FSSP stands for
Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Petri (Latin for: Priestly Fraternity of St.
According to the FSSP
"The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter is a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical right, that
is, a community of priests who do not take religious vows, but who work together for a common mission in the Catholic Church. The mission of the Fraternity is
two-fold: first, the formation and sanctification of priests in the cadre of the traditional liturgy, commonly called the Extraordinary Form of the Roman
rite, and secondly, the care of souls and pastoral activities in the service of the Church.
The Fraternity was founded on July 18, 1988 at the Abbey of Hauterive (Switzerland) by a dozen priests and a score of seminarians. Shortly after the Fraternity's foundation
and following upon a request by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, Bishop Josef Stimpfle of Augsburg, Germany
[the future Pope Benedict XVI] granted the Fraternity a home in Wigratzbad, a Marian shrine in Bavaria. It is here that the European seminary of the Fraternity is
currently found, and which is the mother-house of the community. The General House, on the other hand, is situated in Fribourg, Switzerland."
Thanks be to God, the
tradition-minded FSSP has for decades – in full-communion with the Church –
offered the highly reverent, Traditional Latin Mass in the United States &
here for more information on the Traditional Latin Mass).
Did you know?
It is still possible – thanks be to God! – to lawfully attend the Traditional
Latin Mass. The Traditional Latin ('Tridentine') Mass differs from the 1960's
Novus Ordo Mass in many & significant ways (try
here for more information). To locate a Traditional Latin Mass in your area,
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