Monthly Archives: January 2009

Personal Prelature for the Traditional Anglican Communion [http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2009/01/more-moves-toward-unity-personal.html]

Thursday, January 29, 2009

The Catholic Australian weekly The Record publishes this week this most relevant report: the Traditional Anglican Communion could be received as a Personal Prelature of the Catholic Church before the end of the year.

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The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has decided to recommend the Traditional Anglican Communion be accorded a personal prelature akin to Opus Dei, if talks between the TAC and the Vatican aimed at unity succeed, it is understood.

The TAC is a growing global community of approximately 400,000 members that took the historic step in 2007 of seeking full corporate and sacramental communion with the Catholic Church – a move that, if fulfilled, will be the biggest development in Catholic-Anglican relations since the English Reformation under King Henry VIII.

TAC members split from the Canterbury-based Anglican Communion headed by Archbishop Rowan Williams over issues such as its ordination of women priests and episcopal consecrations of women and practising homosexuals.

The TAC’s case appeared to take a significant step forwards in October 2008 when it is understood that the CDF decided not to recommend the creation of a distinct Anglican rite within the Roman Catholic Church – as is the case with the Eastern Catholic Churches – but a personal prelature, a semi-autonomous group with its own clergy and laity.

Opus Dei was the first organisation in the Catholic Church to be recognised as a personal prelature, a new juridical form in the life of the Church. A personal prelature is something like a global diocese without boundaries, headed by its own bishop and with its own membership and clergy.

Because no such juridical form of life in the Church had existed before, the development and recognition of a personal prelature took Opus Dei and Church officials decades to achieve.

An announcement could be made soon after Easter this year. It is understood that Pope Benedict XVI, who has taken a personal interest in the matter, has linked the issue to the year of St Paul, the greatest missionary in the history of the Church.

The Basilica of St Paul outside the Walls could feature prominently in such an announcement for its traditional and historical links to Anglicanism. Prior to the English Reformation it was the official Church of the Knights of the Garter.

The TAC’s Primate, Adelaide-based Archbishop John Hepworth, told The Record he has also informed the Holy See he wants to bring all the TAC’s bishops to Rome for the beatification of Cardinal Henry Newman, also an Anglican convert to the Catholic Church, as a celebration of Anglican-Catholic unity.


Pope Repeals “secret vows” of the Legion of Christ (December 2007) [http://stlouiscatholic.wordpress.com/2007/12/13/whoa-big-news-at-rorate-caeli-re-legion-of-christ/]

Post at Rorate Caeli:

Pope repeals “secret vows” of the Legion of Christ

Excerpt of an article published yesterday by the Mexican daily La Jornada:

The derogation of the secret vows of the Legionaries.The Pope has derogated the private vows of the Legionaries of Christ, precisely those which were used by the superiors of this religious congregation to protect themselves from possible complaints. The sources of news agencies indicate that these are “parallel measures” to the disciplinary penalty imposed on Marcial Maciel for sexual abuses in 2006.

Pope Benedict XVI had personally asked for the repeal of the private vows professed by the seminarians and priests of the Legionaries of Christ. These were oaths, related to the internal life of the order, which assured its secrecy and impermeability: the first [oath of “charity”] prevented any kind of criticism of superiors and their decisions by members, while the second [oath of “humility”] forbade the religious men from aspiring to positions within it.

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Is there any parallel move planned with any other congregation?

http://stlouiscatholic.wordpress.com/2007/12/13/whoa-big-news-at-rorate-caeli-re-legion-of-christ/

Muslims seek to close oldest Christian monastery [http://www.speroforum.com/a/17872/Muslims-seek-to-close-oldest-Christian-monastery]

Muslims seek to close oldest Christian monastery

Muslim leaders have sued the Syriac Orthodox monastery for alleged proselytism

Demonstrations are being held in many European countries to save the monastery of Mor Gabriel, a spiritual center for the Syriac Orthodox community in Turkey.

Founded in 397, it is the oldest functioning Christian monastery in the world. It is located on the plateau of Tur Abdin, “The Mountain of the Servants of God,” on the Turkish border with Iraq. The see of the metropolitan archbishop of Tur Abdin, Mor Timotheus Samuel Aktas, with its three monks, 14 nuns, and 35 young people who live and study there, it is a religious and cultural point of reference for all Syriac Orthodox Christians, who still preserve ancient Aramaic, the language of Jesus. Every year it welcomes more than ten thousand tourists and pilgrims, many of them Syriacs of the diaspora in Germany, Switzerland, and Sweden.

Now, however, the future of the monastery and the Christian minority is threatened by a series of lawsuits against the monks and the prestigious religious institution. In August of 2008, the leaders of three Muslim villages around the monastery accused the community of proselytism, for having students to whom they can hand down the Christian faith and the Aramaic language. Their case has not yet been accepted by the Turkish court. But the village leaders are also asking that the monastery’s land be appropriated and divided among the villages; that a wall be knocked down that was built during the 1990’s (when the monastery was on the front of the conflict between the Turkish army and the Kurdish communist party (PKK)). According to the Muslim leaders, there used to be a mosque on the land where the monastery was built. “The accusation is absurd,” says David Gelen, leader of the Aramaic Foundation, “the monastery dates from 397 A.D., about 200 years before the prophet Mohammed and the construction of any mosque whatsoever. And yet the court has considered hearing the case.”

Gelen says that he thinks a “campaign of intimidation” is underway against the religious of the monastery. “Bishop, monks, and nuns,” Gelen continues, “are always threatened in the most direct way possible by the inhabitants of the village, and they do not dare present themselves at trial or defend themselves in some way. So for some time, the monks and nuns have not had the courage to leave the confines of the property.”

“In Turkey,” Gelen explains, “freedom of religious expression is guaranteed by the constitution; but those who are not recognized as a minority do not exist, in practical terms. Now the Syriacs, unlike the Greeks and Armenians, are not recognized as a religious minority, although they have been living there for millennia. The purpose of the threats and the lawsuit seems to be to repress this minority and expel it from Turkey, as if it were a foreign object.”

The Syriac community has high hopes in the European Union, which on February 11 is supposed to address together with the Turkish government the question of religious freedom and human rights for the non-Muslim minorities present in the country. “We hope not only that our rights will be recognized,” David Gelen says, “but we are convinced that for the Turkish state, the time has come to recognize, accept, and protect the cultural multiplicity of the country, instead of fighting it. Turkey must decide whether it wants to preserve a 1,600-year-old culture, or annihilate the last remains of a non-Muslim tradition. What is at stake is the multiculturalism that has always characterized this nation, since the time of the Ottoman Empire.”

Since 1923, when the Turkish state was created, the Syriac Orthodox have been dispersed in four countries: Syria, Turkey, Iraq, Iran. Yasar Ravi, president of the Syriac Orthodox community of Antioch, notes that the Treaty of Lausanne guaranteed certain essential freedoms for this minority, but “things have gone differently.”

Since that time, there has been a constant exodus of the community toward central and northern Europe, especially Germany (where there are 20,000 Syriacs) and Sweden (70-80,000). In the middle of the 1960’s, there were still about 130,000 of them in Tur Abdin; today there are just 3,000.

“We have no territory, we are scattered throughout the world, but we are very united thanks to our linguistic, social, and cultural identity,” Yasar Ravi continues. “As history teaches us, religion has always had a dominant role in civilization. Ours is without doubt a very religious people, and we are proud of speaking the language of Jesus: the language that, in terms of its diffusion, was essentially the English of the Middle East.”

http://www.speroforum.com/a/17872/Muslims-seek-to-close-oldest-Christian-monastery

Williamson Forbidden to Speak on Historical Subjects—Bishop Bernard Fellay [http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/]

http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/

1. Archbishop Lefebvre’s father died in a concentration camp.

2. Bishop Williamson forbidden to speak on secular and historical matters.

3. German Superior of the SSPX apologizes for Williamson’s words, especially on the genocide of the Jews during the Third Reich.

Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad elected Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia

Breaking News — Kirill Elected New Russian Orthodox Patriarch

The bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church this evening in Moscow elected Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, 62, to succeed the late Patriarch Alexi II as the head of the Russian Orthodox Church. The new Patriarch’s challenge: to deepen the Church’s influence inside Russia, and to widen its presence outside Russia.

Kirill will “certainly” invite Pope Benedict XVI to visit Russia, and increase collaboration with the Roman Catholic Church worldwide, Orthodox sources say. His election thus opens new perspectives for closer relations between Orthodoxy and Catholicism, the “two lungs,” East and West, of a Christianity divided since the Great Schism of 1054. His election also opens a new era in the post-Soviet period of the Russian nation, its internal life and its relations to the West and the entire world.

A special report By Robert Moynihan MOSCOW, JANUARY 27, 2009 —

On the very first day of voting, the bishops of the Russian Orthodox Church this evening elected a new patriarch to succeed the late Patriarch Alexi II, who died in December: Kirill, Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, age 62, according to a reliable source in Moscow.

(Photo: The Russian Orthodox Church’s new Patriarch, Metropolitan Kirill of Smolensk and Kaliningrad, speaking to members of the Council of Bishops at a meeting which starts the process of selecting a new leader following the death last month of Patriarch Alexi II, in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral, Sunday, January 25, 2009. He will be enthroned this weekend — AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

The vote was more than 600 in favor of Kirill out of some 700 votes, more than 80%, our source said. (Photo: Preparation for voting during the election of the new Patriarch.) This choice, nearly 20 years after the collapse of Soviet communism, marks an epoch in the life of the Russian Church, and of Russia herself. Kirill, whom I have had the occasion to meet and come to know, is a dynamic person, energetic, decisive. He has deeply-held convictions about his faith, about the role of that faith in the future of his country, and about the role of that faith in the future of Europe and the world. He is persuaded that only a return to “real values” can enable Russia and Europe to confront the current economic and cultural crisis. He believes Russia’s greatness, eclipsed in recent years, can only be restored by the renewal of her ancient Orthodox faith. Therefore, Kirill will attempt a double agenda: (1) to build on what Patriarch Alexi accomplished during the 18 years of his patriarchate, continuing to rebuild the Church’s ruined infrastructure (thousands of Orthodox churches have been rebuilt around Russia since 1991); and (2) to launch a series of new initiatives to strengthen the Church’s voice and influence in Russian society. Kirill can be expected, then, to continue rebuilding Russian churches, reopening schools, expanding seminaries, renewing monasteries, and in general restoring the outward signs of Russian Orthodox religious life. But Kirill, who was the key figure behind the unprecedented promulgation of the Church’s social teaching in a document in the year 2000, can also be expected to take bold new steps to go beyond renewing the institutional structure of the Church. Kirill wants to affect society. The new Patriarch, who has for several years had his own Sunday morning television show, wants the voice of the Church, the voice of Christian teaching and Christian values, to be heard in contemporary Russia on the great questions facing the country and the world — in economics, in law, in family life, in education, in social reform projects, in culture. Kirill, a powerful public speaker, has been extremely active in recent years, traveling the world from Indonesia to Brazil, from Rome to Havana to Geneva, to preach and build friendships in dozens of countries. (He did this in his role as the “Foreign Minister” of the Russian Orthodox Church, heading up the Church’s External Relations Department.) It is not clear whether this type of travel will also mark his patriarchate, but it is certain that it will be a patriarchate with a global scope. It could not be otherwise, considering his life experience in recent years. One great question concerns his relations with the Pope of Rome and with the Roman Catholic Church in general. It seems certain that Kirill, who has traveled several times to Rome and has met with Pope Benendict XVI more than once, will invite Benedict to visit Russia — something Pope John Paul II wished to do but was not able to due to the unwillingness of Patriarch Alexi to receive him.

(Photo: Pope Benedict XVI greets Russian Orthodox Metropolitan Kirill before a meeting at the Vatican Dec. 7. The pope and Metropolitan Kirill, head of the Moscow Patriarchate’s office for external relations, held a rare meeting in a bid to improve often-strain ed relations — CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

“Kirill has a keen sense of the important role of religious institutions in public life,” said Daniel Schmidt, an American philanthropist who has met and spoken at length with Kirill. “He recognizes the essential role of religious faith, not just in his own country, but in human society in general, in building social trust,” Schmidt, director of programs for the Bradley Foundation of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, said. The foundation has supported many Russian youth centers, orphanages, clinics and schools over the past 10 years. Kirill’s election, then, may usher in a time when the Russian Church will be more open to collaboration and common efforts, in Russia and worldwide, with the Catholic Church, and with others as well. Kirill, who has already been serving for eight weeks as “interim Patriarch” (he was chosen by his fellow bishops to carry out the duties of patriarch after the death of Alexi II on December 5), made his mind clear in a homily he delivered on January 6 at a Christmas Eve Mass held at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior (following the Julian calendar, the Russian Orthodox Church celebrates Christmas on January 7). More than 3,000 attended the Mass, including Russian President Dimitry Medvedev, accompanied by his wife, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and hundreds of other dignitaries, as well as the Pope’s nuncio, or ambassador, to Russia, Italian Archbishop Antonio Mennini. Kirill invited those present to be valiant during the current economic crisis, and asked for spiritual help for the nation’s president. The word “crisis” comes from the Greek meaning “decision,” Kirill said. He said that today decisions have been affected by certain attitudes, such as “greed, loss of control over consumption, a bid to enrich oneself by all means and have as much as possible.” He said the crisis began when people forgot true values, and that further crises could be avoided if values provided the foundation for the economy. “Today we recall how the Son of God came down to people so that each one of us could rejoin Him. But to allow this to happen, there must be a response on our part, response worthy of divine love — our own love, active and sacrificial,” Kirill said. The life of the deceased Patriarch Alexi II was an example of such love, he said, praising the late Patriarch’s relentless efforts aimed at preserving the unity of Church. “The demise of the Holy Patriarch Alexi ends an important period in the history of our Church, which coincided with deep social changes,” Kirill said. “We are now living in an entirely different society that bears no resemblance to the times of imposed atheism.” At the same time, the Patriarchal Locum Tenens acknowledged that Orthodox Christians in Russia are now facing new problems, mostly of social and economic nature. Many are losing their jobs and sustaining “material losses”, Kirill said. “The Church embraces with compassion all who are finding it hard to carry on,” he said. “May God give strength and wisdom to all — rulers, entrepreneurs and ordinary workers — so that our common and coordinated efforts, mutual support and the search for correct decisions could help us surmount the current difficulties, preserve ourselves and our loved ones and maintain peace and harmony in our society.” Kirill told believers that “only love creates real unity”. “Only if there is no room left for enmity, envy or rivalry in our souls and our hearts are open to love and unity will God’s blessings descend upon us, healing our ailments and filling us with strength,” he said. The Christmas address prepared by Patriarch Alexi II before his death was also read at the Christmas Mass. Alexi recalled in his message the celebrations that took place last June 2008 to mark 1020 years of Christianity in Russia (the country’s baptism occurred in 988), and he invited the faithful to continue living according to the will of God, and not their own. “Let us remember,” Alexy II wrote, “that only God gives true peace.”

Traditional Values Kirill, and others who believe as he does, is controversial in the West, especially because has made strong statements condemning societal acceptance of homosexuality. In an interview published in mid-2008 by the German magazine Der Spiegel, Kirill said that if society stops considering homosexuality a sin, the next step will be general excuse of various sexual perversions. Reminding the interviewer that the Bible calls homosexuality a sin, Metropolitan Kirill stressed that the Church does not condemn homosexuals and is against “persecuting or insulting these people.” But, he continued, “why promote sin? A gay parade is an intrusive display of depravity. The Church is to say that sin is sin. Otherwise, the Church is not needed.” In March, 2007, Kirill denounced the idea of conducting a gay pride parade in Moscow. He said it “is directed against the majority of Russian society. We believe that the law should not interfere in citizens’ private lives. You can sin if you want to, but you will answer to God. However, if you are trying to propagate your sin by seducing and degrading people, society must oppose it.” In an address to the Third European Ecumenical Assembly in Sibiu in September, 2007, Kirill said that in order for Europe to survive the tribulations that have befallen previous civilizations, it must retain its Christian identity. He said an increasing number of Europeans Christians and non-Christians alike have come to recognize “Christianity [as] a powerful source of support for European civilization.” He was careful to explain that this does not imply that “there is no room” in Europe “for people of other religions and with other outlooks on the world.” Rather, it points to the “recognition of the high role of the Christian faith in the past, present and future of our continent.” Kirill seems poised to strive to lessen the rift between the Russian Orthodox and Catholic Churches. Kirill has said that “in the Vatican and not only in the Vatican but all over the world, Catholics understand that Orthodox (people) are their allies. And Orthodox (people) are more and more coming to understand that Catholics are their allies in the face of hostile and non-religious secularism.” But some Russian Orthodox think he is going too far, and this will provide a brake against Kirill’s ecumenical efforts. On 31 December Pravaya.ru published an open letter taking Kirill to task for ties with the Roman Catholic Church. The letter asked him to renounce statements it says he had made in the past. First among them, states the letter: “We ask you to disavow the assertion that the Orthodox and Roman Catholic churches are divided parts of One Church, and affirm that in the true sense the One Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church is only the Orthodox Church.” The letter cites an interview Kirill gave in 1991, in which he stated that no ecumenical council, similar to those that established Church doctrine in the early centuries of Christianity, has been convened since the division of the churches to formally condemn the resulting religions as heretical. In a defence of Kirill published on 13 January in response to the open letter, Russian Orthodox Bishop Hilarion of Vienna and Austria cited interviews, sermons and documents in which Kirill disavowed the “branch theory” of Christianity. “The goal of branding someone with whom one does not agree as a heretic is not, of course, to find the truth, but to blacken one’s opponent,” Hilarion wrote. “When this is done on the threshold of a local council that will be electing the Patriarch, and in regards to one of the possible candidates, then it is clear this is not a search for truth but a sinful means of fighting an undesirable person.” The delegates named by each diocese to attend the local council, and the process of selecting them have also stirred heated debated. It has been noted that bureaucrats and others with close ties to power, are among the delegates, including the governor of the Omsk region, the wife of the governor of Primorsky Krai, on Russia’s Pacific coast, and a number of businessmen. Metropolitan Kliment of Kaluga and Borovsk, the Moscow Patriarchate’s property manager, who was seen as less enthusiastic on church unity than Kirill, was the remaining candidate. Metropolitan Filaret of Minsk had been seen as one of the favorites, but there were concerns about his health, and Filaret himself removed himself from consideration prior to the vote, asking those present to vote for Kirill. “Under this holy man, the Russian Orthodox Church became the only force preserving the traditions and values of holy Russia,” Kirill said in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. “Like a sick man, allowed to stand after a long period in bed, our Church was weak at the beginning of his service and unable to use its spiritual potential fully. Today, it is no longer weak, and it lives with the people,” he told participants in the December 9 service. Among those in attendance were Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, as well as Orthodox patriarchs and archbishops and leaders of other faiths and denominations. Among the Catholics attending were German Cardinal Walter Kasper, president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and French Cardinal Roger Etchegaray, retired head of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace. Here is a brief biography: Metropolitan Kirill (born as Vladimir Mikhailovich Gundyayev on November 20, 1946, Leningrad, Soviet Union, is a Russian Orthodox Church (ROC) bishop, the Metropolitan of Smolensk and Kaliningrad since 1991, the Chairman of the External Church Relations Department of the Moscow Patriarchate since November 1989, and a permanent member of the Holy Synod. In 1970 Kirill completed a degree from the Leningrad Theological Academy, where he was retained as a professor of dogmatic theology and aid to the Academy’s Inspector. After August 30, 1970, he was a personal secretary to Nikodim (Rotov), Metroplitan of Leningrad. On September 12, 1971, he became archimandrite and was posted as a representative of the ROC to the World Council of Churches (WCC) in Geneva. On December 26, 1974, he was appointed Rector of the Leningrad Academy and Seminary. Since December 1975, he was a member of the WCC Central Committee and Executive Committee. In 1976, Kirill was consecrated Bishop of Vyborg. In 1977, he became Archbishop. Since 1978, he has been the manager of the “Patriarch’s parishes in Finland” (the name of the structures of the Russian Orthodox Church in Finland). In 1984, he became Archbishop of Smolensk andVyazma. The title was changed to Archbishop of Smolensk and Kaliningrad in 1989. In 1991, he became Metropolitan. In 1974-1984 he was the Rector of the Leningrad Spiritual Academy and Seminary. In 1971 he was appointed representative of the Moscow Patriarchate at the World Council of Churches and has been actively involved in theecumenical activity of the Russian Orthodox Church since then. In 1978, Kirill was appointed Deputy Chairman, and in November 1989, Chairman of the External Church Relations Department of the Moscow Patriarchate and permanent member of the Holy Synod. He is known as active and efficient diplomat. The main success of foreign relations of the Russian Orthodox Church during Kirill’s service ar the External Relations Department has been the reunification of the ROC with the “Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia”. On 6th December, 2008, the day after the death of Patriarch Alexy II (1990-2008), the Holy Synod elected him Locum tenens of the Patriarchal throne. On 9th December, 2008, during the funeral service for Patriarch Alexy II in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral, which was broadcast live by Russia’s state TV channels, he was seen and reported to have fainted at one point. On December 29, 2008, when talking to journalists, he said he was “categorically opposed to any reforms” of a liturgical or doctrinal nature in the Church. Since 1994 Kirill has hosted a weekly Orthodox TV program on ORT/Channel One. The conservative wing in the ROC criticized Kirill of practising ecumenism throughout the 1990s. In 2008 breakaway Bishop Diomid of Anadyr and Chukotka criticized him for associating himself with the Catholic Church. However, in a recent statement Metropolitan Kyrill stated that there could be no doctrinal compromise with the Roman Catholic Church, and that discussions with them did not have the goal of seeking unification. On October 20, 2008, while on a tour of Latin America, he had a meeting with First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba Fidel Castro; the latter commended Metroplitan Kirill as his ally in combatting “American imperialism”. Kirill awarded Fidel Castro and his brother Raul Castro on behalf of Patriarch Alexi II, in recognition of their decision to build the first Russian Orthodox Church in Havana, to serve the Russian expatriates living there.

(Photo: Former Cuban leader Fidel Castro walks with Kirill in Havana October 20, 2008. Kirrill blessed the newly rebuilt Orthodox cathedral in Havana during its dedication October 18 — CNS photo/Reuters)

Death of Mons. William B. Smith in New York (24 January 2009)

January 24, 2009

1:25 PM

Dear Father….,

May the grace and peace of the Holy Spirit be with us forever!

I think your prayers were answered, but in a different way.  Msgr. Smith died very peacefully this morning.  Fr. Haggerty was with him and gave him the apostolic blessing.  He and two of the Friars were praying the chaplet of Divine Mercy, and he drew his last breath just as they were concluding.  May he rest in peace!

I have sent word to Father…. , who evidently has been in touch with the members of the Fellowship.  We will have to wait to find out about arrangements for his funeral.  This has been terribly sudden for us, but no doubt a blessing for him.  I saw him yesterday and he said he was ready for whatever the Lord had in store.

With my sympathy,

Sister….


Apostleship of Prayer News

Vatican newspaper highlights Apostleship of Prayer

http://www.catholicculture.org/news/headlines/index.cfm?storyid=1684

Friday’s edition [January 16, 2009] of L’Osservatore Romano included an interview with Father Claudio Barriga Domínguez, S.J., the director general delegate of the Apostleship of Prayer, an association of the faithful to which some 50 million Catholics belong.

Countless Catholics every morning pray some version of the Apostleship’s morning or daily offering: “O Jesus, through the Immaculate Heart of Mary, I offer You my prayers, works, joys, and sufferings of this day in union with the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass throughout the world …”

Catholic World News reports regularly on the Pope’s monthly general and missionary prayer intentions, which are proposed to the Pontiff by the association.

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In the United States, Father James Kubicki, S.J., is the National Director of the Apostleship of Prayer:

Rev. James Kubicki, S.J., National Director

In addition to being a frequent guest on radio and television, Fr. Kubicki is also a popular conference speaker, retreat director, and parish mission speaker.  His areas of expertise include the Eucharist, the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the Spiritual Exercises, and the practical spirituality of the Apostleship of Prayer.

Fr. Kubicki’s involvement with the Apostleship of Prayer goes back to his high school days when he first encountered the monthly leaflets with the Holy Father’s intentions. In 1995 he became the Wisconsin Province Director of the Apostleship of Prayer, and in 1997 he became a member of the Apostleship’s national board of directors. He became National Director on July 31, 2003.

Fr. Kubicki was raised in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He entered the Jesuits in 1971 and was ordained in 1983. From 1984-88 he served as the Vocation Director and from 1995-99 as the Director of Formation for the Jesuits of the Wisconsin Province, a seven-state region in the upper Midwest. From 1989-95 he worked at the Sioux Spiritual Center, a retreat house for Native Americans in western South Dakota. During that time he was also the Assistant Director of the Diocese of Rapid City’s deacon and lay ministry formation program. From 2000-03 he was the Assistant Director of Demontreville, the Jesuit Retreat House in Lake Elmo, Minnesota.

If you are interested in contacting Fr. Kubicki, check out his resume or e-mail him.

APOSTLESHIP OF PRAYER
3211 South Lake Drive, Milwaukee, WI 53235
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P James M. Kubicki, (WIS), national director
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