Annual residential weekend of vocation discernment for Catholic men aged 18-30, on 16-18 February 2024 at Buckden Towers, High Street, Buckden, St. Neots, Cambs PE19 5TA, UK. Starts Fri 5:00pm; ends Sun 2:00pm. Info/bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP) is a traditional Catholic society of apostolic life for priests and seminarians (in communion with the Holy See). Currently, there are a grand total of 20 diocesan seminarians in all of Ireland. If God is calling you, go to the FSSP. You know the calling is true if the desire never goes away. My calling came at 17, which is typical, and the desire never left, but you are lucky, you have the FSSP (founded 1988) and I did not.
This invitation to young men gives me an opportunity to write. Male fraternity is important for all Catholic boys and men, and was discouraged once I reached 18. I blame feminism and the reverse scourge, machismo, for ruining modern terminology and giving us alphabet soup.
This un-Catholic mentality concerning fraternity even exists in traditional circles as some wives successfully discourage their husbands from going out drinking etcetera with the ‘boys’. Why do boys join teams and scouts and altar boys, and why do men go into the military, fire department, and police department...or hunt?
I don’t speak delicately, never have, and never will. Life didn’t permit it, and independence remains. However, as the now-disgraced Jesuits taught my brother Tom and me, follow a middle course. Now, in this crazy world, that means staying with tradition and being of a conservative mindset. That is the FSSP.