History Of The Canons
Cardinal Raymond L. Burke, then Bishop of the Diocese of LaCrosse, established the Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem in the Diocese of La Crosse on June 22, 2002.
In the decree of erection, then-Bishop Burke noted the worthy celebration of the traditional Catholic liturgy as being at the heart of the spirituality and work of the CRNJ. The Canons Regular of the New Jerusalem seek perfection of the worship of God using the 1962 Liturgy in the celebration of the Mass in its historic Latin form, consistent, the Bishop noted, with his holiness Pope John Paul's Ecclesia Dei Adflicta of 1988.
Recognizing that the order professes vows of stability, conversion of life and obedience, and lives a common life according to the Rule of Saint Augustine,
His Eminence, Cardinal Burke, had established the CRNJ under his personal care and direction within his Diocese.
Original decree of erection from then-Bishop Burke:
Before moving to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, the Canons visited the local Charles Town, WV Saint James Parish several times as a community. The local pastor at the time invited them to celebrate the Traditional Latin Mass for the parish. The Canons later moved their residence to Charles Town in January of 2011, and began saying the Divine Office and Traditional Latin Mass in the former location of the St. James Parish church, now their Oratory chapel.
The Canons are now a public association of the faithful in the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston under His Excellency, Bishop Michael J. Bransfield, which came into effect on November 22, 2013.
On October 17th, 2015, with the gracious permission and in the presence of His Excellency, Bishop Bransfield, two of the Canons, Dom John Berchmans and Dom Alban, were ordained to the sacred priesthood of Jesus Christ by His Excellency, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C, auxiliary bishop of the Diocese of Astana in Kazakhstan.