Chesterton said, “The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult; and left untried.”


The Lady altar at the shrine church.
Monsignor Gilles Wach, Superior General and founder of the Institute of Christ-the-King Sovereign Priest, and a good friend to the Order of Malta, who has on several occasion celebrated Mass in the Conventual Church, notably in two previous years on Ash Wednesday, will be in England this weekend for the establishment of the shrine church of Saints Peter, Paul and Philomena at New Brighton in the Wirral.

This church, known to sailors as the Dome of Home, as it is visible far out to sea from ships coming into Liverpool, will become the first in Britain to be entrusted to the Institute of Christ-the-King Sovereign Priest, a society of Apostolic life of Pontifical Right. The shrine church will be a special place of prayer and devotion open every day for adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

The ceremony will be presided by His Excellency Bishop Mark Davies, bishop of Shrewsbury, by whose generous invitation the Institute have come to these shores. The Bishop will preach the homily, and the Superior General will be celebrant at the High Mass. Various members of the Order, long-term friends of the Institute, will be present.

We wish the Bishop and the Institute well in this new Apostolate in Britain, and pray that it may bear many fruits, both in the Wirral and in the wider Church in this country.

As reported here on the Diocese of Shrewsbury website, in recognition of the importance of the work of the Institute in the renewal of the Church, the Sovereign Pontiff has granted a plenary indulgence to all who attend the opening of the shrine at the Mass on Saturday morning.  We share His Lordship's evident joy in the wonderful development in his Diocese.

Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint Philomena, pray for us.
Prayers at the foot of the altar
This was a truly glorious occasion, attended by members of the Grand Priory, including the Chancellor, His Excellency Fra' Duncan Gallie, amongst 1,000 Faithful.  The Church looked magnificent, and the ceremonies were conducted with dignity and majesty.  Bishop Davies preached an inspiring homily which may be read on the Diocesan website HERE, and their site also carries a full report HERE.  Additional pictures are available HERE, and Canon Meney's own pictures from the shrine HERE.

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