Reparation for Priests and Bishops

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J.M.J

“Between the porch and the altar the priests the Lord’s ministers, shall weep, and shall say: Spare, O Lord, spare thy people: and give not thy inheritance to reproach, that the heathen should rule over them.” – Joel 2:17

Every priest who recites the traditional breviary reads these words each night at Vespers on the ferias of Lent. It is a sobering reminder to each priest of one of his most essential duties, namely, to be an intermediary, and intercessor between God and the people. The priest is deputed by God, to offer prayer and sacrifice for the benefit of the living and the dead and thereby plead for the remission of their sins. “Between God and man the priest stands, by communicating to us God’s benefits, and by offering Him our petitions; he reconciles the angry Lord, and wards from us the blows of his justice” (St. John Chrysostom). By his prayers, his labors, his sacrifices, and most especially by offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the priest cooperates with Almighty God in His greatest work, the work of the salvation of souls. St. Thomas says, “The good of grace in one is greater than the good of nature in the whole universe” (S.T. Ia-IIae 113 Art. 9). Through each Mass he offers, each sacrament he administers, along with all of his other prayers, sufferings and apostolic labors he offers in union with his daily Mass, the priest acts as a conduit pouring into the souls of men the greatest gift God has to offer: the graces Our Lord Jesus Christ won for us all on the cross. Therefore, St. Paul says of priests, “We are God’s coadjutors.” 1 Corinthians 3:9.

In order to effectively fulfill their role as intermediaries on behalf of the people in the sight of God, priests must be holy. “Those that are mediators between God and the people must shine before God with a good conscience, and with a good reputation before men” (St. Thomas Aquinas). St.  Gregory Nazianzen says, “The priest must first be cleansed before he can cleanse others; he must first himself approach God before he can lead others to him; he must first sanctify himself before he can sanctify others; he must first be himself a light before he can illumine others.” Holiness, sanctity, that perfect union of the soul with God, is not a luxury of priestly life, it is one of its most basic necessities.  As St. Thomas Aquinas teaches, “In order to exercise this office (of the priesthood) in a worthy manner, interior perfection is required.”

Yet, how far from this most basic requirement has the state of the priesthood fallen, especially in recent years! And not just among the rank-and-file priests but even within the highest levels of the clergy: bishops, cardinals and even the Pope himself. When the topic of clerical corruption is discussed, the clerical sex abuse scandal of the last 20 years most often takes center stage. The recent revelation of the scandals of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has added new fuel to the fire. Yet, these horrifying sins against God and neighbor are just the tip of the iceberg of moral rot which is plaguing the Catholic priesthood.

Along with the sex abuse scandals there is a more foundational problem which has also become more apparent in recent years. That is the breakdown of supernatural faith and charity. Priests and bishops are called to be teachers of the Gospel of Christ, teaching by word and example the way to eternal life. Almighty God, through the words of St. Paul to Timothy, says to each priest and bishop, “I charge thee before God and Jesus Christ, who shall judge the living and the dead…preach the word, be instant in season, out of season: reprove, entreat rebuke in all patience and doctrine.” Sadly, many priests and bishops fall into the category of those mentioned by St. Paul in the same letter who “will not endure sound doctrine; but, according to their own desires…heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears” and “turn away their hearing from the truth” and are “turned unto fables.” (1Timothy 4:1-4). Instead of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the teachings of His Church, too many priests and bishops of our day preach a different gospel: they preach the gospel of divorce and remarriage, the devotion of frequent Holy Communion for public and manifest enemies of God and His Church, the promotion of the vocations of women priests, the blessing and support of homosexual marriage and family life, they even perform solemn idolatrous liturgy in the Vatican itself. All this in addition to a general spirit of religious indifferentism which suffocates the apostolic spirit which burned so brightly in the hearts of the great missionary saints of old. It is little wonder then why so many of our churches and Catholic schools, once full of parishioners and students, are now closed and abandoned.

These sins are not only grievous in themselves, but they also cause scandal and confusion among the faithful. St. Alphonsus Liguori, in his book, Dignities and Duties of the Priest, describes the seriousness of the sin of scandal among the clergy. He says, “The priest is called the salt of the earth and the light of the world. The office of salt is to preserve soundness and prevent putrefaction, and the office of the priest is to preserve souls in the grace of God. What, says St. Augustine, shall become of the people if the priest does not perform the office of salt. Then the saint proceeds to say, this salt shall be fit only to be cast away by the Church, and to be trodden by all. But what, if, instead of being a preservative, this salt be employed in producing and promoting corruption? If instead of bringing souls to God, a priest is occupied in leading them to perdition, what punishment shall he deserve?

“The priest is the light of the world. Hence, says St. John Chrysostom, he should shine with the splendor of his sanctity so as to enlighten all others to imitate his virtues. But should this light be changed into darkness, what must become of the world? Shall it not be brought to ruin? says St. Gregory…This is conformable to the words of the Prophet Osee: And there shall be like people like priest.”

It doesn’t take much reflection upon the current moral state of clergy, the Church and the culture to realize the sobering truth of these words written over 250 years ago. “What shall become of the people if the priest does not perform the office of salt…if instead of being a preservative, this salt be employed in producing and promoting corruption…if instead of bringing souls to God, a priest is occupied in leading them to perdition, what punishment shall he deserve?” “The priest is the light of the world…But should this light be changed into darkness, what must become of the world? Shall it not be brought to ruin?” “And there shall be like people, like priest.”

To make matters worse, these very priests and bishops who have perpetrated some of the most heinous crimes against God, are the very ones who, according to the Prophet Joel, are appointed by God to intercede on our behalf and offer sacrifice and reparation for the sins of mankind. “Between the porch and the altar the priests, the Lord’s ministers, shall weep, and shall say: Spare, O Lord, spare the people.” But if the very priests appointed by God to intercede for us and offer prayers, sacrifice, and reparation for sin are the same ones who are committing some of the most grievous sins against Him, how can proper reparation be made? St. Augustine said that the barking of dogs is more pleasing to God than the prayers of bad priests. How can a priest intercede on behalf of sinners when he himself is an enemy of God? Our Lady of Fatima said that many souls go to hell because no one is willing to offer prayers and sacrifices for sinners. How can sufficient reparation be offered to God to save the  souls of priests and bishops who have fallen from such a height and who are buried beneath the sins of  those who are lost because of them?

The first thing which must be done is that each and every priest and bishop reflect seriously upon his great responsibility for the salvation of souls. The priest is ordained for no other reason than the salvation of others and thereby will save his own soul. “For every high priest taken from among men, is ordained for men in the things that appertain to God.” (Hebrews 5:1). “He must know that he who causeth a sinner to be converted from the error of his way, shall save his soul from death and shall cover a multitude of sins.” (James 5:20). A priest’s salvation depends on the salvation of others. To do this well, the priest must not only be holy and devout, he must be a saint.

But the sad reality is that so many priests and bishops are anything but holy and devout. How can sufficient reparation possibly be made for their grievous sins?

The most Holy Sacrifice of the Mass wherein Our Lord’s Body and Blood is offered to God the Father through the ministry of the priest under the appearance of bread and wine, is the only means which can possibly expiate the outrages so many priests and bishops have committed against Our Lord’s Sacred Heart and Our Lady’s Immaculate and Sorrowful Heart. By the special application of Our Lord’s Precious Blood and the merits He won for us on the cross through the devout offering of Masses of reparation, the graces necessary will be applied, not only to expiate such crimes but also convert their perpetrators.

Therefore, I ask all priests and bishops of good will, to offer two Masses each month for the intention of reparation for the sins of their brother priests and bishops. One of these Masses will be in reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and the other will be in reparation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. Lay faithful, I ask you to request your parish priests, and/or priests of religious orders to offer two Masses each month for this intention. Attend Mass twice each month and offer your attendance at Mass along with your Holy communion for these same intentions of reparation for the sins of priests and bishops to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. If all devout priests, bishops, and lay faithful alike were to take up this simple yet profound act of charity towards Our Lord, His Church, and His friends who have betrayed Him, Our Lord will be consoled, the Church will be restored, and many souls will be saved from eternal ruin.

Martyrdom of St Anne Line (27 February 1601)

“I have been condemned for granting hospitality to a Catholic priest; yet I am so far from repenting that I would like to have hosted a thousand of them, instead of just one.”

On Candlemas, February 2, 1601, Jesuit priest, Father Francis Page, was celebrating Mass for the Feast of the Presentation of Our Lord in the Temple at the safe house in London run by Anne Line.

Father John Gerard, SJ, author of the memoir Autobiography of a Hunted Priest had asked the widowed Catholic convert to be the housekeeper for the Catholic priests staying in London. On that day, the safe house proved to be none too safe, as pursuivants entered the house as Mass was in progress. Father Page was able to discard his vestments and mingle with the congregation, but Anne Line was not able to escape.
Since she was the keeper of the house, and the pursuivants had found an altar, vestments, and all the altar vessels for the celebration of Catholic Mass, Anne Line was arrested.
She was held and tried and executed for harboring and assisting priests on February 27, 1601. One of the priests executed that day after her at Tyburn, Blessed Roger Filcock, had once been a guest in the safe house. Father Francis Page was eventually captured and executed on April 20, 1602. St. Anne Line is one of the Forty Martyrs of England and Wales canonized by Pope Paul VI in 1970–she shares a separate feast with St. Margaret Clitherow and St. Margaret Ward. Blessed Roger Filcock (and his companion on the way to Tyburn, Blessed Mark Barkworth) were beatified by Blessed John Paul II in 1987 among the 85 Martyrs of England and Wales, and Blessed Francis Page was beatified by Pope Pius XI in 1929, among 136 martyrs of England and Wales.

Martyr

† London, England, 27 February 1601

Canonized on October 25, 1970 by Pope Paul VI.

The second daughter of William (or John) Heigham and Anna Alien, Anna was born in Dunmow, Essex. Converted to Catholicism together with her brother William, she was with this disinherited and driven out of the house by her father, a proud Calvinist, who had unnecessarily also tried to make her apostate. Shortly thereafter Anne married Ruggero Line, also a converted Catholic, who had suffered the same fate for the faith as his wife. But she soon remained alone and without resources because her husband, arrested in 1586, while listening to the S. Mass, and sentenced to life imprisonment, then changed into perpetual exile, went to settle in Flanders, where he still lived eight years poorly, perceiving a small pension granted to him by the King of Spain and of which he sent part to his wife in London. Widowed in 1594 and very run down in health, Anna found herself more afflicted than ever by need, having to trust only divine Providence for her livelihood. When in 1595 the Jesuit John Gerard established in London a house of shelter for priests who came new to the city, or who already exercised the ministry there, Anna was called to govern and administer it, a task that she carried out day by day with the affection of a mother and the devotion of a handmaid, until she fell on suspicion of the persecutors, especially after gerard’s escape from the tower prisons in 1597. Forced to change residence, she went to live in a very secluded house, where nevertheless, for the delination of a neighbor, she was captured on 2 Febb. 1601 by a handful of gunmen and locked up in Newgate prisons. Dragged shortly afterwards to court, where it was necessary to lead her to a chair, so serious were her health conditions, she was tried by Judge Popham, on charges of giving refuge and assistance to missionary priests. Found guilty of the offence by a complacent jury, she was sentenced to death, and executed at Tyburn on 27 Feb. 1601, together with the Jesuit Roger Filcock, his confessor and friend, and the Benedictine Marco Barkworth. Before turning his head to the master, he declared aloud to the surrounding crowd: “I have been condemned for granting hospitality to a Catholic priest; yet I am so far from repenting that I would like to have hosted a thousand of them, instead of just one.” Raised by Pius XI to the honor of the altars, on 15 Dec. 1929 Blessed Anna is commemorated on February 27.

Ascendancy (Church & State Issues) by Fr Ripperger

In light of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that states may restrict Church meetings and services based on COVID-19 concerns, the following article is reposted. Despite the centuries long mantra of separation of Church and state by civil authorities, it is clear that it is only a one way street. This article first appeared in the Latin Mass Magazine and has been edited for reposting.

To read the article please click here

Holy Week Schedule

As you all know there are a lot of on-line streaming going on and on the YouTube Channel we have 2 parishes streaming LIVE during the week (& beyond) & they are doing the pre-1955 rubrics

I will post the times and links to support each parish who is contributing.

St Joan of Arc, FSSP website here

Palm Sunday Mass pre 1955 here

Daily Mass streaming regular hours

Holy Thursday at 6:30pm PST

Good Friday at 3pm PST

Holy Saturday Vigil at 7:30pm PST

Tenebrae 6:30am PST (Thursday, Friday, & Saturday)

Holy Week Liturgies Sources

THE MASS EXPLAINED

Our Lady of Mt Carmel, FSSP

online donations page here

Palm Sunday pre-1955 here

Holy Thursday at 7pm MST

Good Friday at 3pm MST

Easter Vigil at 6:00pm MST

Easter Sunday at 10:30am MST

Tenebrae

Holy Thursday Tenebrae is on WEDNESDAY evening at 7:00pm.

Good Friday Tenebrae is on MAUNDY THURSDAY evening at 9:00pm.

And Holy Saturday Tenebrae is on GOOD FRIDAY evening at 7:00pm.

 

St. Mary’s Oratory (website here)

 

 

Prayers for Holy Priests & Prayer During a Priest’s Communion

PRAYERS FOR HOLY PRIESTS

My Dear Jesus, You desire that we pray the Lord of the harvest that He send zealous laborers into His harvest. Deign to raise up in Thy Church, and especially in this diocese, numerous and holy priests who, taking Thy Divine Heart as their Model, will, in the exercise of their holy priesthood, promote the glory of Thy heavenly Father and the salvation of those souls whom Thou hast redeemed with Thy Precious Blood. Give us truly holy priests who, inflamed with the fire of Thy divine love, seek nothing but Thy greater glory and the salvation of souls.

O Mary, Queen of the clergy, pray for us; obtain for us many holy priests.

PRAYER TO BE SAID AT THE PRIEST’S COMMUNION

O Lord, may You find shelter and rest gently within the heart of Thy priest…

Make him, O Lord, a priest according to Thy heart: meek, humble, zealous, so that all he does will be for Thine honor and glory. Mold him into a man of prayer and labor, insensible to earthly things, and sensible only to Thy love and to the graces of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

Buy these cards for your parish and ask the laity to pray it at every priest communion.  They are in bulk here

Eucharistic Clergy Retreat at Douai Abbey 2019 with Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP

The book on the Eucharist that Fr has authored can be purchased here (for Asia, Europe, Africa, and Australia) & here for North & South American buyers

Sensus Fidelium Radio: Father’s Day Special

10 Basilicas in Argentina

There are 43 total Basilicas in Argentina.  I’m just picking 10 to show

1) Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar, Buenos Aires

White Basílica Nuestra Señora del Pilar, the key structure of the former Franciscan convent in Recoleta, belongs among the most beautiful examples of colonial Baroque architecture in Argentina.

Photo from 1864

The church was built together with convent of reformed Fransciscan order (so called Recollets or Recoletos) thanks to activity and sponsosrhip of Captain Pedro Bustinza and merchant Juan de Narbonne. The church was dedicated to Our Lady of the Pillar in remembrance and tribute to Narbonne’ hometown, Zaragoza, where is famous basilica bearing the same name. The convent buldings were built the first, between 1715-1721, the church itself with 30 m high main belfry – work of architects Andrés Blanqui and Bautista Prímoli – was finished in 1732. The Franciscan bishop of Asuncion (Paraguay) consecrated the church on May 30, 1734.

2) Basilica of Our Lady of Luján – Luján, Buenos Aires

Built in Neogothic style, it is dedicated to Our Lady of Luján, patron saint of Argentina.

Many people mistake this temple for a cathedral. Actually, it is part of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mercedes-Luján, whose see is located at the Cathedral Basilica of Mercedes-Luján in the neighboring city of Mercedes.

Approximately six million people visit the shrine each year, many of them coming during four major pilgrimage periods. One of these, the Peregrinación de los Gauchos (Gaucho´s Pilgrimage), takes place on the last Sunday of September and is considered to be one of the most picturesque cultural events in Argentina. Gauchos are the cowboys of Argentina’s vast grasslands and during the pilgrimage it is common to see their horses waiting outside of the church. A week or so later, on the first Sunday in October, is the Peregrinación de los Jóvenes (Pilgrimage of the Young), when around a million youths walk the whole 68 kilometers from Buenos Aires to the Basilica in a display of faith and gratefulness. The feast days of Nuestra Señora de Luján are celebrated on May 8 and December 8, and during these times nautical pilgrimages take place in the Luján River, with statues of the Virgin aboard a boat.  For more on this please visit here

3) Cathedral Basilica of SS Peter and Cecilia aka Mar del Plata Cathedral

Built in Neogothic style, it is dedicated to St. Peter the Apostle and St. Cecilia.

Declared a Minor Basilica by Pius XI in 1924, upon the creation of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Mar del Plata in 1957 it became its Cathedral church

4) Catedral Basílica de Mercedes-Luján

Built in 1904 in Gothic Revival style. It contains the remains of Don Saturnino Unzué and Doña Inés Unzué Dorrego, its main benefactors. On 15 April 2010, the building was declared a National Historic Landmark under Decree 492/2010.

This cathedral is dedicated to Our Lady of Mercy. It should not be confused with the Basilica of Our Lady of Luján, a much bigger and famous temple which is located in the same diocese.

5) Cathedral of Salta

It was necessary to build a new cathedral in 1856, after an earthquake destroyed the old building. Services began in 1858 under the patronage of Archbishop José Eusebio Colombres. Felipe Bertrés was the architect. The project was completed in 1882. More found here

6) Nuestra Señora del Socorro, Buenos Aires

The portentous image of the Lord of the Miracles was acquired in the early eighteenth century by the spouses Estanislao Rivero and Dona Andrea Basualdo, a street vendor who by divine providence came to them to offer it for sale. They lived in a humble ranch located in what is now Santa Fe street between Cerrito and Libertad. There, in that little corner of the country, the first cult was received by the neighbors, many of whom have contributed to its acquisition. As this cult was on the rise, the Rivero spouses found themselves in need of expanding the insignificant chapel, so that together with devotees of the Crucified they bought a plot of land on the corner of Santa Fe and Cerrito, where a hall dedicated to the Lord was built. of the Miracles, this being the first Chapel dedicated to the Lord. This small chapel soon became a Sanctuary, with people from all over, for the fame of the wonders that were made there reached the most remote reaches of the Republic. One of the many devotees who came to the chapel to present their cults to the Lord, begged him to grant him an extraordinary favor and as soon as he made his request, he got what he asked for, leaving the chapel to shout a miracle! and from that day the public baptized the prodigious image of the crucified with the name of the Lord of Miracles. As the devotion was increasing and the wonders that were being done called the attention of the Ecclesiastical Authorities, the then rector of the Socorro, Dr. Don Manuel León Ochogavia, proposed to the Bishop of Buenos Aires the image to the Church of Socorro, idea that approved the Prelate and September 14, 1803 was taken processionally from the house of the Rivero to the parish church. There he was deposited in the small niche with grandstand for the candles that the devotees brought to the Christ. In 1662 he prayed the first novena in preparation for his party that would be from 1831, on September 14 the day dedicated to Mr. de los Milagros. Since this cult was not canonical, in 1848, the Cura del Socorro, Don Francisco Villar, begged the then Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Doctor Don Mariano Escalada, to request from Rome the authorization to render canonical and public worship to Mr. de los Milagros, and the request, SS Pius IX on April 7, 1865 issued a Brief, authorizing the cult. It fell to Mr. Canon, Mr. Apolinario de Casas, to give life to this cult, and in 1871, that priest moved the image to a new altar, which was later decorated finely, building the beautiful Chapel. Since then, the cult of the Lord of Miracles has been increasing, celebrating his feast every year in great form, until in 1903, the first centenary of the Lord of Miracles, Rome was asked for the extraordinary gift of being crowned, favor granted by the SS Leo XIII. The image was crowned on September 13, 1903. In 1943, in memory of the one hundred and forty anniversary of the transfer of the image to our parish, Mr. Cura Miguel Lloveras, with the spontaneous collaboration of a large number of generous parishioners, fulfilled and it embellished the Chapel conserving its precious style and equipping it with a new, artistic and beautiful Altar. His electrical installation was also extended so that the paintings and decorations could shine. The devotion that the whole Republic professes to the Lord of Miracles is extraordinary, and the festivities that are celebrated 

7) Nuestra Señora del Rosario, Buenos Aires

Marking the approach into San Telmo, this 18th-century Dominican church and monastery has a long and colorful history. On the left tower you’ll see replicas of cannons launched against British troops holed up here during the invasion of 1807; the basilica displays flags that were captured from the British. In front of the church is the mausoleum of General Belgrano, the independence hero best known as the creator of the Argentinian flag.

The Basilica of Nuestra Señora del Rosario has three naves, the central one has a barrel vault and a dome over the crossing.

Highlights the Spanish colonial style bars in the atrium, starring Manuel Belgrano’s mausoleum, also remaining at the entrance to the church, which is composed of three arches leading to the narthex trellises. On each side, two doors, one on each tower, take to the aisles. Behind the altar of the aisle that the flags of the British battalions shown.

On the inside, its columns are decorated with reliefs, and the nave was clad in carved marble. The existing main altar was made after the fire the old, burned in 1955 The roofs of the vaults are in an advanced state of deterioration, and prevent accidents plaster detachments product and material has been placed few meters down a network of these.

The confessionals were made of marble, with carved wooden doors and alternate inscriptions over their doors, “Noli Amplius peccare” and “Give iniquitatem meam”. “Verbum Dei Praedica” appears on access to the pulpit.

The basilica has many chapels with images of saints such as St. Martin de Porres, and several plaques in memory of heroes who participated in the Defense and Reconquista during the British invasions of important members of the order and of famous people who are buried in it. For example, Fray José del Rosario Zemborain, Nevares Trespalacios Alejo, José Matías Zapiola, Luis Maria Saavedra and his wife, among others.

Several plates recall the procession held in 1922, including one that replicates a photograph of the crowd coming from the Plaza de Mayo in front of the Cathedral. A particular plate contains the text of the decree signed on 10 October 1926 by President Marcelo Torcuato de Alvear, allowing display the flag of War of Argentina with this image of Our Lady of the Rosary.

On a vane on the right tower is a figure of a dog as the Dominicans are named from the Latin Domini canis (dogs or guardians of the Lord). On the left is the traditional vane silhouette of a gallo.

The building had an organ built in France by the house Mutin Cavaillé-Coll, which was destroyed in 1955 during the aforementioned burning churches. Years later, another body of German origin was located where the altar was installed, but it was not completely finished, and is estimated to run a 60% lack thereof. Today, I still run at maximum capacity, rarely reaches to fill the spacious nave with its volume, but nevertheless presents an architectural contrast gives counterpoint to colonial style building with a modern instrument of the 1960s, which is what first thing a visitor sees when entering the temple.

8) St John of the Flowers Basilica – Buenos Aires

In 1803 the new bishop of Buenos Aires, Benito Lué y Riega, decided to take part of the territories of the parishes of La Piedad, Montserrat, San Isidro and Morón to erect a new one. The family of Ramón Francisco Flores donated an apple to build the building of the future parish church, another to create a plaza-main road through and through-and a third to install the public slaughterhouses of the new town. The file was elevated to the Viceroy Rafael de Sobremonte three years later, and on May 31, 1806, the new parish was formally named San José de Flores. A first precarious temple of adobe, wood and straw, lasted a few years. Father Miguel García raised funds among the parish’s neighbors in order to build a definitive temple, obtaining a donation of twelve thousand quality bricks by Ramón Francisco Flores himself. On February 19, 1810 the foundations of the new church began to be realized, but on May 12, 1810 the works had to be suspended due to lack of funds. On February 18, 1811 the work recommenced, being suspended again on May 10 of that same year. Failing to complete it, the presbyter Garcia was forced to establish the Church in one of the corridors adjacent to the building under construction, and for two decades remained in that place. When the works stopped in 1811, the temple was still without a roof, but with some walls raised by the side and closed the two chapels that were on both sides In that state the works remained for many years, suffering deteriorations that caused their complete destruction. The government of Bernardino Rivadavia decreed in 1823 to undertake at his expense, the building of a new parochial temple, a project that never materialized

9) Santísimo Sacramento, Buenos Aires

The Basilica was donated to the Congregation of the Sacramental Fathers Maria Lina de las Mercedes Castellanos de la Iglesia. Daughter of Aarón Castellanos Velazco, one of the pioneers of the Santa Fe agrarian colonization and the promotion of European immigration in Argentina. She was the wife of Nicolás Hugo de Anchorena Arana. Grandson of Juan Esteban Anchorena, founder of the Argentine dynasty that arrived from Spain in 1751. During his residence in Paris, Mercedes de Anchorena went to mass at the Corpus Christi chapel, at 9 Bis on Rue Moulin Joly. Because the Blessed Sacrament was adored there. Then he spoke with the sacramentine parents. He told them of his desire to build a church in Buenos Aires to worship the Blessed Sacrament. Finally the fundamental stone was placed in 1908, being consecrated in 1916 by the Archbishop of Buenos Aires, Mariano Antonio Espinosa. That same year erected in Minor Basilica by Pope Benedict XV. It was designed by the architecture studio Alfred Coulomb and Louis Pierre Léopard Chauvet. Those plans were modified. The construction the Salesian architect Ernesto Vespignani. It has five towers, three that can be seen in its central façade. In the center of this front is a sculpture of Blessed Julián Pedro Eymard, founder of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament.

10) Nuestra Señora de Buenos Aires

The Basilica Nuestra Señora de los Buenos Aires is a neo-Gothic Catholic temple in the city of Buenos Aires. It is dedicated to the Virgin Mary of the Navigators under whose advocation Don Pedro de Mendoza founded the first settlement of the city of Buenos Aires.  It is the work of Italian architect and presbyter Ernesto Vespignani. It was built between 1911 and 1932

2019 Sensus Fidelium NFL All Catholic Pro Bowl Team

Many might not know that my brother (now a priest) and I are big Carolina Panther fans.  We grew up in Spartanburg, SC, the training camp of the Panthers, and have never missed watching a game.  So I figured why not make a post, being that it is the Pro Bowl today, on the first annual Sensus Fidelium All-Catholic NFL squad.

Owner:
With any team you must have an owner and this years S.F. Peter Award for best owner goes to the Steeler’s owner, Dan Roone.  He’s a daily Mass goer and it is said that “if you want to see Mr. Roone then go to daily Mass.”  That is a great line to hear others say about you.

Vice President of football operations:
Tom Coughlin for the Jacksonville Jaguars

CNS photo/Sean Gallagher, The Criterion

Head Coaches:
We have a couple head coaches out there
1) Mike Vrabel of the Tennessee Titans.  Coach Vrabel also gives lectures at the Catholic Business League events.
2) John Harbaugh of the Baltimore Ravens.  I know his brother, and coach of the Michigan Wolverines Jim Harbaugh, goes to Peru (the same mission trip the FSSP does) to help those in that area.  I assume John may do that too but I am not sure.  If John is reading this my brother is the priest at St Alphonsus’ Shrine in downtown Baltimore.
3) Dan Quinn of the hated Atlanta Falcons.  Okay, okay, maybe the Falcons are not hated by most of the known world but like I said we are Panther fans.  I big rivalry exists between Carolina and Atlanta 🙂

Assistant Coaches:
So the New England Patriots are in the Super Bowl so we will start with their coaches. More on their story here
1) Special Teams coach Joe Judge
2) Defensive Line coach Brendan Daly
3) Wide Receivers’ coach Chad O’Shea

New England Patriots’ special teams coach Joe Judge, defensive line coach Brendan Daly and wide receivers’ coach Chad O’Shea are pictured in undated photos. The Catholic men will coach their AFC championship team against the NFC champion Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. (Credit: CNS photos/courtesy New England Patriots.)

4) Mark Duffner, the Defensive Coordinator for the (other hated team) Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He apparently wanted to be pope as a young man. You can hear an interview on his story here
5) Ben Steele, was the Tight Ends coach for Tampa Bay in 2018.  You can read what he has to say here
6)
Pat Shurmurm now the New York Giants Head Coach.  You can read a story here on him
7)
Eric Sutulovich, Assistant Special Teams Coach, Atlanta Falcons.  Sure he was let go in Feb 2018 but I’m keeping him in the list.
8)
Joe Lombardi, the Quarterbacks Coach with the really hated New Orleans Saints.  Sorry about that blown call.  I would have been upset if that happened to my Panthers.  Hey when is Drew retiring?  Getting tired of him beating us.  Joe is Vince Lombardi’s grandson & you can read more on Joe here & here is a great article on his grandpa, Vince and how Catholicism made the greatest Football coach ever.
9) Jack Del Rio, who may become the next Defensive Coordinator with the Cincinnati Bengals.
10) Mike Shula, now the Offensive Coordinator & QB Coach with the NY Giants.  I heard, while he was the Panther’s OC, that he prayed the office and we saw him in the confessional line in Spartanburg often.  He was apparently on EWTN’s Life on the Rock back in 2004 but I could not find the video.

PLAYERS

Offense

Quarterback:
1) Philip Rivers.  The former NC State Wolfpack made news this year with the secular sports talk radio folks when he said how many kids he had.  They were all amazed, sadly.  Here he is doing Life on the Rock on EWTN

2) Kellen Clemens.  Recently retired & finished with the San Diego Chargers backing up Philip Rivers.  In the interview here Kellen speaks of the two of them saying rosaries together, going to mass together (even going to traditional Masses) and growing in the faith.
3) Matt Ryan, of the (did I mention hated before?) Atlanta Falcons.  They had a disappointing season as did Carolina.  Here’s hoping to a better 2019 for you but not better than Cam, of course. Hopefully Matt can check out St Francis de Sales, FSSP parish in Mableton
4) Tom Brady.  Many do not know he is one but, in his words, not exactly a good one.  Here’s a write up on that here.  Say some Ave’s for him (and all of course).
5) Jared Goff of the LA Rams looks like he could be but I’m going off a hunch from going to Catholic school.

Running Backs:
1) Giovani Bernard of the Cincinnati Bengals.  He went to St Thomas Aquinas in Florida and here is the Bengal’s former chaplain speaking on things
2) Christian McCaffrey of the greatest team ever, the Carolina Panthers.  Ok I may be exaggerating.  The guy had a phenomenal record breaking year for the cats.  I’ll post his 2018 highlights below.

Offensive Line:
1) Ryan Kalil just retired from the NFL this season after 12 years… all with the beloved Carolina Panthers.  The best center in the game.  Keep Pounding brother!  Here’s an interview he did with “Blessed to Play” with Ron Meyeer
2) Zack Martin of the Dallas Cowboys.  Here is a write up in the Texas Catholic on Zack.
3 Alejandro Villanueva of the Steelers.  He is their Offensive Tackle.  You can read more on Alejandro here

Tight End:
1) Greg Olsen of the Carolina Panthers.  Mr Reliable is Olsen.  Sadly he has hurt his foot the last two seasons and he may or may not give it another run in 2019.  He is excellent on and off the field.  He, Luke, and Ryan go to St Matthew’s in Charlotte.
2) Luke Wilson of the Detroit Lions. His patron saint is St Luke, his confirmation saint is St Sebastian (he wears a medal of his) & a medal of St Michael.  Here is a write up on more from Luke.

Defense

Linebackers:
1) Luuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuke Kuechly.  Charlotte’s favorite adopted son. Here are a few links on him here and his interview with “Blessed to Play”

2) Paul Posluszny of the Jacksonville Jaguars.  A great write up on Paul is found here

Cornerbacks:
1) Prince Amukamara of the NY Giants.  A solid write up here on Prince Free Safety:
1) Harrison Smith of the Minnesota Vikings.

Special Teams

Kickers:
1) Harrison Butker of the KC Chiefs.  My vote is he is the SF MVP, bc he is a fan of the youtube channel so I am biased.  He was originally drafted by the Carolina Panthers and they kept Gano over him (I’m slightly bitter about that haha).  Here is a write up on Harrison 2) Justin Tucker of the Baltimore Ravens.  He signs himself before every kick.  Here is a write up on Justin here

3) Greg “the Leg” Zuerlein of the Rams.  Here is his “Blessed to Play” interview

Well there you have it.  If you have any other recommendations or if I left anyone out, feel free to put them in the comment sections below.