03 August 2007
Good News-- Traditional Mass in West County Will Continue Despite Canons' Departure
A reader who is a member of the CRNJ Mass community in West county emailed me with very good news...
...to let you know, if you don't already know, that the pre-conciliar Mass at the Passionist Nuns' Chapel will continue even though the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem are leaving. The Archbishop assigned Fr. Thomas Keller to say Sunday and Holy Day Masses for the congregation. He was at the Mass last Sunday and stayed for the coffee afterwards and made a sincere effort to talk to everyone. In addition, the Bishop wants to meet with the members of the community to discuss our pastoral needs and to answer our questions. (Obviously, I am a part of that community.)
This is excellent news. Fr. Keller is a wonderful priest with a love of the traditional Mass. He has celebrated the TLM at St. Francis de Sales Oratory and has helped the Institute of Christ the King, Sovereign Priest in many capacities here. Plus, he is the celebrant of that already legendary ad orientem novus ordo Mass at the Cathedral on June 15, 2007 (pictured above).
It just shows yet again the tremendous spiritual leadership of Archbishop Burke. I trust that more TLM opportunities in that part of the Archdiocese will follow in the coming months.