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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Clarification, please

Could someone please clarify the following for me which is taken from 'excerpts of the Constitutions of the FSSP':
15. The Fraternity of Saint Peter will seek to encourage vocations of auxiliaries for service to the Altar and all that is related to it: participation in the liturgy, in the Sacraments, in catechetical instruction and generally in all that is necessary to assist the priests in their ministry, in conformity with Can. 738 § 2.
Does that encompass the possibility of a sorority?

UPDATE: With Seminarian Rob Martin's permission, I can post the following:
At one point, there was an order of sisters that was assisting the FSSP. However, they decided that they wanted to pursue a more contemplative vocation, and they are no longer directly associated with us, although they still have a very close relationship with the FSSP. They are called the Oblates of Mary and they are located in Pennsylvania (http://www.oblatesofmary.com/). Currently, I know of no plans to establish another order of sisters to work in conjunction with the FSSP, but that's not to say that it couldn't be done. In fact, there seems to be a desperate need for an order of traditional teaching sisters to work in FSSP parish schools.
I have been looking at the Oblates actually, they seem absolutely wonderful - but it is awfully hard being in Australia, though I am not ruling anything out. I suppose my aspiration is for something to flower from the Divine Will that will mean that an international community is established to help serve our Fathers in their needs, particularly it seems through prayer and teaching, because they need all the help that they can get, and in all the places where they are.

Fiat voluntas tua!

Comments [4]

Blogger Brownthing:

You're desperate aren't you? :-D

Wed Oct 05, 01:39:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Juan:

Not sure, but if it's related to altar service I think that it precludes the participation of women, likewise the mention of assistance in the liturgy and the administration of the sacraments.

Why don't you just ask them?

Wed Oct 05, 06:04:00 PM GMT  
Blogger Perpétua:

I am desperate! Johannes, I would see the role of women more to the total service of their priests, and thus, through them of course, the Altar. The promulgation and preservation of the Classical Liturgy, really :)

Thu Oct 06, 07:05:00 AM GMT  
Blogger Amanda:

I spent a week with the Oblates last July. They have a beautiful charism--pray and sacrifice for the sanctification or priests. That said, there is something about them, especially the Superior, that did not sit right. If it wasn't for the fact that I befriended one of the Sisters and she let me in on some of their skeletons, I wouldn't have known what was going on. If you want more info...ask Cortney. He spent the whole summer with them.

Cheers,
Amanda

Sat Oct 08, 03:03:00 AM GMT  

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