"THE CHURCH NEEDS SAINTS - NOT REFORMERS..." Bishop Rifan, 11/19/05
The Northeastern Regional Conference was sponsored by ten chapters of UVA: UV Berkshires, Boston, Brooklyn, Bronx, Cape Cod, New Jersey, Rhode Island, Rochester, Syracuse, and Westchester. These ten chapters also bought His Excellency Bp. Rifan a new pontifical ring which was presented to him by Fr. Santos at vespers on Friday.
The conference weekend was a truly a blessed experience for all who attended. The speakers gave insightful and inspiring talks, and all of the liturgies were incredibly beautiful, including the pontifical High Mass, which was celebrated from the throne with the permission of Bishop Tobin of Providence. The weekend would not have been possible without the kind permission of Father Santos of Holy Name of Jesus Church, who opened his church and school for the events. A special "thank you" is extended with much affection to Allen Maynard, host of the conference and president of UV RI and also to his wife Wendy and her crew who did a wonderful job of providing food for the attendees.
Sunday Speaker: Msgr. Michael Schmitz, ICR
Msgr. Schmitz will be the speaker at the Sunday Communion Breakfast in Providence.
Msgr. Michael R. Schmitz completed his philosophical and theological studies at the Gregorian University in Rome and was ordained on October 10, 1982, by (at that time) Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. In 1995 he helped the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest establish a foundation in Germany. He was incardinated in the Institute of Christ the King on the feast day of the Nativity of Our Lady 2000. Since then he was appointed Vicar General in the Institute, and is now working as the Provincial Superior of the Institute in the United States of America
. He is also a chaplain of the Order of Malta, a member of the Pontifical Academy of Theology in Rome, co-editor of various theological publications, and author of four books, and more than one hundred other publications.