VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP)

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Priestly Fraternity of St Peter

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter is a Clerical Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical right, that is, a community of Roman Catholic priests who do not take religious vows, but who work together for a common mission in the world. The mission of the Fraternity is two-fold: first, the formation and sanctification of priests in the cadre of the traditional liturgy of the Roman rite, and secondly, the pastoral deployment of the priests in the service of the Church.

The Fraternity was founded on July 18, 1988 at the Abbey of Hauterive (Switzerland) by a dozen priests and a score of seminarians. Shortly after the Fraternity’s foundation and following upon a request by Cardinal Ratzinger, Bishop Joseph Stimpfle of Augsburg, Germany granted the Fraternity a home in Wigratzbad, a Marian shrine in Bavaria that now lodges the Fraternity’s European seminary. In the same month of October there arrived a handful of priests and some thirty seminarians ready to start “from scratch”. There are currently almost 200 priests and 110 seminarians in the Fraternity.

A website has been specifically prepared for Vocations to the FSSP.

Brief history
• 18 July 1988: Founded as a clerical society of apostolic life
• Liturgical books used: Roman Missal, Ritual, Pontifical, Martyrology and Breviary in force in 1962
• July 1988: Private audiences with Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Ratzinger
• 18 October 1988: Erected as an institute of pontifical right by the Holy See
• Easter 1990: Cardinal Ratzinger visits the motherhouse (in Wigratzbad, Bavaria) and offers Mass in the Traditional rite
• 1995: first personal parish entrusted to the FSSP
• 12 September 1999: Pope John Paul II blesses the corner stones and crucifixes for the two new FSSP seminaries in Europe and in America
• 8 October 1999; 20 October 2001: the Superior General delivers an address at the Synods of Bishops in Rome
• December 2000; June 2002; June 2005; May 2008: Cardinal Castrillon-Hoyos, President of the Ecclesia Dei Commission and Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, comes to bless the new Saint Peter Seminary and to ordain FSSP priests
• 29 June 2003: Definitive approval of the Constitutions by the Holy See
• 22 February 2007: Foundation of the Confraternity of Saint Peter, a society which gathers those who are attached to the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter and who wish to support its charism through prayers and sacrifices
• March 2008: The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter is granted a personal parish in Rome


• Total: 347
• Priests (including associated
and postulating priests): 208
• Deacons: 11
• Non-deacons seminarians
(including postulants): 128

• Average age of members: 37 years
• Deceased members: 4
• Nationalities: 26


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5 Responses to VOCATIONS TUESDAY: Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP)

  1. ugoh marcellinus chigozie says:

    Vocation Director, Dear Rev./ Fr. APPLICATION FOR ADMISSION I humbly wish to apply for admission in your congregation, I am Ugoh Marcellinus Chigozie, a first year lay-student of Dominican Institute of Philosophy Ibadan Nigeria . I am from Ahiara Diocese Mbaise in Imo State Nigeria , An ardent Catholic with a good Catholic Faith background. Please fr. it will please me if you help me to nurture and answer this call by giving me admission in your congregation. I promise to be faithful to all the rules and regulations that are guiding your congregation and Catholic Church as a whole. I am looking forward to hear from you, Thanks. Yours Faithfully Ugoh Marcellinus Chigozie.

  2. Vocation to the Sacred Catholic priesthood is a gift which we ought to nuture and cherish with care and love. The priesthood is a an ternal love which God inacranated in mere man as a CONTINUUM of His infinite love, sanctification and mercy through visible signs and symbols, forms amd matters of ending sacramentality of DIVINE PRESENCE to humanity, and for ever. Ipso facto,
    all hands ought to be on desk, all knells on the kneeler, all positive supports and constructive advice to help candidates for the preisthood grow in a holistic and integral formation which is not only in the Semainary walls but outside in season and out of season. Whether we are diocesan or religious priest, the L.C.M and the H.C.F is that the denominator from take its root from CHRIST who is the ETERNAL HIGH PRIEST and model of priestly sacrifices and joy of the priesthood itself. Let us pray that the Lord of the vineyard will continue to send labourers into his vineyard. For us priests and seminarians, let us know that Christ is the priest in us, therefore we are not just ALTER CHRISTI but IPSE CHRISTI. Indeed, it is vocation not a profession any any form of business. Total care and carefulness is a must on our part so that all we strive for is sanctification of ourselves in the priesthood whether in the patish, school, university or seminary; sanctification of others through what we are doing and santification of what we are doing properly. This will of course take its root in obedience from whereever the Bishop assigns us to work and not where we decided or chooses to work that the Bishop only need to be inform afterward, NO. The posting must be from the Bishop or our superior for the religious priests. This should also be applied to religious women who normally profess the vow of OBEDIENCE, CHASTITY and POVERTY. The priestly life without fraternity lacks a necessary ingrediennce of priestly joy and service. Let us all, priests, religious, and lay faithfuls as christians always be another CHRIST to all ant to those apsiring to the Sacred Catholic priesthood. AD MAYORM DEI GLORIAM.


    My beloved brother priests-in-the-making welcome back our home after this year’s unique denary apostolic work. Oh what a nice and wonderful innovation of spiritual rejuvenation to our people, for some in their home parishes while others parishes very much near to their home town. “No prophet is regarded in his home town” but now with the spiritual wave movement in our diocese prophets are now are carried with utmost dignities in their home town. This is only obtainable when we reflect our priestly and Christ-like life vis-à-vis freedom as a gift from God, detachment and the promise of “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God” Matt 5:8.
    According to San Josemaría we learnt that our human nature is very much appreciated when we are free in relating with God as to voice out our nothingness before him like St. Peter, “Lord depart from me for I am a sinful man” (Lk.5:8). Freedom as a gift, prompted St. Josemaría to say: “Lord, do not depart from me, for without you I can do no good at all” . God is freedom himself, when we accept freedom we are always happy. In freedom the will of the Father is ever completed and consummated. It is in view of this that Jesus was happy to submit to the will and freedom of God of choosing to die on the cross having received very many scourges, sufferings and insults from humanity for the salvation of man. Freedom is truth, divine, heavenly, celestially compensational when it is geared or directed towards good and away from selfish love. Therefore, Christ demands from us, seminarians (future priests) a voluntary act of personal freedom which is a gateway to truthful life. The immense treasure and special birth right of Christianity is determined by the daily renewal of our lives in freedom as seen by San Josemaría. Very many who are in search of freedom and self surrender reads and takes literally the words of the Bible to satisfy their egocentric notions; they try to put outside the obvious truth that following Christ involves suffering, cross and hardship. We find meaning in our daily struggling in nature when we appreciate the perfect coincidence of God’s plan with our freedom. Therefore, love of God is a treasure of dignity and nobility of human beings. If our freedom as a seminarian lacks love, we enter into arid spiritual aridity, but with great sacrifice we are ever young in spirit. This youthful spirit of love finds meaning in freedom of consciousness only when it avoids licentiousness. Ipso facto, man as a free slave of God is obliged to worship God because he is the master of his own destiny, good or bad as it may be, for man is the sole origin of his sinful will. Furthermore, rationality is a free gift to man, hence his essence is found in that. When he works in evil, he is contradicting his natural gift. It is only by man’s free use of his intelligence that he fulfills the noble task of his dependence to God. In view of this, our divine filiations make us slaves of Love, which is God himself. This is freedom only in sincere service to others, by which we are inseparable from and with Christ. In the search or adventure of sincere freedom we reveal our personality and love. Sin has no anonymous doer. God do not force or impose us to adore him. Truth, justice and goodness found its fullness in love of God which our faith without burden of limitation feeds from true religion. Therefore, the object and fullness of freedom is in eternal love, God himself.
    The saint sees the need of detachment as a necessary way of understanding better the redemptive way in Christ’s voluntary acceptance to die for all. During Lent the Mother Church reminds us of our nothingness and insignificance before the Lord, yet at the same time shows us God’s magnificence and how He divinized us and we became identified with Christ in his sufferings. The saint made us to understand that the infinite harmony and immeasurable mystery of God is enveloped in the kenosis of Christ. Our human nature cannot boast of anything good except that which comes from God, which we are mere bearers. Therefore, we ought to be careful in the use of our gifts from God. Hence, we should always avoid selfish and vanities in our daily lives. Imitation of Christ is prominent in detachment. In total surrender we understand easily that our sinful nature is able to change, to saintly nature through life of continence. According to him, he juxtaposed Christian self-control with the detached and ascetic life of Christ while on earth. Christ was and is still the example par excellence of abject poverty, from birth when he slept on the straw in the manger. He had nothing to eat but depended on what nature can provide at a point in time from the earth or the sea; so it ought to be for us seminarians. At his death Christ was buried in a borrowed tomb. We can understand that the life of self control which Jesus demands from us is on total trust and dependence on divine Providence. San Josemaría talking about himself never gave any credit to himself but believed in divine Providence. By this God becomes the “generous paymaster”, for He does not dwell in the heart which has empty love. By being in the world as seminarian but more so as Christians performing our ordinary work, we sanctify our work in life, sanctify ourselves and help others sanctify themselves. Furthermore, for Josemaría detachment implies being clean in appearance, in attire, and above all clean in the soul, hence it is self-dominion. In fact it is moderation with naturalness. The spirit of mortification and detachment helps us to value the gifts of nature around us. God loves voluntary mortifications for it increases our virtue and helps us to fight temptations when they come over us. To help us detach from our various “idols” we ought to seek and consult our spiritual directors. But there is attachment which we may not give up, that is deep love for others for Christ’s sake. When we are sincerely detached of things, the result is absolutely being a cheerful and generous giver to God and to humanity, which arises from true mortification and identification with Christ.
    As seminarians and priests with true mortification and identification with Christ we are blessed with purity hence shall see God (cfr. Matt. 5:8). This means that our constant union with Christ transforms us into being immaculate. Hence the virtue of holy purity is a touchstone of apostolic soul and zeal. This is like a preservative in our Christian life, which helps us to see God. Chastity or purity is a “divine magnet” that draws or attracts others to itself. Christ used this in his divine mission and apostolate every day and everywhere, so also we ought to do same being specially called by him not that we are better off than our brothers and sisters. Chastity is to be maintained always everywhere and in the celibate life, single and married lives only if our will-power is united to the will of God, hence having the self-mastery over our flesh or instinctive desires. Our body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, hence should be kept pure, for purity is Love. Purity consists of the whole human person, therefore it departs from the heart or mind as to govern the whole system. For some, to talk about chastity is very absurd, impracticable and out of place in this modern time, hence it is a laughing stock when one talks about it. The author likened the life of chastity with mineral kingdom, vegetable kingdom, animal kingdom and hominal kingdom which is made of human beings with intelligence. In this hominal kingdom, man ought to use his reason to climb to the spiritual ideal by being master of his or her sexual impulse. Therefore, purity is possible only when we are in sincere friendship with God. Nevertheless, it is a life time struggle against the weak inclination of the flesh but with prudence we seek God’s assistance through Mary’s intercession. If we avoid occasions of sin, through humility we shall be putting the devil to shame because we cannot attain spiritual progress if we are corrupted by the lust of concupiscence of the flesh.
    Let us go to the Sacrament of Confession for constant rejuvenation, this needs also constant habit of mortification as to be in union with Love of Loves. Man is an image of Love, when this true Love is lacking, he moves towards sensual, insensitive and sentimental love which makes him a “spiritual vacuum”. Chastity is practiced in human love, transmitted through thoughts, words and actions; hence we easily see and read them from the Song of Songs and some mystical writers like St. Theresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, etc. According to the Saint, the means to conquer our sensual desire is found in modesty, fear of shame and avoiding unnecessary things no matter how minute they are, if they are contrary to our Christian apostolate which is ever faith in action and charity. For him, Faith, Vocation and Purity fill us with happiness in life and lead us to eternity with God, when we are faithful with them. Therefore, we should always with fierce sincerity of faith fight the dumb devil in our lives. This dumbness many a time is found in the deformed conscience, so clarity and simplicity can help us in that. We also needed prayer and fasting to be able to cast out the stubborn devil. Christ indeed worked miracles over the possessed boy, thereby given him back the power to hear, to speak and expelled the devil out from him.


  4. Emmanuel ukemeziem says:

    I want to be a priest.

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