Monday, August 10, 2009

Priest's Pilgrimage to Ars


Fr de Malleray of the Society of St Peter is organising a pilgrimage to Ars and Lyons for English priests.

February 8 to 12, 2010 (i.e. the week before Ash Wednesday – 17 February 2010).
Depart Monday morning 8 February 2010 from the UK, arriving in the afternoon in Lyon and reach Francheville (FSSP house on the outskirt of Lyons).
Return Friday morning 12 February 2010 from Lyons.
Our pilgrimage will be under the special protection of Our Blessed Lady, the Mother of God and the Mother of priests as the anniversary of Her Apparitions in Lourdes will occur while we are still in Lyons. (Feb. 11th).

Location:
We will be based in the beautiful St Padre Pio House run by the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter in Francheville (Lyons), less than an hour drive from Ars. Single room accommodation. Garden.

Scheduled:
A full day in Ars, the climax of our stay. Possibility of offering Holy Mass in Ars. Visit of the Curé’s presbytery. Veneration of his relics.
One day in Lyons, original Episcopal See of St Iraeneus: visit of the Basilica of Fourvières; prayer at the place of death of St Francis de Sales; visit of the Roman amphitheatre where the protomartyrs of Gaul SS. Polycarp, Blandina, Pothinus and others suffered in 117 a.D. On a lighter note, meal in a ‘bouchon’ (traditional Lyonnais restaurant cf http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bouchon).
We will also have conferences on priestly spirituality, including the theology of the Mass, the EF Roman liturgy and prayer life.

Price (estimate):
About £150 for return train ticket London St Pancras-Lyons-London St Pancras (reduction possible if we travel as a group).
Alternatively: Easyjet direct return flight Stansted-Lyons-Gatwick: minimum price £51 (for group ticket of 15 passengers).
Accommodation will be very affordable in the FSSP house - rough estimate: £30/day with breakfast + 1 main meal at least, i.e. £120 for 4 full days (4 nights).
To be added: transport in Lyons and to Ars. Meals outside of the house (at least twice).

Liturgy: Possibility of offering private Mass daily in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite.

For further details and booking contact Fr de Malleray, FSSP

9 comments:

Catholic Mom of 10 said...

Have we something like this for the laity? I hope there is provision to celebrate the OF for priests too. It would be a shame to discriminate.

Ches said...

Lyon is my favourite French city and is just dripping with its Catholic history ... And, yes, the bouchon are fine too! Hoping the pilgrimage proves successful.

Fr Michael Brown said...

It would be a pity to discriminate. Whenever there is a meeting of priests there should be opportunity allowed for them to celebrate the EF if they wish, don`t you think?

Fr Ray Blake said...

Important point, Father.

Do you now of any diocesan or other clergy meetings where such provision is made?

Catholic Mom of 10 said...

Why sure Fr Michael & OF too as our Archbishop is directing is he not?

Hestor said...

The point made by Mom of 10 is rather unnecessary and I smell a theme there. Perhaps she should familiarize herself of how priests who wished to celebrate the EF have been long discriminated up until recently in Lourdes, Fatima, Rue de Bac and even in St. Peter's Basilica in Rome (I know of one or two cases where Cardinal Noe removed priests who used the older form right in the middle of the mass).

Catholic Mom of 10 said...

Oh thanks Hestor! Will be in Fatima in less than 4 weeks & mah husband & children in Lourdes in a fortnight. I will set us all homework to go hunt for EF Masses!
It's plain ridiculous..just get a life & go to Mass!I was born in 1962 I never lapsed..I got 10 kids..we follow humanae vitae..if there is a Mass acc to the 1962 Missal we might go to it..we trust our Holy Father..perhaps our Archbishop even!

Catholic Mom of 10 said...

Such a shame that Hestor has no profile..it's much easier to argue in secret..harder to put your face & family up don't you think?

Fr Michael Brown said...

Unfortunately Father I don`t. I was interested in celebrating the EFv last year at the Canon Law Society conference in Rome and asked the organisers who had no problem about it but said we were to make our own arragements with the sacristy. In the event I never did celebrate it as there wasn`t much time to do so in the programme. I would hope that another time the commitee might arrange provision in more active way. However the conference normally happens in a hotel where the daily Mass is aid on a table in a conference room so I don`t see how they would be able to provide the opportunity unless there is a nearby friendly church.