Tuesday, February 1

I recently received a very polite email from Gemma, the coordinator of the Society of Our Lady of the Cloister: and I have to admit I unintentionally sold them a little short in the earlier version of my post below talking about their website. Actually, I think their project sounds pretty cool--using the internet to bring up new vocations and new charisms. Anyway, I figure my readers ought to hear the details from the source, so here is an excerpt of what Gemma wrote:
You were very perceptive to pick up on the fact that very 21st century needs are to be met by [indult] Tridentine Mass communities. That's the beauty of it all. [...]

All of those proposed communities have a purpose in life. All are being started out of compassion. Did you read Karin Yarosh's story? Ten years of no companionship save that of God and her family after her racing accident? Women are still being treated as second class citizens on the backstretch. Some female owners aren't even allowed onto the backstretch to visit their own horses. Women can work as grooms, yes, but the owners can't visit. The Jockeys' Guild has also stated that most of their funds, if not used for medical expenses, go for groceries for the poorer jockeys. So the women won't be the only beneficiaries of the Sisters of St. Joan of Arc and Karin Yarosh.

[The late Karin Yarosh sounds kinda cool--nice to hear about a devout laywoman who wasn't just your ordinary parish Church Lady, not that I don't like Church Ladies. I shall have to ask for her intercession.]

One reason why we're founding the Entourage of the Divine Bridegroom is to supply our foundations with priests. [...]

Many of the discerners who have written in have told me that the communities they have seen "are all doing the same thing" (teaching and nursing). They see our foundations as at least something different--new opportunties to serve God--while worshipping Him with the Tridentine Mass.
A lovely idea, really: the old and the new wonderfully linked together. I hear that the good ladies have even got a few responses from the public about prospective vocations, especially in their Holy Innocents sisterhood. Exciting!

Also, if anyone ever founds a society of clerical architects and artists (Priestly Fraternity of St. Denys the Araeopagite? Guarini Fathers? Angelicani?), I'd love to be a lay associate.

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