Reflections by the Bureau of the Juventutem International Federation on the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes

“We, Your Young, Loyal, and Traditional Catholics” 

In composing the FIJ Bureau’s Reflections on the Motu Proprio Traditionis Custodes, we chose to use these stirring words as the title. The young have a great capacity for loyalty, indeed they yearn for it, and it is tradition that often provides the object of their loyalty: family, community, country, faith. Today, we humbly speak for all young members of Juventutem in proclaiming our loyalty to the Faith of our Fathers and its expression in our lives.

We, Your Young, Loyal, and Traditional Catholics 

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Reflections by the Bureau of the Juventutem International Federation on the motu proprio Traditionis Custodes

29 July 2021

I will go in to the altar of God; to God who gives joy to my youth. The youth evoked here in Psalm 42 is not a matter of age. Rather, it is the spiritual youth of souls rejuvenated by divine grace given by Jesus Christ in the Holy Church. The name Juventutem is the Latin for youth.[1] Juventutem is an international Catholic movement for the sanctification of young people through the Roman traditions of the Church. Juventutem was founded in the context of the Year of the Eucharist inaugurated by Pope John Paul II in October 2004 and concluded by Pope Benedict XVI in October 2005. The emblem of Juventutem is a Eucharistic monstrance. For the past seventeen years, Juventutem has illustrated this unexpected combination: one can be an average teenager, a loyal Catholic, and a lover of Latin traditions.

In his Letter to the Bishops on Traditionis Custodes (TC),[2] Pope Francis refers to the words of Pope Benedict XVI about the usus antiquior: “young persons too have discovered this liturgical form, felt its attraction and found in it a form of encounter with the Mystery of the Most Holy Eucharist, particularly suited to them.[3]Juventutem recognises itself in this portrayal by the Vicars of Christ. For over seventeen years, Juventutem has supported hundreds of young Catholics worldwide in their aspiration to holiness. This goal was sought through the traditional Latin Mass offered always in full communion with the pope and the bishops. Notably, at World Youth Days, dozens of cardinals and bishops offered the traditional Latin Mass for the Juventutem young adults and gave catecheses as part of the official WYD schedule, as formally approved by the Pontifical Council for the Laity. World Youth Day is the largest recurrent Catholic event in the world, bringing together one million young adults or more around the Vicar of Christ on various continents every few years. WYDs provide a colourful assessment of the modern Church. Since 2005, having the traditional Roman liturgy officially included in the WYD schedule has fostered unity in diversity. It has provided inspiration to the younger generation who encountered these beautiful traditions with Juventutem in Cologne (2005), Sydney (2008), Madrid (2011), Rio de Janeiro (2013), Krakow (2016), Panama (2019).

By now, the young adults involved with Juventutem in its early years have answered God’s call to sanctity in married life and in consecrated life within Holy Church. Many are now spouses, parents, nuns, monks, and priests. In their parishes and dioceses, in their movements and communities, these young Catholics are active members of the Church of today and of tomorrow. The many cardinals, bishops and priests who met them at WYDs and on other occasions have found them to be cheerful, prayerful, kind, and generous. For many prelates, encountering traditional Catholic young people was a happy surprise. Since WYDs occur only every three years, they called for local initiatives to foster the sanctification of the young all year long. In response, Juventutem soon established itself as an international federation[4] of small youth groups, spread all over the world.[5] Nearly all chaplains to the Juventutem groups are diocesan priests. All activities are supported by the parish or diocese. As an official participant in the 2017 Youth Conference in Rome organized by the new dicastery of the Vatican for the Laity, Family, and Life, and in the 2018 Youth Synod at the Vatican, Juventutem reported on the activities and aspirations of young traditional Catholics worldwide.

Even without formal Juventutem membership, thousands of young adults have attended traditional Latin liturgies and activities as visitors at Juventutem events, or have watched them online. Many adults as well among the clergy and the laity have been interested to see the favourable impact of the traditional liturgy on young people. To all it was clear that the doctrine preached and the spirituality fostered were simply Catholic. Juventutem chose St. John Bosco as its special patron. The great apostle of the youths once dreamed of three whitenesses, the Holy Eucharist, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the Roman Pontiff. The more those three are honoured together, the more Juventutem young people feel at home. Like their fellow Catholics all around the world, young traditional Catholics read recent Magisterial documents, including Vatican II. As a lay organisation dedicated to the sanctification of youth, they wholeheartedly support the universal call to holiness stated by the latest council. Since many of them are converts, they praise religious freedom and deplore any prejudice and coercion which would deter God’s children from finding Him in Jesus Christ through His Holy Church. They also welcome ecumenism as a genuine invitation to all fellow Christians to avail themselves of the means of salvation appointed by God in His Holy Church. Lastly, they favour the openness of the Church to the modern world – like “A city seated on a mountain [that] cannot be hid” (Matt 5:14) – displaying God’s truth and love for the benefit of society at every level. They know that the guidance offered by Holy Church earlier is still valid for today’s Catholics, whom Pope Francis called to be made “fully conscious of all the fruits derived from this Council [of Trent], and that they may unite themselves in bringing these fruits to others and in propagating them in every way”.[6]

We, the young, loyal, and traditional Catholics, pray that our Holy Father Pope Francis and all our bishops will allow us further to seek sanctification from the liturgical and spiritual traditions of the Church of Rome, in keeping with the encouragements received over the past seventeen years from the Church Hierarchy and in thanksgiving to God for the good fruits bore. May we conclude with this wise statement by Pope Francis at the end of his Post-Synodal Exhortation Christus Vincit to Young People and to the Entire People of God on 25 March 2019:

“229. These and various other opportunities for evangelizing the young should not make us forget that, despite the changing times and sensibilities of young people, there are gifts of God that never grow old, for they contain a power transcending all times and places. There is the word of the Lord, ever living and effective, the nourishing presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Reconciliation, which brings us freedom and strength. We can also mention the inexhaustible spiritual riches preserved by the Church in the witness of her saints and the teaching of the great spiritual masters. Although we have to respect different stages of growth, and at times need to wait patiently for the right moment, we cannot fail to invite young people to drink from these wellsprings of new life. We have no right to deprive them of this great good.[7]

Signed: Bureau of the International Juventutem Federation

  • Bertalan Kiss, President
  • Monica Clarke, Secretary
  • Cosimo Damiano Marti, Treasurer
  • Rev. Armand de Malleray, FSSP, Chaplain

[1] Here in the accusative form, as a quote from Psalm 42 recited at traditional Holy Masses.

[2] Cf.

[3] Letter to the Bishops on Summorum Pontificum:

[4] Cf.

[5] Youth groups normally don’t last longer than five years. Juventutem chapters are currently active in Austria, Canada, Spain, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, England and America. Formerly active chapters were in Brazil, France, Switzerland, Germany, Kenya, Slovenia, Poland, Argentina, Hong Kong, Lithuania, New Zealand, Nigeria, Chile, Colombia, Scotland and Spain.

[6] Letter to Card. Walter Brandmüller, Special Envoy to the celebrations for the 450th anniversary of the closing of the Ecumenical Council of Trent [Trent, 1st December 2013] (19 November 2013) cf., accessed 29 July 2021.

[7] Cf., accessed 29 July 2021.

New Juventutem Secretary: Nicholas Heiny

The Bureau of the FIJ: Treasurer Cosimo Damiano Marti, Secretary Nicholas Heiny, President Bertalan Kiss, and  International Ecclesiastical Assistant Fr. Armand de Malleray FSSP.

The Bureau of the FIJ: Treasurer Cosimo Damiano Marti, Secretary Nicholas Heiny, President Bertalan Kiss, and International Ecclesiastical Assistant Fr. Armand de Malleray FSSP.

Meeting together in Rome for the Populus Summorum Pontficum pilgrimage to the Seat of Peter, on 26 October 2019 the Bureau of the Fœderatio Internationalis Juventutem unanimously appointed Nicholas Heiny of Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA, as the Secretary of Juventutem.

A graduate of Indiana University, Nick is pursuing licensing as a CPA. An alum of the Chartres Pilgrimage, he has a long history of Christian service including mission projects with FOCUS, the Fellowship Of Catholic University Students. He has helped priests become trained to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass in the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend and is working to organize a Juventutem chapter in that diocese.

In the role of the Secretary of Juventutem, Nick will focus on communication and diplomacy in support of the mission of Juventutem, promoting the True, the Good, and the Beautiful, and in particular, the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass:

– Facilitating communication among leaders of Juventutem chapters and communicating with chapters as to participating in international events such as World Youth Day and as to paying the annual dues.

– Receiving communications from the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life and responding to them (or causing them to be responded to by the Juventutem member whose competence it is to do so).

– Receiving inquiries from those who are interested in seeking to affiliate a group of young adults to the Juventutem movement and facilitating the consideration of their applications by the full Bureau.

– Meeting members of Juventutem and other faithful attached to the Traditional Latin Mass in person as often as possible.

Together with the other members of the Bureau, the Secretary supports the institutional memory of Juventutem – both by familiarizing himself or herself with such resources as exist to report on Juventutem as well as by exercising active curiosity to query those with personal experience of Juventutem’s activities.  Nick can be emailed at: secretary at juventutem dot org.

The Bureau thanks wholeheartedly Paul Schultz of Juventutem Michigan for serving as the Secretary from November 2013 until now with great dedication and much fruit, as well as all of the friends and benefactors of the Juventutem movement who have supported our efforts.

Secretary Emeritus Paul Schultz, pictured with his family at the 2018 pilgrimage in Rome.

Secretary Emeritus Paul Schultz, pictured with his family at the 2018 pilgrimage in Rome.




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Le pèlerinage “Populus Summorum Pontificum” 2019

#sumpont2019 PROGRAMME
DEutsch / ESpañol / ENglish / ITaliano / PoLski / PorTuguês

Populus Summorum Pontificum
Rome : 25-27 octobre 2019

En 2019, le pèlerinage “Populus Summorum Pontificum” sera guidé par Mgr Dominique Rey, évêque de Fréjus-Toulon.

Vendredi 25 octobre

> 15h45 – Chemin de Croix, église Saint-Louis-des-Français, Institut du Bon Pasteur
> 17h15 – Messe d’ouverture du pèlerinage, basilique Santa Maria ad Martyres (Panthéon), célébrée par les prémontrés de Godollo (Hongrie) et chantée par la schola de l’église Saint-Michel de Budapest (Juventutem)

Samedi 26 octobre

> 9h30 – Adoration eucharistique (et confessions) en la basilique San Lorenzo in Damaso (CNSP)
> 10h30 – Procession solennelle vers Saint-Pierre, présidée par Mgr Rey
> 12h – Messe pontificale à l’autel de la Chaire de Saint-Pierre, célébrée par Mgr. Rey, chorale dirigée par le maestro Aurelio Porfiri (CISP)

Dimanche 27 octobre

> 9h30 – Messe pour la Fête du Christ-Roi en l’église de Jésus-et-Marie (ICRSP) pou les pèlerins désireux de participer à l’Angelus du Saint-Père
> 11h – Messe pontificale célébrée par Mgr Rey, en la paroisse personnelle de la Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini (FSSP)


Activités complémentaires proposées par nos membres
> Vendredi 25 octobre, 20h : présentation par la FIUV du livre “The Case for Liturgical Restoration”



2018-10-26 Rome FIJ


15th Anniversary of Juventutem

Our Lady Help of Christians

Friday, 24 May 2019 – the Feast of Our Lady, Help of Christians – is claimed as the 15th anniversary of the Juventutem idea.  While Julien Bodereau, Fabien Vieillefosse, and Fr. Armand de Malleray had already been working for months on the idea of an international collaboration of young adults attached to the Traditional Latin Mass – and, in particular, for a manifestation of such a group at World Youth Cologne (pdf report) – 24 May 2004 was the first date in which the name “Juventutem” was emailed between the founders as a name under which the apostolate might be carried out.

In 2006, when the Juventutem idea was formalized into the Juventutem movement in the Fœderatio Internationalis Juventutem, the Feast of Our Lady Help of Christians was named in the Juventutem Charter (pdf) as the day each year when each involved Catholic young adult is asked to consider the Six Commitments of Juventutem and to confirm whether he or she will undertake those commitments for the next 12 months.  For a Juventutem chapter to continue to be accredited in any particular locale, it must continue to have at least three members who undertake the commitments (link to application form).  The more-or-less up-to-date list of Chapters is here.

At least three chapters around the world are gathering this day to corporately observe our anniversary:  If you know any young adult within a short ride or drive of these locations, please send him or her an encouragement to be involved.

London: Fr. Armand de Malleray, International Ecclesiastical Assistant of the FIJ will celebrate Mass for Juventutem London and for the intention of all members, friends, and patrons of the Juventutem movement at St. Mary Moorfields at 7:30 p.m., with social to follow – Facebook

Austria: Juventutem Kärnten will gather for a Traditional Latin Mass on Friday morning.

Ireland: weather-permitting, Juventutem Corcaigh will gather for Holy Mass at Kilcrea Friary at 7:30 p.m. – Facebook

Minnesota: Juventutem Twin Cities – Holy Hour at the Cathedral – Facebook

Wherever you are, please keep Juventutem in mind and say a prayer for the sanctification of young adults through its efforts.


(the image above, of Our Lady, Help of Christians, is borrowed from Vultus Christi, the blog of the Traditional Benedictine community now installed at Silverstream Priory in County Meath, Ireland.  The blog made use of that image on the eponymous feast day in 2008, which Pope Benedict XVI had inaugurated as a day of universal prayer for the Church in China.)

“Ego Eimi: It Is I — Falling in Eucharistic Love”

Fr. Armand de Malleray, FSSP – Ecclesial Assistant of the Fœderatio Internationalis Juventutem, rector of St. Mary’s Shrine in Warrington, England, and the superior of the FSSP apostolate in England – has recently published a beautiful new book on the Most Holy Eucharist.

Eucharistic Cover draft 2.1 front

Of this new title, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski says “In this book Fr. de Malleray has given us a vivid introduction to the ‘font and apex of the Christian life,’ with unexpected angles and brilliant connections that refresh an old subject for contemporary readers. May it bring the minds and hearts of many readers nearer to ‘the bread of God that cometh down from heaven, and giveth life to the world.'”

The book may be ordered here (in Europe) and here (in the USA).

Populus Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage + Secretary Opening

Juventutem flag at St. Peters

Over Christ the King weekend, 26-28 October 2018, Juventutem is again corporately participating in the Roman pilgrimage organized by the Cœtus Internationalis Summorum Pontificum.

On Friday morning, 26 October, FIJ Secretary Paul Schultz will address those who attend the Summorum Pontificum Meeting (tickets) organized by Oremus Paix Liturgique, together with the International Federation Una Voce, and Juventutem.

Juventutem members will attend the opening Mass that Fr. Charles Ike FSSP will celebrate at 6:00 pm at Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini.  After Mass, we will meet up for dinner at Da Vittoria a Trastevere for dinner.  Please RSVP via Facebook, here.

On Saturday, we will join in the Adoration at San Lorenzo in Damaso, the Procession across Rome, and the Pontifical Mass at St. Peter Basilica.  After Mass, with the support of Paix Liturgique, we will meet up at Via della Conciliazione 51 – please RSVP via email as soon as possible: secretary at juventutem dot org.

In addition to discussing preparation for our forthcoming trip to World Youth Day Panama (register here), one of the items that we will discuss in our meetings with be the next Secretary of the Fœderatio Internationalis Juventutem.  Paul Schultz, the founding Group Coordinator of Juventutem Michigan, has served as the Secretary of the FIJ since 18 November 2013 and has also served as coordinator of Juventutem activities in North America since January 2013.  If a capable replacement Secretary can be found, Paul is interested to retire to the position of Secretary Emeritus on or about 18 November 2018.

New Secretary
Any new Secretary of Juventutem will be chosen by the Bureau of the FIJ – the President (Bertalan Kiss), the International Ecclesiastical Assistant (Fr. Armand de Malleray FSSP), the Treasurer (Cosimo Damiano Marti), and the current Secretary.  In making its selection, the Bureau may freely consult with members of active Juventutem chapters around the world.

Juventutem is a lay movement.  Juventutem is an association of lay faithful.  Its members promote the True, the Good, and the Beautiful and, in particular, the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass.  The leaders of Juventutem are not internet controversialists but in-person workers in the vineyard.  The role of the Secretary of Juventutem focuses on communication and diplomacy in support of this cause:
– Communicating with chapters of Juventutem as to participating in international events such as World Youth Day and as to paying the annual dues.
– Receiving communications from the Vatican’s Dicastery for Laity, Family, and Life and responding to them or causing them to be responded to by the Juventutem member who competence it is to do so.
– Receiving inquiries from those who are interested in seeking to affiliate a group of young adults to the Juventutem movement and facilitating the consideration of their applications by the full Bureau.
– Meeting members of Juventutem and other faithful attached to the Traditional Latin Mass in person as often as possible.

Together with the other members of the Bureau, the Secretary supports the institutional memory of Juventutem – both by familiarizing himself or herself with such resources as exist to report on Juventutem as well as by exercising active curiosity to query those with personal experience of Juventutem’s activities.

Please apply
A candidate must:
– Fulfill the Criteria for Admission under the Charter of Juventutem (particularly paragraphs 27-28).
– Practice the Three Spiritual Commitments set forth in paragraph 22 of the Charter.
– Have paid the 2018-2019 member dues to the FIJ (wiring instructions here; or submit 10€ here).
– Have a high level of proficiency with Information Technology and Social Media (particularly Facebook, GMail, Google Hangouts, Skype, Google Documents, and Twitter).
– Submit a resume demonstrating fulfillment of the criteria – providing examples where possible.
– Be an unpaid volunteer who pays his or her own way to most or all activities.
– Participate in an interview, if requested.

An ideal candidate would:
– Write and speak English with confidence.
– Write and speak more than one language with confidence (French, Italian, and/or Spanish preferably).
– Have advocated for Catholic young adults and that resources – money, time, space – be utilized to promote their sanctification.
– Be familiar with internet posting, such as blogs (ideally WordPress CMS).
– Demonstrate excellent in leading groups of Catholic young adults (ideally including a Juventutem group).
– Have represented organizations at international public events.
– Attend the 2018 pilgrimage in Rome or register to attend and pay all fees associated with attending WYD Panama 2019.
– name and provide contact information for two Juventutem members or clerics who would be prepared to speak to the candidate’s qualification for serving as secretary of an international lay movement.
– The role of Secretary is not geographically constrained. However candidates based in North America would receive preference unless a coordinator of Juventutem activities in North America is chosen separately.  (This is because ~50% of active Juventutem chapters are in North America (11 out of 22) and it is beneficial to Juventutem that at least one Bureau member live in a similar time zone to the Group Coordinators of those chapters.)

To apply for the position please email the above described resume to Paul Schultz, the current Secretary of Juventutem – secretary at juventutem dot org.  Resumes received before 19 October 2018 will have the benefit of being considered by the President, Secretary, and Treasurer as they meet together in person at the pilgrimage in Rome with other Juventutem members.  Resumes received after the pilgrimage will also be considered.

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TENTH ANNIVERSARY Summorum Pontificum 14.9.2007 – 14.9.2017

Juventutem thanks Pope Benedict XVI for Summorum Pontificum, as well as all the bishops and priests who made the EF Mass more widely available, and the laity who supported it for the greater glory of God and the good of souls.

Juventutem was glad to partake in the Tenth Anniversary Celebrations organised in Rome for the occasion. As part of the celebrations, the Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, His Eminence Robert Cardinal Sarah, gave an address.

We are grateful for the encouragements of Cardinal Sarah. They correspond to our aim since our beginning. From its inception in 2004, Juventutem has worked hard to share the riches of the traditional Latin Mass and spirituality with anyone interested. From the start we took risks and initiatives to work together with fellow Catholics and with diocesan bishops, at a time when few within the Church wished it to happen, and when others did not dare to hope for it.

Ten years after Summorum Pontificum however, its implementation remains patchy and many young adults and families still have great difficulties accessing EF Mass centres. It is a blessing that many capital cities now offer provision for EF Masses. But families, young adults and single adults as well aspire to more than the Mass. They wish all sacraments and sacramentals to be available according to the EF on an a day-to-day basis, in addition to spiritual direction, adult formation and catechism.

If anyone wishes to assess the dispositions of the new generation of Catholics attracted to the Usus Antiquior, we suggest they read the Report of the Juventutem Federation after World Youth Day in Krakow last year. The Report shows that these young adults and their clergy do not see themselves as part of a ghetto – unless by ghetto one simply means the Catholic Church at large, inasmuch as she is surrounded by a hostile world to which, with motherly zeal, she endeavours to bring the light of salvation.

The young adults and professionals part of Juventutem, or simply taking part in its events, are glad to be given the opportunity to share the riches of the Roman traditions of the Church, for our own sanctification and for the conversion of the world to Christ the only Saviour.

Report of President Bertalan Kiss on WYD Conference in Rome

At the invitation of the Holy See, Bertalan Kiss – the President of the Fœderatio Internationalis Juventutem – spent much of the first week of passiontide in Rome, as a member of a conference which reviewed the lessons learned at the WYD festival in Krakow, began to plan the WYD festival in Panama, and advised ecclesiastics in preparation for 2018’s Synod of Bishops on youth and vocation.

Bertalan’s full report regarding the conference can be read in this pdf:
„From Krakow to Panama – the synod journeying with young people” – International Conference, Rome – 4 April to 9 April 2017

In order for the young adults of Juventutem to do their little part to continue to advocate around the world for the Roman Tradition of the Church, it is necessary to have the prayer and other support of young adults and not-young adults.  Please consider donating to support this year’s efforts!

Just before the most sacred of feasts, the death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ began this year, the new dicastery of the Vatican for the Laity, Family, and Life organised a conference in Rome for the national delegates of episcopal conferences’ youth ministries and other various international youth associations. The Foederatio Internationalis Juventutem has also received an invitation to this event, and I took it upon myself to represent our federation. Accompanying me was the newest member of Juventutem Magyarország, and a fervent organiser of youth events in the Hungarian diocese of Vác, my friend Ervin Dér.


Populus Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage 2016

In 2017, the 6th Populus Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage to the seat of Peter will take place from the 14th to the 17th of September, in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the entry into force of Pope Benedict XVI’s motu proprio Summorum Pontificum.

Over the last weekend of October 2016, FIJ Treasurer Cosimo Damiano Marti was present in Rome as one of the pilgrims participating in the 5th edition of this great pilgrimage.


Cosimo has asked us to share with all of our fans these pictures from various sources.  And to commend to you Archbishop Sample’s Homily for the Feast of Christ the King.


John Sonnen

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Acción Litúrgica (?)


The following picture was taken during a friendly dinner on the last day of the pilgrimage.


From left to right, those pictured are Felipe Alanis Suárez (President of international Una Voce federation), Christian Marquant (Chairman of Paix Liturgique (“Liturgical Peace”)), Marco Sgroi (Chairman of the Coordinamento nazionale del Summorum Pontificum), Fr. Matthieu Raffray (Superior of the Latin American District of l’Institut du Bon Pasteur), Fr Gabriel Diaz-Patri (a researcher of the Centre International d’Etudes Liturgiques in France), Cosimo Damiano Marti, and Louis de Lestang (Vice-Chairman of Paix Liturgique).