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Fr. Frank Kurtz celebrates 20 years of Priesthood

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Fr. Frank Kurtz is prior of Queen of Angels in Dickinson, Texas, the priory closest to my home parishes in Louisiana. The Society proves a brief interview with Father, relaying some of his story and how he got to where he is today. Happy Anniversary, Father!

~Damsel of the Faith

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Interview with Fr. Frank Kurtz

Could you tell us one of the events causing you to choose to enter the seminary?
I went to public schools and was a protestant until the 4th grade. That year (1980) my parents enrolled my brothers and I in Catholic (Novus Ordo) school because they knew we would get a better education.
As it happened, this was a very conservative Catholic school and parish. The priest was around 80 years old and had been at the parish since World War II. He wore a cassock, the sisters wore habits, everyone knelt at the communion rail and received communion in the traditional matter, we were taught Baltimore Catechism and sung some Latin. This was my introduction to Catholcism. I was only 9 years old and was when I first started thinking about becoming a priest.
After a few months my brothers and I were baptized and received into the Church. Our parents followed us into the Church a few months later.

Why did you come to the SSPX?
By the time I was in High School, I was still thinking about maybe becoming a priest. But at the same time, I was looking for a compromise. That compromise was to become a History Teacher. I was still Novus Ordo, but was displeased with the liberal aspects I saw in the Church.
I happened upon a TV special on Fatima and this convinced me that I should pray the Rosary. I was probably about 15 years old. But for the most part I suppressed the thought of becoming a priest.
After my high school graduation I was going to college. One morning in the Kansas City Times Newspaper, there was an article about SSPX, St. Vincent’s and St. Mary’s Academy and College. I decided that I would go to one of these Masses and see it for myself.
The first time I attended Mass with the SSPX was January 7, 1990. That was it. I was a Trad from that day forward. I started read the books by the Archbishop and by Michael Davies. I also started thinking about becoming a priest again.
That fall I transferred to St. Mary’s College. I years later, I entered Winona.

A fond memory of your seminary time?
There are so many! I especially liked Acts of the Magisterium with Bishop Williamson. There he was in his element. The ceremonies were always as solemn as possible and very beautiful. I was a sacristan and so getting ready for the big ceremonies like Corpus Christi and ordinations stick fine in my memory. And who could forget are trip to Rome and other European cities in 1995 (72 days if I recall correctly).

An anecdote of your priestly life?
I have been blessed to have always been placed in an apostolate were there was a school. Dickinson (4 years), Browerville-Long Prairie (3 years), St. Michaels School in England (3 years), Wanganui, New Zealand (2 years), St. Louis (5 years), Dickinson (3 years and counting). So I still became a teacher.

What would you say to a young man today?
I would simply quote St. Augustine: “Our hearts have been made for Thee O Lord, and they will not rest until the rest in Thee”

25 years, what are your regrets looking back?
My sins.

What are your prayers, looking forward?
I pray for perseverance of course. I have now witnessed marriages for those I gave first Holy Communion. I have had a teacher teaching for me that was once my student. Soon there will be someone I once baptized that will seek marriage. I have also seen children grow-up to become priests and religious. Others grew-up and now I teach their children.
It goes by very fast. My prayer is for the SSPX to continue to grow and that our school apostolates continue to produce the fruit that it does.

Prayer Crusade for Priests

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One of the most important apostolates of the SSPX in the United States is the prayer crusade for priests, under the spiritual direction of Br. Gabriel Marie. The purpose of the prayer crusade is to pray much and devotedly for the welfare and sanctification of the priests of the Church, which is an emmense grace and privilege for the faithful. The prayers of the faithful keep our priests steadfast in holiness so that we might all have the Faith, for as St. John Vianney famously said, the parish will be holy only if the priest is holy

I’m blessed to be a member of  the Crusade. One of my greatest loves has always been the Priesthood, which I hold in high reverence. There are currently 1,478 Crusaders. I highly encourage everyone to join. We will save the Church by supporting our good priests, our most solemn duty.

Crusaders pledge themselves to pray for vocations to the Priesthood, for the sanctification of priests, for faltering priests or those struggling to persevere. May Our Lady of the Clergy protect them all under her mantle. St. John Vianney, intercede for the priests.

~Damsel of the Faith

The Consecration Prayer:

Almighty God, in union with the sacrifice of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Calvary, and in union with the most Sorrowful and Immaculate Heart of Mary, I, (name___), consecrate to Thee and resign into the hands of Thy Mother, my life and my death as a sacrifice of love for the sanctification and fidelity of Thy priests. To this end, O Almighty God, I beg Thee to grant me the grace of perseverance until death. I promise to fulfill to the best of my ability the obligations of the Prayer Crusade for Priests. Let me love Thee, O God and serve Thee faithfully all the days of my life. Amen.

The Daily Oblation:

O Jesus, humbled in the Eucharist to be the source and center of charity of the Catholic Church and the strength of souls, I offer Thee my prayers, my actions, my sufferings in behalf of Thy Priests, to the end that each day may behold the wider extension of the Kingdom of Thy Sacred Heart.

A prayer to be prayed for all priests:

O Jesus, Eternal High Priest, Good Shepherd, Font of life, Who by a special favor of Thy most tender Heart hast given to us our Priests, in order to accomplish in us those holy ideals with which Thy grace inspires our hearts, let Thy mercy, we beseech Thee, come to the aid of our Priests. Grant them, O Jesus, lively faith in their works, unshakable hope in their trials and fervent charity in their intentions. May Thy word, radiant with eternal wisdom, become through continual meditation the never failing nourishment of their interior life; may the examples of Thy life and Passion be renewed in their conduct and sufferings, for our instruction and as a light and consolation in our sorrows. Grant, O Lord, that our priests, free from all earthly attachments and solicitous for Thy glory alone, may persevere to their last breath in the fulfillment of duty and in purity of conscience. And when in death they deliver into Thy hands a task well done, may they have in Thee, Lord Jesus, their Master on earth, the eternal reward of the crown of justice in the glory of the saints. Amen.

 

 

 

Keep thy Priests

 

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“With all your soul, fear God, revere his priests. With all your strength, love your Creator, forsake not his ministers.”  ~Sirach 7:29-30

One of my favorite poems of all time is “Keep them, Dearest Lord,” a beautiful poem written for priests. I don’t know who wrote it. If anyone does, please comment below and let me know. I’ve always had a great devotion to the Priesthood and praying for priests. My trinity of devotions include the Holy Eucharist, the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the Catholic Priesthood, for these three are equally the foundation of the Church. Without one, we cannot have the other and without all three, the Church would lost her supernaturality.  Hence, why satan has attacked these three so viciously and continues to do, for He knows that Christ gave the Church the means of salvation through the Priest, who offers the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass for us, the Victim and fruit of that Sacrifice being the Holy Eucharist, the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ.

Let us love our priests and pray for them. I dedicate this poem to my own pastor, Fr. Greig Gonzalez, SSPX.  May God love and bless him, for his untiring love and dedication to his flock.

Keep them, I pray Thee, Dearest Lord,
Keep them, for they are thine,
Thy priests whose lives burn out
Before Thy consecrated shrine.

Keep them, for they are in the world,
Though from the world apart;
When earthly pleasures tempt, allure,
Shelter them in Thy Heart.

Keep them, and comfort them in hours
Of loneliness and pain,
When all their life of sacrifice for souls
Seems but in vain.

Keep them, and O remember, Lord,
They have no one but Thee,
Yet, they have only human hearts,
With human frailty.

Keep them as spotless as the Host,
That daily they caress.
Their every thought and word and deed,
Deign, Dearest Lord, to bless.

IMPRIMATUR 

+Henry Joseph O’Leary, D.D., Archbishop of Edmonton

Mary, Mother of Priests, pray for Fr. Gonzalez and strengthen him! St. John Vianney, St. John Bosco and all patrons of priests, intercede for the Priests of God!

~Damsel of the Faith

“Honor God and respect the priest”  ~Sirach 7:31

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2016 Priest engagements, SSPX

Annually on December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, priests make their official engagements, becoming perpetual members of the Society of St. Pius X.

May God bless these men, eternal priests in the Holy Priesthood of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Congratulations to our US District Priests, Fr. Jonathan Loop and Fr. Gagnon, as well as to Fr. Therasian Xavier, District of Asia.

http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/new-engagements-sspx

The SSPX welcomed new additions to its priestly fraternity – Three as perpetual members and eight as new members.

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8) is the day reserved for when the clerics of the Society of St. Pius X make their engagements to their religious family. This year was no exception, with 2 priests of the United States District making their perpetual engagements: Fr. Jonathan Loop and Fr. Gagnon.

Additionally, one other priest, Fr. Therasian Xavier, from the District of Asia, was warmly welcomed to the seminary to make his engagement. Father was ordained in Winona in 2011.  His first assignment was Palayamkottai, India, and he has been there ever since.  He was made prior in 2015.

Finally, we received the joyful news that 8 seminarians made their first engagements this year: Maurizio Balestra, Phillip Delallo, Patrick Dvorak, James Hewko, Joseph Horak, Michael Marcopolus, Edward Simmerer, and Jonathan Steele.

Follow the Immaculate

In the sermon of the Mass, Reverend Father Yves le Roux explained how Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, is the perfect model of generous submission to God.  It is not by chance that Archbishop Lefebvre chose this feast day for the ceremony of engagement.  As her children make for the first time or renew their complete oblation of self to God, they ask her to bring them into the same spirit which penetrated her whole life.

We congratulate the priests who made their perpetual engagement and ask the charity of your prayers for them as well as for the perseverance of those who have just officially become members of the Society of St. Pius X.

Pope St. Pius X, ora pro nobis!

~Damsel of the Faith

St. John Vianney on the Priesthood

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On this, the Feast of St. John Vianney, I reproduce his Catechism on the Holy Priesthood.  May he intercede for the Priests of the Church, that they will convert back to and be faithful to the True Faith.

St. John Vianney on the Priesthood

“My children, we have come to the Sacrament of Orders. It is a Sacrament which seems to relate to no one among you, and which yet relates to everyone. This Sacrament raises man up to God. What is a priest! A man who holds the place of God — a man who is invested with all the powers of God. “Go, ” said Our Lord to the priest; “as My Father sent Me, I send you. All power has been given Me in Heaven and on earth. Go then, teach all nations. . . . He who listens to you, listens to Me; he who despises…

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A day in the life of an SSPX Seminarian

“A new video traces the daily life and full formation of a seminarian at the SSPX Seminary of St. Thomas Aquinas.

What is it like to live within the walls of a seminary? Let us follow a day in the life of a seminarian.

At 6:00am the bell is rung which breaks the great silence of the night. The seminarian begins the day with the morning prayers. After washing up, he descends to the chapel – vesting with the surplice signifies “putting on the new man” as says St. Paul.

At 6:30am, Prime, part of the Divine Office or prayer of the Church, is sung. After 25 minutes of meditation, the Angelus is led by the Rector.

Mass, the center of seminary life, follows: a low Mass on weekdays, and a High Mass on Sundays and feast days….”

http://sspx.org/en/news-events/news/video-day-life-seminarian

 

May God bless these future priests and increase in them all priestly graces and virtues that they may offer the Holy Sacrifice with a pure heart, preach the True Catholic Faith with apostolic zeal and administer all of the Holy Sacraments with a burning love for Our Lord and His Church.

~Damsel of the Faith

2016 SSPX Ordinations at Econe

8 Priests and 12 Deacons were ordained for the SSPX in Econe, Switzerland on June 29, 2016.  I post some beautiful pictures from the occasion.  I think they are so beautiful they are of an angelic nature!  Once again, may God bless our Priests and keep them always faithful to the truth of tradition, under the leadership of their great Founder, who continues to guide them, Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre.

The sermon for the Ordination can be found here.

~Damsel of the Faith