Presentation Through the Year 2014...
The purpose of this section "Through the Year..." is to present through images certain important events, but also "everyday" life in our Fraternity throughout the world.
Events of the past years can be accessed under the following links: 2011, 2012, 2013.
September 23, 2014: New apostolate in Mexico City
The Archdiocese of Mexico City has invited the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter to begin a full time apostolate starting in October. The historic Chapel of the Immaculate Conception of Salto del Agua, in the center of Mexico City, has been chosen as the home for the community. Fr. Kenneth Fryar, who has served as pastor at the Fraternity parish in Guadalajara the past 5 years will reside at the chapel.
The Fraternity of St. Peter is most grateful to Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera for his invitation to serve the faithful in the Capital City and in the home of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
July 22, 2014: August 1, Day of Prayer for Christians persecuted in Iraq, Syria and the Middle East
The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter asks all of its apostolates around the world to dedicate Friday, August 1 to a day of prayer and penance for the Christians who are suffering terrible persecution in Iraq, Syria and elsewhere in the Middle East.
August 1 is the First Friday of the month and the Feast of St. Peter in Chains, which is celebrated as a Third Class Feast in FSSP houses and apostolates. It is the feast in which we read of the great power of the persevering prayer of members of the Church: “Peter therefore was kept in Prison. But prayer was made without ceasing by the Church unto God for him.” (Acts 12:5)
This feast of our Patron should be an invitation to the faithful to join us in Holy Hours and other fitting prayers to beg the Most Holy Trinity that these members of the Mystical Body may persevere in the faith, and that, like St. Peter, they may be delivered from this terrible persecution. May such a day serve as a reminder to us of the stark contrast that stands between our days of vacation and ease, and their daily struggle for survival as they are killed or exiled from their homes.
June 14, 2014: Letter of the Superior General regarding the death of Rev. Kenneth Walker, FSSP
A letter of Very Rev. John Berg and a short biography of Fr. Kenneth Walker have benn posted on this page.
Fr. Berg will celebrate a Solemn Requiem Mass in Fribourg (Switzerland) on Monday, June 16, 2014, at 6:30 PM Local time. The Mass will be broadcast Live on www.LiveMass.net and the iMass apps at 11:30 AM Central, 12:30 PM Eastern Time.
June 12, 2014: Communiqué of the FSSP General House at the death of Fr. Kenneth Walker
The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter mourns the death of Rev. Kenneth Walker, FSSP, who was murder on June 11, 2014 at the Rectory of Mater Misericordiae Parish in Phoenix, Arizona, where he served as assistant pastor. He was dearly loved by the faithful he served and his confreres in the Fraternity.
Fr. Joseph Terra, FSSP, was also injured in the assault; he is hospitalized and in critical but stable condition. We ask for your prayers for the health of Fr. Terra.
Police are still looking into what happened last night.
We ask for your prayers for the repose of the soul of Fr. Walker and that God might grant great consolation to his family and his parishioners in this terrible tragedy.
O God, Who didst give to thy servant, Kenneth, by his sacerdotal office, a share in the priesthood of the Apostles, grant, we implore, that he may also be one of their company forever in heaven. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Requiem Aeternam dona ei, Domine.
Et lux perpetua luceat ei.
Requiescat in pace.
June 4, 2014: Priestly ordinations in Omaha
On Saturday, May 31, 2014, seven deacons of the Fraternity of St. Peter were raised to the Sacred Priesthood of Christ by His Excellency, the Most Reverend Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, at Saint Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha, Nebraska.
Our gratitude and thanks to His Excellency for ordaining these men to the Holy Priesthood, our congratulations to our new priests and their families, and thanks to all our benefactors and friends who have supported these men and the seminary during the course of their studies with prayers and other assistance.
As each new priest has asked, and we always recommend, please in your kindness continue to pray for them and all of the priests of the Fraternity.
The newly ordained priests are:
• Father Joshua Curtis
• Father Robert Dow
• Father Michael Flick
• Father Joseph Heffernan
• Father Paul Leung
• Father Daniel Nolan
• Father Joshua Passo
As a reminder, Deacons Zachary Akers and Daniel Heenan will be Ordained on Saturday, June 14, 2014, by the Most Reverend James Conley, Bishop of Lincoln, in Leesburg, Virginia.
April 14, 2014: Pastoral visit of Cardinal Gérald-Cyprien Lacroix, Archbishop of Quebec
In 2006 the FSSP had been established in Ottawa for several years, when the Cardinal Marc Ouellet, the archbishop of Quebec, reached out to establish a FSSP church in Quebec. Everyone envisioned this as a successful endeavor.
This apostolate was entrusted to the FSSP at the exact place where New-France was founded. It was started in the Church of Saint Francis of Assisi, which is part of Our Lady of Rocamadour Parish. This particular parish name came from the promise made by Jacques Cartier to go on a pilgrimage, to Rocamadour upon his return to France in exchange for the cure of the crew of the Emerillon that had been ravaged by scurvy. The ship had been caught in river ice, during the winter of 1536, at the
confluence of the Saint-Charles and the Lairet rivers.
Since 2010, the FSSP has been in the Church of Saint-Zephirin of Stadacona (a few hundred meters away from the location where the miraculous cure of the crew of the Emerillon took place and from the Marian sanctuary erected in 1919). The word Stadacona comes from the name of the tribe, whose leader brought the wholesome "beverage" to the 110 crew members of the Emerillon. It is here that the FSSP continues its ministry. A precious apostolate to the hundreds of believers that
attend the Sunday Masses.
Besides administering the sacraments, it is through the permanent presence of a priest that the FSSP insures the celebration of a daily Mass, in its own church, in the heart of the archdiocese. The archdiocese celebrates this year the 350th anniversary of its cathedral by opening the first Holy Door of North America, and by announcing the canonization of Blessed François de Montmorency-Laval, founder of the diocese.
2014 is a year of grace especially because of the pastoral visit of our Archbishop, the Cardinal Gérald-Cyprien Lacroix, who wanted to honor us with his visit on the First Sunday of Lent. It is the first time we have the visit of our Archbishop since we have been established in Quebec City. It was the occasion to gather around a parochial buffet attended by more than 150 parishioners, about 50 of whom were children. Cardinal Lacroix promised, before blessing us with the Blessed Sacrament, to return
to celebrate the sacrament of confirmation on May 31 of this year.
Let us notice the double wink from Providence: The Fraternity of Saint-Peter is in the exact place where Christendom was first established in North America and in this place, the same holy rite, known by Jacques Cartier, a contemporary of Saint Pius V is said!
March 31, 2014: Mass at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan
On March 19, the Superior General and Secretary General of the Fraternity of St. Peter visited the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan. Fr. Berg offered solemn mass on the feast of St. Joseph in the University chapel of San Francis, which was erected in what was formerly the scientific laboratory of P. Agostino Gemelli; the University’s founder, who as a secular scientist, converted to the Catholic Church and later entered religious life. Fr. Berg was assisted by Fr. Arnaud Evrat
FSSP and Fr. Konrad zu Löwenstein FSSP, as deacon and subdeacon. Fr. Löwenstein has traveled from the Fraternity house in Venice for a monthly mass and apostolate for the University students since 2009. The next day he offered a Requiem Mass for the repose of the soul of Mario Palmaro.
March 27, 2014: Ordinary Apostolic Visitation of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter
[General House, Fribourg, 27.III.2014 - www.fssp.org] The Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, whose scope of responsibility is to watch over the life of institutes erected under its care, has named three Visitors, who will carry out an ordinary Apostolic Visitation of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter before the end of this calendar year. The principal Visitor will be His Excellency Vitus Huonder, Bishop of Chur (Switzerland). The Visitation will verify
the fidelity of the members of the Fraternity to its Constitutions, and to the missions that have been entrusted to them.
January, 2014: Come back on the 25th anniversary of the Fraternity
This past year presemted numerous occasions for our Fraternity to observe its 25th anniversary. We invite to relive the events which marked the celbration these past months.
October 5, 2013: Pilgrimage to Bettbrunn
The small village of Bettbrunn in the vicinity of Ingolstadt has been the goal of many pilgrimages since 1125. Originally it was the place of a Eucharistic miracle, and later a fire in 1329 left a statue of Christ Savior which has been the object of veneration of pilgrims ever since.
In the church, the frescos of the vaults show the triumph of the holy sacrifice of Mass. For this reason, this church is regarded by the Fraternity as a most
place to conduct a pilgrimage. Hence, the apostolates of southern Germany meet there every year in the fall. This year, the faithful from all over the District gathered for celebrating our anniversary. The Superior General of the Fraternity offered the Mass in the presence of about 400 faithful. In his sermon, he expressed great gratitude to our founders for their strong faith. The sacred music was beautifully executed by the choir of our parish in Innsbruck and the Ensemble Sonoritas. Finally, the day was concluded
after lunch with devotions at the tomb of St Anna Scheffer, close to Bettbrunn.
October 13, 2013: Pilgrimage to Einsiedeln, Switzerland
Two groups of pilgrims met up in Einsiedeln, Switzerland, on Sunday, October 13th for a Pontifical High Mass, celebrated by His Grace Wolfgang Haas, Archbishop of Vaduz, Liechtenstein. The first group of pilgrims, made up of faithful from German-speaking Switzerland, left from St. Pelagiberg on Friday evening, to walk the 85 kilometres to the Marian Shrine of Our Lady of Hermits in Einsiedeln, accompanied by Fr. Martin Ramm, FSSP. The other group was made up of faithful from French-speaking Switzerland,
who first travelled to Flüeli, the site of the small hermitage where Saint Nicolas of Flüe, the patron saint of Switzerland, lived for many years as a hermit, whilst praying for the nascent Swiss Confederation. From there, about 50 kilometres separated the pilgrims from Einsiedeln, which involved crossing the eastern part of Lake Lucerne by boat and passing through the snowy pass of the Haggenegg, at 1414 metres. The group was accompanied by Fr. John Berg, Superior General of the FSSP, as well as the priests
responsible for the apostolates in Lausanne, Bulle and Fribourg. The closing Pontifical Mass was celebrated by Archbishop Haas to give thanks for 25 years of existence of the FSSP, which coincide with the 25th anniversary of Archbishop Haas’ episcopal consecration. Several seminarians, accompanied by Fr. Hubert Bizard, vice-rector of the Seminary in Wigratzbad, travelled to Einsiedeln to assist with the ceremonies of this important event for the Fraternity of Saint Peter in Switzerland.
October 18, 2013: Solemn High Mass in our parish in Rome
On the 25th Anniversary day of the Canonical Erection of the Fraternity of St. Peter, October 18, a Mass was held at our parish in Rome, the Santissima Trinità dei Pellegrini. A large number of members of the Confraternity of St. Peter in North America and Great Britain and elsewhere came especially for this occasion to give thanks for our erection twenty-five years before as a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical
was fitting to hold the mass in Rome, the city of our Patron, St. Peter and the actually place where Blessed John Paul II canonically established our Fraternity.
The Mass was offered by our Superior General, Fr. John Berg, who was assisted by Fr. Armand de Malleray, Chaplain of the Confraternity, and Fr. William Barker, FSSP Procurator to the Holy See.
In his sermon Fr. Berg invoked the setting of the Eternal City to remind us of the perspective that we must keep in considering our place within the history
of the Church and our vocation to always serve Her faithfully with the foundation that She has imparted to us:
“We are also aware that in the history of the Church, in the grand scheme of things as we say, 25 years is almost nothing; our contribution is after all negligible when compared to the greatness of the whole Church. One of the most striking elements of this city and even this parish church are the centuries of history contained therein; they should give us perspective of how little we are, and
how much the Church has survived long before we ever existed. Like the many pilgrims who came before us we cast our eyes up upon the image of our Lady in this church of the Most Holy Trinity, which was venerated by the ‘Third apostle of Rome’, St. Philip Neri. May we cast our eyes upon her in these troubled times and ask her simply to intercede for us before the throne of her Son. To whom much has been given much will be asked. May He grant us the grace to be ever faithful to the foundations
given to us 25 years ago and we correspond ever more generously to all of these spiritual blessings which He continues to pour down upon us.”
October 26, 2013: Wigratzbad Seminary Outing
Saint Peter’s Seminary, located in the hamlet of Wigratzbad, in Bavaria, is the motherhouse of the Fraternity of Saint Peter. It was thus fitting that the 25th anniversary of our foundation (and the opening of the seminary) should be celebrated in a dignified manner.
On Saturday, 26 November, we were able to organise a community outing an hour’s coach ride to the north, where the Rector, Fr. Patrick du Faÿ de Choisinet celebrated a Solemn
in the Premonstratensian Abbey of Bad Schussenried.
A festive meal followed the Solemn Mass, in the town centre, followed by a visit to the open-air Museum of Kürnbach, which is a village reconstructed from restored old farmhouses and such buildings, which gives one an authentic impression of life in the Swabian countryside, in days gone by.
Following the visit the Kürnbach, we travelled to Biberach, a small town with the peculiarity of having a church shared between Catholics and Protestants, a unique
in a Germany divided along Catholic and Lutheran lines.
Lastly, we concluded this beautiful day with Vespers in Steinhausen, in what the locals refer to as ‘the most beautiful village church in the world”.
November 3, 2013: Seminary of Denton Pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe at La Crosse, Wisconsin
Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary celebrated the 25th anniversary of the FSSP with an „Ausflug“ (trip) to Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota, and pilgrimage to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe at La Crosse, Wisconsin.
We began our journey the Friday Morning of November 1, the Feast of All Saints. We arrived at Minneapolis in the late afternoon and were welcomed by Fathers
and Harkins at the Church of All Saints. We honored this patronal feast with a Solemn High Mass, and were guests for dinner at the parish center. Entertainment was provided by the children of the parish.
Saturday, November 2 (All Souls' Day) was the occasion for a Solemn High Requiem Mass, and the afternoon free. Among some of the attractions in the Twin Cities are the Basilica of St. Mary and Cathedral of St. Paul. This day concluded with Vespers at the Church of All Saints.
Sunday, November 3, we departed
Minneapolis and traveled to LaCrosse, Wisconsin, arriving at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the afternoon with a Solemn High Mass. Dinner was at the restaurant on the grounds of this beautiful shrine, and was provided through the generosity of benefactors in La Crosse. Monday morning, November 4 (feast of St. Charles Borromeo) was an occasion for a Sung Mass, then returning back to the seminary.
9 to 11 November 2013: Pilgrimage-Conference in Lourdes
To solemnise the 25 years since the foundation of the Fraternity, the French District organised 3 days of spiritual life, in the form of a Pilgrimage-Conference. From the 9th to 11th November, faithful from all over France were on hand with the many priests present, in order to give thanks to God and to entrust the apostolic work of the FSSP to the Our Lady Immaculate.
Following an energetic conference by
the renowned barrister,
de Villers, which opened the Conference, the priests and faithful went to the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception for the chanting of Vespers, followed by a procession to the Grotto in the early evening.
The following day (10 November), the Very Reverend John Berg, celebrated the Solemn High Mass in Saint Bernadette’s Church. Before the sermon, Fr. Vincent Ribeton read the message from Pope Francis (sent through his Nuncio, Bp. Luigi Ventura) to the Fraternity of Saint Peter on the occasion of the anniversary
of its foundation.
During the afternoon, the historian Jean Sévillia and Fr. Ribeton gave conferences, which followed with Compline to conclude the day.
On the 11th, following another Solemn High Mass, Fr. Denis Coiffet was on hand to retrace the history of foundation of the FSSP, with its ups and downs, and in which he participated. In the afternoon, in the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, these grace-filled days concluded with Solemn Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
November 15, 2013: Gathering of priests in San Diego
The gathering of priests in North America for the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter occurred at our southwestern border in mid-November. More than fifty priests from the United States, Canada, and Mexico had the occasion to visit three of the missions established by the Franciscans who evangelized the New World.
We were also blessed to have a Pontifical Mass at Mission San Diego de Alcala with
Cordileone of San Francisco. The anniversary celebration provided time for fraternal conversation and camaraderie with each other who are scattered throughout the vast area of North America.
As San Diego is also the location of St. Anne's Church, a parish ministered by the FSSP, we were able to visit it, pray the Office together, and have a luncheon of Mexican cuisine prepared by parishioners of the apostolate.
A heartfelt gratitude towards God is most fitting for these past 25 years of His care over our
Fraternity as well as His continual providence towards the availability of the Latin Mass.
November 16, 2013: Celebration in Paris
On Saturday, 16 November the FSSP, who had celebrated their 25th anniversary in Lourdes some days before, organised a celebration in Paris. Fr. Le Coq, organiser of the ceremony had chosen not just any church, but that of Saint Sulpice, second largest church in Paris and a true architectural gem among churches in the French capital.
Prior to the Solemn High Mass celebrated by Fr. Ribeton, Superior of the French district, Fr.
Lacroix, the Parish Priest had welcomed the many faithful present. During the Mass, the message given by Bp. Luigi Ventura, Apostolic Nuncio to France was read. This message contained, among other things, the encouragements of Pope Francis to serve the mission of reconciliation among all faithful, to which the FSSP is called to put into practice. During his sermon, Fr. Ribeton underlined that the ‘strong words of the Pope showed that the FSSP has its rightful place within the Church’.
The Pope exhorts us to ‘take an active part in
the mission of the Church’.
At the end of the Mass, the faithful who filled this immense church received the Apostolic Blessing given by Pope Francis. The many priests, seminarians and friends of the Fraternity were then invited to the reception that followed.