Sursum Corda young adult weekend at Mundelein

sursum corda

A member of Juventutem Michigan, an organization of young Catholics interested in the Traditional Latin Mass (which, he explained to me once via facebook, is “not the youth group of the most conservative pastor in town” but a group run by young adults, who organize Traditional Latin Masses and social gatherings at various parishes, celebrated usually by one of the younger diocesan priests), requested me to post this item. “Sursum Corda” sounds like a very good opportunity, and an unusual one since I’ve not been aware of any traditional-type event for younger Catholics, this near to Madison, and I hear Mundelein (in northern Illinois) is beautiful.

The program includes daily Mass, prayer in common and opportunity for confession, faith formation classes and discussions, and other social activities for the young men and women.

I have not personally had any experience of the Institute of Christ the King. They are a Society of Apostolic Life with a missionary spirit (apparently founded in the jungle in Gabon, Africa, they continue to maintain missions there) and a love for beautiful celebration of the older form of the Mass.

Recognizing the importance of a deep harmony between faith, liturgy, life, and the power of beauty in attracting the human senses to the things above, an integral part of the Institute’s charism is the use of the traditional Latin Liturgy of 1962 for the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and the other sacraments. Great care for a solemn liturgy, complete fidelity to the doctrine of the Church and the Holy Father, and awareness of the central role of Grace, especially Charity – these are essential elements of the Institute’s spirituality, which is drawn from its three co-patrons, St. Benedict, St. Thomas Aquinas, and St. Francis de Sales.

I am also informed that Cardinal Burke will be celebrating Mass at St Mary’s Oratory in Wausau, WI, at 4pm on May 31st. The April 28 St Mary’s Oratory Bulletin (pdf) confirms this, as well as giving a few more details on Sursum Corda.

2 Responses to Sursum Corda young adult weekend at Mundelein

  1. NOW, if we can only get Fr. Robert Barron, Rector of Mundelein Seminary to TEACH his seminarians the Extraordinary Form Mass! ALL Latin Rite Catholic priests should know and celebrate both Forms of the Holy Mass.

    • Well they should at least know it. I don’t think it’s necessary to oblige them to celebrate both forms once ordained. Our own diocesan seminarians all learn it!

      If you look at the liturgy episode of Fr Barron’s gorgeous Catholicism series, it is fairly weak, he really did not seek out beautiful liturgy but quite typical Masses, and the way it is presented and taught could be better. Still, in terms of showing people who may be far from the Church what they would be likely to see if they came to a typical Catholic Church, I suppose it does do that. But the other aspects of the Catholicism series were not geared toward showing the most “typical” but showing great beauty.


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