“WE ARE EACH OF US LIKE A SMALL MIRROR
IN WHICH GOD SEARCHES FOR HIS REFLECTION.”
– St. John Vianny, Patron Saint of Parish Priests
The Priestly Fraternity
of Saint Peter
The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter
The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) is a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right, canonically erected by Pope St. John Paul II in 1988. The particular charism and mission of the FSSP is to offer the Sacred Liturgy, including the Holy Mass and the Divine Office, as well as the Sacraments, in all of their traditional solemnity, according to the Latin liturgical books of 1962.
The Fraternity’s name denotes our thanksgiving, filial love, and loyalty to the supreme Pontiff, who encourages our growth, as well as the brotherly unity in Christ that our priests strive to characterize in their lives and work. The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter has close to three hundred priests serving in over one hundred dioceses throughout the world with international headquarters in Fribourg, Switzerland.
St. Peter’s Seminary in Wigratzbad, Germany
The Seminary of St. Peter, located in Wigratzbad, Germany is the first seminary founded by the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. This seminary is located at a Marian Shrine in southern Bavaria close to Lake Constance. Men study there in the French and German languages, and live together in common in the seminary complex. For more information, see www.fssp.eu.
Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska
The second seminary is named for Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. By God’s grace, enrollment has grown steadily since the FSSP first opened a seminary in the United States in 1993. O.L.G.S. now houses over 75 men studying for the priesthood.
The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter is profoundly indebted to Divine Providence and the many faithful who have generously contributed to our progress and the continuing inspiration that the traditional liturgies bring to souls.