Congratulations to Peter Vanderwaal!

Congratulations to our organist, Peter Ambrose Vanderwaal, on being received into full communion in the Catholic Church last Sunday evening!  (His reception occurred along with the family of Stephen Aethelwold Hilgendorf, Obl.S.B.)  Peter was the organist of St. Dunstan’s Anglican Church in Saint Louis Park, Minnesota (a suburb of Minneapolis), and is currently studying at the St. John’s School…

Thanks for Bishop Lopes’s Visit.

In addition to the immense blessings of adding several new oblates to the St. Benet Biscop Chapter of St. John’s Abbey Oblates last weekend at St. John’s Abbey as well as at other places in the country, we were graced with a visit from Bishop Lopes of the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter.  Attached below…

Congratulations, Fr. Steve Lambert Rice, Obl.S.B.

Congratulations to Father Steve Lambert Rice, Obl.S.B. of St. Timothy’s, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, on making his act of oblation today (17 September 2017).  Abundant blessings to you, Fr. Steve Lambert, and blessings on your oblate patron’s name day as well!

Congratulations, New Oblates of the St. Benet Biscop Chapter!

Congratulations to Father Jack Augustine [of Canterbury] Barker, Obl.S.B., Father Matthew Cuthbert Dallman, Obl.S.B., and Bishop Michael Aidan Smith, Obl.S.B. on making acts of oblation today (16 September 2017) at St. John’s, Collegeville, Minnesota!  Many blessings to you! We were also privileged to welcome a visit from Bishop Steven Lopes of the Ordinariate of the Chair…

Congratulations, Karen Patrick Lee-Thorp, Obl.S.B.

Congratulations to Karen Patrick Lee-Thorp, Obl.S.B.–of the California contingent of the St. Benet Biscop Chapter of St. John’s Oblates–on making her act of oblation today (16 September 2017).  Abundant blessings to you, Karen Patrick!

Oblations to Take Place 16 September

Oblations of the second group of St. John’s Oblates of the St. Benet Biscop Chapter will take place 16 September at St. John’s Abbey. Several oblate-candidates who cannot join us at St. John’s will make their acts of oblation as well but in other locations. Joining us will be Bishop Steven Lopes of the Personal…

Crossing the Tiber

I’m delighted to announce that Stephen Aethelwold Hilgendorf, Obl.S.B., and his family plan to be received into full communion in the Catholic Church, via the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, on 17 September. Also being received that day will be Peter Vanderwaal, who has served as our organist for St. Benet Biscop Chapter…

St. Benedict’s Rule and the Anglican Patrimony

Blessings on this feast of St. Benedict! Thanks to Father Matthew Dallman for sending the following: “A blessed feast day of Saint Benedict! “This morning I shared on social media the following bits from Martin Thornton: “’Saint Benedict’s most vital message to the Church today: that loyalty to the basic threefold Rule—Mass-Office-Devotion—is always the prior…

Bishop Lopes’s Hillenbrand Lecture

On 21 June, Bishop Lopes delivered the Hillenbrand Lecture at the Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois. The full lecture can be found here and is well worth reading. His comments provide a helpful reminder that the Ordinariate Form of the Latin Rite is not a mish-mash of…

St. Charles Lwanga & Companions

This feast day is especially worthy of our prayerful reflection.  As Bd. Paul VI wondered in 1964, “[w]ho could have predicted to the famous African confessors and martyrs such as Cyprian, Felicity, Perpetua and – the greatest of all – Augustine, that we would one day add names so dear to us as Charles Lwanga…