Dear Friends and Benefactors,
As the year 2011 comes to an end, I would like to thank you
for your generous support of the apostolate of the Society of St. Pius X in the
United States of America.
This past year, the United States District has initiated
many projects to improve the work of the Society and help the priests in their
apostolate. The education department has worked on school curriculum, teachers’
seminars, the publication of grammar books, and a coming translation of the 1912
Catechism of St. Pius X, among others. We can already see some fruits of these
tremendous efforts; for example, there is a renewed program for Language Arts
being implemented in our schools.
An extension of the District Office is also being built.
This project was started over a year ago and is not yet complete. We hope and
trust that it will be operational in January. The objective of such an extension
is mostly to allow more meetings at the Regina Coeli House. With the number of
priories increasing, it is important for the District Superior to be able to
receive the priests at his office. In that regard, a meeting for all the priors
is scheduled in March. The priors come once a year to review their particular
apostolates. This building will also help priests working at the District Office
to expand their current projects. Finally, we are also planning a yearly meeting
for newly-ordained priests in order to help them adapt to their new ministry.
In collaboration with the Canadian District, we are also
redesigning our website as well as improving all public communication. We are
hoping to have the new website running in January 2012. In the same spirit, we
have prepared a new version of The Angelus, which
you will also be able to see in January. We are confident that this will help to
better propagate the Faith to all Catholics.
The administration of the District has also been improved,
especially the financial side, which includes a new accounting system. This is
so the priests in their apostolate can foresee their needs and plan for the
future. It is for me an occasion to express my gratitude to all those who
dedicate their time helping us with these administrative functions. I am
thinking especially of the coordinators of every mission chapel, the treasurers,
and all volunteers, even those with the most discreet tasks…
With so many projects going on, allow me to take the
liberty of making a Christmas appeal. All of these developments are expensive
and the bills are not necessarily easy to pay. Would you consider making a
donation, even small, to support the Society? I am aware that you are already
supporting many projects in your schools and parishes, and I am very grateful
for all the support you give to the Society. I dare to appeal, however, to your
proven generosity, without which we would not be able to improve our apostolate.
As we prepare ourselves for the coming of the Incarnate
Word, divine gift from God, may your donation be a way to express to God your
gratitude for the many graces received for the salvation of your soul. May it
also become one more reason to receive from the One who cannot be outdone in
I assure you that I remember all of you, with a special
thought for our benefactors, at the altar and in our daily Rosary. I give you my
priestly blessing, in the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Fr. Arnaud Rostand