Monday, March 31, 2014

Juventutem Louisville

On March 19 of this year, the feast of St. Joseph, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Fr. Armand de Malleray, FSSP, approved the application to affiliate with Juventutem from a group of young people in Louisville, supported by Fr. Jeffery Leger of Guardian Angels Catholic Church.

This is outstanding news! Juventutem is an excellent organization for fostering the sanctification of young people through an attachment to the prayers and traditions of the Latin Church, especially the traditional Latin liturgy.

It sprung from the efforts to establish a traditional pilgrimage to Colonge alongside the official papal events during World Youth Day in 2005, and they have participated in WYD in Madrid and Rio de Janeiro.

It is also nice because Juventutem is free from institutional prejudices that are associated (sometimes unjustly) with older people attached to the traditional rites, and we really need a structured organization to spread this form of the liturgy, to assist the spiritual development of those attached to the older liturgy, and to joyfully bear witness to the Gospel. So I'm very pleased that this is coming to my home diocese.

(Now, if we only had something akin to the Latin Mass Society of England and Wales...that's organization!)

More information on Juventutem can be found at their website, and the Juventutem Louisville chapter also is using Facebook.  The first event will be on Palm Sunday: young people are invited to attend the Missa Cantata at 12 noon at St. Martin of Tours, followed by a trip out to lunch. St. Martin's is located at 639 South Shelby Street, Louisville, KY 40202. Details to follow.

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