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. Edward
Black. 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, Switzerland.
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 department.