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May 20, 2022

Dowry No53 Spring issue now online

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In this issue:

Editorial: Liturgical Identity Confirmed

Fr de Malleray tells the quasi miracle of the papal decree showing that the FSSP does not fall under the recent restrictions of the traditional liturgy.

Ending Habitual Sins

                Pragmatic approach and tips to monitor the gradual weakening of vice upon a soul.

100th Anniversary of Chesterton’s Conversion

                Stuart McCullough describes the annual pilgrimage to GK Chesterton’s grave, with planned Mass in the presence of the Bishop of Northampton.

Easter Dawn Mass

                Fr Gerard Quirke remembers the Covid lockdown, when difficult decisions had to be made in relation to the celebration of Holy Mass.

Falling in Eucharistic Love

                Sophia Institute Press presents the brand-new edition of Ego Eimi – It is I, by Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP. An accessible and entertaining presentation of the faith of the Church on the Holy Eucharist.

Unexpected 19th Century Catholic Revival

                Laura Calnan shows how the Catholic revival in Europe two centuries ago was a surprise which could occur again if we learn from that past success.

The Diary of a Country Priest Today

                Fr Patrick O’Donohue, FSSP tackles the issue of discouragement for laity and clergy alike, through a presentation of Georges Bernanos’ masterpiece.

What was the trade of St Joseph?

                Fr Armand de Malleray examines the basis in Scripture and Tradition for identifying the trade of Our Lord’s foster-father as a carpenter.

Forthcoming events:

May 4, 2022

Join largest world trad pilgrimage

Would you like to walk among 15,000 pilgrims to a great medieval Marian shrine in France? Including French and foreign pilgrims, and about 150 young consecrated men and women, seminarians, friars, priests, monks and nuns walking with full-length habit the 70 miles between Paris and Chartres?

The annual Pilgrimage of Christendom from Paris to Chartres is the largest yearly gathering of Catholics worshipping according to the traditional liturgy. This year, Sat 4 to Mon 6 June 2022.

Click on picture to hear why this young pilgrim invites you to join [make sure to activate automatic English subtitles]:


Providentially, after 2 years of interruption due to Covid, the dates this year (4-6 June) coincides with the UK Jubilee Bank Holiday, allowing many more Brits than usual to take part. Currently the Covid travel regulations are nearly disappeared (with just one single negative PCR test result taken within 72 hours or an antigen test result taken within 48 hours pre-departure, and no further test either in France or back in England; nor any quarantine).

Arrival in Paris by Friday night 3rd June, for departure from Paris early morning on Saturday 4th June. Walk 70 miles. Only carry the light items you need for the day, while heavy stuff remains in your suitcase loaded on Pilgrimage trucks. Pilgrims communal tents and troughs available and breakfasts. Bring your own lunches and suppers. Arrival in Chartres on Monday afternoon 6th June, with pontifical high Mass in the cathedral.

All liturgies in the traditional form.

Contact TODAY Michael to book with the English Chapter: m.hall@talk21.com. There is also an Irish Chapter.

Michael will assist you with travel and accommodation  arrangements.

Michael is registered with the organisers as the Head of the English Chapter. They require participants details of as soon as possible and there is a DISCOUNT if we can submit registrations by 15 May. 

Michael has found reasonably priced accommodation for at least 12 in Paris the Friday night and in Chartres for the Monday, but ideally he will need an idea  of numbers next week before confirming the booking.

See pictures and further info on https://www.nd-chretiente.com/.

April 14, 2022

New Edition of Book on the Holy Eucharist

Ego Eimi – It Is I

Falling in Eucharistic Love

by Fr. Armand de Malleray, FSSP

On this Maundy Thursday when we celebrate the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar, we are delighted to announce that this book is now available again in a brand new edition by Sophia Institute Press.

Tip: Safe and easy purchase from the publisher’s website is much more advantageous to the Catholic publisher and author (than on Amazon who retains nearly every profit and pays publisher and author a tiny fraction).

Or see discounts below.

Belief in the Real Presence of Christ in the Holy Eucharist has declined drastically over the past fifty years. For the love of the Lord and the good of souls, how can we help reverse this trend?

Whether you are a believer or struggling, this book will help you develop a personal relationship with Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. In these pages, Fr. Armand de Malleray looks afresh at traditional Church teaching on the Holy Eucharist. He demonstrates that it is implemented with precision, strength, and beauty in the time-tested Traditional Latin Mass missal.

In his engaging and accessible style, Fr. de Malleray explains the significance of each precious detail of the traditional Eucharistic liturgy, from the opening words of the Preparatory Prayers, “Judge me, O God,” to the importance of punctuating the words of Consecration, to the meaning of the celebrant’s genuflections before and after the elevation.

Fr. de Malleray explains essential doctrines such as transubstantiation, the concomitant presence of Christ’s Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity, and the nature of the Eucharistic fragments. He also describes in moving detail Our Lady’s role in drawing us closer to her Eucharistic Son.

Replete with real-life stories, modern-day references, and cultural and historical reflections, Ego Eimi will inspire you to worship the Real Presence as an ardent believer, orient you to the invisible realities occurring, and foster a greater love for our Eucharistic Lord in your heart. You will learn to treasure the Holy Eucharist more deeply through Scripture, Church teachings, and philosophical reasoning. Experience the Eucharistic Fire: embrace the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and adore God’s gratuitous love.

Guided by the Church in which our Eucharistic Savior dwells, you will also learn how belief in the Real Presence:

  • Surpasses other forms of God’s presence
  • Is the central mystery and core tenet of our Faith
  • Manifests God’s divine mercy as reflected in the prayers of the traditional Mass
  • Trains us in contrition and prepares us for a favorable eternal judgment
  • Deepens our love so that each time we worship will feel like our first, last, and only Mass


15 to 30 copies: 40% off ($10.77 each)

31 to 40 copies: 45% off ($9.87 each)

Ordered by the case (44 per case): 50% off ($8.98 each).

Shipping for all bulk discounts is at cost, which is roughly $18-30 per case depending on where it’s being shipped.

For example, a box of 44 copies including shipping to the UK amounts to just £9.55 per copy.

Contact contact directly Molly Rublee for BULK orders [mailto:mrublee@sophiainstitute.com].

Crises in Church History

Looking back at three crises in Church history can help us overcome the current one: 1) The Arian crisis, when many bishops said Christ is not God; 2) The Clergy immorality crisis, when St Peter Damian had to tell the pope about widespread homosexuality; 3) The Rival Popes crisis, when good Catholics were made to choose between two or even three popes at a time.

Talk given by Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP for Juventutem London at St Mary Magdalene, Wandsworth, on 12th February 2022.

March 14, 2022

FSSP Summer Camps 2022

Boys on the St Peter Summer Camp hike through the beautiful Peak District (2019)

We are delighted that after a two-year gap, it looks as though it will be possible this year to have our residential summer camps, for children aged 10-17.

St Peter Summer Camp for Boys runs 1-6 August

St Petronilla Summer Camp for Girls runs 8-13 August

Both camps take place at Savio House, Bollington (nr Macclesfield), in the gorgeous setting of the Peak District. There will be daily Mass, Compline, rosary, catechism & chant classes, sport, and various games. Very often the children put on a play for the parents at the end of the camp. Each camp is staffed by priests and seminarians of the FSSP, as well as a number of dedicated lay volunteers. Catering is provided by Savio House.

Please complete the booking form and return to Fr Phipps with deposit to book a place for your child. Please note, spaces are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

A seminarian teaches catechism on the summer camp (2018)
Girls on St Petronilla Summer Camp rehearse for a play (2019)
February 21, 2022

Pope Francis confirms the liturgical identity of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter

Dear Friends,

His Holiness Pope Francis has confirmed the liturgical identity of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (see below). Deo gratias for such a response from heaven to your prayers!
We note that:

  1. The meeting of the FSSP superiors with the Holy Father took place during our Novena of Preparation of Worldwide Solemn Consecration of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
  2. Further, the Decree confirming our liturgical identity is dated 11th February, the Feast of the Apparitions of Our Lady in Lourdes, and the day of the Worldwide Solemn Consecration of the FSSP. Therefore, after God almighty our gratitude goes to the Immaculate Mother of God, the Blessed Virgin Mary.
  3. The news was released on 21st February when First Vespers of the Feast of the Chair of Peter occur, it being a First Class Feast in our Fraternity. Thus we also must express our gratitude to our Patron St Peter the Apostle, and must pray further for his successor Pope Francis.

In thanksgiving therefore, we invite you to attend Holy Mass tomorrow, especially if you live near an FSSP Mass centre. At St Mary’s Warrington Holy Mass will be sung tomorrow on Tuesday 22nd February at 12:10pm, followed by a sung Te Deum. We invite all who live at a distance to pray with us via LiveMass.net.
Reminder for members of the Confraternity of Saint Peter: plenary indulgence tomorrow at the usual conditions.
Although we all must pray further for any clergy and laity to benefit from the riches of the Roman traditions of the Church, the communiqué below must strengthen the hopes of all loyal Catholics.

Official communiqué of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter


Fribourg, February 21, 2022

On Friday, February 4, 2022, two members of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, Fr. Benoît Paul-Joseph, Superior of the District of France, and Fr. Vincent Ribeton, Rector of St. Peter’s Seminary in Wigratzbad, were received in private audience by the Holy Father, Pope Francis, for nearly an hour.

During the very cordial meeting, they recalled the origins of the Fraternity in 1988, the Pope expressed that he was very impressed by the approach taken by its founders, their desire to remain faithful to the Roman Pontiff and their trust in the Church. He said that this gesture should be “preserved, protected and encouraged”.

In the course of the audience, the Pope made it clear that institutes such as the Fraternity of St. Peter are not affected by the general provisions of the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes, since the use of the ancient liturgical books was at the origin of their existence and is provided for in their constitutions.

The Holy Father subsequently sent a decree signed by him and dated February 11, the day the Fraternity was solemnly consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, confirming for the members of the Fraternity the right to use the liturgical books in force in 1962, namely: the Missal, the Ritual, the Pontifical and the Roman Breviary.

Grateful to the Holy Father, the members of the Fraternity of St. Peter are in thanksgiving for this confirmation of their mission. They invite all the faithful who feel close to them as a spiritual family to attend or join them in prayer at the Mass tomorrow, on the feast of the Chair of St. Peter, and to pray for the Supreme Pontiff.

Source : www.fssp.org

Photo: Fr. Paul-Joseph (left) and Fr. Vincent Ribeton (right) with Pope Francis – © Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter

Decree of Pope Francis confirming the use of the 1962 liturgical books

The Holy Father Francis, grants to each and every member of the Society of Apostolic Life “Fraternity of Saint Peter”, founded on July 18, 1988 and declared of “Pontifical Right” by the Holy See, the faculty to celebrate the sacrifice of the Mass, and to carry out the sacraments and other sacred rites, as well as to fulfill the Divine Office, according to the typical editions of the liturgical books, namely the Missal, the Ritual, the Pontifical and the Roman Breviary, in force in the year 1962.

They may use this faculty in their own churches or oratories; otherwise it may only be used with the consent of the Ordinary of the place, except for the celebration of private Masses.
Without prejudice to what has been said above, the Holy Father suggests that, as far as possible, the provisions of the motu proprio Traditionis Custodes be taken into account as well.
Given in Rome, near St. Peter’s, on February 11, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, in the year 2022, the ninth year of my Pontificate.


February 18, 2022

Regina Caeli Academy St Mary’s Warrington

Visit www.rcahybrid.org.uk

Whether or not you have children to send now, we would be very glad to meet you at our RCA Warrington Open Day on Saturday 5th March next. We welcome new children, parents, staff and benefactors. Come and meet our staff, parents, children and chaplain.

  • 11am: Presentation;
  • 12:10pm: Holy Mass with homily on education by Academy Chaplain Fr de Malleray;
  • 1pm: Shared lunch and further Q&As.

Please register at www.rcahybrid.org.uk/info.

Even though you might not be present here on 5th March, please sponsor Academy children, making a donation to our St Mary’s Warrington Education Fund – email st.m.ed.trust@gmail.com.


The Academy is an essential part of our educational mission. Some of our families have children in ordinary schools. Others are home educators.

Our new picture album is here. (All pictures belong to St Mary’s Warrington Regina Caeli Academy.)

A growing number of parents nationwide are realising that the Catholic faith is not successfully passed on to their children at school. In no few cases, relativism and even immorality are inculcated to the little ones. Unsurprisingly, only a tiny minority of children still practice their Catholic faith in teenage and after.

How then can parents better fulfil their duties as primary educators of their children, they wonder? In conscience, most find that they should no longer send their children in such schools. For various reasons however, many parents rule out homeschooling as beyond their capabilities.

The Academy offers a viable solution: two full days taught by qualified teachers in the classroom, and another two days taught by parents at home following the RCA curriculum and material all laid out for them in advance. This leaves time to the mother for work or other activities, while children benefit from learning as part of a social group two days a week (Mondays and Thursdays). Extracurricular activities are being envisaged at St Mary’s if we have enough children interested, such as dance and football. In addition, parents who so wish can attend our Wednesday Home Education Group. The latter includes shared lunch after our daily 12:10pm Holy Mass, classes taught by a priest and by parents, junior Choir, recreations and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Some mums also enjoy our Monday morning Toddlers’ Group. 

Educating the Saints of Tomorrow

Justin Bozzino, trustee of Regina Caeli Academy UK, presents the Regina Caeli Academies

Solution for Catholic education?

Regina Caeli UK is a centre for home educators enjoying pastoral support from the Fraternity of St. Peter. We meet on Mondays and Thursdays to offer a Classical curriculum to children, delivered by professional teachers in a classroom setting. On the other days of the week, parents receive lesson plans, supply lists and help from the tutors so all the children complete the same curriculum. In that way, we offer a hybrid solution to parents who are attracted to the flexibility of homeschooling but appreciate the community, support and accountability that comes from the academy days. 

Regina Caeli UK is an affiliate of Regina Caeli in the USA, which has grown rapidly since its launch in the United States in 2003, and is now operating in 23 locations across the country, with thousands of children educated. The management of Regina Caeli have been extremely generous with their time and resources, and we are able to draw on a great deal of experience, which continues to prove invaluable. In particular, their curriculum, which is designed for the hybrid model, is excellent, and covers not just arts but the sciences too. Thanks to local expertise, we have been able to make the relevant parts more UK focused (think Thomas More rather than Thomas Jefferson).  

RCA in the U.K.

A group of parents opened a centre in Bedfordshire in September 2019 and, thanks to the efforts of local laypeople and the FSSP, we opened another in Warrington in September 2021. By the grace of God, both centres are growing and thriving, attracting interest from potential families and tutors alike. In addition many families have moved to both Warrington and Bedfordshire because of the communities building up there, often basing themselves around the FSSP chaplaincies. That provides an ideal “ecosystem” for children, and also their parents, to grow and develop in the Faith. 

Catholic chaplaincy

The FSSP provide chaplaincy to both the Bedford and Warrington centres. In Bedford, that means parent formation days, and monthly centre Mass, with altar server training and confessions for children and parents. In Warrington, being located at St. Mary’s shrine, the opportunity for daily prayer is open to RCA pupils, staff and prayer as well as daily Mass once the children are old enough. More generally, the Catholic ethos of the curriculum and all staff mean that children are given an ideal environment in which to flourish.


The Regina Caeli curriculum, along with every other Classical curriculum, follows the American system of examination. So, at the age of 18, pupils will gain a High School diploma and take the SAT tests – both a SAT Reasoning test and, if they wish, one or more Advanced Placement (AP) subject exams. Both SATs and APs are accepted by all major U.K. universities, but there is nothing stopping pupils from also taking UK qualifications should they so wish. 

What parents say

Parents say that we give them a community of like-minded educators, providing practical and moral support to equip our children for the world of tomorrow using “the best that has been thought and said.” The children, moreover, appreciate the chance to have “class mates” with whom they can act in plays, play sports, and perform recitals of poetry and music. 

What next

We continue to welcome applications to our Bedford and Warrington centres from those who would like to join as parents or as tutors; the deadline for those is 1st May 2022. Should you wish to know more, please get in touch or sign up via the website, www.rcahybrid.org.uk, or follow us on Facebook, where you can see some wonderful videos by the talented Peter Jones of “One of Nine.”

Meanwhile, please do keep the families, staff and trustees in your prayers as we attempt to give these children the very best education possible. □