United Kingdom and Ireland

Confraternity of St Peter: Frequently Asked Questions

Can I still join the Confraternity of Saint Peter if…

1) If I can’t travel easily and I would not have the time to attend events with the Confraternity? 
– Yes, you may join. Provided you say the daily decade and Prayer, and have the Mass offered once a year by any priest in good standing, you are not required to do anything more, even on the day of your enrolment.

2) If I do not intend to be part of the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter? 
– Yes, you may join. The Confraternity of St Peter (CSP) is formally distinct from the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter (FSSP). Any Catholic can join the former; but only priests and future priests can join the latter. Confraternity members retain full liberty and can decide to leave at any time.

3) If I already have spiritual commitments?
– Yes, you may join. For instance, if you are already committed to praying one decade of the rosary daily, you can apply it to the Confraternity’s intentions, added to your other intentions. If those were meant to exclude any other, you simply say a further decade.

4) If I normally attend the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite, not the Extraordinary Form. 
– Yes, you may join. Your prayers for priestly vocations and ministry as a committed Catholic are always valued.

5) If I want to pray for vocations not exclusively to the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter? 
– Yes, you may join. As a member of the Confraternity, you intend your prayer to benefit principally our seminarians and priests, but you may include others at your discretion.

6) If I am a seminarian / deacon / priest / bishop / religious / sister? 
– Yes, you may join. The Confraternity is not for lay persons only. Any clerics and consecrated persons in good standing are welcome.

7) If I am not able to give any money? 
– Yes, you may join. Your commitment is purely spiritual, and we do not expect you to contribute financially. Financial support to the formation of our seminarians and to the ministry of our priests is gratefully received, irrespective of Confraternity membership.

8) If I can’t conveniently recite the daily decade and Prayer in Latin, nor have the yearly Mass offered in the Extraordinary Form?
– Yes, you may join. You may say the decade in your preferred language and use any approved translation of the Prayer. While it is fitting to have the yearly Mass offered according to the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite, any other rite authorised by the Catholic Church may be used as an alternative.