Frequently Asked Questions

What does Regina Prophetarum mean?

Regina Prophetarum is Latin for “Queen of Prophets” and comes from the Litany of Loreto.

Who runs Regina Prophetarum?

Regina Prophetarum is a website created and maintained by Catholic laymen who record and publish sermons given by Catholic priests, with the permission of the priests

Who are the priests we hear preaching these sermons?

The priests you hear in the recordings on this website are Roman Catholic Priests, in good standing with their local ordinaries and Rome, incardinated with normal faculties and jurisdiction, and serving in North America. (NOTE: although all the sermons, conferences and presentations are delivered by priests, nevertheless some of the Saints Lives are by Religious Brothers and Seminarians)

These are priests who have taken to heart and made their own the words of Pope Pius XII given at the very start of his Pontificate in 1939 (cf. Summi Pontificatus):

7. Who among "the Soldiers of Christ" --ecclesiastic or layman-- does not feel himself incited and spurred on to a greater vigilance, to a more determined resistance, by the sight of the ever-increasing host of Christ's enemies; as he perceives the spokesman of these tendencies deny or in practice neglect the vivifying truths and the values inherent in belief in and in Christ; as he perceives them wantonly break the Tables of's Commandments to substitute other tables and other standards stripped of the ethical content of the Revelation on Sinai, standards in which the spirit of the Sermon on the Mount and of the Cross has no place?

19. As Vicar of Him Who in a decisive hour pronounced before the hightest earthly authority of that day the great words: "For this was I born, and for this came I into the world; that I should give testimony to the truth. Every one that is of the truth hearest My voice" (Saint John xviii, 37), We feel We owe no greater debt to Our office and to Our time than to testify to the truth with Apostolic firmness: "to give testimony to the truth." This duty necessarily entails the exposition and confutation of errors and human faults; for these must be made known before it is possible to tend and to heal them. "You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free" (Saint John viii. 32).

20. In the fulfillment of this, Our duty, we shall not let Ourselves be influenced by earthly considerations nor be held back by mistrust of opposition, by rebuffs or lack of appreciation of Our words, nor yet byfear of misconceptions and misinterpretations. We shall fulfill Our duty, animated ever with that paternal charity which, while it suffers from the evils which afflict Our children, at the same time points out to them the remedy; We shall strive to imitate the Divine Model of shepherds, Jesus, the Good Shepherd, Who is light as well as love: "Doing the truth in charity" (Ephesians iv.15)

Why are the priests not named?

We are purposely not providing names and places for at least three important reasons:

  1. The priests you hear are preaching before a congregation for whom they are responsible. In other words, they are known by those under their care. Their names have not been released here because they are only responsible for the particular flock in front of them, not those who listen in. Thus, a privilege is being granted to the world listener via the internet. Keep in mind privileges can easily be lost if they are not properly respected.
  2. Experience has shown time and time again that many people today, sad to say, when they do not like what they hear quickly resort to ad hominem attacks (this is readily seen in the blogosphere). They heap ridicule upon, blame or seek to discredit the messenger in any way possible rather than reflect on the message or do the needed research to verify the truth. If the listener does not like what he hears, no one is forcing him to listen. All he need do is hit the stop button and move on to something else more agreeable instead of adding to the problems of today by attacking the messenger.
  3. It is a LONG standing tradition in the Church for priests and religious to remain more or less self-effacing. It used to be that names were not always given to written works, and at times, even to published sermons. For example, The Imitation of Christ (second most famous of Catholic books after the Sacred Scriptures) has no author named but was only determined later to be from Thomas à Kempis. The author of the great late medieval work, The Cloud of Unknowing, is also anonymous. Today, however, when personality cults, celebrity priests, and Pentecostal prophets are so common that everyone wants to raise a personage up as a hero or a villain, it is almost a duty for the priest and religious to avoid falling into this trap. Besides the ill effects of these cults of personality on the priesthood are visible for all who have eyes to see.

Why was the title Regina Prophetarum (Queen of Prophets) chosen?

Preaching among men is said to follow the laws that govern the illumination of angels by one another. That is, the higher angels are illuminated from above by the Divine Light, Jesus Christ, and they in turn illuminate the angels below them. Similarly, the priest, spending much time in prayer and contemplation on Divine things, enters into the wonderful converse between the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. From thence it passes through the mind, heart, lips and even actions of the true apostle or prophet of Holy Mother Church to be received first by contemplative souls.

In these devout and dedicated souls the prophetic word then rebounds and inflamed by contact with them it can, by a series of cascades, reach the whole body of the faithful and overflow the entire world abundantly. Such is the goal of the prophets and apostles who have the Blessed Virgin as their Queen and Mother. Our model in this effort is St. John the Baptist, whose prophetic career began with the Visitation of the Blessed and ever Virgin Mary to her cousin, Elizabeth. Due to the stirring of the infant prophet in the womb of St. Elizabeth, the saving Word passed from him into his mother. St. John the Baptist was enlightened and moved by the holy converse between the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary. His stirring was his first sermon and it filled his mother with grace and the love of. From thence it went out unto the whole world even unto this very day.

Did not Elizabeth speak part of the Ave Maria… “Blessed art thou among women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb”? Did not the Blessed Virgin respond to her cousin with the Magnificat? It was also St. John that loosened the tongue of his father, St. Zachary, to pronounce his famous Benedictus Dominus Deus Israel. No wonder Our Lord said of St. John the Baptist: “he is more than a prophet.” We also see this same pattern in the Gospel of St. John where John the Baptist exclaims that he not the Christ but “the voice of one crying in the wilderness” (Jn. 1:23), and those who listen to his voice find the Christ and follow Him. “And the two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus” (1:37). And they in turn went out and found others to bring to Our Blessed Lord. The priests preaching these sermons strive to be another John the Baptist for these dark and trying times. Will you be the contemplative soul who receives the Word through their lips?

Am I allowed to copy these sermons and pass them along?

Since these words are meant to redound in the souls of the faithful and produce fruit, we encourage them to be copied and passed along. We do, however, insist on the following conditions:

  1. If you know the priests preaching these sermons, please do not identify them or overly stress their role in this process. We ask you to listen to the voice of one crying out in the wilderness but at the same time we also ask you to follow the Lamb of, Jesus Christ, wherever He goes.
  2. The priests ask for your prayers as they are not yet saved but like you are seeking to work out their own salvation. Thus, please offer three Hail Mary’s for them as you listen to the sermons so that they will be able to continue to present them without hindrance and without failing in faith, hope, and charity.
  3. Oftentimes the sermons and conferences presented here come from years of prayer, study, and reflection. The sermon, therefore, is a fruit or a leaf from this tree. With this in mind consider these words of St. Lydwine (15th century victim soul): “I am often forced by charity to distribute the leaves of my tree to my neighbors, but the root does not belong to them and should remain hidden in the ground; be content then with that leaf which I have given you of my own accord and do not ask for more” (St. Lydwine of Schiedam, Huysmans, p. 150). If the roots of a tree are unnecessarily exposed, the tree will eventually die. We ask, therefore, that you help us keep the roots hidden by not placing too much emphasis on the preacher rather than the truths being delivered by him.
  4. It would be a violation of’s laws (i.e., it would be the sin of simony and stealing) for anyone to make a financial profit from the copying and/or redistribution of these sermons.
  5. It would also be a violation of’s laws (i.e., lying) to edit these audio
  6. Relay these conditions to whomever you give these sermons.

Am I allowed to link to from my website, a blog, or internet forum?

Linking to a sermon is fine (please link to the sermon details page, not directly to the audio), but you may not mirror (copy the mp3 file and host it from your own web server) the sermon on another website. In other words, please direct all to the ReginaProphetarum website. Once again, we ask you not to lay much stress on the identity of the priests preaching these sermons.

Disclaimer: A note on the preparation and delivery of these sermons.

In their oath of fidelity, each of these priests promised, in part, to “preserve the Deposit of the Faith in its entirety, hand it on faithfully, and make it shine forth,” and “whatsoever teachings are contrary, I shall shun.” This has been a great motivator for them in the composing and delivering of the sermons placed under the patronage of Regina Prophetarum (the Queen of Prophets). Although they are happy to provide these sermons, they also humbly acknowledge their limitations by making the following disclaimers:

We are only as good as our footnotes. In these sermons, due to the limits of time in preaching and to avoid any awkwardness (these are sermons not classroom presentations), you will not find very many references mentioned. Nevertheless we often borrow material from various sources. In other words, we make no claims to originality of thought (which is usually what leads to heresy). We simply want to “preserve the Deposit of the Faith in its entirety, hand it on faithfully, and make it shine forth” while shunning “whatsoever teachings are contrary.” We have heard it said about preachers… “There are seven heresies in every sermon.” The reason for this saying is that the preacher, due to restrictions in time, is not able to explain every point to the degree that his varied listeners may need. Some understand with little explanation but others need more. Thus, some may misunderstand a point such that they walk away thinking something different than what was intended. This is why the preacher must rely on the graces of the Holy Ghost, as well as careful and precise wording and delivery. Nevertheless misunderstandings will occur. If something does not make sense at first, keep listening as it is usually clarified sooner or later. In any case, please know that we humbly submit all these sermons to the judgment of our Holy Mother, the Church. Thank you for listening with true humility.

“He must increase, but I must decrease” — John 3:30.