The Priestly Fraternity of Saint Martin


On the Feast of Saint Martin of Tours, November 11, 2002, at the initiative of Fr Marco Vervoorst, the Parish Priest ofthe Parish of The Resurrection in Loxton, South Australia, a fraternal association of Priests (and Deacons) came intobeing with three priests committing themselves to the Fraternity.The Priestly Fraternity of S. Martin - known by its Latin title Fraternitas Sacerdotalis Sancti Martini - hence FSSM. A group of Anglican (mostly TAC) priests who are dedicated to living out their promises made at ordination within the context of catholic worship in its English expression, ie the Prayer Book and English Missal.
From the FSSM leaflet (which is quoted, with permission, from another source):
"As a clerical society of apostolic life, the Priestly Fraternity of S. Martin lives out its charism of commitment to the classical liturgical tradition in the context of pastoral ministry to the lay faithful who themselves are attached to this tradition.
Although maintaining their identity as secular clergy, members of the Fraternity are supported personally and in their priestly ministry by the common life, which also lends itself to celebrating the liturgy with a greater degree of solemnity."

It is important that all catholics, whichever form of worship they choose for themselves, have an awareness and respect for the way in which their predecessors in the Communion of Saints worshipped.
In this regard, the presence of the historical forms of worship is an invitation to filial piety, and an opportunity to learn in humility.

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