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
District of Australia and New