Fraternity priests offer the traditional Latin Mass daily (Roman Missal of 1962), and provide wide-ranging pastoral care for the faithful centred upon the traditional prayers and sacramental forms loved by Saints and so highly prized by the Church.
The Fraternity is a Society of Apostolic Life
of Pontifical right, founded in 1988 with the approval of
Blessed Pope John Paul II. At present the Fraternity has two major seminaries, and our own Australian Ezechiel House Novitiate, housing more than 120
seminarians, with 200 priests working in a dozen countries.
The Fraternity came to Australia in March
2000 and has so far been invited by the bishops to work in their
dioceses of: Sydney, Parramatta, Canberra and Adelaide.
His Eminence George Cardinal Pell erected
Maternal Heart of Mary Church as a personal parish on August 15th,
placing it under the pastoral care of the Priestly Fraternity of
St Peter. The parish priest, Fr Duncan Wong FSSP, was nominated by the Father
General, The Very Rev John Berg FSSP, and granted the approval and
appointment by His Eminence.
Can. 515 §1. A parish is a certain community of the
Christian faithful stably constituted in a particular church,
whose pastoral care is entrusted to a pastor (parochus) as its
proper pastor (pastor) under the authority of the diocesan bishop.
Can. 518 As a general rule a parish is to be territorial,
that is, one which includes all the Christian faithful of a
certain territory. When it is expedient, however, personal
parishes are to be established determined by reason of the rite,
language, or nationality of the Christian faithful of some
territory, or even for some other reason.