Rector's letters

March-April 2017 The Protestant Revolution, Part 3

April 17, 2017
The motivation for all human rebellion flows from the original rebellion in Heaven: Lucifer's non serviam. Martin Luther, perhaps more than any other, held high the banner of rebellion against God by casting off the sweet yoke of His Church and proclaiming himself master and king of his own religion. We must reject this diabolical spirit of rebellion and cling ever more closely to God's mercy, never abandoning the battle for holiness.

February 2017 - The Protestant Revolution (Part 2)

February 17, 2017
Luther’s war against the Church was waged in large part by his three tenants, sola fides, sola gratia, and sola scriptura. By exaggerating the role of faith, grace, and Scripture, Luther destroyed the understanding of all three and rendered religious authority powerless. Furthermore, the teachings of Luther exalt the powers of sin and cast doubt upon the omnipotence of God, while simultaneously enslaving man to his passions by his doctrines of despair.

January 2017 - The Protestant Revolution (Part 1)

January 28, 2017
Many throughout the world will celebrate 2017 as marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant “Reformation.” For Catholics, however, it is beneficial to investigate and reflect upon the motivations and vicious spirit of this deadly revolution. In doing so, we will not only better understand the serious errors which seduced a large part of Christendom, but we will also understand the same spirit of rebellion that permeates our modern world.

December 2016 - "The End of an Era"

January 01, 2017
This month's rector's letter has been replaced by the Seminary's magazine, Ad orientem.

November 2016 - Inauguration of the Seminary

November 13, 2016
The Priesthood is the God-given link between Himself and us. The Seminary is, therefore, especially the place where man adores God, and its inauguration is a public act of Faith in Our Lord Jesus Christ. It is an occasion for special joy and great gratitude. We are not surprised to encounter difficulties and trials, since, in rendering supreme homage to God, we declare war on the devil. We rather deepen our gratitude and strive to live more by Faith. 

September-October "In Manus Tuas Domine"

October 01, 2016
The intended date for the move to Virginia has been set back by circumstances beyond our control. We are led to admit and embrace our dependence on God's Providence, seeing His will in the current state of affairs. We gratefully accept all that God dispenses because we know His paternal Charity. 

August 2016 - Pressing Invitation

September 09, 2016
Fr. le Roux earnestly invites one and all to attend the inauguration of the new seminary in Dillwyn, VA on November 4th, 2016.  An occasion such as the opening of a new seminary is a key opportunity for Catholics to refresh their faith. That is why he hopes a substantial number of faithful will come for this ceremony. 

July 2016 - Last Summer in Winona

September 07, 2016
This month Rev. Fr. Iscara describes the seminary's work of preparation for the move to Virginia. The equipment of the entire seminary was packaged and stored in large metal containers, where it will await the move, while priests, brothers, and seminarians packed their own belongings and began to live out of their suitcases.  Please pray for a successful move!

June 2016 - By Way of Farewell

September 07, 2016
The last ordinations in Winona was a truly momentous occasion with a record number of priests (90) and of faithful attending (3,300).  The events of the weekend and presence of priests and faithful combined to create an atmosphere of charity.   

May 2016 - Come, Take Up Your Burden and Follow Me

June 10, 2016
In this letter, Father expains the upcoming plans for the move to Virginia, recent construction updates, and the summer apostolate of the seminarians.