Wednesday, 19 August 2015

The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP)

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 Fraternity was founded in response to the Holy Father’s call to ecclesial unity and the new evangelization. The mission of the Fraternity is three-fold: the sanctification of the clergy, forming and leading stable parishes and communities by offering the Catholic liturgy according to the liturgical books of 1962, and to participate in the New Evangelization through the living tradition of the Church, which is ever ancient and ever new.

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". As of October 2014, there are 253 priests and 144 seminarians in the Fraternity.

The Fraternity has two seminaries, one located in Wigratzbad, Bavaria, Germany, and another in Denton, Nebraska, USA.  Their contact information is located below.

The North American District of the Fraternity also has this Vocations website prepared.

To God Who Giveth Joy to My Youth: Life at O.L.G.S.

Priesterseminar Sankt Petrus
Kirchstraße, 16 – D 88145 OPFENBACH-WIGRATZBAD
Tél. : (00 49) (0) 83 85/92 21 0
Fax : (00 49) (0) 83 85/92 21 33

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

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