Benedictine Was Liturgy Scholar

Benedictine Father Virgil Michel, born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1890, solemnly professed as a monk of St. John’s Abbey in 1913 and ordained in 1916, was deeply devoted to the doctrine of the Mystical Body of Christ. 

Throughout his life he urged Catholics to pray, not merely watch, the Mass. A recognized scholar in the theology and history of the liturgy, he wrote extensively. In 1926, he founded “Orate Frates,” the magazine about the liturgy that later became Worship. He was active in creating the Leaflet Missal.

His work considerably influenced eventual liturgical reform. He died unexpectedly in 1938.

‘Only a Change of Venue’ for Syracuse Priest

Father Matt Wieczorek, of the Diocese of Syracuse, ordained in 1957, sees something special when he looks into people’s faces. “I see the communion of saints,” he told The Catholic Sun, the Syracuse diocesan newspaper.

Sainthood is possible for anyone, he says. “Striving to do the right thing at the right time” is the way to being a saint. This summer, he retired as pastor of St. Casimir’s Parish in Endicott.

The Catholic Sun quoted a parishioner who said Father Wieczorek’s retirement only means a change of venue because he always will be vigorous in his priesthood. Such is his legacy.

Sign of the Cross

The Sign of the Cross has been a beloved Christian custom since the Church’s earliest times. Tertullian wrote that Christians traced the Sign of the Cross on their foreheads when they awakened, retired for the night, ate meals, and began any task.

Fifty Years Ago

An article in The Priest’s edition of September 1963 warned Secular Humanism was on the way to becoming this country’s national religion. Another explored options available to priest with addictions to alcohol. Another was on instructing fiancés planning for mixed marriages.

‘Go in Peace’

“We should glory in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ.”