The Vilatte Chapel welcomed Archbishop William Myers of the Old Roman Catholic Church of America and Bishop Howard Weston-Smart of the Old Roman Catholic Church of Great Britain together with guests for an ecumenical Mass according to the Tridentine Rite. Archbishop William is a Knight of the Order of the Crown of Thorns while Bishop Howard, who holds the title of Duke of Gatrun in the Abbey-Principality of San Luigi, is one of the senior members of the Order. The service was followed by a dinner hosted by H.S.H. the Prince-Abbot at a local restaurant.
During the service, Archbishop William wore vestments from the San Luigi Archive that had originally belonged to Archbishop Joanny Bricaud (1881-1934), the faithful friend of Archbishop Vilatte in his last years and an important member of the Order of the Crown of Thorns. The Prince-Abbot wore a pectoral cross of Archbishop Joseph-René Vilatte (1854-1929), who as Joseph III was the fifth Prince-Abbot of San Luigi.
Archbishop William additionally admitted the Prince-Abbot to membership in the Confraternity of the Holy Apostles, the ecumenical society of the Old Roman Catholic Church in America.
The day provided an opportunity to view some of the archival materials in our collection and discuss matters concerning the preservation of the history of our movement.