United Kingdom and Ireland
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/.

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