Donald Sanborn

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His Most Reverend Excellency

Donald J. Sanborn
Traditionalist Catholic Bishop
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Portrait of Sanborn in 2018
ChurchSt. Gertrude the Great
Orders
Ordination29 June 1975
by Marcel Lefebvre
ConsecrationJune 2002
by Robert McKenna
Personal details
Born1950
New York
NationalityAmerican
DenominationTraditionalist Catholic, Sedevacantist
Alma materThe International Seminary of Saint Pius X, Econe, Switzerland
Donald Sanborn
Websitehttps://inveritateblog.com/
Ordination history of
Donald Sanborn
History
Priestly ordination
Ordained byMarcel Lefebvre
Date29 June 1975
PlaceThe International Seminary of Saint Pius X, Armanda, Michigan
Episcopal consecration
Consecrated byMost Rev. Robert McKenna O.P.
DateJune 2002

Donald J. Sanborn (born February 19, 1950) is an American traditionalist bishop, known for his traditionalist Catholic positions and advocacy of sedevacantism.[1] He currently serves as rector of the independent Most Holy Trinity Seminary in Brooksville, Florida.[2] He was ordained a priest in June 1975 as a member of the Society of Saint Pius X (SSPX). Canonical recognition of the SSPX had been controversially withdrawn by the local Roman Catholic bishop in May 1975, one month prior to Sanborn's ordination, and this move would later be upheld by the Vatican.[3] In 1983, he broke ties with the SSPX, and established the independent Blessed Sacrament Chapel in Martinez, California in 1984. He was consecrated a bishop by the traditionalist bishop Robert McKenna in 2002.[4]

Biography[edit]

Early years[edit]

Donald Sanborn was born into a Roman Catholic family in Flushing, Queens, New York.[5] There he attended Catholic elementary and high schools.[6] He became interested in the Catholic priesthood and entered the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception, but subsequently dropped out.[5]

Society of St. Pius X[edit]

Becoming increasingly dissatisfied with the effects of the reforms following the Second Vatican Council, he entered the traditionalist SSPX seminary in Ecône, Switzerland. He was ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in 1975.[7] By 1976 Sanborn was a member of the Society of St. Pius X celebrating the traditional Mass for Catholics on Long Island, New York, together with Father Clarence Kelly.[8][5][9]

St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary[edit]

1977 found Sanborn teaching at what was then called the SSPX's St. Joseph's House of Studies, in Armada, Michigan.[10] Later in 1977 he was appointed Rector of the Seminary.[11][12] He subsequently began earnestly searching for newer, larger premises in order to accommodate the growing number of seminarians. Sanborn launched a fundraising campaign and eventually succeeded in acquiring a former Jesuit retreat house; this would later be renamed St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary (still operating under the SSPX as of 2019).

The Nine[edit]

In 1983, he was one of nine American priests who broke ties with Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, accusing him of being insufficiently traditionalist.[13][14][15] Other priests in the group of nine included Anthony Cekada and Daniel Dolan.[16]

Most Holy Trinity Seminary[edit]

Sanborn founded the independent traditionalist Most Holy Trinity Seminary in Spring Lake, Florida in 1995, which in 2005 was relocated to Brooksville, Florida, and continues to serve as the Seminary's rector as of January 2019.[13][17][18][6][19] Most Holy Trinity Seminary is now one of the largest sedevacantist seminaries in the world,[citation needed] and Sanborn frequently travels to Europe and around the United States holding conferences promoting sedevacantism.[citation needed]

Sanborn has served as pastor of the independent Queen of All Saints Chapel in Brooksville, Florida.[18][20]

Episcopal consecration[edit]

The Roman Catholic bishop Robert McKenna OP consecrated Sanborn as a bishop in 2002.[2] On February 22, 2018, on the Feast of the See of St. Peter at Antioch, Sanborn consecrated Joseph Selway as a bishop, with Geert Stuyver from the Mater Boni Consilii Institute and Daniel Dolan assisting as co-consecrators.[21]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jarvis, Edward, Sede Vacante: the Life and Legacy of Archbishop Thục, Apocryphile Press, Berkeley CA, 2018, pp. 107-110, 143-144
  2. ^ a b Most Holy Trinity Seminary, website - http://www.mostholytrinityseminary.org/bpsanbornbio.html [accessed 29 November 2018]
  3. ^ SSPX website https://fsspx.org/en/roman-sanctions [accessed 8 January 2019]
  4. ^ Most Holy Trinity Seminary, website - http://www.mostholytrinityseminary.org/bpsanbornbio.html [accessed 29 November 2018]
  5. ^ a b c Buggs, Kenneth (9 November 1976). "Ultra traditionalist Catholics Back Suspended Prelate". New York Times. Retrieved 17 October 2018.
  6. ^ a b Despósito, Father Nicolás. "Most Holy Trinity Seminary-Bp.Sanborn Bio". www.mostholytrinityseminary.org. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  7. ^ Uhlenbrock, Robert W. "Most Rev. Donald J. Sanborn - Biographical Information | Traditional Latin Mass Resources". www.traditionalmass.org. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  8. ^ Lahart, Kevin (16 December 1976). "Where Disaffected Catholics Are Saying It Like It Was". Newsday. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  9. ^ Robinson, Angela (6 September 1976). "Outside the (church) law". Newsday.
  10. ^ Sterba, James (11 July 1977). "French Prelate Celebrates Latin Mass in Texas as He Defies Pope". New York Times. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  11. ^ Franklin, James (26 March 1980). "SUSPENDED FRENCH ARCHBISHOP ORDAINS A PRIEST". Boston Globe. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  12. ^ Hyer, Marjorie (30 July 1977). [Battling Catholic Church 'Modernism': In the view of many traditionalists, Vatican II has caused a host of church problems, ranging from the defection of large "Battling Catholic Church 'Modernism': In the view of many traditionalists, Vatican II has caused a host of church problems, ranging from the defection of large numbers"] Check |url= value (help). Washington Post. Retrieved 18 October 2018.
  13. ^ a b Liberto, Jennifer (18 August 2003). "Seminary wins planners' okay". St. Petersburg Times. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  14. ^ Sanborn, Donald (October 2007). "Most Holy Trinity Seminary Newsletter" (PDF).
  15. ^ "Season 2, Clerical Conversations, Episode 1: "The Nine," 30 Years On..." True Restoration. 2013-03-13. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  16. ^ Uhlenbrock, Robert W. "Letter of 'the Nine' to Abp. Marcel Lefebvre | Articles: 0 | Traditional Latin Mass Resources". www.traditionalmass.org. Retrieved 2016-12-16.
  17. ^ Bates, Michael (5 April 2007). "New Seminary Stirring Curiosity". Tampa Tribune. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  18. ^ a b Bates, Michael (22 April 2007). "A claim to 'true' Catholicism?". Hernando Today. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  19. ^ Despósito, Father Nicolás. "Most Holy Trinity Seminary-Presentation". mostholytrinityseminary.org. Retrieved 2016-12-17.
  20. ^ "Queen Of All Saints Chapel, Inc. in Brooksville, FL | Company Info & Reviews". Bizapedia.com. Retrieved 2019-01-05.
  21. ^ Jarvis, Edward, Sede Vacante: the Life and Legacy of Archbishop Thục, Apocryphile Press, Berkeley CA, 2018, pp. 107-110, 143-144