Rorate Caeli

Congratulations... the Rev. Fr. John McFarland, FSSPX, the son of our very regular commentator Mr. John McFarland, and the other five newly-ordained priests of the Society of Saint Pius X (and two of the OSB monastery in New Mexico), as well as the twelve new deacons. 10 priests and 7 deacons will be ordained in Écône on June 29, and 2 priests in Zaitzkofen, Germany.

The Lord hath appeared from afar to me. 
"Yea I have loved thee with an everlasting love, 
therefore have I drawn thee, taking pity on thee. 
Behold the days shall come," saith the Lord, 
"and I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel
and with the house of Juda: 
Not according to the covenant which I made with their fathers, 
in the day that I took them by the hand 
to bring them out of the land of Egypt: 
the covenant which they made void, 
and I had dominion over them," saith the Lord. 

"But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel, 
after those days," saith the Lord: 
"I will give my law in their bowels, 
and I will write it in their heart: 
and I will be their God, 
and they shall be my people."
Jeremiah xxxi 
Feast of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Matins


  1. P.K.T.P.4:22 PM

    Congratulaions, Mr. McFarland! What a great day this is, and a time to reflect on what is really important in all of this business.

    Peter Karl T. Perkins

  2. Deo gratias!!!

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  4. Congratulations and I look forward to their 1st Masses. Are their 12 Deacons in this picture as well? Next Year looks like a large class, God Willing!

  5. I could look at this picture for an hour and not get tired of seeing it! When I hear the four letters "SSPX," it is not polemics or debates about canonical structures, but it is this image that comes to mind.


  6. Martyjo4:46 PM

    Yet more labourers for the vineyard of the Lord. Deo Gratias!

  7. Congratulations Mr McFarland and Father McFarland!

  8. Deo Gratias! Congrats to Fr and to Father :)

  9. NIANTIC4:56 PM

    My congratulations and God's most wonderful blessings to all the newly ordained Priests. May your lives always be a great blessing to His people and His Holy Church.
    Also congratulations to Mr.McFarland. How very proud and happy you must be!
    Pax et bonum.

  10. With vocations in general in decline, such a sight makes the case that a return to tradition is the way to go ... let the war cry be 'Back to the Future!

  11. Kathleen5:04 PM

    What a blessed gift from God!

    Heartfelt thanks to these wonderful young men and their families for the labor and sacrifice that has brought them to this point!

    May God bless you all abundantly!

  12. Adam Michael5:06 PM

    Deo gratias for more priests for Holy Mother Church!

    And congratulations to Mr. McFarland and his son on this most special day.

  13. The Divine Master's student5:13 PM

    "Veni Sancte Spiritus". . .May their fidelity henceforth be a witness to the Omnipotence of the Divine Will of Our Father Who has called them to share in the pristine privilege of His Son's Eternal Priesthood.

    To this end, may their Angels resound within their souls the magnificent words they speak upon the altar: "Lord Jesus Christ, Who saidst to Your apostles: 'Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you,' look not upon my sins, but upon the faith of Your Church; and be pleased to grant her peace and unity according to YOUR WILL, You, Who are God, living and reigining, word without end. Amen"

    Eternal Congratulations for your courageous docile fidelity to the Will of the Holy Trinity which has lead you to be ordained as His elite who alone can go "in unto the altar of God". You have the assurance of our supportive prayers as your continually contemplate Our Lord Jesus Christ's caution: "And unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required:" Luke 12:48

  14. Brian5:24 PM

    On June 15, John McFarland wrote:

    Please remember in your prayers my son and the other deacons who are being ordained in Winona later this morning.

  15. Gratias5:30 PM

    Thank you new Fathers and Deacons. May you restore the Faith. God bless you.

    Well done Mr. McFarland.

  16. Ferraiuolo5:32 PM

    New instruments of God into this world! How beautiful! More souls to be sanctified through these brave men! Deo Gratias!

    Juravit Dominus, et non paenitebit eum: Tu es sacerdos in aeternum secundum ordinem Melchisedech!

  17. Bartholomew5:34 PM

    God bless you, Mr. McFarland, for this eternal gift to the One True Church and One True Faith.

  18. Peterman5:35 PM

    Congrats Mr McFarland, I hope you get your son's first blessing.

  19. Anonymous5:36 PM

    Don't post this great news on the Catholic Answers Forum or you will be band for good from the forums. I posted a beautiful video of Bishop Fellay in Vienna from the May Day Procession, last week, and got 5 infractions, then when I argued my case about not promoting an agenda, got band for good. The moderator on that forum has a chip on his shoulders for any news on the SSPX or anyone questioning his actions. Anyway, thanks for this excellent news and congratulations to all!:) God Bless!

  20. Congrats!!

  21. Does anyone know the names of the ordained Deacons?

  22. GQ Rep5:55 PM

    This is awesome. God bless the new SSPX priests, deacons, and 2 new Benedicitne monks.

    While this is a fantastic testament to the enduring attraction of Catholic tradition and the Tridentine Latin Mass, it also is likewise an embarassing indictment of the Novus Ordo Mass and the entire Vatican II Church because I don't believe that there is a diocese or Archdiocese in the USA which ordained 12 deacons from Novus Ordo seminaries this year, or even in the last 10 years!

    Most USA religious Orders of priests have not ordained 12 deacons in a class for nearly 40 years....indeed some have not ordained anyone for the last 20+ years!

    My own Archdiocese regularly ordained anywhere from 25 to as high (late 1940's and all thru 50's) as 50 new priests per year. This year we ordained 6, which is a bumper crop of new priests for us. We have been used to no more than 3-4 for years.

    And the Archdiocese of New York this year had only 1 new priest!

    Even in Rome, I watched Benedict XVI a month ago ordain only 9 new priests for Rome. I did some research. Back in the 1950's, Popes did not ordain Roman seminarians...a designated Cardinal did. But they still averaged 65-75 new priests per year....not 9 .

    We will be experiencing the results of the spiritual desert of Vatican II for many years yet, unfortunatly.
    All the more reason to say Thank God for these new priests and deacons!

  23. markus5:55 PM

    Congratulations on the beginning of a noble calling!

    On a side note, every new priest's alb is of a different pattern. Do they get to choose and alb, is there any significance to the design? Always wondered, never asked...

  24. markus5:56 PM

    Congratulations on the beginning of a noble calling!

    On a side note, every new priest's alb is of a different pattern. Do they get to choose and alb, is there any significance to the design? Always wondered, never asked...

  25. markus5:58 PM

    Congratulations on the beginning of a noble calling!

    On a side note, every new priest's alb is of a different pattern. Do they get to choose and alb, is there any significance to the design? Always wondered, never asked...

  26. Just a reader6:07 PM

    markus, I was about to ask that very same question.

  27. Sidney Jude, TO/SSPX6:17 PM

    God bless these holy priests! Deo gratias!

  28. Anonymous, the moderator on that forum is notoriously bad, I got banned for the most absurd reasons

  29. petrus696:46 PM

    In reference to the alb. The canidate for ordination chooses what type he wants to wear. If the seminary has enough to go around they usually just wear one of those or he can obtain one himself. The vestments are choosen by the canidate as far as design. The color is determine by the Mass that is celebrated. They are usually given to the canidate by the family, friends or the parish where he is from as a gift.

  30. The 12 deacons are:
    Lawrence Barrett (Canada)
    James Carlisle (US)
    Luke DeMeyer (US)
    David Gillilan (US)
    John Hatthrup (US)
    Otto Keiser (US)
    Bertrand Lundi (France)
    James Ngaruro (Kenya)
    Christopher Pedersen (US)
    Matthew Stafki (US)
    Alexander Wiseman (US)

  31. Yes, it was a wonderful day with two Benedictine friends ordained. Only the sermon by de mallerais marred the day. I had hoped he would not criticize Fellay and the negotiations, but he could not help himself. Father Rostand was there and even his presence did not influence de Mallerais to talk only of Holy Orders. Otherwise, a wonderful day!

  32. Prof. Basto8:18 PM


  33. That is too bad, Lily, there is a time and a place for everything.

  34. porys9:41 PM

    In this year will be also ordination of 2 deacons in Argentina - so the total class of FSSPX 2012 ordinands counts 21 priests.

  35. If it's true that Bishop Tissier de Mallerais preached against Bishop Fellay's actions, it's another case of appalling insubordination.

  36. Lamentably Sane: Don't worry. You will be able to hear de Mallerais's sermon for yourself. They always post it or you can purchase a DVD of the whole ceremony. Sadly, he did speak against the SSPX being any part of negotiations and quite harshly. The only thing worse would have been if Bishop Williamson was handling the Ordinations.

  37. A. M. D. G.10:52 PM

    Congratulations to John McFarland! What a blessing to have a priest in the family. You are truly very fortunate.

  38. P.K.T.P.12:28 AM

    The appearance of the Kenyan on the list is just great news. The S.S.P.X has a priory at Nairobi, which is the only place in the country having the T.L.M. every Sunday. They have missions in other important cities but cannot offer Masses there every Sunday. This is really the only foothold for tradition in East Africa. That makes it very important. I hope that the second Kenyan, once ordained priest, will be able to help grow the Society there.


  39. Johannes de Silentio12:33 AM

    That wonderful picture reminds me of the words of, I believe, Jean-Marie Vianney: the uniform of the priest should be a shabby cassock and a chasuble of gold.

    And we see, in the sermon, a concrete example of what Bishop Fellay spoke of in his letter: "But for some time now, you have tried, each in his own way, to impose on [the Superior] your point of view, even in the form of threats, even publically. This dialectic between truth and faith on one side and authority on the other is contrary to the spirit of the priesthood."

  40. What a joyful photo! Deo Gratias!
    Congratulations, esp. to Mr. McFarland and his son, Fr. McFarland.

  41. porys8:22 AM

    @PKTP - AFAIK the second Kenyan seminarian is in FSSPX Australian seminary.

  42. Barbara10:45 AM

    Hearty congragulations to all these new priests and in a special way to Father John McFarland and his father (and entire family!).

    Great photo!


  43. I hope and pray the Holy Father would see this post on Rorate-Caeli; and I pray that the SSPX would continue ordaining quality-initiated priests and religious. This would certainly entice the Holy Father to seriously consider more deeply the seemingly un-savagable perspective of Vatican II, except that which is attached to tradition. I hope New Catholic would continue posting news of this kind in the future. God bless..

  44. "Congratulations, esp. to Mr. McFarland and his son, Fr. McFarland."

    I was at the Ordinations too with my family and it was beautiful. Yes, unfortunately there are those malcontents associated with and in the Order of the SSPX that are posting on the Internet their ridicule and misinterpretations,but I would say as a Priest told me, the majority are posting themselves in front of the Tabernacle.

    Again, congratulations Mr. McFarland to you and your wife and thank you for your great sacrifice in giving us another Alter Christus!!!


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