27 Feb 2016

28th February 2016 - Interview with Canons from Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest - 3rd Sunday Lent

On this weeks programme John has an interview with members of the community of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest who are the community now in residence at the Sacred Heart Church on the Crescent in Limerick city. We have some reflections on this weeks gospel here on the blog as well as other liturgical odds and ends.
 
You can listen to the podcast of this weeks full programme HERE.
 
Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest
 
On this weeks programme John has an interview with Canon Wulfran Lenocq (Prior of the community in Limerick) and Canon Benjamin Goggeshall from the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.
 
On the programme they discuss with John the history and mission of the Institute as well as sharing both of their vocation stories. They share the formation members of the Institute under go on the road to priesthood, their daily schedule and how the community came to take custody of the Sacred Heart Church in Limerick and of its development since their arrival.
 
The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right with the stated goal of honouring God and the sanctification of priests in the service of the Catholic Church and souls. An integral part of the institute’s charism is the use of the traditional Latin liturgy of 1962 for Mass and the other sacraments. It has undertaken the restoration of a number of historic church buildings. The Institute's rule of life is based generally on that of the secular canons.The institute was founded in 1990 by Gilles Wach and Philippe Mora in Gabon, Africa, where the institute still has missions, notably in the capital Libreville. Deacons and priests are incardinated into the institute, whose prior general has the right to call to orders. The institute is currently based in Gricigliano, Italy, where the international seminary is located.
 
You can learn more about the Institute at their website here.
 
The Institute have a special weekend coming 4-7 March when they welcome three Sisters from their female branch - Sisters Adorers of the Royal Heart of Jesus Christ Sovereign Priest. Schedule of the visit of the Sisters is available here.
 
The interview with the members of the Institute is excerpted from the main programme and is available here.
 
Gospel - Luke 13:1-9
 
The Accursed Fig Tree (Le figuier maudit) - James Tissot
At that very time there were some present who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. He asked them, ‘Do you think that because these Galileans suffered in this way they were worse sinners than all other Galileans? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as they did. Or those eighteen who were killed when the tower of Siloam fell on them—do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others living in Jerusalem? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish just as they did.’

Then he told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, “See here! For three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree, and still I find none. Cut it down! Why should it be wasting the soil?” He replied, “Sir, let it alone for one more year, until I dig round it and put manure on it. If it bears fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.” ’
Reflections on this weeks gospel:
Liturgical odds & ends
 
Liturgy of the Hours: psalter week 3; 3rd week of Lent
 
Saints of the Week (commemorations during Lent)
 
February 29th - Feria - memorials on this day
March 1st - Blessed Christopher of Milan
March 2nd - Saint John Maron
March 3rd -  Saint Katharine Drexel
March 4th - Blessed Christopher Bales
March 5th - Saint Colman of Armagh also Saint Kieran

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