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New FSSP Apostolate: Minneapolis-St.Paul

A new apostolate of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter has been announced - now, in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis - the Archdiocese announced it today.

From the letter of Archbishop Nienstedt:

After consultation with your parish trustees and your parish pastoral council, as well as the presbyteral council, a representative body of priests from across the Archdiocese, I have accepted The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter’s offer to send two of its members to care for the parish of All Saints, which has been without a pastor for more than a year.

Father Peter Bauknecht and Father Simon Harkins will begin their service at All Saints on July 3, 2013. Fr. Bauknecht will serve as pastor.

As you may know, the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter is a Catholic Clerical Society of Apostolic Life dedicated to providing Catholics access to the Extraordinary Form of the liturgy according to the liturgical books of 1962. You can find out more about The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter at their website: Mass in the Extraordinary Form will begin to be offered at All Saints while Mass in the current form to which you are accustomed will continue to be offered. A Mass schedule will be established, in consultation with All Saints parish leadership.

Please join me in welcoming Father Bauknecht and Father Harkins. I will be praying for these priests as they begin service in your parish and I ask that you join me supporting their work through prayer, as well. 
[Tip & source: FSSP]


  1. Anonymous3:10 PM

    We sure hate to lose Fr. Bauknecht. A great priest and fine gentleman. Our loss will be All Saint's gain. I pray God may bless his new apostolate abundantly!

  2. Great news for the Church!

    Next we need an FSSP Apostolate in North Carolina to offer the Mass and Sacraments daily.

  3. THANK YOU FOR THE GREAT NEWS! This Russian couldn't be more excited. I currently attend St. Constantine's Ukrainian Catholic church just a block away from All Saints. Can't wait to go to the True Mass in NE Minneapolis!

  4. I'm very confused by the part of the announcement that the NO mass will continue to be offered at All Saints.

    Does this mean that the fraternity priests are going to offer the NO? I think this sets a very bad precedent.

    I am hopeful that they bring in a "ringer" from the diocese for these masses.

  5. Anonymous5:10 PM

    Russell, sometimes the Fraternity has to allow the NO to continue in order to seal the deal -- but it usually doesn't last long, and it's never offered by a Fraternity priest.

  6. Hi Adfero,

    Thanks for that clarification. I have no problem with the NO offered at the parish; my concern was whether the Fraternity priest would have to say it (which could embolden other bishops to "force" FSSP priests in their diocese to say the NO.)

  7. Agreed with Adfero - occasionally the FSSP will be given its own parish with this proviso, but it generally gets phased out, and the Fraternity priests never offer the OF Mass themselves. Presumably a diocesan priest located near by will drop in to celebrate the Mass.

  8. As a long time friend of Fr. Harkins, I was reminiscing of sitting on a bench in Seville, Spain, when he told me he was joining the Priesthood. Good luck Simon and Hail Hail

  9. Hail Hail Fr Simon and good luck

  10. Novus Ordo isn't devil worship you know?! Sounds like a wise move to keep it until people are comfortable with the new parish arrangements. Then invite people to attend the TLM and make them welcome and perhaps have some instruction talks for beginners. Someone attending TLM for the first time ( or more) could easily get lost. It's a lot different, as you know. It would be sad to frighten people away. Better to encourage new members.

  11. JTS said:

    "Novus Ordo isn't devil worship you know?! Sounds like a wise move to keep it until people are comfortable with the new parish arrangements."

    Unfortunate, isn't it, that Rome displayed none of this kind of breadth of understanding when imposing its fabricated novus ordo liturgy, attendant with motorically repeated lies with respect to the "abrogation" of the Roman mass?

  12. My view is that of all things on this earth, the ancient Roman liturgy hardly requires an explanatory period of adjustment! The inherent power of the Roman mass is its own 'explanation'. One proof of this truth is the extraordinary advance of the Roman mass since SP, certainly inexplicable in merely human terms. The Roman Mass Christianized and civilised entire nations! It built Western civilisation as we know it! Nothing even resembling such a claim could ever be made by the forlorn fabrication that was unilaterally installed in its place in churches around the world. In fact, the novus ordo has ushered in a devastating decline in every sphere of Catholic life!

  13. Right around the corner from St. Constantine Ukranian Catholic Church. Two traditional parishes so close! Choices choices... What to decide...?

  14. This is indeed good news. Fr. Harkins is an excellent confessor. He's not however, at times, fond of those who show too much piety. Just a heads up.

    God bless.


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