in Washington, DC
Prince Bertrand of Orleans-Braganza, the Prince Imperial of Brazil will speak at a reception following a 7:00 p.m. Solemn High Traditional Latin Mass at St. Mary’s Church honoring the feast day of Blessed Karl of Austria.
His Imperial and Royal Highness is a best-selling author, lawyer, pro-life leader, and prominent Catholic layman in the nation with the world’s largest Catholic population. In a rare visit to the United States, he will speak about principles of a Christian social order as seen in the life of Blessed Karl.
Prince Bertrand is a cousin of both Emperor Karl and Empress Zita: the three of them descend from the Second Patron of Christendom Restoration Society, King St. Louis IX of France, King St. Ferdinand of Castile, Queen St. Elizabeth of Portugal, and St. Nuno Alvares Pereira, the Lord High Constable of Portugal.
As brother of Prince Luiz, the head of the Imperial House of Brazil, Prince Bertrand would be next in line to the throne if the monarchy were to be restored. The Imperial Family was deposed by a military coup in 1889, after Prince Bertrand’s great-grandmother, Princess Isabel, while exercising the function of Regent of the Empire, granted emancipation to all slaves, at great personal risk. A process for her beatification has been opened by the Archdiocese of Rio de Janeiro.
Prince Bertrand is very active in the defense of life, the family and private property, speaking out on all issues concerning
Christian Civilization. He is founder and leader of the Peace in the Countryside campaign, promoting social harmony in
Brazilian agriculture. His book "Psicose Ambientalista" (Environmental Psychosis) has become a best-seller in Brazil.
Raymond de Souza, KM, global Catholic apologist and Christendom Restoration Society Board Member is Brazilian by birth, Catholic by grace and American by choice. He is the Special Missions Coordinator for Human Life International and regularly travels to countries in all continents to represent HLI to refute the culture of death and promote the Gospel of Life.
He is also the President of the Sacred Heart Institute in the United States; EWTN program Host (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_9vw70_mjh4); Knight of Magistral Grace of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta and Coordinator of the Blessed Karl von Habsburg Catholic Knights’ Network.
Raymond has distinguished himself as an international Catholic Pro-Life activist, Apologist, author and broadcaster. Fluent in English, Spanish, French and Portuguese and also having conversational ability in Italian and Afrikaans, he has given over 2,500 talks on issues of Pro-Life, Catholic Apologetics and related topics, in person, on radio and television. His work has assisted religious education programs at parishes, schools, and lay organizations in 15 countries of five continents. He has a syndicated weekly column on Catholic Apologetics in the national Catholic newspaper, the Wanderer. Please visit Mr. d Souza's web site at www.raymonddesouza.com
Daniela Petchik, Leader for Juventutem DC
SOLEMN HIGH TRADITIONAL LATIN MASS, 7:00 PM
ST. MARY MOTHER OF GOD CHURCH
Site of Shrine to Blessed Karl
The Rev. Alfred J. Harris, Pastor
727 Fifth Street, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown Station (Red, Yellow, Green lines)
Celebrant: Fr. James Bradley
Deacon: Fr. Jacob Straub
Subdeacon: Fr. Tyron Tomson
Homilist: Fr. Richard Mullins
St. Mary's Schola
Polyphonic choir: Musikanten, Kerry Krebill, director
VENERATION OF FIRST CLASS RELIC
RECEPTION AFTER MASS
740 5th Street, Washington, D.C. 20001
(across 5th Street from St. Mary’s)