Parishioners packed the pews for the last Mass of Father Edwin C. Dwyer, the priest removed for attempting to restore tradition at his parish.

Last Friday, the apostolic administrator of Saginaw Bishop Walter Hurley revoked Father Dwyer’s assignment as parochial administrator of Our Lady of Peace Parish in Bay City, Michigan.

The only charged levied against Father Dwyer was parish “division” caused by his modest efforts to increase reverence and beauty through the gradual introduction of traditional elements to just one of three Sunday Masses: placing candles on the altar, the use of incense, the ringing of sanctus bells during the Consecration, and reducing the amount of extraordinary Eucharistic ministers.

Father Dwyer’s sudden removal was met with outrage by Catholics of Saginaw Valley State University, where he was serving as chaplain. The chancery was inundated by hundreds of calls and emails from student and parishioner alike voicing their displeasure and concerns. The email for Bishop Hurley ended up deactivated.

Parishioners then organized a “Mass Flash Mob” for a mass attendance of his final Mass celebrated at Our Lady of Peace to show support for Father Dwyer and reverent Catholic Tradition.

Last Sunday at 10:30am, parishioners packed the pews at Our Lady of Peace, some even coming by organized bus. The choir loft was opened, folding chairs were filled, and eventually Mass was standing room only from the strong turnout in support for Father Dwyer. One parishioner commented that the attendance was “more than anyone could have ever expected” and “surpassed anything I have ever seen.”

During his homily, the overflow crowd burst into applause for Father Dwyer, who reminded them of their mutual admiration for Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI who spoke against applause during the Mass.

Father Dwyer kept his homily brief, referencing his viral Advent homily in which he laid out his goals, of which one was to “fill the church with crying babies.” While he thought it would take 3 – 6 years, he was joyfully surprised to see that goal realized sooner than expected with the church packed.

You can read the full statement from Father Dwyer prior to his last Mass below:

*****Regarding my assignments*******Dear Parish Family, I speak to you today in thanksgiving for the many blessings…

Posted by Pater Eddie Dwyer on Saturday, February 2, 2019

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  1. Another way of a liberal Bishop silencing a Holy conservative. But the nation is watching. If the Catholic Church survives it will only be due to conservative faithful Catholics (priests & laity). If it doesn’t it’s because Satan has been allowed to reign

      • This is NOT political it is religious and if a bishop will not walk in the footsteps of Jesus then he should resign his position as shepherd of the faithful.

        • That’s right. This is not political. It is our right to speak out. We ARE THE CHURCH AND IT IS OUR OBLIGATION. Bishop apparently is uncomfortable with holiness. Listening to jealous gossiper parishioners? Maybe they want things the old way? A shame that this bishop is acting like Fathet is doing horrible things and causing scandal. May Jesus touch his heart. May Jesus humble the bishop. May Jesus bless Father and may He use him in a mighty way. God bless him. God help this bishop.

      • You should be ashamed of youself Dustin Shane Merrill, if you cannot see what is happening to our Holy Mother Church by the likes of Hurley and Francis you are part of those wishing for us to all become a cafeteria style church where you pike and choose which of Gods Commandments you want to follow.

  2. My parish Mass attendance is shrinking as is our choir. Our choir director & his family have accepted a position in another parish, I’m told. As an extraordinary minister, I was taught that s priest in the church at the time of Mass should always replace an EM. – same as Ordained Priests, sisters and Deacons, & Seminarians. As far as “outsiders” being bused in to sing or attend Mass, how is that a problem & how do you define an outsider? WWJD?

  3. Our Lady has foretold this in her apparitions to various Saints and different recent apparitions. Satan is attacking the Church as always. His goal is always to separate us from Jesus’ true Church and His Eucharistic presence through discouragement. The best defeat we can hand him is become more faithful, more prayerful in this cosmic battle. The war is already won but until the dust of battle clears we must stay faithful so that at the end we will be standing under the standard of the King of Kings. Viva Christo Rey!

  4. “…placing candles on the altar, the use of incense, the ringing of sanctus bells during the Consecration, and reducing the amount of extraordinary Eucharistic ministers.”

    My parish has all of those things, and has for quite some time, and is one of the main reasons I registered there. Such reverence to our Lord! I had to leave my previous parish because the priest had two politicians, both abortion-loving ghouls (one a practicing Lesbian), as Eucharistic Ministers. Abortion wasn’t enough for one of these politicians. About 10 years ago she introduced a bill in the state legislature to decriminalize infanticide for 12 months AFTER birth. Pure evil. I would expect her to be excommunicated, not made a Eucharistic Minister.

  5. That’s very unfortunate and counterproductive for the growth of the faith. Why can’t the people of this parish send a complaint to the Holy Father regarding this Bishop’s decision and make an appeal for his re-instatement there as their parish priest. If people could complain about the misconduct of priests, why can’t they appeal to Rome for a review of this matter that would do more good than harm to the Catholic faithful?

  6. I hesitate to criticize Bishop Hurley without knowing his mind but it certainly sounds as if he’s bowing to mob pressure as did Lexington Bishop John Stowe in his condemnation of the Covington Catholic students and Detroit Archbishop Allen Vigneron in his public criticism of Rev. Don Laquesta for his funeral mass homily in Temperance, MI. It seems to me that, at far too many of the upper levels of our church, we have produced a bunch of cowardly politicians rather than the noble, courageous, and reverent Catholic men that we so very desperately need.

    • If they can have results to the bishop or diocese of that parish then write to the head Pope Francis so that all the evil priests will gone and bring back the good one.

    • Bishop Hurley helped cover up serial child sex abuse by a priest, Shirilla in Detroit. The Bishop was nothing wrong with it! He appears to be apostate!

  7. I live 20 miles from this church. There is more to the story than what is reported here. This makes for juicy news, but the media is making this out to be more than it is. And the conspiracy theorists are blowing this out of proportion.

    • So, let us know what the “real” story is, because from what we are reading, the Bishop is way off base. I don’t understand why individual churches cannot have mass (as long as it is within the correct liturgical framework) however they want, traditional or New Order. If I understand correctly, Fr. Dwyer only introduced the changes at 1 of 3 masses, so parishioners could pick and choose which mass to attend. How is this different from having 1 mass in English and another in Spanish or one mass with wine and one without. I believe it is called TOLERANCE and INCLUSIVENESS. I would love to know what the news is not reporting correctly.

  8. Well my Brother in Christ, I thank Almighty God that you have realized that the Mass is sacred and this new Mass really isn’t cracked up to be actually Holy. I use only the Traditional Latin Mass it is quite normal for Sanctus Bells and Incense along with candles on the Altar. And using the official language of the Church Latin is approved by all of the Vatican Councils. It might be time for them to read the Holy Father’s letter on the rites of the Latin Mass and the use of traditional rites, it might surprise them to know the Priest has the option as to what language he uses ECT. With the shortage of Priest’s my Br. in Christ you need a transfer to a Diocese that will appreciate and venerate the Holy Mass. You might also look at the Orthodox Church and the Old Catholic Church both have valid Rites and Priest’s.

  9. God bless and keep Father Dwyer strong in his faith. We definitely need more people praying the rosary (and those of us who are praying- to pray more and more often). God, please continue to bless those who need to be stronger in their faith and love of all children of God.

  10. Our Church in liberal North Coast of California uses all the tools in the Catholic toolbox! Altar has 8 candles; Tabernacle has 2; Statues of Blessed Mother and St Joseph have a candle each; incense is used regularly; Holy Water to bless the faithful is frequently used; we sing the Agnus Dei; we sing the Gloria; and in and on.
    Our priest is one of a few authorized to adjudicate annulments and is well loved in our Parish and supported by our Bishop.
    Seems to me there’s more to this story than what’s reported.

  11. How can this be done to a revenant holy Preist when the child molesters were treated like they had done ni wrong? And they wonder why Mass attendance is down! We long for tradition. This is wrong plain and simple. Where is the outcry from the church on abortion and infanticide? The leaders are turning liberal and worried about political correctness and climate change. Fearful of the future and thd future of our beloved Church !

  12. The mass was great and powerful. But when my wife and I, walked into the church 45 minutes early and there were over two hundred people in church on their knees saying the rosary together, for Fr. Eddie… It was one of the most moving things I have ever been a part of.

  13. This is uncalled for let father continue with the ministry elsewhere….such sins like sexual acts or abuses,homosexual etc must be dealt with

  14. The beginning of the end of traditional Catholicism was sealed with the infiltration of the Catholic Church Vatican II Ecumenical Council of the 1960s by Jews and Protestants who were involved in the “modernization” of the Catholic Church.
    Much Catholic ritual and doctrine was discarded or changed, in order to reflect the “age” that we live in, as well as the promotion of the absolution of the Jews for Jesus Christ’s crucifixion and death, despite vitriolic Jewish hatred of Jesus Christ and Christianity which exists to this day. The fact is, the Jews DID get the Romans to crucify Jesus Christ and DID accept full responsibility for the crucifixion and death of Jesus Christ. As is the case today, they got others (Pontius Pilate) to do their “dirty work” for them…
    Abandoning the use of Latin in the Mass destroyed its universality. Previous to Vatican II, one could attend Mass anywhere in the Roman Catholic world and understand the meaning of the Mass.
    Prohibition of the celebration of the Tridentine Mass (except by special ecclesiastical permission) pushed many Catholics away from the new Modern Mass and the New Church, in general. It took a brave Archbishop Lefebvre and the Society of St. Pius X to push back” against Vatican II and re-legitimize the celebration of the pre-Vatican II Tridentine Mass and other Catholic rites.
    In pre-Vatican II times, the priest (celebrant of the Mass) was considered to be a part of the congregation, and a representative of the people.
    By turning the priest around to face the congregation, the priest was no longer a representative, but an actor, diminishing his status and importance.
    One area where the Catholic Church could improve itself involves celibacy, which is NOT Church dogma or doctrine. Celibacy was put in place during the middle ages in order to keep Church property from being inherited by family and relatives of priests and bishops. Celibacy was based on purely financial considerations, nothing more. It is interesting to note that Episcopal (Anglican) priests who convert to Catholicism can bring their families with them to the Church while Roman Catholic priests are denied marriage.
    It was a grave mistake by the Church to de-legitimize pre-Vatican II principles.
    Fortunately, there are Catholic organizations that subscribe to pre-Vatican II principles, one being the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX).

  15. Bishop Hurley helped cover up serial child sex abuse by a priest, Shirilla in Detroit. The Bishop was nothing wrong with it! He appears to be apostate!

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