22 September 2009

More Pictures from the Pontifical High Mass for the Carmelite DCJ Jubilee

Sister Mary Joseph, Provincial Superior of the Carmelites of the Divine Heart of Jesus (pictured to Archbishop Burke's immediate left, above), was kind enough to send me these photos from the jubilee Mass celebrated last Saturday by His Grace, Archbishop Raymond L. Burke, Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura.

The photos were beautifully taken by Jerry Naunheim. All of the photos can be enlarged by clicking on them, some greatly so. All photos are protected by copyright to Jerry Naunheim.

The photo above shows the Carmelite DCJ sisters with the beaming smiles one of my readers asked about. What I love about the above photo is that it captures something fairly rare in a religious order. We are used to seeing established orders of sisters with older members in dwindling numbers, and not many new sisters to take their place. We are also becoming more familiar with newer, more traditional orders with lots of young nuns. These Carmelites are special in that they are an established order with older sisters, yet also with lots of young sisters, too. This is a great sign of the dynamism and orthodoxy of this order, and points out that such a constant renewal is possible across the spectrum of religious orders so long as they are true to the faith, and to their founding charism.

Archbishop Burke with Deacon Ochoa (in cassock and surplice) of the Archdiocese as Master of Ceremonies-- I left my program at home and so will have to fill in the names of the other ministers later today, unless a reader can help me out. Mea culpa!

Introibo ad altare Dei.

Father Thomas Keller at right, Father Olsen at left, and seminarian Eric Schneider in the middle.

Packed house.

Incensing the altar.

Ite, Missa est.

Before Mass, Soeur Marie de l'Amour de Dieu of the Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus Christ Sovereign Priest at prayer.
As a final thought, it is important to reflect on the blessing of this Mass, and what it means for the Church Universal. In St. Louis, the liturgical restoration called for by the Holy Father has proceeded fairly well, though I am sure some would think too slowly, and others too quickly. But bear in mind that Summorum Pontificum was made effective only two years ago, and that Archbishop Burke was installed here only 4 1/2 years ago.

If someone had told me five years ago that an order of Catholic sisters--not a traditionalist order, mind you-- would celebrate their 90th jubilee in the Archdiocese by having a traditional Pontifical Solemn High Mass, celebrated by a former Archbishop and assisted by priests and seminarians of the Archdiocese, along with members of a traditional institute all together, I would have thought you crazy or hopelessly optimistic.

And yet, here we are. This is a cause for gratitude to God, and for all those who made this event possible. His Grace Archbishop Carlson also deserves thanks for allowing Archbishop Burke to come back to the Archdiocese and honor his commitment.

Deo Gratias!


Anonymous said...

You are correct, this is cause for great rejoicing and thanks to Almighty God. Who could have thought?

Anonymous said...

Very well stated! Thank you. I pray daily that His Grace,
Archbishop Carlson will soon offer a Mass in the Extraordinary Form.

YoungCatholicSTL said...


Two things:

1. It is great to see Fr. Hauser and Fr. Olsen in these pictures. I know Fr. Hauser's brother quite well, and I used to work with Fr. Olsen. Both are young and dedicated to Tradition.

2. I'm not trying to sound like a downer with this comment, but this post has afforded me the opportunity to ask it: Why does the Cathedral (old or new) not have mass in the Extraordinary Form on a regular schedule? Clearly St. Louis has plenty of priests who are able to offer it.

Don't get me wrong, when it comes to the Extraordinary Form, St. Louis is truly blessed. That said, it still seems like we are missing something with so many great chapels and a high altar available at the cathedrals, but no regular presence of the EF. But maybe I'm just being overly anxious, as you point out, if someone had told us five years ago how things would change in the last few years, I would have looked at them like they were crazy.

Patrick said...

You're spot on YoungCatholicSTL, also being a young STL Catholic (I'm in OH now) I agree with your analysis of the situation 100%

Rev. Mr. Dylan Schrader said...

Here is more of the lineup:

Deacons of honor: Rev. Mr. Evan Harkins (Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph) and Rev. Mr. Dylan Schrader (Diocese of Jefferson City).

MCs: Rev. Mr. Anthony Ochoa and Mr. Fadi Auro

Servers: Mr. Daniel Queathem, Mr. Daniel Kenney, Mr. Henry Purcell, Mr. Brian Alford (Diocese of Springfield, IL)

Vimps: Mr. Daniel Gill and Mr. Benjamin Kneib (Diocese of Kansas City-St Joseph)

Sacristans: Rev. Mr. Nicklaus Winker, Abbe Alex Barga (Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest), Mr. Anthony Gerber

StGuyFawkes said...


Here is something all too obvious which I just noticed.

One of the more tedious objections made against the Extraordinary form is "but what will we do about our table like altars used for the Novus Ordo? They are fixed. We can't move them out of the way!"

If I interpret the photos correctly the photos answer this objection.

Do I not see the celebrants conductiong the extraordinary form on the regular altar?

This is an interesting point to make if my eyesight is true. There are millions of Catholics out there who would turn more quickly to a use of both forms if they saw that they were not incompatible from a practical point of view where immovable marble altars are concerned.

To sum up most folks think you have to pick one form or the other and get an altar to match. For the first time in my life I see evidence that this is not at all true.

Am I right?

thetimman said...

Also, the Familiari were Canon Jason Apple of the ICRSP and Fr. Eric Kunz of the Archdiocese.

StGuyFawkes said...

If there is anyone out there still looking at this post I would hugely appreciate a reply to my question regarding the Extraordinary form conducted on a Novus Ordo style table like altar.

See the photos above.

Is it just a matter of being "Ad Orientem" or must one have an altar of the old fashioned type which is planted into the wall?

Anonymous said...

Canon Apple from St Francis de Sales just celebrated mass on EWTN using a newer altar. So, it can be done.