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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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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Populus Summorum Pontificum


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).

Juventutem Soleto: Holy Door Pilgrimage with Cardinal Burke – 2 June 2016



ore 15:00 – Raduno dei pellegrini in Cattedrale e processione verso la Basilica di San Nicola

ore 15:30 – Ingresso in Basilica attraverso la Porta Santa per l’acquisto dell’indulgenza giubilare


Cardinale Diacono di Sant’Agata dei Goti e
Patrono del Sovrano Militare Ordine di Malta

Juventutem Soleto

 questions: secretary at juventutem dot org