We are requesting your help to build the master altar of our conventual Church Our Lady of the Rosary. In the lineage of historic medieval altars, this altar will be a catechism in pictures, "an altar that preaches" - as much to the wise as to the simple. With your help, in two years it will spring up in the sanctuary as the arrow of an infallible prayer: that of the sacrifice of Christ.
Thanks to your support, the altar rises towards heaven!
The Redemptive Sacrifice at the Center
Rising above the tabernacle and the crucifix, the altarpiece panels closed will present two scenes of the Passion. This will naturally carry our spirits toward the unbloody renewal of Calvary.
The large diptych of the Passion stands on a second level of three statues: at the right and at the left, Saint Dominic and Saint Catherine of Sienna, in order to highlight the meditations of their apostolic life, giving us the mystery of Christ for the salvation of souls.
At the summit of the construction, Au sommet de toute la construction, exceptionally tall (about 30 feet), Chris the Savior of the World (Christus Salvator). He who conquered death by his Resurrection will hold in His left hand the globe of the world. With His right hand He will bless us so that we may be penetrated with the thought that, during the Mass, He is hidden mysteriously already in His glorious state.
An iconographic project worthy of the Middle Ages
Was the project for this high altar planned when your church was first built?
« Not at all. We knew that one day we would have to build an altar, but no further plans were made. I must admit that we sounded out many options. We approached several artists, who had interesting and high quality projects to offer. But, after submitting them to our community’s discernment, no consensus was reached. Nothing really won everyone over.
The church had to be fully completed, and we needed to celebrate the liturgy there for several months, before we could begin to have a feel for the venue, and the way in which we wanted to organize it. Remember, for over thirty years, the community celebrated the liturgy in the old commons, which had been ingeniously transformed into a chapel. Then we moved from this small, rather dark volume without acoustics, to a large, very bright volume, with a long echo duration. The necessary adaptation time explains the first stages of trial and error we had to go through. »
It is true that often the works of sacred art for the past fifty years have been poor. But, thanks to our friend Bishop Athanasius Schneider, we have discovered an artisan capable of realizing this project: Mr. Remy Insam. He comes from an ancient dynasty of wood sculptors in the Tyrolean village of Sankt-Ulrich. For forty years, Mr. Insam has built sculpted wood altars. Most notably, he has completed the Gothic master altar of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Fatima in the diocese of Karaganda in Kazakhstan. Our altar will be his last work before retiring. In his own words, this will be "the most beautiful altar of his career."
PARTICIPATE IN THIS WORK FOR THE GLORY OF GOD
With your help :
Summer 2023: delivery and installation of the altar
Saturday October 7, 2023, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary: inauguration of the altar
All the donors will be included in a easter novena of masses that the Prior of the Fraternity will celebrate from April 9th to April 17th 2023 for your intentions.
You can send us your intention on the donation form.
Major Donors ($2000+):
In December 2023, you will receive a souvenir book of the Rosary altar, with large photos of the construction, the completed altar and its inauguration. This book will be printed in a strictly limited edition of 100 copies.
You will also receive a bronze replica of one of the bas-reliefs that adorn the bells of our new conventual church, depicting St. Dominic, St. Vincent Ferrier, St. Thomas Aquinas and St. Catherine of Siena. These were molded by Cornille Havard, a bell-maker in Villedieu-les-Poêles, Normandy where bells for all of Europe have been made since the Middle Ages."
Founding patrons ($10,000):
You will also be enrolled in a perpetual foundation of Masses: every October 7, the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Holy Sacrifice will be offered on the high altar for you and your descendants. You will also be listed on a plaque on the back of the altar. The foundation will remain in effect as long as priests of the Fraternity celebrate Mass on it (hopefully for a VERY LONG TIME !)
For donations from 10,000 USD we can issue a tax receipt valid for the USA through a local foundation. In this case, please contact us before making your donation.
We can now provide tax receipts for donations from the USA, for any contribution starting from $200. Please contact Father Jourdain-Marie to learn more: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you do not need a tax receipt, you can make your donation directly here.
Who are we ?
The Fraternity of Saint Vincent Ferrer (FSVF), whose priory is located in Chémeré-le-Roi (France), is a traditional religious community inspired by the Dominican spirit. Disciples of St. Thomas Aquinas, the Brothers are apostles whose preaching is oriented to the salvation of souls.
The priests of the Fraternity celebrate Holy Mass according to the traditional Dominican rite (1962 missal)