09 November 2011


Phillip Campbell

To our dear friend Phillip Campbell, who has just been elected as the Mayor of Howell, Michigan!

Common sense, dynamic, conservative leadership.

Well done, Phillip! God bless your endeavors for the good of the city these next two years, and perhaps beyond.

08 November 2011

Saint Albert the Great 
Center for Scholastic Studies

June 23 - July 7 in Norcia, Italy

More details coming soon...

05 November 2011

Novena to Saint Albert

Please consider joining our novena to Saint Albert the Great, patron saint of students of theology, petitioning for admission into a good doctoral program of theology (preferably close to home!). The novena lasts from Nov. 6 to Nov. 14, the eve of his feast day.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.

Lord, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.

God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us!
God, the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us!
God, the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us!
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us!

Holy Mary, pray for us.
Holy Mother of God, pray for us.
Holy Virgin of virgins, pray for us.

Saint Albert, pray for us.
Man after the heart of God, pray for us.
Zealous client of Mary, pray for us.
Worthy son of Saint Dominic, pray for us.
Mighty defender of the Faith, pray for us.
Solid rock of hope, pray for us.
Burning Seraph of love, pray for us.
Enlightened Cherub of wisdom, pray for us.
Valiant defender of justice, pray for us.
Sure norm of prudence, pray for us.
Bright mirror of temperance, pray for us.
Unshakable pillar of fortitude, pray for us.
Living model of humility, pray for us.
Shining example of poverty, pray for us.
Pure lily of chastity, pray for us.
True model of obedience, pray for us.
Precious vessel of all virtues, pray for us.
Zealous imitator of the Apostles, pray for us.
Bright gem of Bishops, pray for us.
Singular ornament of Doctors, pray for us.
Special glory of thy Order, pray for us.
Golden treasure of thy Fatherland, pray for us.
Certain protector of thy clients, pray for us.

Albert the Great, pray for us.
In anguish and in need, pray for us.
In tribulation and in persecution, pray for us.
In the hour of death, pray for us.

Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world: spare us, O God!
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world: graciously hear us, O Lord!
Lamb of God, Who takest away the sins of the world: have mercy on us, O Lord!

Christ, have mercy on us!
Lord, have mercy on us!

V. Pray for us, Saint Albert:
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.

Let us pray. O God, Who didst richly adorn Saint Albert with Thy heavenly gifts and didst decorate him with all virtues: grant us, Thy servants, that we may follow in his footsteps, may persevere in Thy service until death and securely obtain an everlasting reward. Through Jesus Christ, Thy Son, Our Lord. R. Amen.

Source: Kyrie Eleison — Two Hundred Litanies by Benjamin Francis Musser O.F.M. (Magnificat Press, 1944).

01 November 2011

New from the Monastery of San Benedetto, Norcia

Our most beloved monastery has released a trailer for a full length documentary that will be released this year at Christmas. The monk whom you see below offering Mass is our dear friend Fr. Basil OSB, a fellow graduate of the ITI class of 2010. We have traveled to Norcia on three separate occasions for the priestly ordinations of our friends there; I spent the better part of a week there making a kind of monastic retreat while Lisa and the kids were in Michigan for a wedding summer 2009; we all spent two weeks there this past summer for the Saint Albert the Great theology program; and we are already looking forward to returning to Norcia next summer for the same! Sneak preview of probable dates for anyone thinking of joining us... June 24 to July 7.

"The documentary, filmed in the summer of 2011, takes you into the life of the Benedictine monks of Norcia. Release date: Christmas, 2011. Documentary filmed, produced, and edited by Peter Hayden and Wilderland FIlm Studios. ~ On December 2, 2000, a tiny band of American monks with faith and courage and not much else re-founded monastic life in Norcia, Italy at the birthplace of St. Benedict. Powerful forces hostile to the faith had expelled the monks in 1810 and almost two centuries were to pass before Providence brought them back. Inspired by the Holy Rule, these monastic pioneers are going back to the roots of the Benedictine tradition. Chanting the Divine Office in Latin by day and by night at the very place where their holy patron was born, they are able to return to the spirit of their founder, as Vatican II urged all religious to do, in a very tangible way. As a result, something extraordinary is happening in Norcia. Young men from around the world, leaving home and country for the love of Christ, are drawn to the new monastery and commit themselves to stability, conversion of life and obedience at the birthplace of their founder. Their goal is focused and compelling: to prefer nothing whatever to the love of Christ!"

© 2011 Wilderland Film Studios.