+ Founding  +

In 1988, Pope John Paul II established the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter as
a society of apostolic life and approved its constitutions.

The Fraternity was founded in response to the Holy Father's call to ecclesial unity and the new evangelization. Hence, our name denotes a filial love and loyalty to the Supreme Pontiff.

+ Our Mission +

'The Fraternity of St. Peter seeks to respond to the Holy Father's appeal through an active apostolate in the service of the Church. We seek to reunite those who have been alienated by liturgical abuse and theological dissent by offering the
sacred liturgy in all of its solemnity according to the Latin liturgical books of 1962, and by offering the faithful sound catechetical teaching within the living Tradition of the Church.

The Holy Father has called on all baptized faithful to participate in the new evangelization of the world, emphasizing the fact that all must use their unique charisms to full effect. The fraternity of St. Peter has as its charism the celebration of the sacraments according to the extraordinary from of the Roman rite. Through our liturgical identity, the Fraternity carries on the new evangelization in the living tradition of the Church that is ever ancient, ever new.

+ Formation  +

The sound formation of Catholic priests is central to the Fraternity's vocation . A year of orientation, the year of spirituality, begins the process. It is followed by a two-year course in philosophy, which prepares the seminarian to understand and embrace the truths of revelation which are contained in the dogmatic and moral theology of the Church. The four years of theology, as recommended by the Church, follow the method of St. Thomas Aquinas. To round out his education, a Fraternity seminarian studies Latin, liturgy canon law Church history, and Gregorian chant, and during vacations gains valuable practical experience working at one of our apostolates. As he progresses on his path to the altar, he will receive the minor orders, as well as subdiaconate and diaconate.

Our spiritual formation hinges on four things: a deep love and devotion to the Holy Eucharist in the Sacrifice of the Mass; the faithful following of Christ, the High Priest, our example and inspiration; the filial love of Mary, Mother of Priests and patroness of our seminary; and our loyal dependence on the Magisterium of the Church.

+ Apostolic Work +

Parish Work: The main work of the Fraternity of St. Peter is the operation of pastoral missions throughout the United States and Canada, for it is in the parish that the souls of the laity are formed and nourished in the sacramental and catechetical life of the Church. The Fraternity currently says public mass in over fifty locations in North American alone.

Education:  In those places where a school is attached to the community we serve, such as St John Vianney Preparatory School, we offer a regular sacramental life and solid catechesis as the support for a sound academic program, all in an effort to transmit the faith to the rising generations.

In addition, the Fraternity of St. Peter operates St. Gregory's Academy, a boarding school located in Elmhurst, Pennsylvania that offers a classical liberal arts curriculum, a regular sacramental life, and a competitive sports program for boys of high school age.

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