Act of Foundation

[Original: French]

By this act the undersigned clerics found the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter as a clerical Society of Apostolic Life, in conformity with the dispositions of CIC (can. 731-46), taking into consideration the exemption foreseen in the Protocol of 5 May 1988 and the Motu proprio Ecclesia Dei adflicta of 2 July 1988.  This society can associate lay brothers to its work.

The Constitutions, which will specify the goals and the spirituality of this society, are inspired by the approved statutes of the Priestly Society of Saint Pius X, the society reserving to itself the right to make any changes which it judges necessary by reason of present circumstances.

The undersigned respectfully request the Holy See to approve the said society in the shortest delay possible in order that they may act effectively for the unity and the good of the Church.

Made at Hauterive on 18 July 1988.


P. Josef Bisig
Abbé Ph. Tournyol du Clos
P. Gabriel Baumann
Abbé Christian Lafargue
Abbé Patrick du Faÿ de Choisinet
Abbé Albert Jacquemin
P. J-M. Gervais1Fr. Gervais left the proposed foundation before the decree of erection was issued on 18 October 1988.
P. Klaus Gorges
P. Engelbert Recktenwald
Abbé Christian Gouyaud
P. Franz Prosinger
Walthard Zimmer (deacon)
[Abbé Denis Coiffet]2Fr. Coiffet, unable to be present on 18 July 1988 to sign the document, is nevertheless considered a founding member.