Vocations: December 2010 Archives

Legion of Christ ordination 2010.jpgOn Christmas eve morning, Cardinal Valasio De Paolis, CS, the pontifical delegate for the Legion of Christ, ordained 61 new priests on Christmas eve at Saint Paul outside the Walls. The Most Reverends Brian Farrell, LC and Paolo Schiavon, respectively from the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity and auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Rome, concelebrated. 

Among the 61 ordained 7 from the USA, 3 from Canada and 28 from Mexico.

Priestly ordinations in the Legion of Christ typically happen on Christmas eve so that on Christmas day the newly ordained priest celebrates his first Mass of Thanksgiving on the great feast of the Incarnation.

The Legion of Christ's news on the ordinations is here.

Here's the story on Rome Reports

This is a must see video on the life of the Canons of Klosterneuburg, some of whom are moving to the Rockville Centre in the Spring 2011. The producer of the video, Jason Fudge, did a terrific job in making "Life Around the Collar."

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The Canons Regular of St. Augustine of the Klosterneuburg is one of the oldest Latin Rite orders. The canons live together in community and take three vows of chastity, poverty and obedience. Because of this, many times they are confused with monks who live a cloistered, contemplative life. However, the canonical life is clerical and engages in public ministry of liturgy and sacraments for those who visit their churches.

As one of Austria's oldest and most historically important orders, the order has been traditionally Austrian. However in the last 20 years, people outside of Austria have decided to take the solemn vow to become a canon at the monastery.

For almost 900 years a monastery in Austria has been devoted to preserving a religious life, culture and science. The origin dates back to Margrave Leopold III when he founded the monastery in 1114. In 1133, the Canons Regular of St. Augustine were summoned to develop the monastery. Alongside the canons' devotion to religion, they also viewed it their duty to preserve culture and art. Since its foundation, the monastery has grown to be one of the wealthiest monasteries and owns the largest private scholarly library in the country.

About the author

Paul A. Zalonski is from New Haven, CT. He is a member of the Fraternity of Communion and Liberation, a Catholic ecclesial movement and an Oblate of Saint Benedict. Contact Paul at paulzalonski[at]yahoo.com.



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