|Feast of the Assumption on Papa Stronsay, the Orkneys.|
There is a good news story today: the Sons of the Holy Redeemer (aka Transalpine Redemptorists aka traditional Redemptorists aka Papa Stronsay monks) have been formally erected as a Religious Institute of Diocesan Right.
That is to day, they now have canonical recognition as a religious order.
You might recall that the Transalpine Redemptorists have a New Zealand connection, and for a long time maintained a chapel in Christchurch (it is currently being maintained by the FSSP I believe).
It has been a long journey for them, and their story reflects the struggle many traditional groups within the Church have experienced.
And it is not a coincidence that their regularization has finally occurred following the appointment of a new bishop for their diocese, in the person of Benedictine Bishop Hugh Gilbert, formerly abbot of Pluscarden.
Here is the background from the bishop, taken from their blog:
"The Papa Stronsay community known as the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer was founded on 2nd August 1988 residing on the Isle of Sheppey in England. In 1994 they moved to Joinville in France and from there in 1999 came to their present location on the Isle of Papa Stronsay within the archipelago of the Orkney Isles.
In 2008 in response to the Apostolic Letter, Summorum Pontificum, of his Holiness Pope Benedict XVI, given Motu Proprio at St Peter’s on 7th July 2007, three priests of the community sought regularisation of their situation and a majority of the community signed a Formula of Adherence, which ended the schismatic state and brought them into full communion with the Catholic Church.
In September 2011, I as Bishop of Aberdeen and accompanied by Rev. Stuart P. Chalmers, Vicar General of the Diocese, made a pastoral visit to the community. After further consultation with the Holy See it was agreed to begin the course of action leading to the canonical recognition of the Sons of the Most Holy Redeemer.
Beginning on 23rd April 2012 a Canonical Visitation took place undertaken by myself as Bishop of Aberdeen and accompanied by Dom Benedict Hardy, O.S.B. Prior of the Abbey of Pluscarden; the results of which were duly reported to Cardinal William Levada President of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei. Consequently, in accord with the letter dated 12th June 2012, Prot. N. 27/2006, from Mons Guido Pozzo, secretary of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei and after consulting the Council of Priests of the diocese of Aberdeen..."
The public profession of vows is scheduled to take place on August 22.