Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius

Canons Regular of St. John Cantius

The coat of arms of the S.J.C.
Abbreviation S.J.C.
Motto Instaurare Sacra
Formation December 23, 1999 (1999-12-23)
Type Roman Catholic Clerical Institute of Consecrated Life
Headquarters St. John Cantius Church in Chicago
Fr. C. Frank Phillips, C.R.

The Canons Regular of Saint John Cantius (SJC) is a clerical Institute of Consecrated Life in the Catholic Church, founded in 1998 in the Archdiocese of Chicago as the Society of St. John Cantius (SSJC) by Fr. C. Frank Phillips, C.R., the pastor of St. John Cantius Church in Chicago. In 1999 Cardinal Francis George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago approved this Society as a public diocesan association. In 2006 it became the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius (SJC).


Like monks, canons regular live in community and are tied to one house, but like friars, they are not cloistered but do their work in the world. Currently the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius live in community under the Augustinian Rule in two houses, one at St. John Cantius in Chicago, the other in Volo, Illinois.

The motto of the institute is Instaurare Sacra (To Restore the Sacred).

The Canons celebrate the 1962 version of the Tridentine Mass in accordance with the authorization by Pope Benedict XVI's motu proprio Summorum Pontificum of 7 July 2007 for its use as the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite. Before 2007, they did so in accordance with the indult granted to diocesan bishops by the document Quattuor abhinc annos of 1984. In his motu proprio Ecclesia Dei of 1988, Pope John Paul II urged bishops to make generous use of the faculty granted to them by that document.

The Canons also celebrate Mass in what is now the ordinary form of the Roman Rite, the Mass of Paul VI, in both English and Latin. Their services are known for using traditional, largely Pre-Vatican II, music with both forms of the Mass.

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