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Yes, There Is A Way to Resurrect The Church: Here It Is

Father Pascal Schreiber, the superior of the Swiss district of the Society of Saint Pius X, paid a February visit to the American continent. He stopped in St. Mary's, Kansas, a town located approxima…More
Father Pascal Schreiber, the superior of the Swiss district of the Society of Saint Pius X, paid a February visit to the American continent. He stopped in St. Mary's, Kansas, a town located approximately 20 miles west of Topeka on U.S. Route 24. Saint Mary's is the home of the worldwide biggest parish of the Society of Saint Pius X with over 4000 faithful.

The parish is located in Saint Mary's Academy and College. The Academy was founded by the Jesuits in 1848 as an Indian mission and abandoned after Second Vatican Council. Saint Pius X acquired it in 1978. The governor of Kansas recognized the school for the excellence of its educational curriculum. The school operates its own radio station.

Father Schreiber stresses that Saint Mary's parish has more faithful than the whole district of Switzerland, the country where the Society of Saint Pius X was founded. Its first seminary is in Ecône, Switzerland and its headquarters are located in Menzingen, Switzerland.

The Pius X’s elementary school in St. Mary's runs four parallel classes for each age group. Father Schreiber points out that in Switzerland two age groups are usually taught in the same class. In St Mary's, the first elementary school class is subdivided into two boys and two girls’ classes. Last year Saint Mary’s saw 121 baptisms and only 7 funerals. Father Schreiber explains that half of the faithful in the Pius X’s U.S. district are younger than 21.

Many faithful of Pius X are living in the town of St. Mary's. Its current mayor, John-Paul Rutledge, belongs the Society. He is the brother of Father Patrick Rutledge, the rector, headmaster and President of the St. Mary's College.

The first Sunday Mass at Saint Mary's starts at 6.00 in the morning. Father Schreiber counted over 250 participants. Main Sunday Mass is celebrated in the gym because the church is too small. The Society plans to build a beautiful church that will accommodate 1500 people.

An important factor in Saint Mary's is The Onyx Collection, a company owned by the Awerkamp family with over 530 employees. It manufactures bathroom accessories which are available throughout the continental United States. Most of its employees belong to Saint Pius X. For many years the company has been experiencing an increase in the sales turnover of annually 15 percent.
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Actually, Kansas was the key to the reestablishment of Gregorian Chant/monastic life in the US. In 1972 four students from the University of Kansas went to the Abbey of Fontgombault in France and began a relationship with the abbey. In the ensuing years other students followed, and some became monks. Later, they came to the US to establish a foundation, now known as the Abbey of Clear Creek.
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IN TRADITION:
This is such a bright and wonderful report on such a sad day of the loss of Notre Dame (the structure not the church, which died long ago).
One branch of the Church dies and another CHURCH growing so fast it can not be contained.
Where is God in all this? Where is Jesus? Where is the fruit of the tree growing and the other dying?
Tradition. Nada mas.
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