Rorate Caeli

On A Mission -- For Souls ...

This June, the FSSP St. John Bosco Youth Group (Lincoln, NE) is heading to the Dominican Republic joining a mission trip to not only help the local people, but spread the Traditional Latin Mass and Faith. And they need your help.

The mission hosts numerous groups of young people and they do various types of work: building houses, digging latrines, etc. While they perform their corporal works, they'll tackle the spiritual as well.

Fr. Keith O’Hare invited the FSSP because he wants them to teach him the Traditional Mass so he can start offering it regularly at his parish. The Fraternity will be running workshops with him and with his altar boys to get them prepared. At the end of their stay they hope to have a Solemn High Mass in his nearly 500-year-old church in Banica and then another one in an historic church in colonial Santo Domingo.

Friends of Rorate inside the Fraternity tell us this could be "big time" because that city of 8 million people, mostly Catholics, only has one old priest who occasionally says the Mass. This could be the spark that starts the restoration in a critical Catholic area.

You can help the FSSP mission trip in a number of ways: Pray for the success of this venture; Make a tax-deductible donation (checks can be made payable to St. Francis of Assisi Chapel); Buy Mystic Monk Coffee from them or through the Mystic Monk Coffee Drive at (select “St. John Bosco Youth Group” from the pull down menu. 40% of coffee sales benefit our trip and the remaining proceeds benefit the Carmelite Monks of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Monastery; Sponsor specific items such as missals, vestments, and other necessities for the Traditional Mass; Sponsor a priest or seminarian at $1000; Sponsor a volunteer youth who may not otherwise be able to make the trip: $1400; Any gift you are able to make.

Please consider helping this worthy cause either on your own or by organizing a fundraising effort for the group. Contact StJohnBoscoYouthGroup AT for more information (additional contact info on the poster above).


  1. This is great work.
    But I would like to help the FSSP develop a mission in my own state of North Carolina where there is no FSSP apostolate.

  2. Great Work

    But one small correction, they are not bringing the TLM to the dominican republic, the SSPX have five priests on the island, a priory and in fact I believe their Dominican sisters operate a school there

  3. Anonymous3:25 PM

    JMJ, we didn't say they were bringing the first TLM, just that they were bringing the TLM, which is true.

    All: like a lottery winner complaining about the taxes he must now pay, please refrain from the "Good new, but ... I have no FFSP by me ... I like the SSPX ... etc."

    Let's start 2012 being joyful for what we have and do some PRIVATE reparation for what troubles us inside our ailing Church.

  4. Ha, I just got back from the Dominican Republic and Haiti. Wish I could join them this time around and help serve. I hope they are able to get to some of the regional seats instead of just focusing on the major cities. Places like Pedernales (which borders Haiti) have been over run with various protestant "missionary" churches. I also think that the population would be welcoming to Traditional Mass there. Hopefully they take a little time to cross the border into Haiti as well.

  5. I agree, the FSSP to the Dominican is a fantastic idea. I was in no way trying to be negative (it is hard not to be in these times though no?). More that I hope they do visit, at least a border region, of Haiti. I also hope that if the TLM starts taking off in the DR that perhaps it will rub off unto it's neighbor.

    But as far as voudo goes-it is hard to take any statistics from Haiti seriously. However I wouldn't disbelieve 80%, but I think this is also true because many towns go without any Catholic influence. There is a reason....a fault if you will with WHY they have watered down their Catholicism.

    In Anse-a-pitre for example there is a (singular..1) Catholic Church. The priest does not live there, but travels from a neighboring region for Sunday Mass. There is no weekday Mass, and as soon as Sunday closing prayers are said, he disappears. How would you not water down *that kind of Catholicism with what your ancestors had?

    By default, now Anse-a-pitre has been inundated with Protestants. There are more than 15 Protestant denominations active in Anse-a-pitre, setting up clinics, food distribution centers, etc.

    This is not just a Haiti problem. There is a reason why within 1 or 2 generation of Latinos coming to the US (legally or illegally) that many families completely loose their Catholicism. There is no support network.

    I was disheartened while living there. I attended Mass all of 2 times in the span of half a year. So I truly truly hope that the FSSP can really get the ball rolling. I wish i could go with them in fact. If they are still in the DR when I return this year, I will certainly look them up.

  6. spero5:36 PM

    This is wonderful! I would love to go on a trip like this. (It would certainly be too late to plan something like this now of course). We need traditional missions desperately. I visited Venezuela a few years ago with a diocesan group. Catholics form something like 98-99% of the population. But judging by the number of churches, I would guess that the majority of people who actually go to Church on Sunday are protestant. Additionally, A LOT of the priest down there are VERY enamored by liberation theology. Finally, in many of these countries there is an anti-Spanish vein which might be inclined to want to keep the Novus Ordo in order to have the flexibility to add local flavor, such as local musical styles.
    Finally, we need to show the world that Tradition is the fecund seedbed of concrete works of charity.

  7. The DR is a very Catholic country which outlaws abortion at every stage, and without exemption.

    The fact that such a small island could host five SSPX priests is indicative of the fact that, I believe, they (the people) would welcome the FSSP like a sponge welcomes water. But whether the local ordinaries will or not is another question.

    Many of them might be more interested in inculturation than indoctrination; but, who knows?

    But I wish these young missionaries well; we need more Catholic missionaries/aid workers to Catholic lands to represent the faith, rather than the siphoning that's going on by Fundies, who use aid to re-convert Catholics from their faith.

  8. Ivan K8:29 PM

    This is a wonderful opportunity. Perhaps young Dominican FSSP priests will be coming to the US one day--we, too are missionary territory.

  9. JMJ Ora Pro Nobis said:

    "the SSPX have five priests on the island, a priory and in fact I believe their Dominican sisters operate a school there"

    Why oh why don't the FSSP go where there are no TLMs. I'm sorry but it's sadly true that many Orders like the Institute & the FSSP go where there already is a TLM under the auspices of the SSPX. Other souls have nothing in their Diocese. Look at the Web Site for the DR and see the great fruits. The SSPX always take the next step after establishing the True Mass and start schools to teach the children the whole Faith on a daily basis and then there are the many, MANY Sister helping now to teach. I'm glad the FSSP wants to establish Mass centers but go where they are starving for it not where there already is a strong presence with Mass, schools and religious.

    I think they are good but they are rival goods and the Vatican knows this. Where are their shcools??

  10. Anonymous9:53 PM


    The SSPX can go wherever they want because they seek no permission from he local ordinary. The FSSP, in full communion, obviously can only go where they're invited and able to send a priest.

    And, logically, they're only invited into dioceses where the bishop is fairly solid and wants to serve the traditional communities. And when a bishop is solid, often times you'll find other diocesan TLMs also in existence, God be praised.

    In terms of schools, the FSSP does have them in many places, including a boarding school in Pa. But, again, you have to have an ordinary who will allow it and a community who will fill it.

    While you know how fond we are of the Society, right or wrong, their situation is sill irregular, which will keep many good Catholics from attending their Masses. So it's very good when the Fraternity goes into any new area, even when the SSPX is already there. The more the better.

  11. Adfero said:

    "But, again, you have to have an ordinary who will allow it..."

    Oh, that's right, I forgot, you have to have MEN for that.

  12. Anonymous12:47 PM

    Yes, Long-Skirts, there must be MEN to first approve of any Catholic school in order to prevent heresy from being taught to Catholic children.

    Just because most of the men these days are wrong in the Church does not mean one should go around them in every case.

  13. Do they need people that can sing in a schola and help explain Gregorian Chant?

  14. Mr. Ott5:50 PM

    Mr. Cornett,
    Yes and everything that goes with it, i.e. the whole Catholic faith with the TLM. These people and all people need to see the real Church again. The NO is a disaster.

  15. Old Guy2:11 AM

    The young American priest in this article is stationed up in the mountains, right on the border of Haiti.


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