Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Papa Stronsay Redemptorist Reconciled

These extraordinary men who celebrate the Extraordinary Rite and live at the edge of the world are now in the heart of the Church.

Te Deum Laudamus

Excerpt from a documentary series featuring the Transalpine Redemptorist monks of Papa Stronsay, Scotland - a congregation of traditionalist Catholic Fathers and Brothers of both Eastern and Western Rite from all over the world. The documentary was filmed in September 2003 and originally aired on Channel 4 (UK) in 2004.The congregation was founded in 1988 by Fr Michael Mary and Fr Anthony Mary on the advice of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre. Their aim was to found a new Redemptorist congregation which observed the original Rule of Saint Alphonsus and ignored the reforms adopted by modern Redemptorists following the Second Vatican Council.The congregation moved from the Isle of Sheppy in Kent, England, to Papa Stronsay in 1999. The island was considered ideal because of its seclusion from the world and ancient connection with the monastic tradition. As well as producing their own newspaper, the monks raise their own cattle and sheep and they produce most of their own food.

I've added their blog to the sidebar, have a look.


PeterHWright said...

I hear that the Transalpine Redemptorists will be canonically erected after the summer vacation, although the canonical censures have now been lifted by Rome.

Presumably, as a traditional community, the Transalpine Redemptorists will remain distinct from the modern Redemptorist congregation. (But will they both be CSSR, I wonder ?)

Well, there it is. It's happened. It's extraordinary. But people have been praying for this. And the power of prayer is indeed great.

Laudetur Jesus Christus.

gemoftheocean said...

Wonderful video. I knew a fine Redemptorist when I was growing up. He really made a difference in my life.

Anonymous said...

It is wonderful, especially for those of us who are moving to Orkney next week ;-)

peterhwright: I understand that a Redemptorist bishop was involved in the negotiations. Wouldn't it be interesting if the TAR ended up affiliated to the CSSR while retaining their disctinctive traditional charism? A model for other religious orders perhaps?

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