Monday, 28 December 2009

First ordination for FSSP in new Church Year

by Martin Bürger

As I reported in November, December 19th saw Bishop Salvatore Cordileone, since May of this year Bishop of Oakland, ordain Deacon José Zepeda FSSP to the Sacred Priesthood. Zepeda is therefore the first new Priest of the Priestly Fratenirty of St Peter in this liturgical Year.

The Bishop at the Sermon:

Bischof Cordileone 1

Litany of the Saints:

Bischof Cordileone 2

The blog "Veritatem facientes in caritate" has made available five series of pictures, including videos: Parts 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.

(translated from EXSVLTET)


Anonymous said...

I have a problem of a different, say of an academic nature: Do you know how the FSSP deals with candidates who have begun their studies elsewhere, for instance at a diocesan seminary but now intend to join them? Does a student have to do all the seven years (I am aware that the structure of studies is in many ways completely different)? And, just for the sake of argument: Are there possibilities of financing the candidate's training? Are there any such candidates at the FSSP?

Mark M said...


I am unsure of the answer to your first question. I know of instances where this has happened, but I do not know the details. I would advise you to contact either of the Seminaries for further information.

Regarding the second point, I know both Seminaries are forced to charge fees, which are waived in instances of candidates being unable to pay. However, unlike Diocesan Seminaries, I am unaware of any grant/stipend either.

Many private charities finance Seminarians; they are just harder to find...!

Anonymous said...

Dear Mark,

Thank you so much for your swift reply. It has been a great help. Gathering information about this particular issue is proving to be rather delicate for a diocesan seminarian. So it had to be anonymous...

A very blessed and happy New Year!
With prayers,

A German seminarian

Mark M said...

I'm very happy to help. I assume you know of the major Seminary at Wigratzbad (Bodensee). I would be happy to put you in touch with the right people.

Also, if you wish to discuss things privately, I can be emailed at markadmiles at

Anonymous said...

The Fraternity takes into consideration the background of the candidate and determines if he needs all seven years of training. A priest of another order can also request a transfer to the FSSP. I guess the answer is that each candidate is considered on his own background and merit.

As for cost, the Fraternity promises that "no worthy candidate will be turn away due to finances."

Anyone interested can contact the Fraternity at:

Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary
7880 West Denton Road
Denton, NE 68339 USA
Tel. 001/402/ 797-7700