About Me

I believe that the traditional Tridentine Mass, the Mass of the Saints, is the most reverend and holy and will lead more souls to heaven. I also believe that a rural life is more conducive not only toward this heavenly goal but also to a more satisfying and fulfilling life. After all Christ came at a time when the world was agrarian and the Church calender is based on an agrarian cycle.

Richard F. McCormack, former Chapter Leader of the Ridgefield, CT chapter of the League of the Kingship of Christ and the Holy Name Society is a popular traditional keynote speaker, writer and former teacher and administrator at St. Padre Pio, a traditional Catholic school, also in Ridgefield, Connecticut. He speaks on a variety of issues and topics of vital interest to traditional Catholics including: economics, current affairs, globalism and the New World Order, and traditional Catholic spirituality. His influential PowerPointÒ presentations are imaginative and entertaining while simultaneously maintaining the serious nature of the topics at hand.

He cut his teeth in Catholic activism as the Editor-in-Chief of the Holy Name Newsletter that originated from the Chapel of Christ the King in Connecticut, which had wide circulation throughout the Northeastern United States. He also has had articles published in The Angelus and Catholic Family News.

Mr. McCormack is a devoted fan of G. K. Chesterton, Hilaire Belloc, Lt. John Sharp, Dr. Peter Chojnowski, His Excellency Richard N. Williamson, SSPX, and other prominent Catholic activists of both the past and present, with the result that he believes that the answer to today’s complex social and economic problems lies in the return of society to Catholic teachings and values. To this end he is the owner moderator of Catholic Rural Solutions Yahoo Group, which advocates the return of fathers to traditional roles and occupations in or near the home, and stay-at-home moms, whose chief and blessed occupation should always remain the nurturing, forming, and stable anchor of the family. Mr. McCormack is a big promoter of traditional Catholic homeschooling, most especially in view of the godless contemporary indoctrination that passes itself off as education.

Mr. McCormack has in past shared the podium with other prominent Catholic speakers such as: Mr. John Vennari, Editor of CFN; Mr. Tom Gabriele, popular circuit speaker on traditional Catholic issues; Mrs. Colleen Hammond, noted author on Catholic women’s topics; and Dr. Tom Droleskey, another distinguished traditional Catholic author and speaker.

Mr. McCormack is available for speaking engagements to all traditional Catholic venues and groups, (though not always in his clan kilt) and can be reached at rfmcc@juno.com.

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18 Responses to About Me

  1. John Stephens says:

    Do you have any contact information on Catholic Rural Communities in the Midwest? I currently live in a suburb of Chicago and would like to find a catholic community that lives like the Amish do, but that is Catholic. If you could send me websites, phones numbers or other contact information I would appreciate it.

    Sincerely,
    John Stephens

    • Good Morning John,

      While there are several “communities” none are set up like a commune, which is what I infer from your comment. There are Mass Centers that have thriving communities in the traditional Catholic chapels under the auspices of the SSPX, such as St. Mary’s, KS, and others in Idaho and New York State. These communities are loose knit communities that are brought together by the Mass and Sacraments in the Tridentine Rite.

      I don’t know of any specific “commune” type communities but I’ve seen various adverts online in forums and also in the Catholic Family News from time to time.

      I think that a community like St. Mary’s, KS is a starting point and may actually be to your liking. It provides the Catholic Sacraments, society, and culture, yet preserves independence while fostering fellowship among your coreligionist.

      I hope this helps but maybe meantime some of the readers of CRS might have other suggestions.

      Richard of Danbury

    • CaseyAnn says:

      Mr. Stephens,

      I wonder if you have had any luck? I won’t say much here because I value privacy, but if you (or any other traditional Catholics reading this, including Canadians) are interested in discussing this, email me at caseytkr@gmail.com.

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  3. John,
    I know you posted this question almost a year ago, but if you found any Catholic communities in the Midwest could you pass along information? My husband and I are interested in forming or joining a community – we live in Grand Rapids, MI. We know several other Catholic families/couples in the area who would be very interested, as well. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks!
    Whitney

  4. Whitney,

    Many thanks for your comment reply and once again I would say that the best place to start looking for a Catholic Rural Community is in St. Mary’s, KS. Here is a solid, in place small town that is thoroughly Catholic to the core. This town is geared to real Catholic living as most of the businesses are small family operated and cater to Catholics. The town has Catholic schools and even a University. Why! It even has its own Catholic radio station. Most people there own there homes and farmsteads individually but some have bought land communally and then have agreements much like the sub-division agreements in secular communities. These sub-division agreements serve to maintain the Catholic identity of the sub-division. While you may not want to uproot from our present area it would be a good idea to visit St. Mary’s KS just to get an idea of what your own Catholic community might eventually become. St. Mary’s is an ideal objective on which to measure your own ideas of a Catholic Community. Additionally, I would take out an advertisement in thoroughly Catholic newspapers, like the Catholic Family News seeking others of like mind.

    Meantime, I read with interest your blog and I would like to wish a sincere and heartfelt congratulations on your first born. It is a wonderful thing to nurture a new soul given to your care by God. I also read that you are an environmentalist and believe in sustainable living. Be very circumspect in the use of these terms as they have become a buzzword of the radical green revolution and imply a state of big brother to many, most especially Catholics. Remember, God put us in His green earth as stewards and we will be called to account for our use of its resources, its true, but we must always view it from this perspective and this perspective only. The worldly use of environmentalism and sustainable living puts man in subordination to nature and not vice-versa. It is better to call what you do and believe as stewards of God’s Earth and your effort to live in harmony with the land as a Catholic Land Movement. This will keep your efforts God centered, unlike the secular terms of environmentalist or sustainable living which have definitive meaning under the U.N.’s Agenda 21. This United Nations concept goes completely against the God centered ideals of the Catholic Land Movement, stewardship of the land, and Distributism.

    I hope this will help in your quest to find a solid Catholic community and wish all God’s blessings on the birth of your child, with many, many more to come.

    Richard of Danbury

  5. JTG says:

    I have tried several times to subscribe to your blog but to no avail. I am going to try this route. Hope it works

  6. Hello, I recently found your Word Press site. I support a “retreat from the cities” movement called the American Redoubt http://charlescarrollsociety.com/american-redoubt/. It is a bit more focus on the survival angle of the continuing uncertain times. I’ve just learned about the Catholic Land Movement and that seems to fit perfectly I wrote about it here http://charlescarrollsociety.com/2012/12/10/catholic-land-movement/: Do you work with Kevin Ford at all? I should add your site to that posting. Actually my wife are currently here in Idaho / Washington area on our land finalizing our site plan. Hopefully if we can get some shopping done (they lost our bags and we have what is on our back and what we carried on) now and we will be attending the FSSP Saint Joan of Arc in Coeur d’Alene Idaho. Do you have a “strong” feeling between the FSSP and the SSPX? Great site, may the Blessed Lord continue to Bless you and yours.

  7. jon of Ishii says:

    Hello Richard of Danbury,
    I stumbled upon your blog-nice place. I have a few questions which I hope you have time to address. In my quest for understanding, I have read widely. Unfortunately, while I understand things more than I used to, I still don’t have THE ANSWER. I got the simple idea that perhaps the Church has the answer. As a Catholic I should just follow that. One Church answer is this Back to the Land Movement as decribed by Belloc, Chesterton, McNabb and others. I see what they are saying and I agree with them. So I quit my job, buy a farm and start growing my own. With God’s blessing, I might be able to feed my family, but I don’t expect them to run around in animal skins. We would have to buy clothing. That would require money and a trip to the store in a car on a government-paved road. And this is where things become confusing. In my effort to be a good Catholic, I renounce our current societal model-but in the end I need things in that society. I need cloth. I need cash to buy it. I need the store and the means to get there. If I need all those things, isn’t it dichotomous to say no and then turn around and use the things that are a product of that “bad”system? And then there are the kids. My mother thinks her grandson is smart. If so, he might want to be a doctor or other non-agrarian. So I send him to college and on into that “bad” society. What’s the point? Things become further complex because I happen to live in Japan. There are some here who are concerned about a conflict between Japan and China. Currently Japan is protected by the American military, but if push came to shove and for some reason America decided not to protect Japan, and to leave it to China, then I would presumably pack up and take my kids to the continental 48, trusting that surely the military will protect that. But then I get into a mafioso situation. I go there because I need the military’s protection. So, then I have to support the military establishment. Once again, I end up needing the things that modern society has produced- how then can I renounce such a society? Lots of issues here. Can you kindly comment?

    • Jon of Ishii
      Many thanks for your well thought-out, formulated, and presumably sincere observations and comments; let me first apologies for not responding sooner to this post, but this remodeling project has taken up most of my time of late.
      You are absolutely correct in that we are dealing with a very, very imperfect world. A world where the Social Reign of Christ the King has been replaced by materialism and consumerism, both quite empty objectives, I might add, devoid of any salvific value. Rather than reinvent the wheel, so to speak, let me quote from Fr. Denis Fahey, CSSp. (R.I.P.) in his writing from The Kingship of Christ and the Conversion of the Jewish Nation, pp. 32 and 33:
      “…the Divine plan for order in our fallen and redeemed world comprises, primarily, the supernatural social organism of the Catholic Church, and then, secondarily, the temporal or natural social order resulting from the influence of Catholic doctrine on politics and economics and from the embodiment of that influence in social institutions. From the birth of the Catholic Church on Calvary and the solemn promulgation of her mission at the first Pentecost, the Kingdom of God in its essence has been present in the world. As a result of the gradual acceptance of the role of the Church by the Temporal Representatives of Christ the King, the social institutions of States and nations became deeply permeated with the influence of the supernatural life of Christ. Then, and only then, could the Kingdom of God in its integrity or the rule of Christ the King in its integrity, be said to exist. The Kingdom of God or the rule of Christ the King is present in its integrity only in so far as the whole social life of States, political and economic, is permeated with the influence of the Church. To put it in other terms, Christ fully reigns only when the programme for which He died is accepted as the one true way to peace and order in the world, and the social structures in harmony with it are evolved. ”
      Thus it can be seen; by each of us working with the talents God gave us we could affect the fulfillment of this restoration of all things in Christ in our own spheres of influence. So, a return to the land, and all it entails, could be one way, us little guys, could promote a more Catholic Society and the integrity of the Kingdom of God. By all it entails could mean becoming tradesmen working out of own homesteads, i.e. plumbers, electricians, etc. where we could be close to our families, as God intended. Yes, while we might have one very talented and bright child who potentially could be a fine doctor or lawyer, (and truly Catholic doctors and lawyers are sorely needed), we must weigh whether the risk of sending a child into our colleges and universities, as the dens of iniquity they are presently, is a fair trade off for the potential loss of their souls. After all, better a brilliant carpenter, then a doctor who has lost his Faith through our currently corrupt higher education system.
      In short, we must use the imperfect structures of society we now have to achieve the Social Reign of Christ the King, converting them along the way to become truly Catholic structures for the salvation of souls. We must also, through deep prayer and deliberate thought discern the right way to fulfill the Will of God not only for our own individual and family lives but for the attainment of a new restoration of a Catholic Social Order.
      Richard of Danbury

    • Re the comment: “I go there because I need the military’s protection. So, then I have to support the military establishment. Once again, I end up needing the things that modern society has produced- how then can I renounce such a society?”
      Reply
      We place our trust in God first. Many Catholics and other Christians are actively persecuted in China and the Middle East. They learn to survive in adversarial situations that can change at any moment. Martyrdom is always a possibility as it was in the Early Church. So we pray, trust God to guide us, and trust His Holy Will for our lives.

  8. jon of Ishii says:

    Richard,
    Thank you for your reply. My inquiry was, I assure you, most sincere. I have been soul-searching for quite some time. Simply put, we must do our part, where God has placed us, with the talents that God has given us, to effect the Kingdom of God in our locale here on Earth. As for our kids, we must raise them well, in The Faith, and learn to correctly evaluate “wordly success” as against our true goal, “other-worldly success”. Got it.
    One last problem, which I expect you don’t have the answer to, but which some of your readers may be able to comment. I said that I live in Japan. Because of our “dual nationality” status, if the SHTF here, we could always take the kids and escape to the US of A. But I read that things in the US of A- they are a changin’- and not necessarily for the better. Indeed, it sometimes seems that the SHTF scenario might happen there- not here. In which case, I am left wondering, did God plant me here to rescue my family (by taking them to America) or to be rescued (i.e. by keeping them out of America). (Note that I AM American, in love with the idea of America, but also Catholic, in love with that as well, and I just happen to live overseas). Comments from similar long-term expats welcome.

  9. jon of Ishii says:

    To Plain Catholic,
    Yes, of course we trust in God to take care of us. Now here is the but. I am reminded (and I am not meaning to be funny) of the story of the guy caught in a flood. First the police came by evacuating people. Our hero refused them saying, “God will save me”. Then, as the waters rose and our hero moved to his 2nd floor some national guard rescuers came by by boat. Again he refused them saying “God will save me”. The waters continue to rise and our hero moves to his rooftop. An army helicopter comes by offering help. For the third time our hero refuses. Finally, the waters engulf our hero and he drowns. Up at the pearly gates he asks Peter, “Why didn’t you guys rescue me?” Peter replies, “We sent the police, the national guard and the army, what more did you want?”
    Now our hero did not recognize God in his three rescuers. That was his mistake.
    I live in a foreign country and, although I have been here a long time, I do not renounce my nationality. I believe that God bore me in America for some reason. So, I hold onto my nationality. Now, if the Chinese Reds or the North Koreans attack and overrun Japan, my nationality and the dual nationality of my kids allows me to use that to “rescue” my kids by moving them to America. As a parent, I would first move my kids to “safer ground”- before we start talking of martyrdom. That ground is safer in part because of the military. Thus, by moving there, we acknowledge the importance, or perhaps necessity, of a strong military to protect our lives and liferstyles. Thus we then have to support the societal structures that produced that protective military.

  10. Platitudes and stories are always nice and one can be found to support any position. Hence we are obligated to turn time and again to the teaching of the Catholic Church to separate out the platitudes from the core teaching of Catholic spirituality. This is why we say:
    “We place our trust in God first. Many Catholics and other Christians are actively persecuted in China and the Middle East. They learn to survive in adversarial situations that can change at any moment. Martyrdom is always a possibility as it was in the Early Church. So we pray, trust God to guide us, and trust His Holy Will for our lives.”

    The Catechism has excellent teaching on how to live the faith in adversarial situations and the directive to trust God. The teaching might not always sit well with the fear some people have but it is a compass to help us know in WHOM we are to place our trust.

  11. Philip says:

    Dear Sir,
    I wrote you many years back…perhaps 3 to 5 years or so. I have been really busy since that time, but have always remembered your work here on this blog. I am glad to see this is still up-to-date.
    Thank you for being a forerunner. It is a great example to us young adults who are looking to start living the rural life already.

  12. Beverly says:

    Dear Mr. McCormack,
    I am looking for a place in which to retire in a rural area in Michigan. It must be a location from which I would not have to drive too far to attend a traditional Latin Mass. Also, a private place in which I can board a horse, and near a horse boarding stable in case I would decide to opt for that. I couldn’t believe it when I found you online. I didn’t realize anyone else wanted to live the lifestyle that I do. I don’t know anyone who’s looking for this sort of life other than myself! Animals, trees, Open Spaces, traditional Latin Masses, and privacy are what I seek. Any help you may be able to offer would be most appreciated.

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