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 worship.
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.
His Excellency Bishop Bernard Fellay is happy to present a selection of texts in preparation for the
consecration of the Society of St. Pius X to St. Joseph, the patron of the universal Church. This booklet is
intended to offer you an opportunity to meditate on a few of the many writings on St. Joseph. You will find among
the contents official documents of the Magisterium, Bossuet’s two eulogies of St. Joseph, and Father
Garrigou-Lagrange’s commentary taken from La Mère du Sauveur et notre vie intérieure [The Mother of the
Saviour and the interior life].