02 April 2017

Report: Commemoration of the 95th Anniversary of the Death of Blessed Karl of Austria - Mass & Conference


On 1 April 2017, Saturday of the Fourth Week of Lent, the Knights of Columbus Woodlawn Council 2161 Traditional Latin Mass Guild hosted a Mass to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the death of Blessed Emperor Karl of Austria at St. Titus Church in Aliquippa, Pennsylvania.


The Mass was offered by Reverend Canon Matthew Talarico, Provincial Superior of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.

Reverend Canon Matthew Talarico

Music for the Mass was provided by the Duquesne University Scola Cantorum Gregorianum under the direction of Maura Goodwin.


After Mass, the faithful were able to venerate a first class relic of Blessed Karl.


A luncheon and conference were held in the church hall.


Katherine E. Novak, Vice Chair of the Board of Directors of the William Penn Association, the largest Hungarian-American fraternal organization in the United States, presented a check to support the commemoration of Blessed Karl.  Sam Belli, Grand Knight of Woodlawn Council 2161, accepted the donation on behalf of St. Titus Parish.


Canon Talarico accepted a donation to the Institute seminary from the Pittsburgh Latin Mass Community, Inc.


Canon Talarico briefly addressed the assembled faithful.

Before beginning the program to commemorate Blessed Karl, the following letters of greeting were read to the assembled faithful:

Letter of Greeting from His Excellency
Archbishop Christophe Pierre
Apostolic Nuncio to the United States

Letter of Greeting from
Most Reverend David A Zubik
Bishop of Pittsburgh


Dr. Paul D. van Wie, Associate Professor of History and Political Science at Molloy College in Rockville Centre, New York, spoke about his initiative to establish the Blessed Emperor Karl Foundation-North America to preserve and house collections of artifacts and materials relating to Blessed Karl, his times, and family.


Suzanne Pearson, Delegate to the Emperor Karl League of Prayer, founder of the Blessed Karl Shrine at Old St. Mary's Church in Washington, DC, and organizer of the annual Blessed Karl Mass at Old St. Mary's which is offered on 21 October, the Feast Day of Blessed Karl, introduced the main speakers.


Gabor and Terez Laszlo spoke on the legacy of Blessed Karl and the Social Reign of Christ the King in contemporary Hungary.


Items from the Emperor Karl League of Prayer were on display for all to see and enjoy.


Woodlawn Council 2161 wishes to thank the William Penn Association for their support of, and participation in, this Mass and conference to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the death of Blessed Karl.

Woodlawn Council 2161 also wishes to thank the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest for again sending a priest to offer the Immemorial Roman Rite of Mass to honor Blessed Karl, and the Pittsburgh Latin Mass Community, Inc., for providing liturgical and logistical support. We also thank the Duquesne University Schola Cantorum Gregorianum for providing the beautiful music for the Mass.

For more information about Blessed Karl and his cause for canonization, visit the Emperor Karl League of Prayer website.


Blessed Emperor Karl of Austria,
pray for us.

St. Titus Church,
Aliquippa, Pennsylvania

2 comments:

Robert Dahl said...

It's important to recall the first concern of Karl of the Hapsburg dynasty on his accession to the throne of Austria-Hungary in 1915 was to initiate efforts to end World War I with immediate armistice, in concert with Pope Benedict XV. This peace proposal was ridiculed and rejected by Freemasonic masters, whose aim was to eliminate all thrones and altars of Christendom. Thus, Blessed Karl was exiled to Madeira Island in the Atlantic Ocean (transported in a British warship. Politically and diplomatically Karl was "persona non grata".

WiltMckenna said...

What a beautiful remembrance and liturgy but ironic in such a bland modernist architectured church..no high altar or middle tabernacle--so so so dispiriting. I guess its hugely symbolic of what happened to our collapse of Catholic culture the basic theme in Blessed Karl's tragic heroism story itself. Good point about secular humanism Masonic demonic madness of those world wars and all the more why reflecting on his saintliness is needed.I've learned about this great man at St Mary's DC--I often pray before his mini shrine on front left side wall St. Mary's beautiful never wreckovated gothic church in nations capitol@ 5th & H st DC. Its reassurance God will prevail-- like from the other great world war 1 Catholic Church wakeup call given through children at Fatima--the Immaculate Heart will triumph in the end. What Masonic propaganda"The war to end all wars"! May they rest in peace ...all those millions of the war dead souls sacrificed in these modern times and that led to our current cultures world war a most depraved war between the mothers and there babies in the womb.Blessed Karl is a beacon of light shining out from roots of our modern disaster...may his story and lived example of holiness prosper.