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The deceased Monsignor Charles Moss, a former member of our Advisory Board, was well-known for his work in the Legion of Mary, was ordained a Catholic priest on May 15, 1958, for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia by the late John Cardinal O’Hara, C.S.C., after ten years of studies at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. During his seminary years, the then-Mr. Moss worked for a credit union, gaining much acumen in financial matters.
Msgr. Moss was assigned to Sts. Simon & Jude Parish, in Bethlehem, Pa., when the new Diocese of Allentown was created by Blessed Pope John XXIII in February 1961. Its first Bishop, Most Rev. Joseph McShea, then appointed Father Moss as Diocesan Financial Secretary, with residence at Immaculate Conception Church, in the see city. In 1966, Fr. Moss was created a monsignor with the title of Papal Chamberlain. In 1971, he received the honor of Domestic Prelate. Monsignor Moss continued as Financial Secretary until 1976.
During 21 years of involvement with the Legion of Mary, Monisgnor Moss taped a series of interviews with its founder, the late Frank Duff, in 1979. Eight of the interviews may be used in the latter’s Cause for Canonization.
In 1980, Monsignor Moss became pastor of St. Roch’s Church, in Pen Argyl, PA, where he continued as pastor until he passed to his well-earned reward in July of 2006, after having fought the good fight as a good, faithful and exemplary priest. Under his spiritual guidance, St. Roch’s Parish had truly thrived. In addition to Holy Masses in English, the Traditional Latin Mass was offered there regularly.Type your paragraph here.
Monsignor Ignacio Barreiro was born on Oct. 22, 1947 in Montevideo, Uruguay, to a family of Spanish and French descent. In 1973, he graduated from Law School in Montevideo and then entered the Uruguayan Foreign Service.
The then Mr. Barreiro entered St. Joseph’s Seminary at Dunwoodie and was ordained a priest for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York on Nov. 14, 1987. From the beginning of his priestly ministry, Monsignor Barreiro was involved in the Pro-Life and Traditional Latin Mass apostolates. He did his licentiate and doctorate degree in Systematic Theology at the University of the Holy Cross, in Rome, Italy. For a period of time in the 1990s, Fr. Barreiro served in the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.
Since September 1998, Msgr. Barreiro has been the Director of the Rome office of Human Life International. There, he started an apostolate with priests and seminarians from all over the world who are studying in the Eternal City. He has published articles on theological and life issues, and historical subjects. He was appointed a Chaplain of His Holiness on March 26, 2004.
Father Kenneth Baker was born on Nov. 12, 1929 in Tacoma, Washington. On Aug. 15, 1947, he became a Jesuit novice. On the Feast of the Assumption 1949, he took his perpetual vows in that great religious order. On July 26, 1960, the Feast of St. Ann, Father Baker was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood at Holy Trinity Church, Innsbruck, Austria.
In 1961, Fr. Baker was awarded a Licentiate in Theology and returned to the United States, where, shortly thereafter, he received his Ph.D. from Marquette University, having concentrated on Sacred Scripture.
Father later taught as Assistant Professor of Theology at Gonzaga University. There and at the Jesuits’ parish in Spokane, Fr. Baker courageously defended Pope Paul VI’s 1968 encyclical, Humanae Vitae, at a time when it was under intense attack from dissenters.
On Feb. 1, 1970, Fr. Baker became president of Seattle University, a post he held for nine tumultuous months during the Vietnam War and U.S. invasion of Cambodia. During his stay at the University, Father was frequently threatened with assassination by war protestors amongst the student body.
In April 1971, Fr. Baker became editor of Homiletic and Pastoral Review, a monthly for the Catholic clergy. In 1975, he also became director of Catholic Views Broadcasts, Inc., which produces the radio program, “Views of the News”. Fr. Baker still holds these posts.
At present, Fr. Baker also serves the people of Our Lady of Fatima Chapel in New Jersey, as well as offering the Traditional Mass at St. Agnes Church, New York City. He is the author of Inside the Bible, published by Ignatius Press.
Father William Ashley is a priest of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, British Columbia, and a native of St. John’s, Newfoundland. He attended a grade school run by the Christian Brothers of Ireland and a high school run by the Society of Jesus. He then pursued studies for the Priesthood at the Angelicum, in Rome, under the Dominican Fathers. In 1977, Fr. Ashley was ordained by Edouard Cardinal Gagnon.
After ordination, Fr. Ashley served as pastor of two parishes, one located near the U.S. border at Blaine, Washington. He also served as a Judge and substitute Defender of the Bond on the Vancouver Regional Matrimonial Tribunal. In the 1980s, he led the well-known Oratorians of St. Bridget’s Church in Ottawa, Canada’s capital. This community of priests became the subject of James Demers’ book, The Last Roman Catholic?.
In the early 1990s, Father Ashley came to the United States and became Novice Master for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, at Elmhurst, Pennsylvania. In February 1994, he began to serve the people of Our Lady of Fatima Chapel, Pequannock, N.J., becoming the Chapel’s administrator on Aug. 1, 1994. Father held that post until October 1995. In May of that year, Cardinal Alfons Maria Stickler, from the Holy See, offered a Low Mass at the Chapel.
After remaining in residence at Our Lady of Fatima into 1996, Fr. Ashley shepherded the Latin Mass Community at Mater Ecclesiae Parish, Berlin, N.J., under the late Bishop James T. McHugh, of Camden. Father then returned to his beloved Canada, where today he continues to work in the Vancouver Archdiocese.
Father Perricone graduated from Seton Hall University in 1972. He then pursued studies for the Priesthood at Immaculate Conception Seminary, then located in Darlington, N.J. He was ordained in 1976 for the Archdiocese of Newark.
In the 1980s, Fr. Perricone was a founder of Christus Rex, an orthodox Roman Catholic apostolate for the laity. He pursued advanced graduate studies and taught Philosophy at St. John’s University, in Jamaica, N.Y., and Graduate Theology at that university’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Catholic Doctrine. He also taught Theology to Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, who serve in New York City and Newark.
In 1989, Fr. Perricone founded ChristiFideles, which promotes the Traditional Latin Mass, retreats, evenings of recollection, lectures, and Catholic social events. He also began teaching Philosophy at St. Francis College, in Brooklyn and served as co-host of “Where Catholics Meet”, a WOR-AM radio show started in the early 1980s by the late Fr. Vincent Miceli, S.J., the late Dr. William A. Marra, and Catholic Media Apostolate.
Count Capponi is Professor Emeritus of Canon Law at the University of Florence, Italy. He has degrees in Sacred Jurisprudence from that university and the Pontifical Lateran University. He has served as an Advocate of both the Holy Roman Rota and the Apostolic Signatura, as well as Judge of the Tuscan Ecclesiastical Matrimonial Court. He has also been Second Vice President and Councillor of Una Voce International Federation.
Count Capponi has lectured in the United States and other countries on topics of concern to orthodox Roman Catholics.
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