Blessed Karl & Suffering for Glory – October 2020

On October 21, 2020, on the feast of Blessed Karl (Charles) of Austria, the Charlotte Latin Mass Community organized a special votive Mass, and talk on the life of this great Catholic Emperor.

Fr. Joseph Matlak, administrator of St. Basil the Great Eastern Catholic Parish, and chaplain of Holy Trinity Middle School offered a special Traditional Latin Mass (Os Justi: Common of Confessors) at St. Ann parish in Charlotte.

October 21 was selected as Blessed Karl’s feast day as it is the date of his marriage to his beloved spouse Servant of God Empress Zita of Bourbon-Parma.

Photos Courtesy of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community

After Mass, Fr. Matlak, whose father’s Ukrainian ancestors lived in territories under Blessed Karl reign and whose mother hails from the island of Madeira, where Blessed Karl is interred, gave a talk focusing on Blessed Karl’s suffering.

The talk occurred weeks after Charlotte publisher TAN Books released a new book about Blessed Karl of Austria by Catholic author Charles Coulombe entitled: Blessed Charles of Austria: A Holy Emperor and His Legacy

The Charlotte Latin Mass Community maintains a devotion to Blessed Karl, and also commemorates the feast of this great Emperor and King to prepare the faithful for the great feast of Christ the King typically a few days later.

Please see the video of Father’s talk below, courtesy of Sensus Fidelium.


Blessed Emperor Charles official website

Association for the Beatification of Servant of God Empress Zita of Bourbon-Parma