Archive for the ‘New Churches’ Category

Carmelite Monastery Chapel in Lincoln, Nebraska

Saturday, October 24th, 2009

Last Tuesday, I had the privilege to make a return visit to the Carmelite Monastery of Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Valparaiso, Nebraska.  This Carmel, like our Carmel in Alexandria, South Dakota, also traces its foundation to Mexico and its journey to the United States following the persecutions.  Once in Las Vegas, the bishop of Lincoln invited them to his diocese, and the rest is history.  Construction on the monastery began in 2000, and they are at capacity (they have already branched off in a new foundation in Elysburg, PA).  Part of their growth is attributed to the celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in the Extraordinary Form and
the Divine Office in the ancient Carmelite Rite.

For more information, contact:

Mother Teresa of Jesus, O.C.D., Prioress
9300 Agnew Road
Valparaiso, NE 68065

Traditional Nuptial Mass at St. Katherine Drexel

Monday, August 31st, 2009

On Friday, August 28, I witnessed the marriage vows of a young couple from the Latin Mass Community in Sioux Falls and celebrated a Sung Nuptial Mass in the Extraordinary Form.  The Pastor of St. Katherine Drexel, Fr. Joe Vogel, and his staff were very hospitable to us (we asked to use their beautiful new church for the wedding since St. Joseph Cathedral is being renovated, and the Church of St. Mary in Sioux Falls already had a wedding scheduled for Friday evening).

This was the first time the Traditional Latin Mass was celebrated in this new church.  I hope that it will not be the last.

New Church of St. Katherine Drexel in Sioux Falls

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

On Friday, July 11, I was able to tour the new St. Katherine Drexel, two days before His Excellency, Bishop Paul J. Swain dedicated it.  Congratulations to Father Joe Vogel and the good people of St. Katherine’s for building a church to the glory of God.

The Crucifix, Stations of the Cross, Tabernacle, Sanctuary Lamp and candlesticks are antigues from closed churches (outside of the Diocese of Sioux Falls). 

The red oak pews are magnificent, and have kneelers (unlike the church from which St. Katherine’s was formed).  When all of the pews are installed, the church will seat 1,000 persons.

Thanks be to God.

For more information, please visit St. Katherine Drexel Parish website: