Potential Vocations message from the FSSP

Message from the North American District of the FSSP

The North American Seminary of the Fraternity of St. Peter, Our Lady of Guadalupe, has recently changed its entrance requirements. Two years of college are no longer absolutely required. Young men who will have completed their high school education by this August and are interested in a priestly vocation are invited to call the seminary at (402) 797-7700 . You can also visit our website at fssp.com. The vocations retreat at the seminary is only a few weeks away, June 7-10. The deadline for registration is June 1st.

Gotta love the FSSP! :thumbsup:

I’m glad the Fraternity have come to their senses over this issue.

The ICRSS doesn’t have that requirement, does it?

I don’t know, but someone on another thread said that their seminary is in Italy, & that they use the French language to teach in. That is something to consider when thinking about entering their seminary.


From my understandings, you don’t even need a high school diploma, but before you are send off to Italy, you do need to learn French (and possibly Latin), which is done (i think) near at their St. Louis locations.

Maybe they are having trouble continuing to keep up their large number of vocations? That was my first thought when I read this.

No, that is probably not the case.

The ICRSS do not require one to go to college or university before entering the Seminary. They do this because they know what a bad environment these kinds of places are for those discerning a vocation to the Priesthood. Also, Seminary formation takes the place of college/university.

As I said, I am glad the Fraternity have come to their senses on this issue. This was one of the minor reasons I chose to pursue the Institute, in the beginning, over the Fraternity.

From my understandings, you don’t even need a high school diploma, but before you are send off to Italy, you do need to learn French (and possibly Latin), which is done (i think) near at their St. Louis locations.

One definately needs a High School diploma, or A-levels in the British equivalent. That is the minimum qualification needed to enter the Seminary.

The ICRSS also have a younger age limit than the Fraternity, 30 vs 40 respectively I believe. There can be exceptions case by case however.

French is the language of the Seminary, and the Institute as a whole. Every Priest/Seminarian speaks it, so it has been described to me by one of their priests, as the ‘Latin’ of the Institute. This will not change. It is generally American candidates who do the one year ‘pre-formation’ before entering the Seminary popper, due mainly to the large culture difference between the US and Europe, and language of course.

So you’re learning french now?



I will be spending a month in Montpellier where the institute run a school, in July for an intensive course in French. I will be staying with the Institute Priest’s in their house there.

The rest I will pick up within a month or two of being in the Seminary. There are Americans in the seminary at present who told me they knew no French at all when they first went in! They were fluent within a few months.

I know for a fact that is not the case.

so, what is the language of instruction at the international seminary for the FSSP?

Everything that CatholicNick said, and you don’t need to learn Latin - you can learn that at the seminary. You can either learn French for 1 year (with spirituality and general religious formation/education) at St. Louis or in Germany OR on a crash-course for 1 month (without spirituality) in Montpellier, France.

I hope to do the former - 1 month in Montpellier next summer, then enter Gricigliano in September 2008, after I’ve finished my oh so delightful liberal-modernist-secular theology degree.

I’m still planning on going to the minor seminary for my diocese and praying about my vocation for four years. After I graduate there, then I will make a decision on whether to remain with my Novus Ordo Diocese or join an indult society like the FSSP.

You may not last that long in a diocesan seminary if they know you are really traditional. Depending on the seminary, they may not take too kindly to those who lean towards the traditional side enough to consider becoming a priest in a traditionalist order- even if that order is not in schism or anything. Seminarians who are really traditional and don’t keep quiet about it get kicked out.

Seminarians in Wigratzbad choose whether to study in German or French.

I actually had the opposite initial reaction. My thought was that the order must be growing enough to accomodate lower educational levels from those entering seminary.

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