Rector's letters

February 2018 "An Ecology of the Soul"

February 17, 2018
The good God offers a wealth of graces for the soul who prepares to receive them; this preparation is accomplished by prayer and mortification. As lent approaches, it is imperative that we make fruitful and lasting resolutions,not just for the coming forty days, but for the rest of our lives. Uniting our sufferings to the sufferings of Christ, let is perservere under our crosses so that we may share also in His triumph. 

December-January 2018-''Joy or Lamentation?''

January 20, 2018
The year 2018 is here, and we may be tempted to think that it could only be worse than the last. However, we must reject the temptation towards discouragement and despair, and strive faithfully in the Christian life for the glories of Heaven. While it is our duty to war against the evils and enticements of the world, we must never surrender the joy that is our inheritance as children of God. Indeed, with Christ as our champion, our victory is assured.   

November 2017 "Lord Grant Us Priests!"

November 10, 2017
"The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few." The words of Our Lord from the Gospels are as true now as they were then. The more our world strays from God, the greater the need for priests who are generous in their vocation as instruments of Christ's love. Let us continue to pray fervently for many holy priests! 

September 2017 "lessons of Autumn"

September 17, 2017
In times gone by, the season of autumn meant for man the reaping and assessing of fruits sown in the summer and the necessary preparartions for winter; it is the same for the interior life. If we were to examine our soul, what fruits would we find in our stores? Should winter come tomorrow, what account could we give before our Lord's judgement seat? Perhaps it is time for a retreat; God forbid we neglect our soul and find ourselves as the ten foolish virgins with lamps unlit at the coming of the Bridegroom! 

July-August 2017, Departure of the New Priests

July 17, 2017
This year's ordinations marked the first of many to come at the seminary in Virginia and sent nine new priests into Our Lord's vineyard. Finishing work on the seminary continues; and thanks to the generosity of our benefactors, every completed task allows us to provide an environment better suited to the formation of priests.  Thank you for your continued prayers and support!

May-June 2017, The Protestant Revolution, Part 4

June 17, 2017
During the reign of Christendom, societies readily submitted themselves to the teachings of Christ and His bride, the Church. Luther introduced the insidous error of "free examination," an error that destroys not only the concept of faith, but also the understanding of authority, which is the very foundation of human civilization.

March-April 2017 The Protestant Revolution, Part 3

April 17, 2017
The motivation for all human revellion flows from the original rebelion in Heaven: Lucifer's non serviam. Martin Luther, perhaps more than any other, held high the banner of revellion against God by casting off the sweet yoke of His Church and proclaiming himself master and king of his own religion. We must reject this diabolical spirit of rebellion and cling ever more closely to God's mercy, never abandoning the battle for holiness.

August 2016 - Pressing Invitation

September 09, 2016
Fr. le Roux earnestly invites one and all to attend the inauguration of the new seminary in Dillwyn, VA on November 4th, 2016.  An occasion such as the opening of a new seminary is a key opportunity for Catholics to refresh their faith. That is why he hopes a substantial number of faithful will come for this ceremony. 

July 2016 - Last Summer in Winona

September 07, 2016
This month Rev. Fr. Iscara describes the seminary's work of preparation for the move to Virginia. The equipment of the entire seminary was packaged and stored in large metal containers, where it will await the move, while priests, brothers, and seminarians packed their own belongings and began to live out of their suitcases.  Please pray for a successful move!

June 2016 - By Way of Farewell

September 07, 2016
The last ordinations in Winona was a truly momentous occasion with a record number of priests (90) and of faithful attending (3,300).  The events of the weekend and presence of priests and faithful combined to create an atmosphere of charity.