Well, it has been a busy week or so in the news for the FI’s in regard to our accelerating adoption of the Extraordinary Form (EF) of the Mass. Starting last week February 27 we were featured on Fr. Zuhlsdorf’s blog and picked by the New Liturgical Movement about upcoming EF Masses involving the FIs. The first will be the ordinations of five FIs in our friary in Tarqinia, Italy on the 25th of March, the Annunciation. They will be ordained by Bishop Raymond Burke, recently made head of the Roman Apostolic Signatura and he will be celebrating the Mass in the Extraordinary Form. One of the ordinees will be an American, Fra John Lorenzo. The article goes on to mention that another EF Mass will be in the Archbasilica of St. John Lateran on the 800th anniversary of the approval of the Rule of St. Francis by Pope Honorius III on April 16 and will be celebrated by Fr. Stefano Manelli the founder of the FIs, a great honor indeed.
Then on March 4 the Latin Mass Society published a wonderful article about our Contemplative Sisters in Cornwall, England about how they have adopted the 1962 Missal and the Divine Office. This was picked up by Fr. Zuhlsdorf, Rorate Caeli, New Liturgical Movement, and Damian Thompson of The Telegraph. You can see pictures and some history of the Sister’s house here.
All of these articles have generated many comments and discussion on the blogs. All we can say is thanks for all the great articles and Glory be to God.