The life and times of the most recent parish priest of St Joseph`s and St Wilfrid`s, Gateshead.
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Could it happen here?
Priestly Fraternity of St Peter to begin new apostolates
The FSSP is to expand in major cities: in Texas (El Paso),
and in several other important locations in North America and Europe, to be
announced later this summer.
Founded less than 26 years ago, the FSSP numbers
407 with average age 37 (including 244 priests and 163 seminarians); plus over
4,000 members in their sodality, the Confraternity of St Peter (a worldwide
prayer network for vocations, open to all). Their status is similar to the
Oratorians, half way between secular and religious. At the invitation of local
bishops – including Cardinals and Archbishops of major cities – FSSP priests
serve local communities of faithful attached to the Extraordinary Form of the
Mass, in 122 dioceses across Europe, Africa, America and Oceania. Since the
year 2000, they have ordained 12 priests per year on the average. In England,
they have so far one house with two priests, serving two dioceses (Portsmouth
and Northampton). But with several English priests serving abroad, and 9
seminarians from England in formation (plus two applicants just admitted), they
could be invited to help in more dioceses across England, especially where
fewer local clergy leads to closing down churches. On their Silver Jubilee last
October, Pope Francis “exhorted them, according to their own charisma, to take
an active part in the mission of the Church in the world of today, through the
testimony of a holy life, a firm faith and an inventive and generous charity”.