Society of St. Pius X, Singapore
The Priestly Fraternity of St Pius X (Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Pii X, or FSSPX) was founded in Switzerland on 1st November 1970. It was established in a rented house by Archbishop-Bishop Emeritus Marcel Lefebvre, retired Superior General of the Congregation of the Holy Ghost and previously Pope Pius XII’s Apostolic Delegate to French Africa, after he was approached by many young men who requested a traditional priestly formation.
The Society was canonically instituted under the authorisation of Bishop Charriere of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lausanne-Geneva-Fribourg, and approved by Cardinal Wright, Roman Curia Prefect of the Congregation of the Clergy. In the Swiss village of Econe, a house that the Canons of Great St Bernard had put up for sale was bought by the local Catholic faithful and donated to the new Fraternity to save the property from secularisation. This became the new seminary grounds with the approbation of Bishop Nestor Adam of the Diocese of Sion.
By 1974, one out of every six French seminarians studied in Econe, the SSPX Sisters had been formed, and apostolates in Britain, United States, Italy and France had been created. The FSSPX has since grown into an international priestly society of six seminaries and about 700 priests stationed in more than 800 chapels and churches across over 70 countries.
The Society established its first Asian priory in 1986 in India. Responding to a petition from members of the laity, the FSSPX set up a Traditional Mass centre in Singapore in 1987. Regular Masses began in 1992. After shifting between various temporary chapels in Orchard, Katong and Geylang, the Singapore Priory was established at Killiney Road in 1999, later moving to the present location at Upper Thomson Road in 2009.
The main goal of the Society of Saint Pius X is to preserve the Catholic Faith in its fullness and purity, to teach its truths, and to diffuse its virtues, especially through the Roman Catholic priesthood. Authentic spiritual life, the sacraments, and the traditional liturgy are its primary means of bringing this life of grace to souls.
As a Catholic priestly fraternity, our role in the Church is to be a witness to what Catholic life was like before the disastrous changes in the Catholic Church in the 20th century. Without inventing anything on our own, we hope to contribute to the restoration of all things in Christ by sharing what we have received from the Church with the Church at large.
I delivered unto you that which I myself have receivedI Cor. 15:3