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Recent Ordinations according to the pre-Conciliar books


Denton - On January 28, 2012, Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz ordained 7 seminarians to the subdiaconate. Photos can be found on the FSSP main website. (Link)

Wigratzbad - On February 11, 2012, Msgr. Juan Ignacio Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru, Titular Bishop of Civitate and Secretary of the Pontifical Council for Legislative Texts, conferred the minor orders of Porter and Lector on 13 seminarians, the minor orders of Exorcist and Acolyte on another 13 seminarians, and the Subdiaconate on 7 seminarians. (The list of the newly-ordained can be found here.) Photos can be found on the FSSP main website. (Link)

Msgr. Arrieta Ochoa de Chinchetru was a numerary priest of Opus Dei prior to his episcopal appointment. 

II. Institute of Christ the King - Sovereign Priest

On January 29, 2012, Bishop Luciano Giovannetti, the Bishop-Emeritus of Fiesole, conferred diaconal ordination on two subdeacons of the Institute of Christ the King. The ordinations took place in the Institute's seminary-chapel in Gricigliano. Pictures of the Solemn Pontifical Mass of Ordination can be found here.

Present at the Solemn Pontifical Mass was Msgr. Marco Agostini, an official in the Vatican Secretariat of State and one of the Papal Masters of Ceremonies. Rorate readers might remember that Msgr. Agostini is the first cerimoniere pontificio to publicly celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass since 1970 and that he offered Solemn Mass only last Sunday in the Seminary of the Archdiocese of Trent -- an event that was received by the Archdiocese with "perplexity".

III. Institute of the Good Shepherd

On February 11, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of Maria Santissima in Astana, conferred minor orders on some seminarians of the Institute of the Good Shepherd in the its seminary in Courtelain. He also ordained two new subdeacons and one new priest (a Pole) for the Institute. More pictures can be found on the Facebook page of Skauci Świętego Bernarda z Clairvaux (link) and on the website of the IBP seminary in Courtelain (link).

And last but not the least...


The website of the United States District of the SSPX now has pictures of the ordination of Fr. Daniel Chavarria SSPX by Bishop Bernard Fellay in St. Mary's, Kansas, on February 4, 2012, as well as of various recent ceremonies in the SSPX's seminaries around the world.


  1. Ecclesia Militans10:28 PM

    Deo gratias!
    Novi milites arma suscipiunt pro aeterna et proxima pugna.
    Vivat Christus Rex!

  2. Joseph10:58 PM

    May God bless all these men and may they have a long and fruitful ministry. The future of the Church is in these pictures.

  3. Francoise11:35 PM

    Please go to the seminary website - - for the pictures. There are more pics there.

  4. So according to Paul VI's MINISTERIA QUAEDAM the minor orders only exist within traditional institutes and not in the Novus Ordo? That seems bizarre. How can that be?

  5. @servusmariaen:

    Yes, quite bizarre. Perhaps someone should tell the devil that those exorcists who performed the first part of the baptismal ritual didn't really do anything....

  6. So what does this mean? That the orders of porter, lector, exorcist and acolyte exist only among those institutes that have permission to confer them whilst all of those in non traditional orders/institutes are simply conferred with the "ministries" of lector and acolyte? That doesn't make sense. si si no no

  7. Jacobuis10:17 AM

    Hit the nail right on the head servusmariaen and BVD. The perfidity to immemorial and quite important steps towards the priesthood that were 'dislodged' and 'sectorised' in Paul VI's is perplexing at best and malicious and insidious at worst.

  8. Ordinations to the subdiaconate interest me, since Paul VI in Ministeria quaedam declared: "consequently, the major order of subdiaconate no longer exists in the Latin Church."

    So, if it doens't exist, what are these young me being ordained to? Is it all just empty show? Or does the Pope not have the authority to abolish the subdiaconate in the Latin Church (or a third possibility: he can, but the way in which he went about doing it was somehow ineffective/invalid).

    Those would seem to be the only three logical possibilities. So, which is it?

  9. Anonymous7:08 PM

    Garrett, from our post last fall:

    Traditional-minded Catholics, however, were not surprised when Universae Ecclesiae pronounced:

    31. Only in Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life which are under the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, and in those which use the liturgical books of the forma extraordinaria, is the use of the Pontificale Romanum of 1962 for the conferral of minor and major orders permitted.

  10. All of these 'Traditional' ordinations at all levels are so inspiring. HOW could any Church not want to maintain this? All the photos were excellent.
    I have never seen TEAL vestments before. If that defective film? (ICKSP)

  11. Ora et Labora4:26 AM

    God bless you FSSP, and congratulations on your ordinations.
    Thank you for staying faithful inside the Church!!!

  12. Impressive! I am curious who is that prelate in choir dress who assists at the SSPX ceremony in Zaitzkofen (see picture, behind the seminarians because there are no choir stalls)?

  13. Adfero,

    I certainly understand that the ceremony is *permitted*, but still do not understand what is occurring since the subdiaconate "no longer exists in the Latin Church," according to papal pronouncement.

    AFAIK, there's been no apostolic letter reinstating the subdiaconate in the Latin Church, even if the ceremony of its conferral is "permitted."

  14. Since the Holy See has declared that the traditional Roman Rite was never abrogated, even though Pope Paul VI intended to do that, would it not follow that Paul VI did not, contrary to his intentions, actually suppress the Minor Orders and the Major Order of the Subdiaconate? Since the Church has said there is permission to use the old ordination rites, that can only mean that the Minor Orders and the Subdiaconate DO exist in the Latin Church.

    All that remains is to adjust canon law so that a man enters into the clerical state upon reception of the first grade of Holy Orders -- that is Porter in the so-called Extraordinary Use or Form, or Deacon in the so-called Ordinary Use or Form.

    And then, in due time, please God, a full restoration of the Minor Orders and the Subdiaconate, so that all Latin Rite clerics pass through the traditional grades of Holy Orders. . . .

  15. Jordanes,

    That is at least a conceivable solution to the problem posed.


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