The SSPX welcomed new additions to its priestly fraternity - Three as perpetual members and eight as new members.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception (December 8) is the day reserved for when the clerics of the Society of St. Pius X make their engagements to their religious family. This year was no exception, with 2 priests of the United States District making their perpetual engagements: Fr. Jonathan Loop and Fr. Gagnon.
Additionally, one other priest, Fr. Therasian Xavier, from the District of Asia, was warmly welcomed to the seminary to make his engagement. Father was ordained in Winona in 2011. His first assignment was Palayamkottai, India, and he has been there ever since. He was made prior in 2015.
Finally, we received the joyful news that 8 seminarians made their first engagements this year: Maurizio Balestra, Phillip Delallo, Patrick Dvorak, James Hewko, Joseph Horak, Michael Marcopolus, Edward Simmerer, and Jonathan Steele.
In the sermon of the Mass, Reverend Father Yves le Roux explained how Our Lady, the Immaculate Conception, is the perfect model of generous submission to God. It is not by chance that Archbishop Lefebvre chose this feast day for the ceremony of engagement. As her children make for the first time or renew their complete oblation of self to God, they ask her to bring them into the same spirit which penetrated her whole life.
We congratulate the priests who made their perpetual engagement and ask the charity of your prayers for them as well as for the perseverance of those who have just officially become members of the Society of St. Pius X.