This first volume of the four volumes in the Letters from the Rector series includes then Father Williamson’s letters numbers 1 through 62, which he penned between May 24, 1983, and June 1, 1988, while leading the seminary in Ridgefield. The letters cover the events of early 1983, well known in some traditional Catholic circles, to the period just prior to the 1988 episcopal consecrations by Archbishop Lefebvre. Includes a detailed index to the volume’s contents.
The author is widely known, and both loved and hated (as the case may be) for his controversial and “radical” (i.e., going to the “root” of the issue) opinions on matters both secular and religious, from 9-11 to World War II to modern film to suburban living to feminine dress and more. The bulk and essence of his opinions are captured in the letters “to friends and benefactors” ‒ including those featured in this volume ‒ that he wrote during his two decades of service at the helm of the Ridgefield and Winona seminaries, and which were succeeded in 2007 by his still-running weekly commentary entitled “Eleison Comments,” currently curated by the St. Marcel Initiative (and available here) with the collaboration of the Bishop’s long-time friend, confidant, and now biographer, Dr. David Allen White.