United Kingdom and Ireland


March 23, 2024

Dowry No61 now online

In this issue:


March 1, 2024

Pope Francis encourages FSSP


Audience with Pope Francis


Official communiqué of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter – Fribourg, March 1st, 2024.

Following a request from the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, Pope Francis invited Fr. Andrzej Komorowski, Superior General of the FSSP, to meet with him. He received him in private audience at the Vatican on Thursday, February 29, 2024, accompanied by Fr. Benoît Paul-Joseph, Superior of the District of France, and Fr. Vincent Ribeton, Rector of St. Peter’s Seminary in Wigratzbad.

The meeting was an opportunity for them to express their deep gratitude to the Holy Father for the decree of February 11, 2022, by which the Pope confirmed the liturgical specificity of the Fraternity of St. Peter, but also to share with him the difficulties encountered in its application. The Pope was very understanding and invited the Fraternity of St. Peter to continue to build up ecclesial communion ever more fully through its own proper charism. Fr. Komorowski informed the Holy Father that the decree of February 11, 2022 had been given on the very day of the Fraternity of St. Peter’s consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. The Holy Father hailed this coincidence as a providential sign.

Source : www.fssp.org
Photos : © Vatican Media

The papal decree signed on 11 February 2022 (pictures of the original here)


Decree of Pope Francis confirming the use of the 1962 liturgical books


[Original: Latin and Spanish]

The Holy Father Francis, grants to each and every member of the Society of Apostolic Life “Fraternity of Saint Peter”, founded on July 18, 1988 and declared of “Pontifical Right” by the Holy See, the faculty to celebrate the sacrifice of the Mass, and to carry out the sacraments and other sacred rites, as well as to fulfill the Divine Office, according to the typical editions of the liturgical books, namely the Missal, the Ritual, the Pontifical and the Roman Breviary, in force in the year 1962.

They may use this faculty in their own churches or oratories; otherwise it may only be used with the consent of the Ordinary of the place, except for the celebration of private Masses.

Without prejudice to what has been said above, the Holy Father suggests that, as far as possible, the provisions of the motu proprio Traditionis Custodes be taken into account as well.

Given in Rome, near St. Peter’s, on February 11, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, in the year 2022, the ninth year of my Pontificate.


December 26, 2023

Vocation Weekend near Bedford 16-18 Feb 2024

At Buckden Towers, High Street, Buckden, St. Neots, Cambs PE19 5TA

Starts Fri 5:00pm; ends Sun 2:00pm

Is God calling ME?
Matrimony, celibacy, monastery, seminary, Fraternity?

If you are a single Catholic man between 18 and 30 years of age, come and discern with us near Bedford.
Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP will lead the weekend. There will be talks, prayers, Holy Mass and informal chatting with fellow-guests. Possibility of private meetings with a priest, and of confession. Feel welcome confidentially to call, email or write for any questions. Holy Mass each of the three days.

BOOKINGS & CONTACT: [not via Facebook] malleray@fssp.org (read by Fr de Malleray only).

ACCESS: Direct train from London St Pancras to St Neots, every half hour, duration 56 minutes.

The nearest towns are Huntingdon (5 miles NNE of Buckden) and St Neots (5 miles South of Buckden). Both Huntingdon and St Neots are served by the West Anglian Great Northern Railway line from King’s Cross London to Peterborough. Let us know if you would need a lift from the railway station. There also are bus and coach links to both Huntingdon and St Neots from many parts of the country.



We have currently six young men from the UK & Ireland in formation at our two international seminaries. Three of our deacons from England were ordained priests at St Mary’s Warrington by Archbishop McMahon, OP of Liverpool. Those were the first EF priestly ordinations by a diocesan bishop in England in fifty years. Please pray for them (www.fssp.org/en/help-us/confraternity-of-saint-peter/) and for many more to enter the lists!

We give thanks for 13 priests ordained from or to the UK over the past 23 years: Fr Armand de Malleray in 2001; Fr Konrad Loewenstein in 2002; Fr Brendan Gerard in 2006; Frs Matthew Goddard and William Barker in 2009; Fr Simon Harkins in 2010; Fr Matthew McCarthy in 2011; Fr Ian Verrier in 2015; Fr James Mawdsley in 2016; Frs Alex Stewart and Krzysztof Sanetra in 2017; Fr Seth Phipps in 2018; Fr Gwilym Evans in 2022; Deacon Miklos Homolya in 2024 (planned) – plus Fr Patrick O’Donohue from Ireland (incardinated in 2023).

On the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, 11 February 2022, Pope Francis signed a decree confirming the liturgical charism of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter.

Please pray for us. We assure you of our prayer.

O Lord, grant us many holy priests!

December 7, 2023

Dowry No60 Winter issue now online

In this issue: [click here to open the magazine]

September 19, 2023

Dowry Autumn No59 now online

Click here to open the 20-page magazine or on the picture below.

In this issue:

Editorial: The Youth of Roman Traditions

Fr de Malleray reports on World Youth Day in Portugal last August with the Juventutem youth movement. A low-key presence but loaded with many graces, not least the protection of Our Lady of Fatima.

Juventutem Summer Weekend at Ampleforth

Tom Clovis, FSSP describes the successful annual Summer Weekend organised by Juventutem for 70 young adults in Ampleforth Abbey last July, boding well of next summer’s edition for the 20th anniversary of Juventutem.

Good News: Truth Can Be Known

A typed version of the talk by Conan McGonagle, FSSP on objective truth and how we can grasp it. Relativism influences us all. With St Thomas Aquinas, common sense is the best guide to use God’s creation fruitfully.

Priest Novelists: Evangelising through Fiction

The example of Cardinals Newman and Wiseman, among others, illustrates why some priests write novels to reach out to souls. Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP surveys the involvement of clerics in the literary apostolate.

First FSSP House in Ireland

Fr Patrick O’Donohue, FSSP rejoices as the Bishop of Waterford blesses the first permanent dwelling of the FSSP on the Emerald Isle in Waterford. A major encouragement in our Irish mission.

Novel The Island without Seasons

Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP reviews a recent novel by a Romanian author and Tolkien expert. Hero Alexander Wills is sent on a quest for lost Atlantis, a warning to our modern age to have to learn from the past.

Support our Apostolate  

Our ministry depends on the charity of our benefactors: parishioners, visitors and readers. Every little (and big) help enables us to do more and better across these Isles. Thank you for your generosity!

July 30, 2023

Summer reading: Vermeer’s Angel

A publisher, an editor, a novelist and an academic comment on a Catholic novel just released.


He survived Hiroshima. He escaped East-Germany. Will he elude the Church?

Deceased art expert Ken Kokura seemingly reappears in Japan, upsetting the plans of priestly diplomats. They fear, lest a ruthless schemer may have stolen his identity. How far will that possible super spy dare to go to subvert Church policy? The answer may be hidden in Vermeer’s celebrated paintings.

Against a Cold War backdrop, friendship, religion, the fine arts, and ideology intertwine. Loyalties are tested, leaving the only alternatives of betrayal or sacrifice. In the Church under attack, the worst infiltration is sin. Safety then will start with repentance.

Vermeer’s Angel is Fr de Malleray’s brilliant debut novel in an intriguing genre that could accurately be called ‘Vatican Noir’. The author’s detailed knowledge of the ecclesiastical backdrop and the artistic foreground make for a convincing ‘high resolution’ world in which ambition, morality, psychology, espionage and high drama intersect.

Pierpaolo Finaldi, Master of the Keys – The Catholic Writers Guild (UK). Pierpaolo Finaldi is also the CEO of The Catholic Truth Society.

A remarkable novel, a tale of Ostpolitik set in expertly orchestrated scenes alternating between the aftermath of Hiroshima and the collapse of Eastern European communism. Ingeniously interweaving the various strands of his fiction with real history, Japanese culture, Vatican diplomacy, Kim Philby’s Soviet spy ring, and a penetrating analysis of art that makes painting come alive, this is not only a culturally sophisticated narrative, but a gripping read, full of human interest.

Robert Asch, St Austin Review.

Writer, literary critic, and scholar, Robert Asch is co-editor of the St Austin Review and of the St Austin Press.

Armand de Malleray’s stunning prose draws the reader into a world of intrigue and uncertainty where nothing is quite as it seems. This is more than just a novel, it is a haunting meditation on the significance of memory, identity, betrayal, guilt and the insatiable human yearning for the Truth.

Fiorella De Maria, author of The Father Gabriel Mysteries

Award-winning novelist De Maria studied Literature in Cambridge and has published nine books with Ignatius Press.

Vermeer’s Angel is a triumph of a novel. It is a startlingly broad canvas that crosses several continents, cultures and decades, unfolding for the reader subtle readings of both artistic masterpieces and men’s souls. It is a novel about the loss of the self, caused by the atomic blast of modernity and the lingering radiation of older ills. It is a novel about memory and about self-betrayal, suffused with a gentle but persistent sense of the need to recover spiritual responsibility in a world of pragmatic compromise.

Brian Sudlow, author of Catholic Literature and Secularisation in France and England (Manchester University Press)

Dr Brian Sudlow teaches at Aston University (Birmingham, UK) and has written extensively about Catholic literature and Catholic thought in France and England.

Published by Arouca Press, 2023.

Vermeer’s Angel is available on the publisher’s website and on Amazon, including for UK customers, whose copy will be printed in the UK and shipped nationwide without custom taxes.

It is also for sale on the Latin Mass Society‘s bookshop.

Size: 23 × 15 × 2.5 cm

390 pages

Paperback £17.50 GBP ; $22.95 USD

See more of Fr de Malleray’s books here.

July 18, 2023

Happy 35th anniversary FSSP

Today, 18 July 2023, is the 35th anniversary of the foundation of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter by a dozen priests at the Abbey of Hauterive in Switzerland on 18 July 1988.

Schedule at St Mary’s Shrine on Tuesday 18 July 2023:

35th anniversary of Foundation of FSSP in Switzerland; St. Camillus de Lellis, Confessor:

  • 12:10pm Holy Mass
  • 5:00pm Vespers
  • 6:00pm Holy Mass

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. Gervais1
  • P. Klaus Gorges
  • P. Engelbert Recktenwald
  • Abbé Christian Gouyaud
  • P. Franz Prosinger
  • Walthard Zimmer (deacon)
  • [Abbé Denis Coiffet]2

See more documents here https://www.fssp.org/en/presentation-2/documents/.

See FSSP figures here: https://www.fssp.org/en/presentation-2/figures/.

July 7, 2023

Ladies’ Vocation Discernment Day

Facebook page for this event here.

Sat 29 July 2023: 10:00am-5:00pm. For single Catholic Ladies 18+ (under 18 welcome if accompanied by responsible adult family member), at St Mary’s Shrine Church, WA1 2NS, Warrington.

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Conferences on discernment, celibacy and prayer, with Sr Mari Caritas (then visiting from Minneapolis, erstwhile from St Mary’s Shrine) and Fr de Malleray, FSSP. Free. Bring your picnic.

Bookings: stmaryssecretary@fssp.org.

10am Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
10:15am First Conference
11:30am Eucharistic Adoration, Holy Rosary and Confessions
12:10pm Holy Mass
1pm Shared picnic lunch
2pm Conference
3pm Quiet time or individual meeting with Father or Sister
4pm Last conference and refreshments
6pm Sung Vespers (on option)

Watch conference by Fr de Malleray on religious life in general https://www.facebook.com/londonjuventutem/videos/449301119087599

on Poverty, Chastity, Obedience: https://www.facebook.com/londonjuventutem/videos/569868520474876/

June 28, 2023

Dowry No58 Summer Issue Online

In this issue:

Editorial: Why June is Humility Month

Fr de Malleray considers that the month of the Sacred Heart is also that of the Holy Eucharist with Corpus Christi. The example of St Francis of Assisi whose humility is universally acknowledged shows a little spoken-off connection between the saint and the Holy Eucharist.

Prayerful Pro-Life Witness

Isabel Vaughan-Spruce, the courageous young woman who was arrested for praying silently outside an abortuary, explains why bearing witness to life is part of the Gospel. She invites all to the March for Life in London on 2 September.

English Architect and Irish Pews in Bavaria

English seminarian David rejoices at the beautiful improvements to the community chapel at the International Seminary of St Peter in Bavaria, enhanced by unexpected contributions from the British Isles.

On the Coronation of King Charles III

Homily from Warrington on the day of Coronation, giving thanks for the Christian rite of coronation, a powerful reminder of the Christian identity of the the United Kingdom. The ritual calls for conforming the life of sovereign and people to the sweet law of Christ, King of kings.

Pugin at the Far End of the World

Brian Andrews, Heritage Officer for the Diocese of Hobart, explains A.W.N. Pugin’s influence as far as Tasmania, illustrated by stunning pictures that bear witness to the global influence of the great Catholic convert architect.

Traditional Ministry in Australia

Fr Roger Gilbride, FSSP, formerly in England, recalls the humble beginning of the FSSP in Australia until its upgrade to a fully-fledged district.

Vermeer’s Angel, a New Catholic Novel

Four representatives of the world of letters comment on a Catholic novel just released: a Catholic publisher, a literary review editor, a novelist and a university lecturer took pleasure in reading a story where friendship, religion, the fine arts, and ideology intertwine against a Cold War backdrop. In the Church under attack, the worst infiltration is sin. Safety then will start with repentance.

Our Lady Helps Build the Village

Building up a vibrant Catholic sanctuary is more needed than ever in our uncertain times. Not for the first time over the past 5 years, divine Providence has helped the Priory Campaign in Warrington. The versatile Shrine hall was recently blessed by the Archbishop of Liverpool, but help is still needed for completion of work.

Support our Apostolate

As the FSSP expands across the British Isles, assistance in many ways is requested, while a broad range of media is offered to all to strengthen their faith and evangelise.