11 September 2008

28 Archdiocesan Priests Made Monsignori

From the website of the Archdiocese:

Papal Honors Bestowed on 28 Priests of the Archdiocese of St. Louis

Bishop Robert J. Hermann, administrator of the Archdiocese of St. Louis, has announced that 28 priests of the Archdiocese of St. Louis have been accorded Papal Honors by His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI. Four of the priests have been named Prelates of Honor to His Holiness, and twenty have been granted the title of Chaplain to His Holiness. All of these priests are entitled to use the honorary ecclesiastical title “Reverend Monsignor.” Four of the priests―Monsignors James R. Hartnett, Louis F. Meyer, Charles J. Forst, and Richard J. Lubeley―have been honored with the title of Protonotary Apostolic Supernumerary.

Priests who are accorded Papal Honors are considered honorary members of the papal household. This honor is bestowed for the lifetime of the recipient and is conferred with a diploma issued by the papal Secretariat of State. 

The title of Prelate of Honor to His Holiness is bestowed upon priests holding significant canonical offices or having more advanced years. They are also permitted to wear distinctive dress, including a black cassock trimmed with red piping and buttons, and a purple sash. For liturgical celebrations, they wear a purple cassock with red piping and buttons, and a purple sash. Priests who are designated as Chaplains to His Holiness may wear a black cassock trimmed with purple piping and buttons, and a purple sash.

The title of Protonotary Apostolic Supernumerary is considered to be the highest of these honors. The bearer is entitled to wear distinctive dress similar to that of a Prelate of Honor to His Holiness, i.e., a purple cassock and sash for liturgical dress, and a red-trimmed black cassock with a purple sash for non-liturgical dress.

The recipients of 2008 Papal Honors in the Archdiocese of St. Louis are:

Protonotary Apostolic Supernumerary
Monsignor James R. Hartnett
Monsignor Louis F. Meyer
Monsignor Charles J. Forst
Monsignor Richard J. Lubeley

Prelate of Honor to His Holiness
Reverend William L. Leach
Reverend Patrick O'Laughlin
Monsignor John J. Leykam
Reverend Timothy P. Cronin

Chaplain to His Holiness
Reverend Joseph M. Simon
Reverend John M. Costello
Reverend James P. Callahan
Reverend Michael E. Dieckmann
Reverend A. John Schuler
Reverend Gregory R. Mikesh
Reverend John J. Borcic
Reverend Richard E. Hanneke
Reverend Vincent R. Bommarito
Reverend Daniel E. Mosley
Reverend Dennis R. Stehly
Reverend John J. Brennell
Reverend Mark C. Ullrich
Reverend Matthew M. Mitas
Reverend William W. McCumber
Reverend James J. Ramacciotti
Reverend Edward M. Rice
Reverend Jeffrey N. Knight
Reverend Michael T. Butler
Reverend C. Eugene Morris


mattmoss said...

*clap clap* wooty woot woot!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful! I knew Father Gregory when I was younger. He was the pastor of Blessed Teresa of Calcutta (formerly Good Shepherd). He Was at my confirmation, and buried my grandfather. Cant think of a better man to be honored. Almost brought a tear to my eye. My grandfather used to say all the time "That man is going to be a monsignor someday". Grandpa must be smiling today :) Congrats Father Mikesh if you read this, Patrick Finley, Ben La Face's Grandson

Anonymous said...

Wow! The pastor of our Parish is on this list AND the priest that gave the homily at our newly ordained priest's Thanksgiving Mass (who will be doing a retreat for us homeschooling moms in 2 weeks)!

Now, for the *not so well-informed/knowledgeable side of me* what exactly "happens" to those named Chaplain to His Holiness? Is it like a promotion with a new title and things don't change much? Timman, can you expand on that?

Anonymous said...

The newly named 'monsignori' haven't received a promotion, or a salary increase. They now have the right to purchase new clerical garb with purple trim.

These are simply honorary titles that are intended to give special recognition to priests who have done some particularly good work that their (arch)bishop appreciates. No doubt Archbishop Burke placed these priests' names on the "purple list" as a parting gesture of fraternal kindness.

I know of several priests who have refused the honor, citing their concern that it would be misinterpreted by their parishioners. The problem with this sort of thing is that Catholics whose pastors do not receive the title get angry that their guy was unfairly 'dissed' by the hierarchy.

In any event, I am happy for the new monsignori. I am sure they all deserved the honor.