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St Thomas Aquinas Seminary prepares its students for ordained ministry throughout the world. It is supported an independent college, supported by Ancient Catholic churches and churches with no affiliations, and provides practical, highly modulised and theory based training for all Catholic and non-denominational jurisdictions. Www.sspx.org The Society of St. Pius X is an international priestly society of common life without vows, whose purpose is the priesthood and all that pertains to it. Thomas Aquinas Seminary is an international seminary of the Society currently located in Virginia. Seminary Website: If you would like to donate to the Seminary. Click here: https://bit.ly/3eex8Si. Saint Thomas Aquinas Seminary - SSPX. 1,559 likes 31 talking about this 19 were here. This is the new page for the Saint Thomas Aquinas Seminary in Dillwyn, VA, managed by a lay volunteer in.

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In the past I have explained why increasing vocations isn’t rocket science. A recovery of orthodoxy and tradition consistently leads to a boom in vocations to the priesthood and religious life. Having previously highlighted dioceses such as Lincoln and Charlotte, as well as the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP), I would now like to turn your attention to the Society of Saint Pius X.

Much ink has been spilled discussing the complicated history and canonical status of the SSPX. What hasn’t received nearly enough attention is their continued growth, most visibly illustrated by the 2016 relocation of their U.S. seminary to accommodate new enrollments.

I recently had the privilege of corresponding with Father Patrick Abbet, vice rector of the Society’s North American seminary, regarding vocations, formation, and the traditional Latin Mass.

LG: St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary moved from Winona, Minnesota to Dillwyn, VA in 2016 to help address increasing enrollment. How many seminarians do you now have?

Father Patrick Abbet: We currently have 80 seminarians. On June 22, God willing, we will have the ordination of seven new priests and six new deacons.

LG: Did all of your seminarians grow up assisting at the traditional Mass, or did some discover the Mass and the Society of St. Pius X later in their discernment?

Father Patrick Abbet: Around 80% of our seminarians did grow up assisting at the Traditional Mass. The majority of that figure come from families who attend Mass in SSPX Chapels. Additionally, more than 65% of our seminarians went to one the schools run by the priests of the Society of Saint Pius X.

LG: Do you have any statistical data on your seminarians, such as average age, average number of siblings, etc.?

Father Patrick Abbet: The majority of our new seminarians are between 18 and 21 years old. Very often, they come from large Catholics families. The exemplary generosity of their parents is certainly a positive influence on their vocation.

LG: Does the North American Seminary follow the same curriculum, both academically & liturgically, as H.E. Archbishop Lefebvre established at Ecône?

Father Patrick Abbet: Yes, we follow the six-year program which Archbishop Lefebvre established. The entire course of studies begins with a year of Spirituality, followed by two years of Philosophy and three years of Theology. During their year of Spirituality, seminarians learn “the principles of the interior life, of life in the presence of God and in union with God, the foundations of the spiritual combat, the soul of the apostolate, and so on; and they apply themselves to putting these principles into practice in their personal life.” (Rule for the Seminary) To this program we have added a preparatory year of Humanities. During this year, seminarians study some classical works of literature, as well as Latin; additionally, they take introductory courses in philosophy, scripture, and the history of the present crisis in the Church.

LG: I believe I read that the Society has five seminaries and is present in 35 countries. Do most of the North American seminarians come from the US, Canada, and South America? Will most of those who are ordained remain in the Americas?

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Father Patrick Abbet: There are a total of six seminaries of the SSPX worldwide. Our own seminarians come mainly from English speaking countries: specifically, the United States, Canada, and Ireland. Currently, we also have one seminarian from Mexico, and another from the Dominican Republic. Our Founder, Archbishop Lefebvre, wanted every seminary of the SSPX to be international. As far as the assignments of the new priests, I would say that between half and two-thirds remain within the United States.

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LG: As I have written about before, more Catholics are realizing the important role of tradition in fostering discernment & vocations. Dioceses and orders who have begun to embrace the traditional Mass are experiencing increased vocations and fervor. In your opinion Father, what is it about the traditional Mass of the Roman Rite that draws young men to it and (often) to the priesthood?

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Father Patrick Abbet: The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass teaches us about the Mystery of Redemption. When we “touch,” so to speak, the love which Our Lord Jesus Christ has for souls, as we see expressed so well in the Mass, we may well be moved to follow Him. Archbishop Lefebvre teaches us that the Mass explains the priest:

“It is obvious that the priest participates in the great mystery of the Redemption. To participate in the mystery of the Redemption is the purpose of his priesthood, it is the raison d’être of his priesthood. His entire life, his entire apostolic life, his entire priestly life is nothing other than to spread the graces of the Redemption, to spread the graces of the Cross. The principal act by which he participates in the Redemption and by which he spreads the graces of the Redemption is, as you undoubtedly know, is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. The priest is made, above and beyond all else, to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in order that the graces which descend from the Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ transpierced by a lance, be spread by His Blood: qui pro vobis et pro multis effundetur, ‘which is shed for you and for many.’ These are the essential words which the priest pronounces at the moment of the consecration at Mass; this Blood which is shed for you, for us and for many. Alas! why is it ‘for many’? Precisely because many have refused it; many refuse the Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ, the graces of the Redemption. This is not because Our Lord did not will to shed His Blood for all, it is said at the Offertory ‘we offer this chalice pro totius mundi salute – for the salvation of the entire world,’ but, alas, in reality, how many countless souls refuse the Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ!

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Thus we see the role of the priest, the essential role of the priest: to offer the Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ and to spread the graces by all of the sacraments and particularly by the Holy Eucharist and the sacrament of Penance. Moreover we have seen how a holy priest such as the Curé of Ars spent his life at the altar spreading God’s graces by his words and in the confessional spreading the graces of the Redemption for souls. There you have the priest! What a beautiful vocation! What a sublime vocation!” (Sermon given in 1980)

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LG: Lastly, I read that completion of the Seminary was the first priority in Dillwyn, followed by the church. In addition, the entire property is approximately 1,000 acres in total. How is building coming along and what is the next scheduled project? Please let my readers know of any fundraising opportunities underway for those looking to assist you.

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Father Patrick Abbet: We are still finishing certain parts of the Seminary, notably the administrative building, which will contain not only administrative offices, but also a parish hall and a bookstore for the faithful. Then, when God wishes it, we will build the church – a large and beautiful sanctuary to allow the Liturgy in its most solemn form to mold our young seminarians into holy priests, deeply attached to their Mass. In their name, I thank all our benefactors for their constant support. They may follow the ongoing project at http://www.stas.org or http://www.newseminaryproject.org. Please let everyone know that visitors to the Seminary are always welcome, especially for the Sunday High Mass at 10:00am. I also invite the faithful, especially families, to come to the ceremonies of ordinations on June 22 of this year. This beautiful traditional Liturgy is a living catechism on Holy Orders.

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The SSPX is an international congregation of priests and has establishments in almost every major country. Listed below is the contact information for the various headquarters and autonomous houses of the SSPX throughout the world.

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be sure to add 011 before the listed number.

United States of America
District Headquarters

REGINA COELI HOUSE
11485 N. Farley Road
Platte City, MO 64079
816-753-0073 tel
816-753-3560 fax
[email protected]

GENERAL HOUSE OF THE SSPX
Priorat Mariae Verkundigung
Schloss Schwandegg
Menzingen, ZG, CH-6313,
SWITZERLAND
[41] (41) 757 10 50 tel
[41] (41) 757 10 55 fax
www.fsspx.org
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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
St. Thomas Aquinas Seminary

21077 Quarry Hill Road
Winona, MN 55987
507-454-8000 tel 507-216-6243 fax
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SWITZERLAND
Seminaire International Saint Pie X
Econe
CH-1908 Riddes, VS
[41] (27) 305 10 80 tel
www.seminaire-econe.ch
GERMANY
Priesterseminar Herz Jesu
Zaitzkofen
D-84069 Schierling

[49](9451) 943 190 tel
www.priesterseminar-herz-jesu.de
ARGENTINA
Seminario Nuestra Senora Corredentora
Caja de Correos #308
La Reja, Moreno
Buenos Aires, RA-1744

[54] (11) 44 40 67 38 tel
FRANCE
Seminaire International St. Cure d'Ars
Maison Lacordaire
F-21150 Flavigny sur Ozerain

[33] (3) 80 96 20 74 tel
AUSTRALIA
Holy Cross Seminary
PO Box 417
Goulburn, NSW 2580

[61] (2) 48 29 51 77 tel
www.holycrossseminary.com
PHILIPPINES
St. Bernard Novitiate
Barangay Daga
Santa Barbara, Illoilo

[63] (33) 523 50 58 tel
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DISTRICT HEADQUARTERS & AUTONOMOUS HOUSES
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AFRICA
GABON
Mission St. Pie X
BP 3870 La Peyrie
GAB, Libreville
[241] (76) 60 18 tel

KENYA
Help of Christians Priory
19 Link Road
Karen (Nairobi), 00502
[254] (203) 000 775 tel / fax

SOUTH AFRICA
Priory Our Lady of Sorrows
PO Box 878
ZA-1725 Roodepoort
[27] (11) 763 10 50 tel
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ZIMBABWE

St. Joseph's Priory
9 Jean Lane
Strathaven
Harare
[263] (4) 33 94 40 tel
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ASIA
SINGAPORE
[Asia & New Zealand District Headquarters]
St. Pius X Priory
286 Upper Thomson Road
Singapore City, SG-574402
[65](6459) 0792 tel
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PHILIPPINES
Our Lady of Victory Church

2 Cannon Road (Corner Valley Road)
RP-1112 New Manila, Quezon City
[63] (2) 725 59 26 tel
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AUSTRALIA
Domus Dei
282 W. Botany Street
Rockdale, NSW 2216
AUSTRALIA
[61] (2) 9567 7088 tel
DISTRICT WEBSITE
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CANADA
St. Michael's Priory
45 Guthrie Avenue
Etobicoke, Toronto, ONT M8Y 3L2
416-251-0499 tel [from USA dial only 1 not 011]
DISTRICT WEBSITE
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EUROPE [EASTERN]
POLAND
Przeorat Bractwa 'sw. Piusa X

ul. Garncarska 32
PL-04-886 Warszawa
[48] (22) 615 28 60 tel
DISTRICT WEBSITE

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LITHUANIA
Sv. Kazimiero prioratas
Birutes g. 1
LT-45320 Kaunas
[370](837) 74 95 63 tel/fax
[370] (837) 34 53 57 tel
[email protected]
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EUROPE [WESTERN]
AUSTRIA
Priesterbruderschaft St. Pius X
Jaidhof 1
A-3542 Gfohl, NO
[43] (2716) 65 15 tel

BELGIUM & LUXEMBOURG
Prieure du Christ Roi
37-39, Rue de la Concorde
B-1040 Bruxelles
[32] (2) 550 00 20 tel
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FRANCE
Maison St. Pie X
11, rue Cluseret
F-92280 Suresnes Cedex
[33] (1) 45 06 10 68 tel
DISTRICT WEBSITE

GERMANY
Priorat St. Athanasius
Stuttgarter-Strasse 24
D-70469 Stuttgart-Feuerbach
[49] (711) 89 69 29 29 tel
DISTRICT WEBSITE

GREAT BRITAIN / IRELAND
St. George's House
125 Arthur Road, Wimbledon Park
London, SW19 7DR
[44] (20) 8946 79 16 tel
DISTRICT WEBSITE

ITALY
Fraternita San Pio X
Via Trilussa 45
00041 Albano Laziale, Roma
[39] (06) 930 68 16 tel
DISTRICT WEBSITE

NETHERLANDS
Priorij St. Clemens
Heuvel 23
NL-5674 Nuenen-Gerwen
[31] (40) 283 45 05 tel
DISTRICT WEBSITE

SPAIN-PORTUGAL
Casa San Jose
Carretera Navalcarnero a Grinon, Km 5
E-28607 El Alamo (Madrid)
[34] (91) 812 28 81 tel

SWITZERLAND
Prieure St. Nicolas de Flue
Solothurneerstrasse 11
CH-4613 Rickenbach, SO
[41] (62) 216 18 18 tel

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INDIA
Priory of the Most Holy Trinity
1, Marcel Lefebvre Place, Sivalaperi Road
Annie Nagar, Palayamkottai
IND-627-002
[91](462) 257 2389 tel
[91](462) 257 2401 fax
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MEXICO & CENTRAL AMERICA
Priorato Nuestra Senora de Guadalupe
C. Jaime Torres Bodet 237
Col. Santa Maria La Ribera
MEX-06400 MEXICO, DF
[52] (55) 5547 4324 tel
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SOUTH AMERICA
Casa Maria Reina
Pedro Goyena 2034
Martinez, Buenos Aires, RA-1640
ARGENTINA
[54] (11) 47 92 15 56 tel
DISTRICT WEBSITE

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