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A Chance to Memorialize Something Beautiful for Divine Worship at Saint Benedict Center

We have an opportunity to purchase the vesting cabinet pictured below when it becomes available very soon. This used cabinet will make a very welcome addition to our sacristy, allowing us to store vestments and other accessories of sacred worship properly. If any benefactor would like to help to enhance divine worship here at Saint Benedict Center, you may memorialize this fine piece of church … 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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Protest Emily Rooney’s Slander of Padre Pio

If you have not read yesterday’s release by the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts, please do so and consider this action item: Please contact WGBH and let them know how outraged you were by Emily Rooney’s contemptuous and unjust slander of Padre Pio. You may email WGBH at: WGBHNews@wgbh.org . You may also contact Jeff Keating, managing editor of WGBH News at 617-300-2539. You may contact Emily … More →


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Conference Update: Frà Alexis Bugnolo to Speak

The learned and much labored Brother Alexis Bugnolo will be speaking at our conference this year. Brother Alexis is translator of the works of Saint Bonaventure, Registrar of the Scholasticum, author of the Italian language L’osservanza antica, and editor of the scholarly and voluminous Franciscan Archive (which has its own blog). He last spoke at our conference two years ago. Following a venerable Franciscan tradition of promoting armed 1 Catholic resistance … More →


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Reconquest Episode 41: Mary in the Hebrew Scriptures. Guest: Sister Maria Philomena

Sister Maria Philomena, director of the Saint Augustine Institute of Wisdom, is my guest for this episode. Sister and I will discuss the typology of Mary in the Old Testament. (This is the promised sequel to my earlier show, Looking at Old Testament Types.) After firing off a list of numerous types of the Blessed Virgin Mary found in the Old Testament — including Miriam, Hannah, Sara, Judith, … More →


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TALK TO US! Catholicism.org Site Redesign: We Want Your Ideas

We are currently talking to our site designer about a total site redesign for Catholicism.org. The new site will be wider, mobile friendly, as well as graphically more attractive and faster. What would you like to see on the new version of Catholicism.org? We’re all ears — or all eyes. Let us know in the comments, below. If you’re seeing this on social media, PLEASE put … More →


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Reconquest Episode 39: Christ’s Finished Work

In Episode thirty-nine of Reconquest, I consider “Christ’s finished work.” In so doing, I am replying to an objection I received via email by a Baptist gentleman who listens to the show. He said he often finds himself in agreement with what I say, but was taking exception to the Catholic doctrine of Purgatory because it detracts, he says, from Christ’s finished work on the … More →


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Religion Overthrowing Heresy and Hatred, by Pierre Legros the Younger (1695–1699) Allegory: The Triumph of Faith over Heresy, from the Church of the Gesù (Jesuit Mother Church), Rome. Luther and Calvin, with their condemned works, lay defeated.

Saint Benedict Center Conference: Schedule and Complete List of Talks

Join us on Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1, 2016, for Saint Benedict Center’s annual conference. You may register online or by telephone: (603) 239-6485. What: This year’s conference theme is “Keeping the Counter-Reformation Going” Where: Saint Benedict Center, 95 Fay Martin Road, Richmond, New Hampshire, 03470. When: Friday and Saturday, September 30 and October 1, 2016. Both will be full conference days. How Much: Go here for price and schedule. … More →


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Reconquest Episode 38: Purgatory

This week’s show is a cultural-apologetical romp through the Catholic doctrine of Purgatory. This greatly confused and misunderstood dogma of our religion makes sense only in the context of an economy of salvation wherein our acts (our merits and demerits, our sins and our good works) actually have a bearing on our salvation. The Scriptural evidence for Purgatory is considered, mostly in the New Testament, … More →


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Reconquest Episode 37: Queen Isabella’s Holy Rule. Guest: Dr. Alexandra Wilhelmsen

The topic of this show is is Queen Isabella’s Holy Rule, and it is a sequel to last week’s show. My guest is once more the gracious and erudite Dr. Alexandra Wilhelmsen, Professor of Spanish and Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Dallas. Subjects included in this show are the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, and the complex social and religious situation in … More →


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Reconquest Episode 36: Queen Isabella’s Holy Life. Guest: Dr. Alexandra Wilhelmsen

The topic of this show is is Queen Isabella’s Holy Life. My guest is once more the gracious and erudite Dr. Alexandra Wilhelmsen, Professor of Spanish and Adjunct Professor of History at the University of Dallas. Along with her profound scholarship of the subject, Dr. Wilhelmsen brings an enchanting enthusiasm for, and devotion to, the cause of Catholic Spain and the glory and honor of this most … More →


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Reconquest Episode 35: Old Clothes and Dead Men’s Bones (on Relics) Guest: Charles Coulombe

In the second segment of this episode I interview Charles Coulombe, historian and author, on the subject of holy relics. The first segment is a brief apologetic for the custom of venerating relics as it is practiced in the Catholic Church (and the Eastern Orthodox communions, too). For links to articles on the subject, as well as the website of an organization that promotes relics, please … More →


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Reconquest Episode 34: Why the Church? Why Not Just Jesus?

In this show, I go through four different arguments to answer these questions: “Why the Church? Why Not Just Jesus?” The topic results from common objections from modern non-denominational “Bible Christians,” who claim that “the church” (or “religion”) is a mere sideline (or worse) in Christianity, while it is the personal relationship with “Jesus only” that is front and center. What is wrong with the objections implied in … More →


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Reconquest Episode 33: Heretics, Apostates and Schismatics Oh My! Guest: Ryan Grant

There is a schedule change for this Episode of Reconquest. It will premiere at 7 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (6 p.m. Central) on Wednesday, July 20. My guest once more in Mr. Ryan Grant. As the name I’ve given the show suggests, the topics covered — from Saint Robert Bellarmine’s book, On the Church Militant — are heretics, apostates, and schismatics. Ryan and I discuss what these … More →


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