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Father Lanzetta of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate gets reprieve July 7, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, Holy suffering, Interior Life, Latin Mass, martyrdom, persecution, religious, sadness, scandals, the struggle for the Church, Tradition, Victory.

I saw announced the other day that a Fr. Lanzetta had been made parish priest of Saint Mary’s in Gosport, England, and that he would introduce the TLM to the parish.  I did not at that time make the connection that this was substantial news since Fr. Lanzetta has long been a member of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, and that he had been “banished” to an Austrian monastery since 2013.  He was one of many former leaders of the order deposed under Fr. Fidenzio Volpi’s shockingly harsh administration (God rest his soul).  Hopefully this is an indicator that the severe restrictions imposed on the Order are in the process of being lifted:

Father Serafino Lanzetta, one of the most brilliant minds of the Franciscan Friars of the Immaculate, has been appointed the parish priest of Saint Mary in Gosport, England. For the last few weeks he has been already in place and has begun to make a biritual of a  New Rite parish. The end of his exile coincided with the agony and  death of Commissioner Volpi.[God rest his soul]

Father Lanzetta was among the first victims of the provisional administration of the until recently thriving Order. By August 11, 2013 he and all the priests of the Order had been banned from celebration of  the traditional rite  of the Holy Mass by  the Congregation for Religious. At the same time the Capuchin Father Fidenzio Volpi took control as Apostolic Commissioner of the Order.

With the beginning of autumn 2013, all the leading figures of the Order were dismissed from  their offices  and relieved of their duties. Father Lanzetta, then pastor of Ognissanti in Florence had to leave his parish on 4 October.  Due to bureaucratic difficulties he received a grace period  until October 21. While others were exiled to Latin America, Africa or Asia, his place of exile was the only monastery of the Order in the German-speaking world.

Since then, he had  lead a reclusive life in the monastery Kitzbühel in Tyrol. He took advantage of this time to complete his doctoral studies.  His thesis was supervised by the famous German dogmatist and Mariologist Manfred Hauke  “Il Vaticano II, un Concilio Pastoral” (Vatican II, a Pastoral Council. Hermeneutics of Council Teachings) was approved at theTheological Faculty of Lugano  in Switzerland. [that might make an interesting read, but I doubt it’s so critical of VII as some of Msgr. Gherardini’s works published by the FI’s.  I imagine that lesson – never publicly question VII in strong terms – has been learned.]

How it is this religious priest, who worked in Italy, is led to England to say the traditional Rite,  is not known, but the news gratifying yet in any case. [Concur]

According to website of the Diocese of Portsmouth in southern England, Father Lanzetta is to officially assume his pastorate on  September 8  on the Feast of the Nativity of Mary. In fact, it has been already since the feast of Corpus Christi that he is already filling his new place of work and the duties of the parish priest. In parish journal of Gosport he is already listed as such.

The parish of Gosport is run by Franciscans of the Immaculate under the guidance of Father Lanzetta since  a few weeks ago. The parish also hosts a branch of the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate. [Hey FI’s, come to Dallas or Fort Worth!  The Franciscans of the Renewal just left, so we have a place for you!  Irving is as Catholic a town as there is in the Metroplex, conveniently located between Dallas and Fort Worth and adjacent to a major international airport – hint hint]

The current parish journal informs that starting next week at the St. Mary’s Church, Holy Mass will be celebrated from Monday to Friday at 7 o’clock in the morning and on Saturday at 9:30 o’clock in the extraordinary [sic] form of the Roman Rite: “All are invited to attend”.  A Sunday Mass in the old rite is not provided, but that seems to be only be a matter of time.

Via Eponymous Fowler.  Well, God bless Fr. Lanzetta and his order.  I pray this marks the beginning of a major change in administration of the order, with the end of harsh calumnies and arbitrary administration. Maybe this order can get back to being the growing, vibrant group it so recently was.   The damage done has been grave, however, and it will likely take a good number of years for things to improve.

Nevertheless, I believe this order is pleasing to God and thus will not be kept down.



1. H-town - July 8, 2015

I heard the FFI are considering transferring Fr. Geiger to the DFW area.

Magdalene - July 8, 2015

That might not be a far enough exile away…

Tantumblogo - July 8, 2015

No, no, it was Houston.

Actually, I have a story about Fr. Geiger in Dallas (long ago) but it’s not for public consumption.

2. Peter - July 8, 2015

Why did the Franciscans of the Renewal leave?

H-town - July 8, 2015

Looks like they couldn’t work out a deal with Bishop Olson to expand their friary building.


Peter - July 8, 2015

Hmmm. In the secular world that kind of “mutual respect” press release hides more than it reveals.

H-town - July 8, 2015

Yea, there’s probably more to that story.

Tantumblogo - July 8, 2015

Lack of interest/vocations is my guess. I really don’t know for certain.

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