STAMFORD—The Basilica of St. John the Evangelist is hosting a 20th Anniversary Solemn Pontifical Requiem Mass for Ignatius Cardinal Kung, March 7 at 12 noon.
The Mass will be celebrated by His Eminence Raymond Leo Cardinal Burke.
Nick Botkins, Basilica Choir Master and Organist along with The Basilica Schola and the Dark Horse Consort will sing Victoria’s Missa pro Defunctis a 6 and motets by Morales, Palestrina, Lassus and Salamon.
Everyone is welcome to attend the Mass. Clergy attending the Mass please contact the Foundation. There will be a reception with Cardinal Burke in Msgr. Nagle Hall immediately after Mass. All are welcome!
About Ignatius Cardinal Kung
Ignatius Kung Pin-Mei, a simple Chinese-born Roman Catholic priest and first native-born Bishop of Shanghai, led his people to bear witness to Christ in the world. For his unflinching loyalty to the Pope, the Successor of St. Peter, he endured more than thirty years imprisonment at the hands of the Chinese Communist government. Throughout, Bishop Kung stood squarely to defend his position that he was a loyal citizen of his homeland. He loved China: he was born in China, grew up in China, and ministered as a priest and bishop in China; and it was in China that he hoped to die and be buried. His life of humble witness was not as an enemy of his homeland, but as a Chinese citizen who was also a faithful Roman Catholic, in communion with the Pope. His is the same claim as that of other witnesses to Christ throughout the life of the Roman Catholic Church: one can be both a faithful Catholic and a faithful citizen.
—Rev. Msgr. Stephen M. DiGiovanni, H.E.D.
(Cardinal Kung Foundation email: firstname.lastname@example.org.)