This past Saturday, the Saint Mary Polish American Society held a prayer service at Saint Mary Church. Saint Mary Parish was merged a few years ago with Saint Matthew Parish and since the society has been raising funds to keep it open.
That goal was achieved when the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced a few months ago that the Fraternity of St. Peter would lead a quasi-parish at the church. The fraternity conducts Mass in Latin, which is known as the Extraordinary Form.
During the prayer service, Father Scott Allen of the Fraternity of St. Peter announced that the pastor of the new St. Mary Quasi-Parish would be Father Carl Gismondi. Father Gismondi currently serves at St. Anne’s Parish in San Diego. He is to arrive by August 15th.
About Father Gismodi from St. Anne’s website:
Fr. Gismondi is from Pittsburgh, PA. After several years of discernment, in 1995 he entered the Fraternity of St. Peter’s seminary, Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, then located at Scranton, PA. Following seven years of study, Fr. Gismondi was ordained a priest on June 29, 2002. From 2002 to 2003, Fr. Gismondi served as an Associate Chaplain at the Fraternity’s apostolate in Sacramento. From 2003 to 2006, he served as Pastor of St. Michael’s Church in Scranton, PA. Following his pastoral assignment, Fr. Gismondi attended the Dominican House of Studies, Washington, DC, where, in 2008, he earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology. In July 2008, Fr. Gismondi was appointed as Chaplain to the Traditional Latin Mass community of San Diego. On October 7, 2008, following erection of St. Anne Catholic Church as a personal parish for the Traditional Latin Mass apostolate in the Diocese of San Diego, Fr. Gismondi was appointed as Pastor at St. Anne’s.
In the below video Father Gismondi discusses whether you need to know Latin to attend the Latin Mass.
More to come.
Photos: St. Anne Parish of Father Gismondi. Saint Mary Church, Google.