Presentation Through the Year 2015...
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.
[General House FSSP, Fribourg, 17.IX.2015] On March 27, 2014, the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter publicly announced that an Ordinary Apostolic Visitation of the whole institute would be carried out by three prelates named by the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei.
Following a visitation of its houses and seminaries as well as a consultation with the local ordinaries around the world where the Fraternity works, a report with the findings and conclusions of the Visitation were sent on March 24 to the superiors of the Fraternity. The overall findings of the report were very positive, especially regarding the apostolic work and internal health of the Fraternity of St. Peter. It also included a number of suggestions which will help the Fraternity to improve in its governance, the formation of its members, and its service towards souls.
The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter would like to publicly thank the visitors and the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei for their work. Their constructive criticisms and suggestions will greatly aid our Fraternity in the continual effort to reform and improve itself.
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Fr. Denis Coiffet FSSP. Our confrere passed away peacefully to his eternal reward this morning at 4:50 a.m., on the feast of St. Irenaeus of Lyon, surrounded by family and accompanied by the prayers of the Church. Fr. Vianney Le Roux was at his bedside and gave him the apostolic blessing at the hour of death. Fr. Coiffet died at the end of the Litany for the Dying.
The funeral mass for Fr. Denis Coiffet will be held at the Cathedral of St. Louis, Versailles at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 7.
His coffin will be moved to the FSSP house of Maison Saint-Dominique Savio, 14 rue des Moines in Versailles Saturday at noon and the house will be open to those who wish to come to pray until Tuesday morning 8.00 a.m., July 7.
Fr Angelo van der Putten has been very busy since he arrived in Nigeria nearly two years ago. He has now taken over as parish priest from Fr Evaristus Eshiowu, whose health has been poor.
One of the main projects which desperately needed to bet done was the drilling of a bore-hole for a well in order to have water to use at the mission. Southern Nigeria is in the tropics and as such has only two annual seasons, namely, rainy season and dry season. The mission has since its inception relied entirely on rain water which falls on the roofs and is then gathered in an underground tank. However, over time the tank has not always replenished fully each year and with the mission growing, and a new farm and crops at the mission, water is in greater demand than ever before.
So, in January 2015 Fr van der Putten brought in a contractor to start the process of drilling the bore-hole on the mission property. Work is now underway and under the very watchful eye of Father, it is progressing albeit at a rather slow pace.
The other major project that Fr van der Putten has inherited, and is working feverishly to move forward on, is the largest job of all, namely, the completion of the new church.
Back in 2010 the concrete floor was laid in time for the Bishop Emeritus, Gregory Ochiaga, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of his priestly ordination at our shrine.
In the last year, Fr van der Putten has been fundraising to increase the height of the walls and eventually to put a roof on the church. When Father enquired about the cost to put on a roof, he was given estimates of around US$200,000. This may seem reasonable in the West, but in Africa this is a monumental sum.
With Father Berg visiting in September 2014 and the Emeritus Bishop Gregory Ochiaga conferring confirmations in the old rite, much time and effort was put into moving forward on the construction of the walls. As the church did not yet have a roof, the sanctuary was covered for the ceremony with a temporary tin roof, and the nave was filled with large tents…
Immediately after the Bishop's visit, there was a surge in donations which enabled construction to proceed at a steady pace. However, the reality is that in order to further the work, more funds are urgently required. If you can help in any way toward this important project in Nigeria, please click on the link to "donate" and you will be redirected.
Six years ago the Mission in Colombia of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter embarked upon founding a school. From the start, the guiding principle was to create a school where the formation and education were done according to the Salesian saying: to provide a new generation of “good Christians”. Following the success of the primary school, the Mission had great hopes to open junior high as well, but this demanded the construction of a new building which would be sufficiently large to provide numerous classrooms.
On January 25, 2015 in the village of Anolaima, Colombia the blessing and inauguration of the Colegio Campestre Santo Domingo Savio, a school directed be the Fraternity of St. Peter and under the patronage of St. Dominic Savio, took place. Despite the fact that a few details of construction still needed to be finished, the 150 students will be able to begin their classes there at the start of term on February 2. To start the year, they will be obliged to begin exclusively in the classrooms of the ground floor; it will no doubt be a bit cramped, but only temporarily!
This new academic center was blessed by Fr. Andrzej Komorowski, Assistant to the Superior General and General Bursar of the Fraternity, who was present for the canonical visit of the apostolate. Of course Fr. Angel Alfaro, Fr. Michael Passo, the priests of the Mission, and Deacon Elvis Ruiz, who will be ordained a priest in Wigratzbad in June this year, were all present for this long awaited occasion. Many faithful, students, and parents were also gathered there for this solemn and historic moment.
The inauguration ceremony began at 10 am with a Mass celebrated by Fr. Komorowski in the school chapel, which was too small to accommodate the 300 faithful present. In his sermon, Fr. Alfaro recounted the providential growth of this school over the years by insisting on the necessity of a solid education for children and the great responsibility of parents and professors towards the youth.
At the end of the Mass, under a bright sun, the procession departed towards the buildings which were to be blessed. The route was far from straight as they had to zigzag between the cars and motorcycles which had to find parking all around the grounds. Finally, the procession arrived at its destination and Fr. Komorowski blessed the school so that it is now under the divine protection, and finally ready to receive the many young students who will pass through its doors in just a few days.
Following the blessing and hymns of thanksgiving, a traditional meal was offered to the multitude who had come – la lechona (a roasted, stuffed pig) – and a group of musicians who came especially for the occasion accompanied the meal with Latin-American airs to the great delight of both young and old
All will fondly remember the events of this day, but that which they were struck by most was the spectacular progress of the building site, which advanced despite the many obstacles which are inevitable when one casts out on such a large project. It is undeniable that Divine Providence has provided all that was necessary for this beautiful educational project to it arrive at its completion.