Bishop Athanasius Schneider – Oct. 26

The Charlotte Latin Mass Community (CLMC) and St. Ann parish have the distinct privilege of welcoming His Excellency, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C., the Auxiliary Bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan to St. Ann parish on Thursday October 26 at 7pm.  The event is the 2nd Annual Commemoration to Blessed Karl of Austria.

H.E. Bishop Athanasius Schneider, ORC

Solemn Pontifical Mass & Reception

Bishop Schneider will offer a special Solemn Pontifical Mass and during his sermon discuss the doctrine of the Kingship of Christ.  This Mass will be the first Pontifical Latin Mass in the Diocese of Charlotte in over 30 years.

Immediately after Mass, a light reception will be held in the St. Ann Allen Center where Bishop Schneider will offer some brief remarks about the Kingship of Christ and Blessed Karl.

Solemn Pontifical Mass
His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider, ORC
7:00pm, Thursday October 26
St. Ann Catholic Church
3635 Park Road
Charlotte, NC

Reception & brief remarks to follow in the St. Ann Msgr. Allen Center


Bishop Athanasius Schneider

Bishop Athanasius Schneider is one of foremost defenders of the Catholic faith in the Church today and a defender of the Holy Eucharist (he promotes reception on the tongue and kneeling).  Bishop Schneider is of German descent, but grew up in the Soviet Union and later moved to West Germany.

His experience under Soviet rule makes him uniquely qualified to discuss the Kingship of Christ – the purpose of the visit.   Lastly, of course, the Bishop is also a friend of the Traditional Latin Mass which he offers regularly.   To learn more about him you can visit this website:


What is a Pontifical Mass?

A Pontifical Mass is a Traditional Latin Mass offered by a Bishop or a Cardinal, and is one of the highest ranking Masses in the Church.  It contains its own rubrics and traditions.  You can learn more about it here:


Who is Blessed Karl?

Blessed Karl Habsburg I of Austria was the last Holy Roman Emperor, and the last Catholic King of Europe who reigned over the Austro-Hungarian Empire from 1916-1919. He had a deep love for the Eucharist and the Blessed Mother. Blessed Karl married Zita of Bourbon-Parma and they had eight children, the last one born two months after his death.

He inherited World War I from his predecessor, and strove unsuccessfully to make peace between the two sides to end the war and bloodshed.  He was known for his virtue and sanctity. After the war, the allied powers exiled him to the Portuguese Island of Madeira where he died in poverty in 1922.


In 1972 his tomb was opened and his body was found to be incorrupt.  He was beatified by St. John Paul II on October 3, 2004.  His feast day is October 21 – not the date of his death but the anniversary of his marriage.

Blessed Karl’s devotion to his wife Zita, and his virtuous leadership as King makes him a patron saint for marriage, and for leaders of governments.  His virtue as King made him an ideal example of a Christian leader called for by the doctrine of the Kingship of Christ.

To learn more about Blessed Karl, please visit his canonization cause website:

We recommend reading about Blessed Karl’s life and the connection his reign had with Our Lady of Fatima’s message:


The visit

This will be a historic visit and event for the CLMC, St. Ann parish, and the diocese. For more information please contact us.