Four ordained for Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest

Amid the rituals of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite Mass, the actual ordination of four men into the priesthood Aug. 5 at St. Francis de Sales Oratory was much like any other Catholic ordination, with one important difference.

The language: Latin of the pre-Second Vatican Council Mass vs. mostly English (in St. Louis) post-Vatican II.

Otherwise, the ordination was pretty much the same. The new priests lay prostrate during the Litany of Saints, then Cardinal Raymond L. Burke silently put his hands on the men's heads in the laying of hands. Then, priests in attendance welcomed them aboard with their own laying of hands.

After more prayers in Latin, Cardinal Burke ordained Canon Francis Altiere, Canon Benjamin Coggeshall, Canon Joel Estrada and Canon Andrew Todd as priests forever. Then, he endowed them with the powers of the priesthood, specifically the ability to practice the sacraments.

The four, from the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, will specialize in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass, colloquially known as the Latin Mass. Most Catholics worldwide attend the Ordinary Form of the Mass, whether in English, Spanish, Italian, German, Polish or any other language — including Latin.

With its focus on the traditional "Latin" Mass, the Institute was founded in 1990 in Africa. Its headquarters is in Gricigliano, Italy, in Tuscany and near Florence, where it took over a priory from the Benedictines of Fontgombault in France. The four ordained men spent the past seven years there in priestly formation at the Institute's International Seminary of St. Philip Neri.

In 2005, Cardinal Burke, then the Archbishop of St. Louis, designated St. Francis de Sales Oratory as the home of the Extraordinary Mass in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. He came in from Rome for the ordination, the second in the United States. In the other, in 2007, then-Archbishop Burke ordained two men as priests at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis.

Canon Altiere, Canon Coggeshall, Canon Estrada and Canon Todd each celebrated his first Mass — of course, the Extraordinary Form — the next morning, Aug. 6, at St. Francis de Sales.

Canon Francis Altiere, 32, grew up in Kimberton, Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, and graduated from Catholic grade school and high school. He also graduated from Harvard University with a degree in history before entering the Institute of Christ the King and heading to the International Seminary of St. Philip Neri.

Canon Benjamin Coggeshall, 32, is from Camp Point, Illinois. Before entering the Institute of Christ the King, he received a bachelor's degree in architectural studies from the University of Illinois. While in the seminary, he assisted the Institute's priests in Gabon and then in Ireland.

Canon Joel Estrada, 28, was born in Los Angeles. He studied electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California-Berkeley then entered the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest. He spent part of his discernment at St. Francis de Sales before entering St. Philip Neri. As a seminarian, he helped establish a convent in Germany for the Sisters Adorers of the Royal Sacred Heart of Jesus, the feminine branch of the Institute.

Canon Andrew Todd, 26, was born and raised in New Orleans where he graduated from Jesuit High School in 2006. He then entered the Institute of Christ the King and spent a year of discernment at the Shrine of Christ the King in Chicago before heading to St. Philip Neri for priestly formation. 

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