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Sodality Induction 2016

2016 Sodality Induction

Congratulations to the newest members of the Sodality of Our Lady of Walsingham, who were inducted at a special ceremony this morning.


An asterisk denotes our new brothers.  
A cross denotes a Sodality Form Officer

Form I                               

Anthony Dixon*
Joseph Dixon*
William Dolan*
Thomas Johnson*
Ryan Mitchell*
David Mohrmann*
Ethan Newman*
Michael Rashford*
Adam Rolwes*
Andrew Scheiner*
Peter Welz*

Form II

J.D. Blaylock*
Nicholas Blessing+
Ian Crossey+
Thomas DeWolff*
Jimmy Fox*
Dominic Kraus
Zach Mattie*
Jack McEnery 
Zachary Mella
Thomas Mooney+
Michael O’Sullivan*
Henry Rosebrough

Form III  

Matthew Capps
Will Craig+
Sean Dolan
Jack Flavin
Andrew Johnson+
Anthony Jones
Dominic Lloyd
Noah Mollett*
Will Mohrmann
Joseph Pollnow
Stephen Rashford+
Louis Rolwes+
Adam Urish

Form IV

Robbie Frei+
Andrew Heim
Petey Kraemer
Ian Rosebrough
Jacob Schlattman

Form V

Ryan Boland
Anthony Kraus
Paul Trebing
Christian Witte+

Form VI

Jake Drysdale, V. President
David Holmes, Prefect
Luke Lissner
John Russell, President

Director: Brother Dunstan Holms, O.S.B.
Chaplain: Father Ambrose Bennett, O.S.B

Father Ambrose's Sermon From The Induction

Today we will induct new members into the Sodality of Our Lady of Walsingham. But first, what is a sodality? Well, in Latin, a sodalitas is a fellowship, a group that comes together for companionship in a common goal. The Sodality is a fellowship of baptized believers, seeking to live out our baptismal call to faith and holiness. Pope Pius XII explained the spirit of this fellowship in this way:

These sodalities are to be called Sodalities of Our Lady, not only because they take their name from the Blessed Virgin Mary, but especially because each Sodalist makes a profession of special devotion to her by a total consecration, undertaking—though not under pain of sin—to strive by every means and under the standard of the Blessed Virgin, for his own perfection and eternal salvation, as well as for that of his neighbors (Pope Pius XII in the Apostolic Constitution Bis Saeculari).

Now each of us was sanctified—that is, consecrated or made holy in God’s sight— in our baptism. For most of us, our parents made the act of faith for us when we were baptized. And what a blessing it is that they did that, so that we could receive the grace of baptism and the other sacraments and a Christian upbringing! But now the Lord has called you by name to respond to him, to follow Christ in a free and personal way, by coming to him through his mother Mary. St. Paul writes that “this is the will of God, your sanctification” (1 Thessalonians 4.3).

In the Bible, sanctification is connected with divine worship and especially with the offering of sacrifice: for ultimately it is God alone who is the Holy One. Now the sacrifice, the consecrated offering, that God truly asks of us is the surrender and dedication of our hearts—our very selves—to him and to him alone, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Once we are old enough to understand this, there is no substitute for the personal surrender of our lives to Christ. Mary is our straight way to the Savior: Ad Jesum per Mariam, to Jesus through Mary.

But, someone might say, can’t we simply come to the Lord Jesus? Of course, we can and we do, all the time. But to be a Catholic Christian is to recognize that salvation means being a member of God’s family and living out that vocation. So our faith and sanctification needs to be worked out in fellowship with others, and not all alone. In other words, we are companions on the journey to heaven, helping one another along the way, following in the steps of Mary and of her divine Son.

Our Sodality wishes to be like St. Luke’s wonderful description of the early Church in Jerusalem, as they awaited the coming of the Holy Spirit: “All these with one accord devoted themselves to prayer, together with the women and Mary the mother of Jesus, and with his brethren” (Acts 1.14).

I will conclude with this lovely and very ancient prayer of St. Ildephonsus:

I beg you, holy Virgin, that I may have Jesus from the Holy Spirit, by whom you brought Jesus forth. May my soul receive Jesus through the Holy Spirit by whom your flesh conceived Jesus.... May I love Jesus in the Holy Spirit in whom you adore Jesus as Lord and gaze upon Him as your Son. Amen.


“Listen carefully, my son, to the master’s instructions, and attend to them with the ear of your heart.”

Prologue, 1

“This is advice from a father who loves you; welcome it, and faithfully put it into practice.”

Prologue, 1

“First of all, every time you begin a good work, you must pray to him most earnestly to bring it to perfection.”

Prologue, 4

“If you desire true and eternal life, keep your tongue free from vicious talk and your lips from all deceit; turn away from evil and do good; let peace be your quest and aim. (Ps 33[34]:13)”

Prologue, 17

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom (1 Thess 2:12).”

Prologue, 21

“If we wish to dwell in the tent of this kingdom, we will never arrive unless we run there by doing good deeds.”

Prologue, 22

“What is not possible to us by nature, let us ask the Lord to supply by the help of his grace.”

Prologue, 41

“Therefore, we intend to establish a school for the Lord’s service.”

Prologue, 45

“The good of all concerned, however, may prompt us to a little strictness in order to amend faults and to safeguard love.”

Prologue, 47

“The reason why we have said all should be called for counsel is that the Lord often reveals what is better to the younger.”

Chapter 3, 3

“Your way of acting should be different from the world’s way; the love of Christ must come before all else.”

Chapter 4, 20-21

“Never give a hollow greeting of peace or turn away when someone needs your love.” –Chapter 4, 25-26

“Bind yourself to no oath lest it prove false, but speak the truth with heart and tongue.”

Chapter 4, 27-28

“Place your hope in God alone.”

Chapter 4, 41

“Respect the elders and love the young.”

Chapter 4, 70-71

“Pray for your enemies out of love for Christ. “

Chapter 4, 72

“If you have a dispute with someone, make peace with him before the sun goes down.”

Chapter 4, 73

“The first step of humility is unhesitating obedience, which comes naturally to those who cherish Christ above all.”

Chapter 5, 1-2

“Speaking and teaching are the master’s task; the disciple is to be silent and listen.”

Chapter 6, 6

“The first step of humility, then, is that a man keeps the fear of God always before his eyes (PS 35[36]:2) and never forgets it.”

Chapter 7, 10

“Let us consider, then, how we ought to behave in the presence of God and his angels, and let us stand to sing the psalms in such a way that our minds are in harmony with our voices.”

Chapter 19, 6-7

“On arising for the Work of God, they will quietly encourage each other, for the sleepy like to make excuses.”

Chapter 22, 8

“Every age and level of understanding should receive appropriate treatment.”

Chapter 30, 1

“Above all, let him be humble. If goods are not available to meet a request, he will offer a kind word in reply, for it is written: A kind word is better than the best gift (Sir 18:17).”

Chapter 31, 13-14

“Let all the rest serve one another in love.”

Chapter 35, 6

“Indeed, nothing is to be preferred to the Work of God.”

Chapter 43, 3

“Idleness is the enemy of the soul. Therefore, the brothers should have specified periods for manual labor as well as for prayerful reading.”

Chapter 48, 1

“The life of a monk ought to be a continuous Lent.”

Chapter 49, 1

“All guests who present themselves are to be welcomed as Christ, for he himself will say: I was a stranger and you welcomed me (Matt 25:35).”

Chapter 53, 1

“Proper honor must be shown to all, especially to those who share our faith (Gal 6:10) and to pilgrims.”

Chapter 53, 2

“(B)ecause wherever we may be, we are in the service of the same Lord and doing battle for the same King.”

Chapter 61, 10

They should each try to be the first to show respect to the other (Rom 12:10).”

Chapter 63, 17

“We wish this rule to be read often in the community, so that none of the brothers can offer the excuse of ignorance.”

Chapter 66, 8

“Trusting in God’s help, he must in love obey.”

Chapter 68, 5

Never to do another what you do not want done to yourself (Tob 4:16).”

Chapter 70, 7

“No one is to pursue what he judges better for himself, but instead, what he judges better for someone else.”

Chapter 72, 7

“Let them prefer nothing whatever to Christ, and may he bring us all together to everlasting life.”

Chapter 72, 11-12

“What page, what passage of the inspired books of the Old and New Testaments is not the truest of guides for human life?”

Chapter 73, 3

“What book of the holy catholic Fathers does not resoundingly summon us along the true way to reach the Creator?”

Chapter 73, 4


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