered privately there in the Long Tower (as St Columba's Church is known - it is one of the finest chuches in Derry) by Father Roland Colhoun. Father Colhoun has been moved from the Long Tower parish this month, so I am not in a position to answer your question yet. However I do know that Bishop Hegarty is considering an initiative of his own in Derry. Bishop Hegarty is the most favourable Irish bishop to TLM and he is known to say it privately (and occasionally publicly - he's the only living Irish bishop to have done so more than once). I can only say that we'll have to wait and see.

    However, just a bit of further information about Bishop Hegarty in case any member of another Ecclesia Dei community is reading and has an interest in Ireland. Bishop Hegarty's mother tongue is Irish and if one cannot speak to him in Irish, there is little he likes better than to speak in German (the polyglot bishop also embarrassed the late Michael Davies by asking if preferred to speak in Latin or Welsh - following Michael's death, he offered a TLM for the reposal of his soul). As a seminarist, he did a term of pastoral work in the Würzburg diocese and after ordination, he worked in the Munich-Freising Archdiocese (then headed by Archbishop, later Cardinal, Ratzinger). He maintains contacts with Bavaria. So, if any German-speaking group of trad priests are looking for a new apostolate, Derry might be a place worth trying.

    In Domino & Domina,

    Peadar Laighléis.

  12. To keep people completely up to date, every Sunday Mass will start in Limerick on 17 October, which is when the Institute take up permanent residence in the diocese. Father Lebocq, however, will say Mass in Limerick on 19 September and on 3 October; and he will say Mass in Galway on 19 September.

    In Domino & Domina,

    Peadar Laighléis.


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