The actual  celebration of this Patronal Feast of the Congregation was preceded by a meeting of the available Stigmatine confreres – in preparation for the visit of the Council of Superiors perhaps in September. A number of proposals were   discussed  to be presented to the next bi-annual meeting of the Confreres, set for the Feast of the Stigmata, the week after Easter.

The principal celebrant was the Provincial, the Very Rev. Gregory Hoppough, CSS.  He was vested in a custom made chasuble, the work of the nearby Trapppists. The actual portat  sewed into the back of the vestment was taken from an earlier vestment that was beyond repair – so this vestment also continued the tradition.

We were also  blessed by the presence of a number of the Stigmatine confreres,  and by some members  of the Stigmatine Laity. So many of our thoughts and prayers  were directed toward Fr. Henry Linse,  CSS, who died on January 16th, just a week ago, and whose funeral was celebrated just two days ago.  Furthermore, Fr. Joseph  Connolly, CSS, – former  Superior of St. Joseph’s Hall here – stayed in our prayers as well, since  he  is presently  on life-support system at the  Lahey Clinic.

The sermon  for the Feast was offered by the Stigmatine Laity Chaplain – and this can be found in this document:


This happy celebration then was continued in the dining hall of this building for all who attended. Snow is predicted, so some of the Confreres [from Springfield and Pittsfield] wanted to return to their homes before the snows came.

We look forward now to the spring-time celebration of the Feast of the Stigmata.

Rev. Jospeh Henchey, CSS
Stigmatine Laity Acting Chaplain

Father Henry Linse, CSS is called back to Father’s Home

Father Henry Linse, CSS

Reverend Henry Julius Linse, C.S.S. of the Stigmatine Fathers, Waltham, MA died on January 16, 2015 at Marian Manor, South Boston, MA. He was 95 years old. He was born on September 15, 1919 in Boston, MA.  His Father, Francis Xavier, was born in Germany and his Mother, Hirlanda (Hergenhan) was also born in Germany.  He had four (4) brothers, now deceased: Joseph, William, Francis and Fr. George Linse, C.S.S. and one (1) sister, Marie Miller, also deceased.

Father Linse entered the Stigmatine Fathers in September, 1938. His First Profession as a Stigmatine was on September 9, 1940 and his Final Profession of Vows was on September 9, 1943. He was ordained to the Holy Priesthood on June 12, 1948 at Saint Paul’s Church, Wellesley MA by Bishop (later Cardinal) John Wright.

During his years of priestly ministry, Father Linse served in the following assignments: Chaplain at Shirley and Concord State Prisons, Director of the Novitiate, Waterville, N.Y., Teacher in Guam, and as parochial vicar at Mt. Carmel Parish, Springfield, Mt. Carmel Parish, Pittsfield, Mt. Carmel Parish, White Plains, N.Y., All Saints Parish, Manassas, VA, Our Lady of the Angels Parish, Woodbridge, VA and as pastor of St. Francis Parish, Lynn, MA.  He also served as a lend-lease priest at St. Joseph Parish, Lewiston, Maine and St. Mary’s Parish, Biddeford, Maine.

Father Linse’s Wake will be held at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church, Milford, MA on Wednesday, January 21 at 9:00 A.M. followed by his Funeral Mass at 10:30 A.M. He will be buried at Sacred Heart of Jesus Cemetery, Milford, MA following the Funeral.

The Stigmatine Fathers are very grateful for the wonderful care Father Linse received at Marian Manor, So. Boston, MA by the Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm and all the staff at this faciltity.

May God rest him.

Father Gregory Hoppough, CSS
Superior Provincial
Province of the Holy Spouses


Father Linse as sub-deacon on Father Henchey's First Solemn Mass, at St. Anthony's, Woburn, MA on Jule 22nd, 1956
Father Linse as sub-deacon on Father Henchey’s First Solemn Mass, at St. Anthony’s, Woburn, MA on Jule 22nd, 1956


Father Linse during Mass at  the Chapel of the Stigmatine Retirement House [St. Joseph Hall] in Waltham, MA, on July, 2009
Father Linse during Mass at the Chapel of the Stigmatine Retirement House [St. Joseph Hall] in Waltham, MA, on July, 2009

Father José Teixeira de Melo, CSS is called back to Father’s home

 Father Teixeira

Our confrere, Father José Teixeira de Mello, CSS, from the Province of the Holy Cross, in Brazil, passed away on December 9, 2014, in Campinas, state of São Paulo, in Brazil. He was 79 years old.

Father Teixeira was born on March 7, 1935 in Montes Claros, state of Minas Gerais, in Brazil.

He entered the Stigmatine Congregation after his retirement, and was ordained a Stigmatine Priest on his 58th birthday, on March 7, 1993.

May God rest him.