20 seminarians from the St. Peter Seminary in Wigratzbad (FSSP) received the minor ordinations in February 2020.
(Florence) While diocesan seminaries are empty due to a lack of vocations and, in the fight against priestly celibacy and for the female priesthood, priestly vocations do not seem desirable anywhere, traditional seminaries have completely different concerns. They are struggling with the lack of space. The Seminary of Saint Peter of the Fraternity of St. Peter in Wigratzbad and the Seminary of St. Philip Neri of the Institute of Christ the King and Sovereign Priest in Gricigliano have experienced so many new entrants that it is as though they are bursting at the seams.
In Gricigliano, rooms that were part of the farm buildings of the former manor, in which the seminary is located and which have not previously been used, are being provisionally rededicated. Further conversions to gain space or additions or extensions will be necessary hereand there.
Last May and June, thirteen candidates from the Petrine Brotherhood were ordained priests. Because of the corona restrictions imposed by the governments of France and the Federal Republic of Germany, they took place for the new priests from Wigratzbad under special circumstances and not in public. Among the consecrated there are four new priests from the German-speaking countries.
Due to the redesign of the altar area carried out by the diocese of Augsburg a few years ago, the Church of the Atonement in Wigratzbad is no longer suitable for Mass in the traditional rite. For ordinations, even under normal conditions, the seminary has to use churches in the area that are made available by friendly priests.
For the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in July nine new priests were ordained for the traditional form of the Roman Rite. The ordinations were, as it has for the Institute, become a tradition in the church of Santi Michele e Gaetano and were offered by Cardinal Raymond Burke. The church, dedicated to the Archangel Michael and consecrated by the great Saint Cajetan, a co-founder of Theatines, is located in the immediate vicinity of the famous cathedral of Florence and the associated baptistery.
20 seminarians of the institute were vested in the run-up to the ordination and received tonsure. 23 seminarians received vesture and tonsure for the Society of Saint Peter in October 2019 in the USA and in February in Wigratzbad.
Both communities are still very young. Under canon law, both were established as societies of apostolic life by clerics under papal law who know no religious vows. While the Society of Saint Peter is constituted as a society of secular priests, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest follows the example of secular canons, like those brought into being by St. Francis de Sales. The former are addressed as priests (fathers), the latter as canons (canons).
The Fraternity of St. Peter was founded in 1988 by a handful of former priests and seminarians of the Priestly Society of St. Pius X. Today it has two international seminaries. The General House is located in Friborg, Switzerland. The Superior General is the Pole, Father Andrzej Komorowski, Regent of the seminary of Wigratzbad is the French, Father Vincent Ribeton and of the seminary of Danton (USA) the Swiss Father, Josef Bisig.
The Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest was founded in 1990 by two French priests, Monsignor Gilles Wach, Canon Philippe Mora in Gabon and they were received shortly after in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Florence in Tuscany. Msgr. Wach is Superior General of the Institute, Kan. Mora Regent of the international seminary.
While the Society of Saint Peter has three roughly equally strong pillars, a German, a French and an English, the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest is a predominantly a French community. The majority of their relatives come from France or the French-speaking area. However, the Institute's vicar general is the German priest Msgr. Rudolf Michael Schmitz. Msgr. Wach was ordained a priest by Pope John Paul II, Msgr. Schmitz by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger.
The lack of space can be remedied, but the lack of appeal is much more severe.
OPFENBACH, Germany, March 20, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – Almost all priests and roughly half of the seminarians currently at a German seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), a traditionalist community of priests and seminarians, have been infected by the coronavirus.
On the evening of March 13, the seminary had first announced that a priest, who stayed at the seminary as a guest, had contracted the virus. At the time, the community, which is dedicated to the celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass, had stated that all Masses in Wigratzbad would take place without the seminarians joining.
“With the powerful help of faith, hope and charity, we do not let ourselves be discouraged. In a few days, the first healed ones will be able to take over from the newly sick, to maintain the spiritual and material life of the house,” the seminary community wrote.
Positive growth in the Fraternity of Saint Peter. Deaconal Ordination
(Wigratzbad) The Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) has published the latest statistics of its personnel. The community of world priests, who cultivate the traditional Roman Rite and teach tradition, currently has 270 priests, 23 deacons and 132 seminarians.
The priestly brotherhood was established in July 1988 as a clerical society of apostolic life. It was founded by six members of the Society of Saint Pius X, who did not want to take the step to break with Rome, which was undertaken by the bishops who were participated in the episcopal consecrations not allowed by Pope John Paul II.
During the founding month, the founders were received in audience with Pope John Paul II and Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger. They wanted to continue the work of Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre in an ecclesiastical framework and in unity with Rome. Rome offered them a quick canonical recognition. As early as 18 October 1988, the Holy See established then as a society of papal law. 2003 was the final recognition by Rome.
As a result of the events of July 1988, a new space in the Church had apparently emerged for another priestly society, which was bound to tradition. While the Society continued its growth outside of Church recognition, the new establishement of the Society of Peter grew within it. It was not just a matter of course.
425 Members in 117 Branches
Obviously there was and is need. The Fraternity occupies a special task in priestly education. In Germany a priest's seminary is held in German and French, in the USA and in Australia, two seminaries in English. In Mexico, a Spanish priestly seminary is under construction.
Since its inception the Society of Saint Peter has experienced steady growth. Over the past twelve years, an average of eleven new priests have been consecrated to the Society every year. In 2016, 16 new priests were consecrated. In 1988 there were six founding fathers at the beginning. In 1992 the Society already had over 100 members, In 1997, 200, 2006, 300 and 2014, 400. Today, there are 425 members.
The Society has 117 branches worldwide, including 82 canonically built houses. From these, 226 locations are supervised in 124 dioceses. The number of parishioners supported by the Society is 38. 51 Society Brothers come from the Federal Republic of Germany, 13 from Austria and three from Switzerland. The German district is responsible for 68 locations in 23 dioceses.
Founded in 2007, the Confraternity of Saint Peter , an association for the faithful, who feel particularly indebted to the FSSP and want to support their apostolate through prayer and sacrifice, counts 5,231 members. 856 of them come from the German-speaking areas.
Prayer Site Wigratzbad to the Fraternity of Saint Peter
In the German-speaking world, it is the special wish of many faithful, considering the generous and paternal gesture by Bishop Konrad Zdarsa of Augsburg. Since the oldest priestly seminary in the Society is located in Wigratzbad, and this place is especially connected to a place of prayer, there is a desire that the diocesan place of prayer be entrusted to the Society. Since 1976, the prayer site has been managed and supervised by a diocesan priest, who is the director of the prayer place. In 2011, the acting Prayer Director was appointed. The relationship with this priest and the seminary has not been entirely friction-free due to incomprehensible unkindness.
Through the seminary there are many priests and seminarians who are available for the pastoral care, service of the altar and the care of the pilgrims. Liturgical points of friction, as they were provoked by unnecessary reconstruction work of the altar room of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Sacred Heart of the Virgin Mary, are to be automatically repaired. In times of priest shortage, the diocese would have more priests available for other tasks, the Wigratzbad prayer site would be in the best hands and would create a precious spiritual center of Roman tradition in the diocese, which is rich in other pilgrimage churches.
(Wigratzbad) Last Saturday, Bishop Vitus Huonder of Chur ordained 11 subdeacons of the Fraternity of St. Peter. At the same time the Bishop of Chur ordained 15 seminarians in the traditional rite to minor orders as porters and lectors. Five seminarians were ordained exorcist and acolyte. All ordinands are preparing for the priesthood at the International Seminary of the Society St. Peter of Peter (FSSP) in Wigratzbad in the diocese of Augsburg near Lake Constance.
This coming February 20th, there will be another 13 subdeacons ordained at the second international seminary of the FSSP in the US. "Therefore, there is a realistic prospect that in 2017, 24 new priests are to be ordained for this old ritual community," said Messa in Latino .That would be twice the average of the past twelve years.
"Perhaps we should make the Holy Father aware that there are not just empty seminaries, but also full seminaries when he complains of the lack of priests next time. And that there will be a reason when there are the seminaries of tradition that are full," says Messa in Latino alluding to the speech of Pope Francis last February 1st, to participants at the conclusion of the Year of Consecrated Life .
At the Pontifical Mass, Bishop Huonder was assisted by Father Arnaud Evrat, the General Secretary of the Society of St. Peter, Father Jean-Laurent Lefevre, House Master of the Establishment at Fontainebleau, and Father Christian Jäger, Administrator for the Apostolate of the Society of St. Peter in Munich.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi Bild: FSSP Wigratzbad (Screenshots)
(Wigratzbad) 15 seminarians are receiving the subdiaconate for the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) on the first two Saturdays in February. The clergy of the Institute of tradition is characterized by a very good and thorough training.
Nine candidates of the Seminary of Wigratzbad were on consecrated on 15 February by Archbishop Haas of Vaduz in the parish church of Deuchelried in Wangen im Allgäu to the subdiaconate. There are four Frenchmen, two Canadians, one Colombian, a candidate of the Dominican Republic and one Austrian. At the same time Archbishop Haas confered 21 seminarians minor orders.
Already on 1 February six candidates had been consecrated in Denton in Nebraska to subdiaconate Bishop Fabian Wendelin Bruskewitz, Bishop Emeritus of Lincoln, carried out the consecrations in the Seminary of the Fraternity in Lincoln.
The Fraternity of St. Peter, an Institute of Tradition, is as a whole is characterized by a very well-educated clergy that stands out not only in the worthy celebration of the Immemorial Mass of All Ages, the serious administration of the sacraments, but also in catechesis and pastoral care. The Fraternity of St. Peter has published pictures of the Subdiaconal Ordination in Deuchelried .
(Wigratzbad) On 21 November endowed Bishop Konrad Zdarsa of Augsburg paid a visit to the traditional seminary of the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP) in Wigratzbad. It was the first visit by the diocesan Bishop, after the hunt and the resignation of Bishop Walter Mixa, who succeeded him in 2010. Wigratzbad located in the south of the Diocese of Augsburg, near Lake Constance.
Bishop Zdarsa celebrated solemn vespers with the priests and seminarians of the Fraternity of St. Peter, a solemn Vespers in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, which was held in the parish church of Opfenbach. Then the bishop visited the seminary. Regent Father Patrick Fay des Choisinet showed him the building and introduced him to the seminary community. The visit included a dinner in honor for the bishop. It offered an opportunity to become aquatinted and exchange ideas.
The predecessor of Bishop Zdarsa, Bishop Mixa visited the seminary in 2008.
Wigratzbad also has a shrine and witnessed the establishment of the Catholic television station K-TV by Pastor Hans Buschor from the diocese of Sankt Gallen.
(Wigratzbad) In April, the traditionally associated Fraternity held retreats at their seminary in Wigratzbat for 15 diocesan priests from various parts of Great Britain (England, Scotland and Northern Ireland). The four-day retreat was under the theme "The priest and the Eucharist in the Current Magisterium of the Church."
The occasion for this retreat was the tenth anniversary of the "groundbreaking encyclical" by John Paul II, Ecclesia de Eucharistia of May 2003, says the Fraternity of St. Peter. The retreat preacher was Father Arnaud de Malleray FSSP, the spiritual assistant of the lay association of the Fraternity, which is called the Confraternity of Saint Peter. He spoke in his lectures on the centrality of the Eucharist in the life of the priest, the essence of the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament, the sacrificial character of the Mass, Eucharistic Adoration and the Liturgy.
The conferences illuminated key messages, important doctrinal documents of recent times, as the Dogmatic Constitutions Presbytero Ordinis and Sacrosanctum Concilium , the Encyclical Mysterium Fidei of Paul VI., the encyclical Mediator Dei of Pius XII. and other texts.
The British priests experienced in Wigratzbad the spiritual atmosphere of the Marian pilgrimage site with its opportunities for perpetual adoration and to meet the residents of the Seminary of St. Peter. The Bishop of Portsmouth, Bishop Philip Egan, in whose diocese the Fraternity of St. Peter is active, had advertised the retreat in the circular to its priests.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi
Image: Peter Brotherhood
(Wigratzbad) Curial Bishop Juan Ignacio Arrierta ochoa de Chinchetru, the Secretary of the Papal Advisory for Legislative Texts, dispensed the lower orders and the subdiaconate on the 11th of February at the Seminary of the Society of St. Peter in Wigratzbad in the Immemorial Rite of the Mass of the Catholic Church. The Spanish msgr. Arrieta belongs to the Personal Prelature of Opus Dei. The Titular Bishop of Sao Paulo di Civitate in Apulia is the 260th Bishop of the Catholic Church and the ninth Spanish Bishop, who has celebrated or participated in a Tridentine Rite of the Mass, since Pope Benedict XVI promulgated the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum.
Curial Bishop Arrieta, who has been in the Secretariat of the Papal Advisory for Legislative Texts, blessed seven Sudeacons. There are more than 80 Seminarians studying at the seminary of Allgau for the Society of St. Peter.
Text: Giuseppe Nardi