The Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP) is an international society of Roman Catholic priests, canonically similar to the Vincentians, Paulists, Oratorians or the Maryknoll Fathers inasmuch as they make promises like diocesan clergy rather than take religious vows; and like religious they lead communal life and abide by specific Constitutions approved by the Holy See according to the charisma of their founder(s).
The FSSP was founded in 1988 through direct involvement of Pope St John-Paul II and Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Its mission is two-fold: first, the formation and sanctification of priests with the help of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite, and secondly, the pastoral deployment of the priests in the service of the Church (currently engaged in parochial ministry in 120 dioceses on 4 continents). This includes the whole range of ordinary pastoral activities: sacraments (especially confession and Holy Mass), catechism, spiritual accompaniment, etc.
Blessed with many vocations, the FSSP numbers 413 (average age 37), comprising 253 priests and 160 seminarians. Those include 7 priests and 10 seminarians from the UK. Our prayer network, the Confraternity of St Peter, numbers 4,800 worldwide.
In these Isles, the FSSP is canonically established in the dioceses of Portsmouth and St Andrews & Edinburgh where Holy Mass is offered daily, and of Northampton (weekly Masses). We also serve monthly in the dioceses of Brentwood, Dunkeld (Scotland), Cork & Ross and Ferns (Ireland).
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