July 20, 2019
On Saturday, October 19th, 2019, FSSP Dallas will host their 2nd Blessed Karl Symposium. The event follows on the great success of last year’s sold-out inaugural event and will be held at a much larger venue, the parish auditorium of St. Patrick Catholic Church in Dallas. An honored guest last year, Princess Maria-Anna Habsburg-Galitzine, granddaughter of Blessed Karl, will return again this year, and joining for the first time is Bishop Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan. On Sunday, Bishop Schneider will celebrate a Solemn Pontifical Mass at Mater Dei and install relics of Blessed Karl, which will make our Dallas parish an official Blessed Karl shrine!
Blessed Karl of Austria was the last emperor of the Austro-Hungarian empire. A voice for peace in the midst of the bloody conflict of World War I, he ascended to the throne in 1916 and was deposed and exiled to the island of Madeira in 1919. He, his wife Servant of God Empress Zita and their family lived there in poverty and he died from illness in 1922 at the age of 35. He was a man of great virtue and a model husband, father and monarch, and he was beatified by Pope St. John Paul II in 2004.
For more information and to buy your tickets, go to the event’s official website, www.blessedkarl.org.