feast of St. Michael that the Brothers of the Society of St. Pius X pronounce their vows by which they are consecrated to God.
The ceremony of the vows is always preceded
by a week of retreat where all the brothers get together. This year,
their retreat took place at our retreat center in Los Gatos and the
ceremony of vows at St. Thomas More church in San Jose, CA. Today, four
novices made their first profession: Brs. Christopher, Paul-Mary, Simon,
and George. This brings the number of SSPX brothers in the USA to 19,
On the day of his profession, the novice, after
invoking the most holy Trinity, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, “before God and
the Church,” consecrates himself to God for three years in the religious
life by the vows of obedience, poverty, and chastity, according to the
statutes of the Society of St. Pius X.
After these three years of annual vows and another period of six years, the brothers take their final vows.
brothers made their perpetual profession today: Br. Louis (Le Ray) and
Br. Anthony (Hewko), who both reside in St. Ignatius Retreat House in
Ridgefield, CT. The ceremony of the vows took place during the Solemn
High Mass, at the offertory, in front of the opened tabernacle. Present
at the ceremony were Fr. Jürgen Wegner, Superior of District; Fr. Yves
Le Roux, Rector of St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary; Fr. Thomas Asher, Prior
at Los Gatos; and Fr. Kenneth Dean, Novice Master. Fr. Patrick Crane
preached the retreat and assisted to the ceremonies, as well as the
other resident priests of St. Aloysius Gonzaga Retreat House: Frs. David
Nichols, William Kimball and Christopher Petersen.
On the eve of
the feast, September 28, two postulants became novices: Nicolas Brown
took the new name of Br. Nathanael and Thomas Crouse became Br.
Ignatius. They now wear the brother's habit: cassock and narrow cincture
of black cloth without a sash. They received also a crucifix, the “sign
of the Passion of Jesus Christ, so that it may be for you the
foundation of the faith, a defense against adversity, and the
everlasting standard of victory.” (Brothers’ Ceremonial – SSPX Statutes)
They will have a complete full year of novitiate before being able to
pronounce their religious vows.
The specific aim of the
brothers in the Society is to assist the priests in all their duties,
not by wishing to take their place in the priestly function but by
facilitating their apostolic task in many ways. This can be by
relieving them of material jobs, such as: bursar, practical works in the
rectory or seminary, like gardening, cooking, upkeep of the buildings,
care of the library, secretarial work, etc. Or it can be through a more
direct participation in the apostolate, such as: responsibility for the
church, choir master, catechism classes, organist, or helping out in a
primary school. In the missions, this could also be the construction of
buildings, or teaching in a trade school.“
In the Fall, the
new postulants will enter in our Novitiate which has its own rules and
schedule within the St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary. This year, we are happy
to expect up to five postulants. During the postulancy time, the
postulants are initiated to the spiritual life and they show their
aptitudes for the life of brother in the Society of St. Pius X.
Saturday, October 1, 2016
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