Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen
|Motto||Servus Mariae Nunquam Peribit|
|Founder||Bishop Francis Schuckardt|
|Type||Catholic priestly society|
The Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (also known as CMRI and the Fatima Crusaders) is a Catholic priestly society originating in the United States, founded in 1967. It offers the Tridentine Mass and preaches the traditional Catholic faith, rejecting the Second Vatican Council and upholds a sedevacantist position in regards to the Vatican II sect claimants to the Papacy. The society is known to promote a devotion to Our Lady of Fatima in particular and is dedicated to the Marian spirituality St. Louis de Montfort. Their headquarters is at Mount Saint Michael in Spokane, Washington.
Under their founder Bishop Francis Schuckardt, the organisation was somewhat controversial because of the erratic behaviour of this figure and the fact that he received his orders from the apostolic line of the Arnoldite Old Roman Catholic Church; though the CMRI has always expoused the traditional Catholic faith. Great efforts were made to clean up this situation and by 1984, the anti-Schuckardt faction gained control of the group. Since that time, along with the Society of St. Pius V (which itself derives from the Society of St. Pius X), they have been arguably the premier sedevacantist organisation in the country.
The present Superior General, Bishop Mark Pivarunas, derives his apostolic lineage through the line of Ngo Dinh Thuc, Archbishop of Huế in Vietnam. He was consecrated as a bishop by Bishop Moisés Carmona of Mexico in 1991. At present the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen serves 29 churches and chapels in the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The organisation is growing and now has centres in Europe, Argentina, Brazil and Mexico. It also operates the Mater Dei Seminary in Omaha, Nebraska, while the nuns attached to the congregation have a convent at Spokane.
|Bishop Francis Schuckardt||1967||1984||Founder of the Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen.|
|Father Denis Chicoine||1984||1989||Co-founder. With support of most of the membership, ousted Schuckardt.|
|Father Mark Pivarunas||1989||1991||Was an ally of Chicoine in the ousting of Schuckardt. Made a priest by Bishop George Musey earlier in 1985.|
|Father Casimir Puskorius||1991||1995||Remained with CMRI after reign.|
|Bishop Mark Pivarunas||1995||Incumbent||Made a Bishop in 1991 by Bishop Moisés Carmona of the Thuc line.|
St. Louis de Montfort.
|“|| If the SSPV held a low opinion of the CMRI, not only because of their origins with Shuckardt but also because of their continued association with Thục-line bishops, the CMRI also had a low opinion of the SSPV, although they are far too polite to air that opinion publicly. In all the years that they had endured Shuckardt's egotism as "the last Catholic bishop that we know of," and then their Herculean efforts to rid themselves of Shuckardt and his influence and clean up their act they never received even one kind word of encouragement from the SSPV.
It is hard to avoid seeing the stories of the SSPV and the CMRI as being very like the parable Jesus spoke about the man with two sons. The CMRI is so very like the prodigal son who wandered off in strange directions following that "rock-and-roll outlaw of Catholic traditionalism," Francis Shuckardt, but who came to himself in 1984 and then began the long journey back to the father. The SSPV is so very like the elder son who labored in the fields, never did any wrong (and to whom all the father's property will go), and yet who is envious that the father has welcomed back his prodigal brother. Thus exists one of the more painful divisions in the Church.
|— Griff Ruby, 2002, Resurrection of the Roman Catholic Church: A Guide to the Traditional Roman Catholic Movement.|
- "Chapter 9, Resurrection of the Roman Catholic Church: A Guide to the Traditional Roman Catholic Movement". Griff Ruby. Retrieved on 14 March 2012.
- Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen at CMRI.org
- Sermons at TraditionalCatholicSermons.org
- Mount Saint Michael: A Systematic Study by Fr. Daniel B. Ahern
- The First Stone by Fr. Anthony Cekada
- Work of Human Hands (Videos) by Fr. Anthony Cekada
- The Rest of the Story by Thomas A. Droleskey
- Thuc Issue No Longer Controversial by Fr. Martin Stepanich
- The Resurrection of the Roman Catholic Church by Griff Ruby