Saturday 4 July 2015

Congratulations to the FSSP

Thank you to Fr Henry for revealing that the FSSP ( who use the Extraordinary Form exclusively) has been given its first church in the UK at St Mary`s, Warrington in the diocese of Liverpool. What is it about the north-west?! The Institute of Christ the King has two churches there but it is very encouraging to see  the FSSP get a church as they have a much bigger English contingent of priests and seminarians with no where to exercise their ministry apart from the Fraternity`s house in Reading (which has shared use of a parish church).

Congratulations to Fr de Malleray, the FSSP superior in England. Ecclesia Dei instiutes are one of te few areas of growth in the Church. Floreant!

From the St Mary's Church website:


“I have invited the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter to come to the archdiocese and to have responsibility for St Mary’s Church, Warrington. In due course this will become a centre for the celebration of the extraordinary form of Mass and the sacraments. The priests of this fraternity will not, however, assume pastoral responsibility for St Mary’s parish, which will be the responsibility of Fr David Heywood [soon to be PP of the neighbouring parishes] from September.”
Thank you to Fr Henry for the photos of the church. It looks ideal. How imaginative of the diocese of Liverpool. For more details see Fr Henry`s blog.


  1. The Ordinary Form doesn't inspire many priestly vocations. 'Forward Together In Hope' is an attempt to deal with the crisis caused by the lack of priestly vocations. They can talk about an 'active laity' and convince themselves that the Holy Spirit is moving the Church in a new direction, but this diocese will perish without priests.

    If our Bishop really wants to move "Forward Together In Hope" then he must bring priests here. The FSSP has the priests we need; it's time somebody in the Bishop's House made the call.

  2. Terry Middleton5 July 2015 at 19:57

    Can I say how much I agree with Philip. Sound, simple, obvious common sense.

    Off topic, but I couldn't resist this. There is an article in the Catholic Herald about the influence (or lack of influence) on the Church in England from "posh" Catholics. Jacob Rees-Mogg. Conservative MP for North East Somerset was asked if he had any influence. He said he didn't think so, but if he was asked, he would be in favour of...
    "A strong Papacy, an obedient laity, Latin Masses and sermons that last no longer than three minutes."


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