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Well all, I'm joining up. I've always said that if there was a Franciscan Order that did everything by the old books then I'd be there. The Franciscans of the Immaculate have their vocational office in my freaking city.

ahh, this is a good day for the Church.

Franciscans of the Immaculate Predilect the Usus Antiquior
by Gregor Kollmorgen

The Franciscans of the Immaculate, who for some time now have increasingly been celebrating the usus antiquior, have now declared their predilcetion for the Extraordinary Form and explained their reasons for this. This was done by a letter to the editor of the Italian newspaper La Stampa by the Procurator General of the Order, Fr. Alessandro Maria Apollonio, of which gives some excerpts. Here is an NLM translation of these:

The Franciscans of the Immaculate avail themselves, with joy and grateful appreciation, of the initiative taken by Pope Benedict XVI with the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum. [...] The choice to predilect the "extraordinary form" corresponds to a legitimate internal choice of the religious family, as foreseen in the same motu proprio, in a Catholic spirit of fidelity to the Pope and to the liturgical tradition of the Order founded by St. Francis of Assisi. [...]

The spirit of St. Francis, in fact, tends to the greatest possible glorification of God through the good and beautiful things of the world and has always led us to seek what most helps to elevate the mind and heart to the "Most High, Almighty and Good Lord" to whom alone are due "praises, glory, honor and all blessing"(Canticle of the Sun). The extraordinary form of the liturgy of the Vetus Ordo - which is accompanied by that of the Novus Ordo (Missal of Paul VI) - offers, indeed, the happy possibility to live more intensely the vocation and mission of St. Francis of Assisi, within the universality of the Church and its wealth of expressions.
Holy cow, are you really?
WhollyRoaminCatholic Wrote:Holy cow, are you really?

Haha. Maybe. I've talked to their vocational director before, but haven't gone as far as meeting up with him. I just shot him an e-mail asking for a meeting.

I've always thought I might have a Franciscan vocation. But I think you know me well enough to understand that I wouldn't be happy in an environment of the New Mass / Breviary. I prayed for a traditional Franciscan Order and our Lord gave me one. In my city. I at least owe it to Him to check it out, right?
Wow, Neel... sounds like that prayer and its apparent results could be a heckuva sign! Whatever God wills for you!

SS. Francis and Michael are my patrons by Confirmation, so I understand the attraction to the Order :)  (-- then again, there are those Benedictines... And, oh, if there were a female Jezzie-like order, old-school!)
It's a big step, Neel, but I pray that your vocation bears fruit. 
Neel, how awesome! God bless and I hope it works out!
Dude, a message from God can't be any clearer that that!  Trads Up!
I am very  happy for you, Neil. If I ever make it back to Jasper, I will have to swing down and visit you. Will you be cloistered in a monastery, or are you going to study as a seminarian?  
I'm sure they will be banned from the LA Archdiocese for liking tradition and using the 1962 Missals and breviaries that the Jewish leaders forbid Catholics to use.