Tuesday, July 2, 2013
New FSSP priest hails from Archdiocese of Toronto
What joy it must be for two of our Society's members, the parents of newly ordained, Father Juan Tomas of Markham, Ontario in the Archdiocese of Toronto. Father Tomas was ordained to the Holy Priesthood of Our Lord Jesus Christ for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.
On behalf of the Board and the Members of the Toronto Traditional Mass Society-UNA VOCE TORONTO, let us give thanks to the Lord of heaven and earth for this vocation and let us pray for this new priest. May the Lord protect him always and may Our Lady keep him always close.
This past Wednesday, Fr. Juan Tomás, a newly ordained priest of the Fraternity of St. Peter. celebrated his first solemn Mass in the Borghese Chapel of Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome. Palestrina's Mass Tu es Petrus was sung for the Ordinary; the final piece, however, was a setting of the Salve Regina written by the very first master of the Borghese Chapel, Ugolino, in the first decades of the 17th century. The piece has never been transcribed before, and so I believe this is the first recording of it ever made. Hopefully, the choir which sang the Mass, the Concerto Romano, conducted by maestro Alessandro Quarta, will do a professional recording of it at some in the future; this is the second time I have been present for a Mass sung by them, and do not hesitate to say that they are probably one of the best choirs in the world. At their website, you can hear several short recordings of some of their performances.