Biographies of Bishops and
First, we are not a "parish" in the canonical sense
of the term, thus we have never had "parish priests" or
"pastors" strictly speaking. We have, however, had priests
who have ministered to the Sacramental needs of the people either in the church building
(once it was built) or in rented accommodation
prior to its construction - thus in a wider sense we have had
Second, not all of the priests who have ministered here, resided in Spring Hill.
Those who did reside at this church we term an "incumbent".
Third, we have had periods in our history, when we were
attended by various priests on a random basis, which, canonically speaking
would have been considered an "interregnum".
Hence, because of this we have seen fit to classify
the biographies of those who have ministered here in a chronological order.
Perforce only those who were major figures
in the history of this church are included here.
The bishops to whom this church has had spiritual recourse over the years
(e.g. for Confirmation) have never been canonically possessed of ordinary
jurisdiction either but have exercised their ministry in virtue of the power
of orders which they truly possess. We include a list of them for general
interest and for the sake of completeness.
List of incumbents with their
term of office:
Andrew Bonet C.R.
1979 - 83 (4 years - transferred)
Francis Dougherty O.C.S.O.
1984 - 91 (7 years - died in office)
Interregnum 1991 - 1994
James Marolus S.D.B.
1994 - 95 (11 months - resigned)
Aylwin Francis Kanagaratnam
1995 - 96 (11 months - resigned)
1996 - present (17 years)
List of Bishops and their
tenure of spiritual oversight of this church:
Since 1983 the bishop under whose spiritual
tutelage this church operates, is also [according to the corporate bylaws] ex
officio president of the board of directors of this church and responsible
for the administration and direction of the corporate and legal affairs of the
corporation that operates the facility.
George Musey 1982 - 91
for his biography see below
John Hesson O.S.B. 1991 - 96
||Father John Hesson studied at St. Vincent College in Latrobe,
Pennsylvania, staffed by the Benedictine Monks. He graduated cum laude in philosophy in 1963, then entered the theology
department on campus. In 1966, Bishop Hesson earned a Master of Divinity degree magna
cum laude in systematic theology.
On may 20, 1967, he was ordained to the sacred priesthood by the Ordinary of Camden, Archbishop Celestine J. Damiano. For fifteen years the then Father Hesson labored in the field of education at Paul VI High School, Camden Catholic High and as dean of men and chairman of the theology department at St Mary's Prep Seminary in Penndel, Pa. During this time, he earned a Master of Arts degree in Moral Theology from La Salle College in Philadelphia.
Since November of 1982, Father Hesson has served traditional independent Catholic chapels and missions in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and throughout the USA.
On June 12, 1991, he was consecrated a bishop by the Most Rev. Bishop Oliver Oravec who was assisted by Most
Rev. Bishop Robert Fidelis McKenna, OP and Most
Rev. Bishop Vida Elmer as co-consecrators. Bishop Hesson is currently
retired and resides in Floirda.
Peter W. Hillebrand 1996 - 98
W. Hillebrand, a native of Australia, was a convert from Anglicanism to
Catholicism. After his conversion he studied for the priesthood in
London and in Rome. He was o
rdained a Deacon on the 29th June, 1971 by His Eminence, Cardinal Joseph
Siri at St. Lawrence's Cathedral, Genova, Italy Feast of St. Peter and
Paul, Apostles. In the wake of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council
he did not pursue ordination to the priesthood; instead he pursued a
career in education eventually becoming a professor of history and
English at the University of Kyoto, Japan.
discerning a vocation to the Traditional Catholic priesthood he was
ordained a by
His Excellency, Bishop Pierre Louis Salle at Chapel of the Community of
Our Lady of Mercy, Verneuil- Sur-Avre, France
priest on the 13th July, 1984
- the Feast of Saint Anacletus, Pope & Martyr.
Hillebrand was later elevated to the episcopacy by the same bishop at Blangy-Sur-Ternoise.
Bishop Hillebrand subsequently exercised a modest ministry in Japan
where he was responsible for a few small chapels.
to malicious rumors circulated in France about the validity of Bishop
Salle's clerical orders by rival priests, Bishop Hillebrand was ordained
Priest (Sub-conditione) on the
July, 1991 by His Excellency, Bishop Moises Carmona
Bishop (Sub-conditione) the following day at the
of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary, Fort Worth, Texas.
Church of the Sacred Heart was the seat of Bishop George Musey (our
first bishop) who was in very poor health at the time. Bishop Hillebrand
agreed to accept spiritual charge of the churches affiliated with Bishop
Musey in the event of the latter's death which occurred the following
year. In 1995 Bishop Hillebrand was invited to accept charge of this
church only after Bishop Hesson had resigned from the board of
directors. In 1996 the bishop became the legal president of the church
corporation. Subsequently, owing to his residency in Japan and the difficulty in administering
his far-flung churches, Bishop Hillebrand later relinquished his duties
in the United States. He is currently retired and resides in Australia.
Daniel L. Dolan 1998 - 2002
||Daniel Lytle Dolan was born in 1951 in Detroit Michigan. He began his preparation for the priesthood in 1965 at the archdiocesan minor seminary in Detroit. He continued his studies in the Cistercian Order and at the seminary of the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) in
Ecône, Switzerland, where he was ordained a priest by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre on June 29, 1976.
In early 1977 Father Dolan returned to the U.S., where he acquired a reputation as an eloquent preacher, and where in a few years, he had founded over 35 traditionalist Mass centers from East coast to West.
In early 1983, as part of a plan to compromise with the modernist Vatican, Archbishop Lefebvre attempted to impose a "liturgical reform" - the 1962 Missal of John XXIII - on SSPX's American priests. At the same time, the Archbishop insisted that the Americans accept the scandalous marriage annulments granted by modernist tribunals, and work with priests ordained according to the protestantized ordination rite promulgated by Paul VI in 1968.
Nine American priests, including Fr. Dolan, refused, and were promply expelled from SSPX. (Four more would later join them.)
In 1989 Fr. Dolan initiated contacts with the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (CMRI). Subsequent discussions revealed agreement on major theological issues (the pope, the new sacraments).
In 1991, Bishop Moises Carmona, head of the Mexican traditionalist organization Trento, asked the 12 CMRI priests to elect one of the number to receive episcopal consecration. Bishop Carmona, a respected pastor and former seminary professor in Acapulco, had himself been consecrated a bishop in 1981 by Archbishop P.M.
Ngô-dinh-Thuc, former Archbishop of Hué, Viet Nam. The CMRI fathers selected Fr. Mark A. Pivarunas, whom Bishop Carmona then duly consecrated.
In 1992 Bp. Pivarunas, with a view towards assisting clergy formerly belonging to SSPX, asked Fr. Dolan to receive episcopal consecration. Fr. Dolan agreed in mid-1993.
Bp. Dolan was consecrated a bishop in St. Gertrude the Great Church in Cincinnati on 30 November
Terence Fulham 2003 - present
for his biography see below
PART ONE - The ORCM / SSPX
1975 - 1982
In the early days of the
Traditional movement some of the problems now endemic were not present such as
"turf wars". Father Clarence Kelly, ordained by Archbishop Marcel
Lefebvre in 1973 worked quite happily with the ORCM movement for a while. Fr.
Kelly said Mass for this group in rented accommodation at Father Fenton's
behest. After Fr. Fenton met with Archbishop Lefebvre in 1975 at Ecône,
Switzerland, in a somewhat acrimonious meeting, (according to a published
account of the event by Fenton) the Archbishop forbad all future dealings with
the ORCM and the SSPX because of Fenton's political association with the John
Father Clarence Kelly SSPX
||Clarence Kelly (born 1941) was ordained a priest on April 14, 1973 at Écône, Switzerland by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre for the Roman Catholic Society of St. Pius X. He became Superior of the Society in the United States. In 1983 Fr. Kelly, along with eight other priests, was dismissed from the Society by Archbishop Lefebvre over a number of issues including refusal to use the liturgy of 1962 and rejection of the inclusion of the name of the Pope in the Canon of the Mass.
Fr. Kelly is the Founder and Spiritual Father of the Congregation of St. Pius V as well as of the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary. In 1984 he founded the Congregation of the Daughters of Mary, Mother of our Savior, whose Motherhouse is located in Round Top, New York.
Fr. Clarence Kelly was consecrated a bishop on October 19, 1993 at Carlsbad, California, by Most. Rev. Alfredo Mendez Gonzalez, the retired Bishop of Arecibo, Puerto Rico.
Father Francis Fenton
||Fr. Fenton studied for the priesthood at the Catholic
University in Washington, D.C. where he received his MA degree in Philosophy
in 1940 and a STL degree in theology in 1944.
He was ordained to the priesthood on May 18, 1944 in Hartford, CT. (KB)
Fenton became disaffected with the Vatican II reforms of the liturgy being implemented in the U.S. in March, 1970 and
and began celebrating the Tridentine Mass in a private home in Sandy Hook, Connecticut. In March, 1972 the group acquired a chapel in Brewster, New York.
In Jan, 1973, Fr. Fenton, together with a group of traditional laymen,
founded the Orthodox Roman Catholic Movement, Inc. (ORCM), with Fr. Fenton as
its first National Director.
Father Robert McKenna O.P.
||Robert Fidelis McKenna, O.P., third son of James and Irene McKenna, was born in Danville, Illinois on July 8, 1927 and was raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After graduating from Aquinas College, he joined the Dominican Order in 1951 and took the religious name
Fidelis. In 1958 he was ordained a Roman Catholic priest for the Dominican Order in Washington D.C. by Amleto Cardinal
Refusing to say the Novus Ordo Mass after Vatican II, he took leave of the Order, retaining the Dominican habit and rite for Mass, to join Father Frances Fenton, a priest of the Bridgeport Diocese in Connecticut, in his founding of the Orthodox Roman Catholic Movement
(ORCM) and opening of Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel in Monroe, Connecticut
Since 1978, Father McKenna has remained alone at Our Lady of the Rosary Chapel, assisted by the Dominican Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary whom he founded and who teach in the chapel's St. Dominic's Academy.
On August 22, 1986, Fr. McKenna was consecrated a bishop with the traditional Roman Rite in
Raveau, France by Bishop Guerard des Lauriers, O.P., himself a Dominican and noted theologian who taught at the Lateran University in Rome and who advised Pope Pius XII on the definition of the dogma of the Assumption in
1950. Bishop Mckenna retired from active ministry in October 2011.
information gleaned from internet retrieved July 26, 2012
Father Daniel Jones
Born January 31, 1942 in Westcliffe.
Colorado. Attended grade and high school in Delta, Colorado and, for one
year, the Colorado School of Mines [college]. His training for the
priesthood included three years at Carroll College in Helena, Montana
and four years of theology at the American College in Louvain, Belgium.
Was ordained to the priesthood on June 29, 1968 in Delta, Colorado.
Father Jones joined the ORCM in 1973.
Newsletter, April 29, 1977, Issue No. 27, p. 6
Father Joseph Gorecki
on July 1, 1927 in Baltimore, Maryland. Having received his primary and
secondary education in Catholic schools (they were Catholic at that
time), Father joined the Franciscan Conventual Friars after graduation
from high school and completed his novitiate year at Becket, Mass. He
then attended Saint Bonaventure University in New York State and
received his philosophical training for the priesthood at Saint Joseph
Cupertino Seminary in Ellicott City, Maryland.
taking simple vows in the Franciscan Order, Father left the Franciscans
and worked in industry for five years in the Baltimore area. He then
resumed his studies at Towson State Teachers College, Maryland, where he
received a Master Degree in Education, after which he taught school for
three years in the Baltimore public school system.
1955 Father Gorecki was incardinated into the Diocese of Bridgeport,
Conn. and began his theological studies at Mount Saint Mary's Seminary
in Emmitsburg, Maryland. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 23,
1959 in Saint Augustine Cathedral in Bridgeport by Bishop (later
Cardinal) Lawrence Shehan. After serving in several parishes in the
Bridgeport Diocese, Father was assigned to the Norwich (Conn.) Diocese
for two years of parish work there. He then served one year as Chaplain
at Saint Vincent Medical Center in Bridgeport, Conn.
struggling with the "Novus Ordo" for some time, Father Gorecki
joined the ORCM on March 4, 1978 (the feast of St. Casimir). The straw
that broke the camel’s back in his case was, as he readily admits, the
compulsory giving of Communion in the hand. "When I walked into Our
Lady of the Rosary Chapel in Monroe, Conn.," said Father Gorecki,
"I felt that finally I was back home where I belong. In the ORCM I
am back in the right place with the Faith for which I was ordained 19
years ago. "
Newsletter, April 14, 1978, Issue No. 34,
Father Victor Mroz O.F.M. Conv.
Victor Mroz was born on January 29, 1915 and prepared for the priesthood
at several seminaries of the Franciscan Conventual Fathers in Poland.
During a portion of his seminary years the priest who was his superior
and confessor was Blessed Maximilian Kolbe. Fr. Mroz was ordained to the
priesthood in Crakow, Poland on July 20, 1941. Following his ordination
he served briefly as a parish priest in Kalvaria, Poland and then as
master of the major seminary of his order in Lwow, Poland.
During World War II Father Mroz was a chaplain of the Polish Underground
Forces as well as a temporary chaplain in the United States Third Army
under General George Patton. In July, 1947 Father Mroz came to this
country where, for the following two and a half years, he was engaged
both as the editor of a Polish daily paper and as a missionary and
retreat master in Wisconsin. In December, 1949 he volunteered for
missionary work in Japan and remained in that work in Japan for the next
18 years. From 1967 to 1977 he served as a parish priest in churches of
the Friars Minor Conventual, first in Canada and then in the United
States. For the past eight years he has also served as chaplain of the
Deaconess Hospital in Buffalo, N.Y.
Some six weeks ago Father Victor Mroz left the Franciscan parish in
Buffalo where he had been stationed to join the ORCM. In fact, he
informed me very exactly in writing that he took this step on
"November 25,1977, al11:00 A. M. ", Because there was a total
attendance of approximately 770 people at two ORCM lectures in Buffalo
and Rochester, N.Y. in November, 1977, and because Father Mroz resides
in Buffalo, our ORCM will have a permanent Mass location in that area.
Father Mroz will also be on our ORCM Mass circuit.
Newsletter, January 4, 1978, Issue No. 32,
Father Andrew Bonet C.R. (1978 - 1983)
First Resident Pastor
Andrew A. Bonet was born in Mallorca-Balearic Islands, Spain and pursued
his studies for the priesthood in that area of the country. In 1923 he
professed his religious vows in the Order of Clerics Regular (the
Theatine Fathers, an Order founded in 1524 whose main purpose was to be
the sanctification of the clergy and laity). Because of the approaching
Communist Revolution in Spain, Father Bonet was sent to Rome for the
completion of his theological studies and was ordained to the priesthood
there on August 14,1932.
some 17 years following his ordination Father Bonet did priestly work in
Italy, including a period of some seven years in which he was the
Director of the Theatine Seminary in Rome. In 1949 he was assigned by
his Order to work in the United States and, during the ensuing twenty
years, served in several parishes in Colorado and Mexico City, Mexico.
March, 1969 he resigned his position as pastor of a parish in the
Diocese of Pueblo, Colorado, reportedly having been requested to do so
because he was "too much conservative." From 1969 until very
recently he has been serving as assistant pastor of Our Lady of
Guadalupe Church in Antonito, Colorado.
more could be written about Father Andrew Bonet but, at his request, we
have tried to keep this biography of him rather brief. Most of his
priestly life has been spent among the poor and humble. They, he writes,
are the people "he likes the best." Although now 72 years old,
he, in his own words, "drives often about 600 miles a day, goes to
bed about midnight and gets up at 5:30 every morning for Mass,
confessions, etc." Having been urged to retire, he has decided to
do so by joining and going to work for our ORCM!
Bonet has moved to Florida where be is now the pastor of our ORCM
congregation in Spring Hill (Tampa area) and where, if all goes well, a
chapel will soon be under construction. He will also serve our ORCM
group in the Orlando area of Florida. It is indeed a distinct pleasure
to receive Father Andrew Bonet into the ranks of our ORCM priests. May
the good Lord grant him many more years of active priestly service to
the cause of our God-given Faith!
December 20, 1978, Issue
No. 39, p.
Explanation of events 1979 -
In 1979 disputes arose between the various priests of the ORCM
for leadership of the national group and ownership of their headquarters.
These disputes continued in court in the state of Connecticut and were
eventually resolved in favor of the founding priest Father Francis Fenton. The
national disputes were also reflected in a split in the local congregation in
Spring Hill. Ownership of this church was determined in Fr. Fenton's favor who
in 1983 ceded it to a locally constituted board of directors. Whilst the
courts were wrangling over the details of the settlement Fr. Bonet continued
to minister at Our Lady of Fatima (until 1983) while Fr. George Musey began
attending to the spiritual needs of a smaller group of faithful in rented
accommodation beginning in 1982. This smaller group succeeded in establishing
claim to the church building and services resumed at Our Lady of Fatima under
Fr. Musey who in turn was succeeded as follows:
PART TWO - The Independent /
1982 - present
"independent" or "non-aligned" refers to the fact that
this church is not formally associated with any of the Traditional Catholic
groups such as the Society of St. Pius X. They do not imply adherence
to schism by rejection of the Sovereign Pontiff, Pope Benedict XVI. In addition
this church has never been a part of the Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg
for reasons which are discussed in great length on our history pages.
Father George Musey (1982 - 1984)
||[From his obituary] George J. Musey (September 14, 1928 — March 29, 1992) was a Traditionalist Catholic bishop from Galveston, Texas.
He was ordained a priest on May 22, 1952 by Bishop Wendelin Nold of Galveston. Musey was consecrated to the episcopate on April 1, 1982 in Acapulco, Mexico, by traditionalist bishops Moises Carmona and Adolfo Zamora.
He was a priest who offered Mass in Latin after Vatican II and founded an independent Catholic church in Forest Hill, died yesterday at Saint Joseph Hospital of lung disease. He was 63.
Bishop Musey rejected the teachings of the Second Vatican Council that modernized the Roman Catholic Church in the mid-1960s. He traveled around the country offering the traditional Tridentine Mass in Latin. Forest Hill became his base in 1987, when he purchased a church and school on 6.5 acres from a fundamentalist Protestant.
A native of Galveston, Bishop Musey graduated from Kirwin High School and then attended St. Mary's Seminary in La Porte. He was ordained in 1952 and was stationed at churches throughout the Houston Diocese.
While recuperating from a series of heart attacks in the mid-1960s, he retired as a diocesan priest. After the church adopted the Vatican II reforms, Bishop Musey was invited to administer the Latin Mass to traditional groups from Florida to Oklahoma.
In the early and mid-1980s, he offered Mass in hotels and funeral homes in the Dallas area until he bought the Otwell property.
For the last two years, Bishop Musey has been bedridden and hooked to a breathing ventilator, either at Saint Joseph Hospital or at Lake Lodge Care Center in Lake Worth,
and he died yesterday at Saint Joseph Hospital of lung disease. He was 63.
He was buried in Mount Olivet Cemetery in Dickinson.
By Hollace Weiner, Fort Worth Star - Telegram
March 30, 1992, Section A, p. 17
Father Francis Dougherty O.C.S.O.
(1984 - 1991)
Second Resident Pastor
Father Francis Dougherty was born on
November 11, 1903 in Flatbush - Brooklyn, N.Y. He was the youngest of
eight children (three boys and five girls). His father and two brothers
were policemen. Three of his sisters were teachers, and one, Sister Mary
de Lourdes, was a Sister of Mercy for 58 years.
Father Francis Dougherty's elementary
consisted of four years with the Christian Brothers, two years in public
school, and two years in a parish school which was taught by Sisters of
St. Joseph. He attended a Jesuit high school with hopes of becoming a
Jesuit. However, at the end of his four years, .the Jesuits told him to
forget "books" and do some hard manual work. Therefore after
graduating from high school he worked on a farm, then handling freight
on the Pennsylvania Railroad, and finally for a mortgage company.
In 1932 he came across a Postulants Guide
for the Cistercian Monastery in Oka, Canada. He wrote to the nearest
Monastery which was located in Valley Falls, Rhode Island. The Prior,
Rev. John O'Connor, told him to have his teeth fixed and bring a pair of
work shoes. On January 3, 1933he went to the office of the Prior with
his shoes under his arm and said, "Reverend Father, I had my teeth
fixed". The Prior replied, "Sure, you don't need teeth for the
food we have here".
After one month he received the habit of a
novice - white robe, white scapular and cloth cincture. After two years
he made Simple Profession and received a black scapular and leather
belt. After another five years he made Solemn Professions.
Bishop Francis Patrick Keough of Providence
and later Archbishop of Baltimore ordained him with three other Monks on
March 25, 1944.
He conce1ebrated the Novus Ordo Mass with
his community for approximately one year before he became aware that
there was something very wrong with the new liturgy and voiced his concerns.
His Abbot respecting his conscience, excused him from conce1ebrating,
but required him to be present at the Community Novus Ordo Mass. That he
considered to be his greatest penance and source of danger, for he
feared that he would lose his Faith. In December of 1978 he asked for a
"leave" but it was refused by the Abbot. In July 1979, with
the help of two other monks he was able to obtain one and received a
"Celebret" showing that he was a priest in good standing.
August 5, he went to the state of Florida where he is currently
celebrating the true Mass, and his feeling today is best expressed in
his own words: "If my peace of heart and the gratitude of people
indicate God's Will, then I am doing it."
Newsletter, December 23, 1979, Issue No. 46, p. 7
Father Timothy Hennebery (1991 -
his obituary] Peacefully, without a word of complaint, Bishop
Timothy E. Hennebery has passed this veil of tears, and received the
final rest from the labours of a well spent life on Monday, the 4th of
June, 2012, after a long and courageous battle with both heart disease
and cancer at the young age of 66 in Miami, Florida.
in Spencer, Massachusetts on May 6, 1946, ordained a Roman Catholic
Priest on the 17th of October, 1990, and consecrated a Bishop on the
28th of August, 1994, he is most lovingly remembered for his years of
unwavering dedication and unselfish service as the founder and pastor of
both Our Lady of Sorrows Traditional Catholic Church, and the Oratory of
Saint Augustine in Miami, Florida.
good works of Bishop Hennebery will be continued by the Reverend Father
William H. Greene, OSA, who has worked tirelessly alongside him for
close to 20 years.
earthly remains of Bishop Hennebery will be waked at Our Lady of Sorrows
Church, 4801 West Flagler Street, Miami Florida 33134 beginning Tuesday
the 12th of June, 2012 from 6:00 pm until a Solemn High Requiem Mass
will be offered at 9:00 am on Wednesday the 13th of June, 2012 in the
traditional rite. Interment will follow at Woodlawn Park Cemetery, 3260
SW 8th Street, Miami, FL.
Published in Miami Herald on
June 10, 2012
Father William Greene (1992 -
||Fr. Timothy Hennebery had been appointed to
assist Fr. Dougherty in the last year of his life. Fr. Francis had been
in declining health for some time. Bishop John Hesson, under whose
spiritual oversight the parish dwelt had arranged for Fr. Hennebery to
make this weekly journey. This trip involved a high degree of sacrifice
since Fr. Henneberry had first to attend to the spiritual duties in his
own church in Miami before flying to Tampa, renting a car and then
driving to Spring Hill.
In 1992, Fr. William Greene who had spent some of his training with
the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (C.M.R.I.) and had been
ordained a priest by Bishop Hesson to assist with the running of Our
Lady of Sorrows in Miami, took over the duties of the Spring Hill
After the priests of the Oratory of St. Augustine ceased their
association with Bishop Hesson in virtue of Fr. Hennebery's upcoming
consecration to the episcopacy, so their ministrations to this church
also ended as the board of this church chose to continue its
relationship with Bishop Hesson.
1993 - 1994
Period of no permanent or resident priests -
various visiting priests assisted.
Father James Marolus S.D.B. (1994 -
Third Resident Pastor
|For more than 20 years Brother James Marolus was a member
of the Salesian order before being ordained to the priesthood by Bishop
Robert McKenna O.P.. Fr. James (as he liked to be called) assisted at
several Traditional parishes before coming to Spring Hill. For a while
he worked in Sacred Heart Church in Fort Worth, Texas, and latterly with
Fr. Andrew Bonet (our first pastor) before accepting assignment to Our
Lady of Fatima during the period of spiritual tutelage of Bishop Hesson.
In the short time that Fr. Marolus was with this church he effected a
number of changes that certainly improved the features of the church
building: additional altar lighting and lighting in the nave. Father did
the electrical work himself, a skill acquired as a lay brother with the
Salesians. Father was also responsible for the installation of the glass
interior doors leading from the nave to the vestibule and the acquisition
of the new patronal statue of Our Lady of Fatima.
One scheme that in the long term that has proved a blessing but
initially provoked some disquiet was the interior repainting from light
blue to off-white. Following internal pressures within the congregation
and a dispute among the clergy over management of the church Fr. Marolus
offered his resignation after only 11 months of incumbency.
The turmoil caused by the clerical disputes inexorably led to Bishop
Hesson's disaffection from the church and another period of uncertainty
for the Sacramental future looked likely. The lay co-ordinator Joseph
Mullane consulted a religious Sister who maintained Bishop Musey's
church in Fort Worth who established contact with this church, its next
bishop Peter Hillebrand and the next pastor...
Father Francis Kanagaratnam (1995 -
Fourth Resident Pastor
|Aylwin Francis Kanagaratnam was born November, 6, 1957 in
Kuala Lumpur, Malayasia. He obtained the Lower Certificate of Education
in 1972. He completed all of the required studies for priesthood at the
International Seminary of St. Pius X, Ecône, Switzerland from October
1983 until March of 1990 but left the Society of St. Pius X without
receiving any of the major orders. A letter in French and English
written and signed by Bishop Bernard Tissier de Mallerais to this effect
exists in the archives of this church.
Fr. Kanagaratnam received the first two major orders from Bishop
Roger Kozik and the priesthood from Bishop Philippe Miguet on the Feast
of the Assumption 1991. From March 1993 to December of the same year
year he worked in close contact with the Bishop Jean Laborie group
before separating from them in December supplying for one or other vagus
priest until he returned to Malaysia in February of 1995 at which point
he contacted Bishop Hillebrand.
By October of 1995 plans were in full swing to bring Fr.
Kanagaratnam to the United States. After an initial settling in
period there were some flashpoints of disagreement. A distasteful advertisement
in a local newspaper that implied an apparent racial slur seemed to provide an impetus for Fr. Kanagaratnam
to publicly speak in terms of his own resignation from the church in
October and again in early November. Finally offering his resignation to Bishop
Peter Hillebrand, his departure was accepted.
Father Terence Fulham (1996 - present)
Fifth Resident Pastor
Terence Fulham, was born on November 1 1967, in Liverpool England. He attended the Church of England Holy Trinity Primary School, Formby, Farnborough Road School, Southport, England and Birkdale High School for Boys. His final high school years (the American equivalent of grades 11 and 12) were completed at King George V Sixth Form College, Southport, England.
Father Fulham attended the University of Liverpool, in England, from which he graduated after a four year course with a Joint Honors Bachelor’s degree in French and Spanish in 1990.
Anglican and Catholic
At age 16 he was baptized an Anglican in the Lady Chapel of St James, Birkdale,
Southport on September 30, 1984 by the Reverend D. Donald Roberts and confirmed (as an Anglican) the following
year, May 7, 1985, by Bishop Michael Henshall the Bishop of Warrington, Suffragan to
the Anglican Diocese of Liverpool at St. John's Parish Church,
Terence Fulham was conditionally baptized August 26th, 1989 by
Father André Lemieux one of the priests of the Society of St Pius X
at the original chapel of Ss. Peter and Paul on Edge Lane in
Liverpool. The following year (January 11th) he received the Sacrament of Confirmation
in the Traditional Roman Rite from Bishop Bernard Fellay, the current Superior General of the
Society at Our Lady of Victories in Preston, Lancashire.
Upon completion of his university studies, Fulham entered the St. Pius X seminary in October 1990 to pursue a vocation to the traditional Catholic priesthood where he received the clerical tonsure and the four minor orders from Bishop Richard Williamson.
In his fourth year of formation Fulham entered the seminary of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen where he completed his studies for the priesthood under the tutelage of the seminary rector Bishop Mark Pivarunas from whom he received the
subdeaconate in 1995. Father was ordained to the deaconate in June 1995 by Bishop Pivarunas and was assigned to the large Traditional parish of Mount St Michael in Spokane Washington State. There at the former Jesuit scholasticate for the province of Oregon, he entered upon a six month period of pastoral training, which included teaching high school, sick calls and preaching.
On February 2 1996 Terence Fulham was ordained to the Priesthood by Bishop Pivarunas and was later named assistant Pastor of Mount St Michael - a function which he exercised until July of the same year.
In the summer of 1996, during an interview with Bishop Peter
Hillebrand, Father Fulham was invited to become Pastor of Our Lady of Fatima in Spring
Hill. At the time Bishop Hillebrand was the president of this church's board of directors.
The interview was held in Spokane, Washington, at another Traditional Church affiliated with Bishop
After the meeting and invitation, Father Fulham spent a period of
private reflection before accepting the invitation and agreeing to assume this
responsibility on August 23, 1996. In the Fall of 1996, on the feast of St. Cecilia
(November 22nd), he arrived in Florida to take up his duties. He continues in that position to the present day and has been the longest serving pastor since the church's inception in 1975.
On March 25, 2003, Father Fulham was raised to the episcopate by the late Bishop John Simmons at the Church of the Good Shepherd and Our Lady in London, England during a solemn pontifical Mass.
taking up residence in Spring Hill in 1996, Father Fulham has
administered the Sacraments regularly in Tallahassee, (the Florida
State Capital) from 1998 to 2005 and in Jacksonville, from 2000 to
2005 as well as conducted funerals and other rites in Tampa, Orlando,
Panama City, Eustis, Ormond Beach, Glen Cove Springs. He was visiting chaplain
for 3 months at St. Filumena Church in Eustis, Florida in 1996 and in
Corpus Christi, Texas for 3 months in 1998 until an accident to his
left ankle required recuperation following emergency reconstructive
surgery. He has performed Confirmations in the State of Minnesota for
a Traditional Catholic group in addition to those regularly scheduled
in his missions in Florida.
He has many contacts within the
Traditional Catholic movement and is personally familiar with many of
the Traditional groups here in the United States which enables him to
relate to the laity who assist at the Sacraments across a widely
diverse spectrum of theological opinion and liturgical practice.
He knows or has known many of the leading figures of the Traditional
movement during the last 40 years.
Today he confines his ministry
exclusively to the church in Spring Hill and has assisted in other
chapels at the request of resident clergy in need of replacement for
He is fluent in English, French and Spanish,
German and has a working knowledge of
Italian and of course in Latin which he studied for 3 years in High
School and was required to teach remedial Latin to students in the
seminary 1990 - 1992.
also taught English as a Foreign Language as an employee of the French
State Public School system, in a French Technical or vocational high
school at Lycée Louis-Armand in Nogent-sur-Marne, just outside Paris
for a year 1988-89.
As a seminarian he taught two Summer catechism
camps held under the auspices of the Society of St. Pius X in 1991 and
1992 at Horsham St. Faith not far from the Shrine of Walsingham in Norfolk,
He taught Spanish and English in a small French religious
Grade School at Mézin in Southern France for 1 semester in 1994
taught Religion at Sophmore level in High School at St. Michael's
Academy in Spokane, Washington, 1995 - 1996.
was author of a rather popular Traditional Catholic blog known simply
as "The Column" from 2005 until 2011 which is currently
He has authored a number of theological and historical
research papers on matters as diverse as canon law, church history,
moral theology and dogma that gained some attention in the Traditional