Oakland County Latin Mass Association Announces New Permanent Home at Orchard Lake Seminary
What started out as a scramble to find a temporary site for Mass turned out to be a blessing in disguise. When the Academy of the Sacred Heart closed due to the pandemic and announced it would not be reopening until late June at the earliest, Fr. Miroslaw Krol, Chancellor of the Orchard Lake Schools, without hesitation welcomed the Oakland County Latin Mass Association to use the Archdiocesan Shrine of St. John Paul II, the main chapel on the expansive campus of Orchard Lake’s Ss. Cyril & Methodius Seminary. Long-term readers of this column may remember Fr. Krol as a weekend assistant at St. Josaphat Church in Detroit during the 2000s.
Over the four Sundays that the OCLMA has been at Orchard Lake, Fr. Krol, TLM celebrant and Professor of Systematic Theology Fr. Louis Madey, and Vice Rector Fr. Przemyslaw Nowak have gone out of their way to welcome and support the Traditional Mass, even going so far as to construct four outdoor altars for last Sunday’s Corpus Christi procession and arranging for a camera crew to televise the Corpus Christi Mass and procession on Catholic TV in Poland. Shot with multiple cameras and a drone providing a variety of views, it was a beautiful production of a lovely Mass and may be viewed on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dNA2R_sd-E
Attendance at the OCLMA Mass has increased steadily since the move to Orchard Lake, with members of the Polish community and other Orchard Lake regulars comprising over 100 newcomers attending the Traditional Mass on Corpus Christi. It goes without saying that being at a seminary brings benefits of its own. Fr. Krol hopes to make Orchard Lake Seminary “a center for traditional liturgy”, with training on the Extraordinary Form provided to seminarians and priests. In turn, priests in residence can provide sacramental assistance to the OCLMA. The weekly OCLMA Mass will be held on Sundays at 9:00 AM. The seminary intends to install a camera system so the Mass can be livestreamed.
We wish to extend special gratitude to the Academy of the Sacred Heart for welcoming the OCLMA to use their chapel from 2014 until now. It was and remains a beautiful edifice for the Traditional Latin Mass. Msgr. Ronald Browne remains Chaplain of the OCLMA and intends to return to celebrate Mass in the fall. [Photos of exterior of Shrine Chapel and camera crew by Cynthia Simon. Photo of procession by Patti Bickerstaff.]
Windsor Masses Resume
The Diocese of London, Ontario has allowed Masses to resume, with certain restrictions and pre-registration required. St. Benedict Masses are restarting today, June 21. See the St. Benedict web site www.windsorlatinmass.org or the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/WindsorLatinMassCommunity for more information.