Off To the EF Workshop

Clergy and seminarians of my diocese received this invitation a few days ago:

Due to the inquiries received from some priests about celebration of the Extraordinary Form, I am happy to be able to provide the following information:


Please extend this invitation to interested Priests and Seminarians:

From Monday, May 19, 2008, through Friday, May 23, 2008, the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Chicago, will offer a Traditional Latin Mass Training Workshop for priests and seminarians at the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House on the campus of Mundelein Seminary. Priests and seminarians from the USA and beyond are invited to attend.Those priests and seminarians interested to learn the Extraordinary Form of the Latin Roman Rite (1962 Missale Romanum) will have a special opportunity over a period of five days to study the Traditional Latin Mass with the Canons Regular, as well as an opportunity to gain experience with the Traditional Roman Liturgy through hands-on demonstration, conferences and question/answer sessions.

There’s a list of forms to be covered. Can guys expect to get through this in five days?

Each day the Mass will be celebrated according to the 1962 Missale Romanum. Participants will have an opportunity to see all forms of the Traditional Latin Mass during the course of the week:
* Missa Lecta (Low Mass)
* Missa Cantata (High Mass without incense)
* Missa Cantata (High Mass with incense)
* Missa Solemnis (Solemn Mass)
* Missa Pontificalis (Pontifical Mass)This workshop will provide:
* Instruction in the Rubrics of the 1962 Missale Romanum
* Instruction in the Low Mass (Missa Privata)
* Instruction in the High Mass (Missa Cantata)
* Instruction in the Gregorian Chant for the Priest
* Instruction in the Ecclesiastical Latin

Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago, will speak on the spirituality of the Traditional Latin Mass and Rev. C. Frank Phillips, C.R., the Founder of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, will speak on the role of the Extraordinary Form in parochial life.

For more information go to:

For more information:
Fr. Scott Haynes, SJC

Please forward this email to interested priests and seminarians…

My local readership among clergy and seminarians is small, but not non-existent. One lay person has sweetened the pot:

A donation of $750.00 has been made to the Diocese, by a member of the Faithful, to pay the costs associated with attending this seminar. Interested Priests should call the Chancellor’s Office for information about use of this donation.

The image credit for SJC Church in Chicago: Elizabeth Gibson/Medill Reports

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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2 Responses to Off To the EF Workshop

  1. RP Burke says:

    The fixation in some quarters on the old Mass continues to amaze me. We’ve had a Latin Mass in our diocese for some years now, it has a small group attending, and there’s been no great rush in any place I’ve heard for any other Latin Masses.

    Let’s focus on better music and good preaching in the Mass we have. If we had those, there wouldn’t be this false nostalgic demand for this supposed all-purpose solution to what some think ails the church.

  2. Anne says:

    Amen RP!!

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