LENT 2003 - Ancient Catholic Spirituality Comes to Eastern Iowa -
Press Release

A sequence of conferences based on the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola will be given by Fr. James Buckley FSSP at Immaculate Conception Parish in Cedar Rapids Iowa. In addition to the spiritual exercises, Fr. Buckley will provide Mass, confession and spiritual direction.

Catholic Spiritual Exercises:

Few Saints in the history of the Catholic Church have been more influential in the lives of Catholics than has St. Ignatius of Loyola. St. Ignatius spent over 30 years developing the Spiritual Exercises that have been used on countless retreats since he founded the Society of Jesus (better known as the Jesuits). The Spiritual Exercises provide light for the mind and strength for the will in carrying out God's unique plan in one's life.

Conferences will be presented by Father James Buckley FSSP Spiritual Director of Priestly Order Established by Pope John Paul II:

The spiritual exercises will be presented by Fr. James Buckley FSSP. Fr. Buckley is seminary professor and spiritual director of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton Nebraska. This seminary is the home of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter - FSSP, a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Rite founded by His Holiness Pope John Paul II. This order emphases traditional Catholic practices and spirituality and is one of the fastest growing orders of priests in the Catholic Church today.

The order has recently built two new seminaries (one in Germany and the other in Denton Nebraska) in an attempt to house all the candidates for the priesthood that they receive each year. Due to the rapid growth of this order, some prospective candidates for the priesthood have been turned away for lack of space.

New Order of Priests Celebrate Ancient Catholic Liturgy

Father Buckley and all the priests of the FSSP celebrate Mass in the Traditional Latin Rite (Tridentine), according to the liturgical books of 1962.

The Tridentine Mass was celebrated in Roman Catholic parishes worldwide until approximately 1970 when a new rite of Mass was issued following the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council. Some of the major differences between the two Masses include:

Although it is commonly believed that the Tridentine Mass was completely replaced by the New Mass, this is not the case. In fact, the Second Vatican Council stated that the Latin language and Gregorian chant were to be preserved and given "pride of place" in the liturgy. However, a New Order, or Novus Ordo, of Mass was promulgated several years after the close of the Council. In 1984 Pope John Paul II, granted permission for the Tridentine Mass to be offered with the approval of the local bishop.

In his Apostolic Letter, Ecclesia Dei (July 2, 1988) his Holiness expanded these earlier directives, calling for their "wide and generous application", and remarked that "respect must everywhere be shown for the feelings of those who are attached to the Latin liturgical tradition". Archbishop Jerome Hanus has authorized the Traditional Latin Rite Mass at the Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville, Iowa every Sunday at noon.

The Tridentine Mass dates back 1500 years, in all essentials, to Pope St. Gregory the Great. Fragments of the Mass, notably the canon, can be traced back to Holy Thursday night as recorded in the New Testament. In addition to its great antiquity, the Tridentine Mass provides the basis and inspiration for some of the greatest art and architecture in all of Western Civilization. Examples of this include Notre Dame Cathedral, Mozart's Requiem Mass, Gregorian chant and masterpieces of the visual arts such as Michelangelo's Pieta. In our own day, many people have rediscovered the beauty and solace of Gregorian chant as evidenced by the high sales which recordings of that ancient music have enjoyed.

Another beautiful example of this inspired architecture is right here in eastern Iowa. The Basilica of St. Francis Xavier in Dyersville is one of only two minor basilicas in the United States. The other is the Basilica of San Carlos Borromeo in Carmel, CA, where Fr. Junipero Serra, who is called "the founder of California," is buried.

COR MUSICA to provide Gregorian chant during Friday evenings Mass

The Friday evening Mass will feature Gregorian chant by the musical group COR MUSICA. Founded in May 2001, COR MUSICA is a chamber a cappella ensemble that draws from a diverse repertoire of contemporary, classical, and early choral literature. Directed by Elizabeth Dyer, these singers pride themselves on versatility, and regularly alternate between voice parts, thus providing a variety of musical color and timbre effects within the ensemble. The group is based in Iowa City and is available for private engagements and special performances and has been brought in to add special beauty to the final Mass of the conferences.

Event Sponsored by Immaculate Conception Parish and Una Voce - Cedar Rapids

The idea of bringing Fr. Buckley to Cedar Rapids during Lent was brought to the attention of Fr, Karl Glovik, pastor of Immaculate Conception, Parish by parishioners who are members of Una Voce - Cedar Rapids.

Una Voce (Latin for the "with one voice") is an international federation of associations, founded in 1966 in Rome that now includes national associations in 17 nations on every continent. Una Voce is dedicated to ensuring that the Tridentine Mass is maintained as one of the forms of worship which is honored and practiced in Catholic liturgical life. In addition Una Voce is dedicated to restoring the use of Latin, Gregorian chant, and sacred polyphony in Catholic liturgy. Members of Una Voce believe that Catholics possess a living heritage and owe a duty to their posterity to transmit the Catholic Faith through Catholic culture and tradition in all its fullness.

Side by side Latin-English Missals will be provided throughout the five day conference.

Event Particulars

Immaculate Conception Parish
3rd Ave & 10th St. SE Cedar Rapids
Cedar Rapids IA

April 7 - 11, 2003
6:30PM - 8:00 PM

6:30 - 7:00 Spiritual Exercises
7:00 - 7:30 Confessions
7:30 - 8:00 Latin Mass