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Brother André Marie

About Brother André Marie

(If you like what Brother André Marie writes, you'll probably love his radio show, Reconquest!)

A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Brother Andre Marie graduated from that city's Holy Cross School in 1988. He went on to study at Louisiana State University (LSU) on full scholarship as a music major. After three years at LSU, he transferred to Holy Apostles College and Seminary, in Cromwell, Connecticut, where he took a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spring of 1993 (major in Humanities with a minor in Philosophy). In September of 2007, he received the degree of Master of Arts in Theology, Summa cum Laude, also from Holy Apostles.

He entered as a postulant for the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in May of 1993, and went on to the novitiate on Christmas of that year. He made profession of vows on Epiphany of 1996.

Since 1993, he was mentored in philosophy and theology by Brother Francis Maluf, M.I.C.M., Ph.D., a published philosopher of note.

His apostolic work has included various facets of the publishing apostolate of the congregation. For ten years, he was also part of the community's small "mission band" of brothers who traveled to different cities distributing literature to interested persons in an effort to spread the Catholic Faith and bring wayward Catholics back to a sacramental life. He oversaw that apostolate for four years.

He has edited three of the Congregation's books, published dozens of articles, and presented numerous lectures in apologetics, the history of doctrine, the Church's ecumenical councils, ecclesiology, and devotional topics. He has been published in From the Housetops, Christian Order, Apropos Magazine, The Remnant , Rorate Caeli, and Catholic Online.

Since 2002, he has been Prior of St. Benedict Center, an apostolate of the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Richmond, New Hampshire.

Past memberships include the Knights of Columbus, the ITEA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

He maintains contact via Linkedin, Twitter, and Facebook.

Poem: The Immaculate Conception

On this beautiful Feast of the Immaculate Conception, we had our first-ever Solemn Mass at Saint Benedict Center in Richmond. The snow on the ground reminded me of the lines of this poem speaking of the snowy “surplice” worn by earth for the feast. Father Ryan’s poetry is available here in a newly reprinted book. Select poems are also available online.   The Immaculate Conception by Father … More →

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What is the Difference between ‘Evangelism’ and ‘Proselytism’? A Serious Question

The mission of the Catholic Church is to “make disciples of all nations,” which is to say, to evangelize the entire world, in fidelity to her Divine Founder and His command recorded in the Holy Gospels (Matt. 28:18–20, Mark 16:14–18, Luke 24:44–49). Saint Paul was deeply impressed with this mandate as a personal obligation upon himself, binding under sin: “For if I preach the gospel, it … More →

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Pray for Dr. Anthony Esolen

Dr. Anthony Esolen, author, translator, Dante scholar, and professor at Providence College, is under attack from the Orwellian diversity enforcers at PC for daring to criticize the direction they have chosen for the school. You can read sympathetic write-ups of his situation at National Review,  Life Site, and other places — including a lengthy interview with Rod Dreher at The American Conservative. If you would like to … More →

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Cardinal Burke and the Doctors of the Law

No doubt, a large segment of readers is already aware of the recent excitement caused by Cardinals Walter Brandmüller, Raymond L. Burke, Carlo Caffarra, and Joachim Meisner thanks to their laudable attempt to clarify the pastoral and doctrinal confusion surrounding the Holy Father’s post-synodal exhortation, Amoris Laetitia. In the economic words of the respected Catholic journalist Edward Pentin, Four cardinals asked Pope Francis five dubia … More →

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The Five Dubia of the Four Cardinals

For the convenience of our readership, I am posting here the five dubia submitted to Pope Francis by Cardinals Walter Brandmüller, Raymond L. Burke, Carlo Caffarra, and Joachim Meisner (courtesy of Thomas McKenna). Note: dubia is the plural of dubium, so we say “duba are,” not “dubia is”! The words means “doubt,” but in this context it is a technical term meaning a type of question, … More →

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George Soros: Profile of an Oligarch

When people claim that democracy tends to be manipulated by the oligarchs — as I have posited here, here, and here — it is men like the liberal atheist George Soros they have in mind. On the one hand, Mr. Soros sponsors groups that clamor for the downfall of the “one percenters”; on the other hand, he is a “one percenter.” Similarly, he calls for government taxation and … More →

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Rosary Pamphlet You Can Print

Our Sisters authored a pamphlet on the Holy Rosary that we have been giving out for many years now. It was recently suggested by a grateful recipient of the pamphlet that we make it available on our web site. Hence the PDF below. After printing this file two sided, you can fold it in half, and in half again, and voilà! Those interested in purchasing … More →

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YouTube Video of Reconquest Episode 47: A Fifth Column in the Church. Guest: C.J. Doyle

Below is a freebie video of one of my shows, brought to you by the YouTube channel, Sensus Fidelium. The topic is a Fifth Column in the Church, and my guest is Joe Doyle, the Executive Director of the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts. There are numerous links to relevant resources for this show here at the Reconquest site. Share, Bookmark, Like: Facebook, Twitter, etc.

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Dealing with Evil

With the Fall of Adam sin entered the world, and with sin, death. Worse than physical death is the “second death” (Apoc. 20:14) of eternal damnation. It is from this death, and from sin that leads to it, that Christ came to save us. He who is goodness itself came to conquer the kingdom of evil and share His own goodness with us. But Our … More →

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Wilfrid Villarrubia Wake and Funeral Arrangements

The wake will be Wednesday, November 9, from four to seven o’clock pm in Saint Joseph’s Hall at Saint Benedict Center. The funeral Mass will be on Thursday, November 10, at 10:30 am, also at Saint Benedict Center, followed by the burial in SBC’s graveyard, and a reception in Saint Joseph’s Hall. The Mass and other ceremonies will be carried out according to the traditional Roman Rite. … More →

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Wilfrid Villarrubia, My Father, RIP

My Father, Wilfrid A. Villarrubia, died at 5:08 AM on All Souls Day, in the Intensive Care Unit of Catholic Medical Center in Manchester, New Hampshire. He had received Extreme Unction on Wednesday and the Apostolic Blessing yesterday morning (All Saints Day). The prayers for the dying were recited at that time, too. We prayed the traditional prayers of commendation for a departing soul when … More →

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Christ the Conqueror

Our Lord Jesus Christ is truly King. As Pope Pius XI taught, He is so by right of nature, that is, by virtue of His being the God-Man; but He is also King “by a right of conquest, which He acquired when He became our Redeemer.” One way to conceptualize the life of Christ is as a warrior come down to conquer. Our Lord Himself … More →

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Called to Be a Brother?

The vocation to the consecrated life as a religious brother is a great gift of God. Brothers live the vows of evangelical perfection. We also live the common life of liturgical prayer, mental prayer, study, work, and apostolic action in a masculine atmosphere of joy and sacrifice. For us Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary [The male branch of the Slaves of the Immaculate … More →

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Patriotism and the Conversion of America

What is patriotism for a Catholic? Do we have to be patriotic? How do we do so? These questions are answered in the first segment of this episode of Reconquest. For the remaining segments, I give a rapid-fire review of the history of evangelism in the New World. Here are some links to helpful resources on the same subject. The YouTube video below is a free. … More →

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Saint Robert Southwell: A Brief Life

Robert Southwell was born in 1561, the third son of Richard Southwell, a gentlemen and courtier of Horsham St. Faith in Norfolk. His mother was Bridget Southwell, a Copley of Sussex. His paternal grandfather was Sir Richard Southwell of Wodrising Norfolk, a man who personally benefitted from the suppression of the monasteries under Henry VIII. Horsham Saint Faith, where Robert grew up, was once a … More →

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