The Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Still River, MA , an otherwise admirable community, accept novices who have to repeat the same irrationality as the liberal communities in the USA. This is approved by their bishop, the bishop of Worcester.
Novices have to allege that there are exceptions in Vatican Council II to the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus.
They have to endorse that Lumen Gentium 16 refers to persons saved in invincible ignorance or with a good conscience and these persons are visible and known to us.To assume that the dead in Heaven are visible and known to us in particular cases is a false premise an irrational propostion.How can the dead be living exceptions? And if the dead are not living exceptions to the dogma then how can it be said that Vatican Council II (LG 16 etc) contradicts the interpretation of Fr.Leonard Feeney?
Then the novices have to endorse the false conclusion. They have to claim that these dead -and- visible- for- us people, now in Heaven, are visible exceptions to all needing the baptism of water in 2014-2015 for salvation. So for the novices, Vatican Council II contradicts the dogma extra ecclesiam nulla salus. It contradicts the dogma, according to the founder of their community the late Fr.Leonard Feeney, who held what the secular media calls the 'rigorist interpretation' .
The prior of this community, Brother Thomas Augustine MICM does not comment on this irrationality in e-mails I have sent to him over the last few years.
The irrational teaching given to the novices and held by the rest of the community is supported by the priests of the diocese who offer the Traditional Latin Mass at the chapel in Still River, MA.
In spite of all the problems, it is still the Church full of greatness and glory September 9, 2014
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The Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Still River, MA shared a blessed event yesterday in the form of one of their novices making her first profession of vows. Sister Mary Imelda traded in the white veil of a novice for the black one of a professed sister.
I asked a while back why it seems this order gets disrespect at times from some traditional Catholics, and never really got an answer. I think it has to do with an assumption that because there was a problem, once, there must still be one. That’s a really unfair appreciation, to my mind. In my experience, and from all available evidence, this order (both male and female) is solidly orthodox, committed to Tradition, and doing great work. They have never offered anything other than the TLM, even in the darkest days of the 70s and 80s. That’s a testament right there.
Anyways, some photos of the blessed event. I was also so pleased to read that the Slaves received a new novice on Aug 22 of this year. I pray this order continues to grow, because they do such good work! Maybe we’ll get to have a camp with them again locally this year, God willing!
Look at them grow. God be praised! There are so few traditional women’s religious orders, each new professed soul represents a tremendous gift to the Church.
I really like this order on several levels. As much as I greatly appreciate and value cloistered contemplative orders like the Carmelites in Valparaiso and the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of the Apostles, their very cloistered nature puts a limit on their presence in the lives of others. The Slaves run a school, a camp, and have traveled around the country giving other camps for children. That is a glorious experience for children to receive, especially in this age when habited religious are so rare many may go their entire childhood without ever meeting a discernible religious. The Church needs both Martha and Mary, and the Slaves practice much of the lives of both.
God bless Sister Mary Imelda and Sister Gabriel Marie, along with new brother postulant Michael Duffy. The Duffy family now has three children among the Slaves. What. A. Blessing!
Oh, while I’m at it singing the praises of the Slaves and the Saint Benedict Center, I should mention their gift shop, which has a whole lot of very cool Catholic items. I really like the many bumper stickers and decals for your car I really haven’t seen anywhere else! You can really Catholic your car up! My man TE has this one:
There are a wide variety of other items at the gift shop, from books to crucifixes to artwork and even tapestries, which I remember correctly the nuns make themselves! There is quite a bit of great stuff, it’s worthwhile checking out.