In 1970, Archbishop
Marcel Lefebvre established the Society of St. Pius X with the full approval of Rome and according
to the dictates of Canon Law. The purpose of the Society is the formation of priests in a manner
untainted by any trace of modern errors in doctrine, morals or
This site describes the work and
activities of the Society in Australia. For
comprehensive news about the Society world-wide, including the latest in regard to relations with
the Vatican, please visit the website of the Mother
House in Switzerland.
In keeping with the
two-thousand-year old traditions of the Catholic Church, the priests of the Society of St. Pius X
celebrate the immemorial Mass of St. Pius V (also known as the Tridentine Mass). They pray daily
for our Roman Pontiff, Francis.
Currently, more than 500 priests of the Society offer the Holy Sacrifice of the
Mass in 55 countries across the globe. Of this number, 16 are located in the District of Australia.
Five priories have been established in this country, with the Headquarters in Sydney, under the
direction of the Superior, Fr. John Fullerton. From these centres, the priests travel to
approximately 35 locations to celebrate Mass.
Holy Cross Seminary, located in Goulburn NSW, is one of six Society
seminaries. Here, young men from Australia and from around the world pursue their studies for
the preparation to the priesthood. The International Seminary of St. Pius X is located in Econe,
The Society of St. Pius X also has over 150 Religious (Brothers, Nuns, and
Oblates) worldwide, with several established novitiates in different parts of the globe for
young ladies and gentlemen to answer religious vocations. In Sydney, the Society has a convent
of Sisters for the purpose of assisting the priests and for the education of youth. The Sisters
are responsible for the administration of St. Dominic Savio School in Rockdale.
There are other schools in the District, located in Victoria and Queensland.
St. Thomas Aquinas College, a fully-registered primary and secondary school,
was established in 1997 in Tynong, Victoria, outside of Melbourne. STAC operates under Catholic
standards with full government approval, having over 300 students. St. Philomena School, located at Park Ridge near Brisbane in pleasant
rural surroundings, is a flourishing primary school which has recently established a secondary
Prayer to Saint Pius
Saint Pius X, glory of the priesthood, light and honour of
the Christian people, you in whom lowliness seemed blended with greatness, severity with mildness, simple piety
with profound learning; you, Pope of the Holy Eucharist and of the catechism, of unsullied faith and fearless
strength, turn your gaze on holy Church, which you so loved and to which you consecrated the choicest of those
treasures with which the lavish hand of the Divine Bounty had enriched your soul; obtain for her safety and
steadfastness amid the difficulties and persecutions of our times; sustain this poor human race, whose sufferings
you shared in so largely, those sufferings which at the end stilled the beating of your great heart; bring it about
that this troubled world may witness the triumph of that peace which should mean harmony among nations, brotherly
accord and sincere collaboration among individual men, so that thus those ardent desires which consumed your
apostolic life may become by your intercession a blessed reality, to the glory of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Who with
the Father and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns forever and ever, Amen!
Society of St. Pius X
District of Australia and New Zealand