What is the Confraternity of St Peter?
It is a society which gathers those who feel close to the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter and who wish to support its charism through prayers and sacrifices. Thus the Confraternity contributes to the service of the Church, through supporting numerous vocations, the sanctification of priests and their pastoral endeavours. Members commit themselves to:
- Daily praying one decade of the Holy Rosary for the sanctification of our priests and for our priestly vocations.
- Daily reciting the Prayer of the Confraternity.
- Yearly having the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered once for these intentions.
What spiritual benefit do members receive from the Confraternity?
Their commitments place the members among our most faithful benefactors, and as such, among the particular recipients of our priests’ and seminarians’ daily prayers. The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is offered each month for the members of the Confraternity in each area. Recollections and instructions in the faith are also foreseen.
How does one become a member?
- Obtain an enrolment form from the Priestly Fraternity of St Peter and send it back to us.
- The Priestly Fraternity of St Peter will send to you, in return, the certificate of membership. The commitments take effect with the reception of the certificate.
- Members must be Catholics who are at least 14 years of age.
- Membership is purely spiritual and does not confer any rights or duties other than the spiritual support in prayer and charity in accord with the commitments described above.
- By themselves the commitments do not bind under penalty of sin.
- Membership and the commitments which follow it are tacitly renewed each year on the feast of the Chair of St Peter (February 22), unless expressly determined otherwise.
How does one receive news about the Confraternity?
Our channels of information – bulletins and websites of the districts or of the houses – will provide news about the Confraternity.
Prayer of the Confraternity
Following a decade of the Rosary:
V. Remember, O Lord, Thy congregation.
R. Which Thou hast possessed from the beginning.
Let us pray:
O Lord Jesus, born to give testimony to the Truth, Thou who lovest unto the end those whom Thou hast chosen, kindly hear our prayers for our pastors.
Thou who knowest all things, knowest that they love Thee and can do all things in Thee who strengthenest them.
Sanctify them in Truth. Pour into them, we beseech Thee, the Spirit whom Thou didst give to Thy apostles, who would make them, in all things, like unto Thee.
Receive the homage of love which they offer up to Thee, who hast graciously received the threefold confession of Peter.
And so that a pure oblation may everywhere be offered without ceasing unto the Most Holy Trinity, graciously enrich their number and keep them in Thy love, who art one with the Father and the Holy Ghost, to whom be glory and honour forever.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I still join the Confraternity of St Peter:
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 of the Rosary and the Confraternity 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.
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.
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.
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.
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 pray to benefit principally our seminarians and priests, but you may include others at your discretion.
If I am a seminarian / deacon / priest / religious / sister?
Yes, you may join. The Confraternity is not for lay persons only. Any clerics and consecrated persons in good standing are welcome.
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.
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.