On the 16th of July, 1994, the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, the community of the Servi Jesu et Mariae was recognised by the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei as a Congregation of Pontifical Right. The whole community was gathered in Rome for the solemn reception of the Establishment Decree. It was at this occasion that Fr. Hönisch was officially appointed as the first General Superior. During the festive thanksgiving Mass, the members made their final vows - that until this point had only had a private character - in the presence of their now ecclesiastically approved Superior.