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Newsletter of Mater Dei Seminary
January 2006

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   Moral Theology: Repetition of Extreme Unction


This issue of our newsletter is somewhat late due to the many activities which accompany the Christmas Season and our bi-annual priests’ meeting in Spokane, Washington this past week.

Among the items of interest, I would like to share with you the news of our seminarian from Russia, Alexander Krysov. Last year I received a petition from him to send a priest to Moscow to offer the Latin Mass and administer the Sacraments for their group of traditional Catholics. This group was originally established by an old Lithuanian priest, Fr. Stanislaus Mazeika, who was ordained in 1932. Due to the restrictions in the former Soviet Union, the Novus Ordo and the errors of Vatican II never reached these Catholics behind the Iron Curtain and thus they were sheltered.

After the death of their pastor, they began to search for the True Faith, Mass and Sacraments. By way of the Internet they were able to contact me and I, in turn, communicated with Fr. Eugen Rissling from Germany who providentially can speak Russian fluently. Fr. Rissling has made several trips to Moscow and has, once again, given hope to these traditional Catholics.

During Fr. Rissling’s visits, Alexander expressed his desire to persue the priesthood. After considering his curriculum vitae, we decided to send books in philosophy and theology written in French as an introduction to his studies until such time that he could come to the United States.

Having secured his visa, Alexander has been studying under the tutelage of Fr. Casimir Puskorius, CMRI, at Mt. St. Michael. Father has been very impressed with his knowledge of the Catholic Faith, especially Ecclesiastical History in which Alexander received a degree during his time in France.

Whenever I receive communications from remote parts of the world where I would assume there would be no remnants of the True Faith, I am reminded of the Feast of the Epiphany when the Magi came to a knowledge of our Divine Saviour and overcame all obstacles to find the newborn King of the Jews.

This traditional group in Moscow reminds us of the message of Our Lady of Fatima in which she referred to the conversion of Russia. From the various encounters I have had with the Russian Orthodox, it is truly unfortunate that they look upon the false ecumenism of the Vatican II Church as representative of the Roman Catholic Church and are scandalized by the inter-faith worship that has taken place with the false religions of the world. Thus we need to continue to pray and sacrifice for the conversion of Russia.

This past week our priests from around the country gathered at Mt. St. Michael in order to discuss matters in Theology and Canon Law, to schedule duties and activities for the New Year and to relate pastoral issues in their particular parishes. Our meetings, which went very well, are always a source of establishing a greater unity amongst our priests. Among the events scheduled for this year, our priests and I will hold a conference in Juarez, Mexico, with Bishop Davila and his priests. This will be the third such meeting, which usually takes place every other year.

In preparation for our international conference, Bishop Martin Davila from Mexico will, at the end of the month, visit the Seminary for a few days.

During this month of January we pray the Chair of Unity Octave prayers for the conversion of non-Catholics to the true Faith. This is the true meaning of ecumenism — conversion to the one religion revealed by God, to the one true Church founded by Christ. How important it is for us to pray for this intention and to always be a good example to all those with whom we come in contact.

With my prayers and blessing,
Most Rev. Mark A. Pivarunas, CMRI

Other articles in this newsletter:
   Moral Theology: Repetition of Extreme Unction

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