Joining the Guild

The Three Orders of Membership

Announcements

Jan 1, 2016

Guild Masses in January

demoThe Monthly Requiem of the Guild will be offered on Tuesday January 19.  Masses "pro Populo" are offered on January 1 and 6.


Jan 1, 2016

Important Notice for Postulants

This is the last reminder for Postulants who joined us in January of 2015 that they need to apply for admission to the Novitiate before their one-year anniversary to avoid having their membership terminated as inactive.  Contact the Dean by phone or e-mail to arrange for the ceremony of induction.


Jan 3, 2016

2016 Calendars

We still have a few copies left of our two beautiful traditional Catholic wall calendars for 2016.  The first is black and white and contains full liturgical rubrics for every day of the year, making it easy to know not only what feastday it is, but also what the commemorations are at Mass and what colour vestments the priest will be wearing.  Days of fast are marked and instructions are provided on the rules of fast and other important things every Catholic should know.  Our liturgical calendar is $10.95 with free shipping.

Our second calendar is full-colour on glossy card stock, and features images of the cathedrals of Europe.  It contains the feastday for every day of the year, together with very clear color markings for holydays of obligatio and days of fast, making it a quick and easy reference to know what your duties are on any given day.  National holidays for the United States are also included.  Our colour calendar is $14.95 with free shipping.

Both calendars are available at Confraternity Books, the online bookstore of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula.


Calendar

January 2016


January 1 - Circumcision of Our Lord

Holyday of Obligation and Missa pro Populo


 January 6 - Epiphany of Our Lord

Missa pro Populo

Blessing of Chalk, Gold, Frankincense & Myrrh

Blessing of homes with Epiphany Water

Children's Christmas Party with Three Kings Cake


 January 18 - Chair of St. Peter at Rome

Medal Day

Opening of Chair of Unity Octave


January 19 - St. Marius & Companions, Mm

Monthly Requiem


January 22 - Ss. Vincent & Anastasius, Mm

Chair of Unity meeting of Board of Directors


January 25 - Conversion of St. Paul, Ap

Closing of Chair of Unity Octave


Prayer of Restoration

To be Recited Daily


Let us pray.

Almighty and Everlasting God, * we beseech thee to restore unto this world of sin * that faith which St. Peter thy first Pope and Prince of the Apostles * did once humbly confess; * and commit once more, * through thine infinite mercy, * the government of thy Church * unto a worthy Vicar of thy Son; * that he may be bestowed with such increase of all virtues * as may be pleasing in thy sight; * and that being so adorned, * he may lift from the Church and from all nations * the heavy weight of heresy * that presseth down upon us; * and rendering Christendom once more acceptable in thy sight, * may bring at length all nations * to render due homage at the feet of their divine King, * even Jesus Christ, thy Son our Lord, * who liveth and reigneth with thee, * in the unity of the Holy Ghost, * ever one God, * world without end. * Amen.

 

General Principles

The Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula looks forward to welcoming as members all Catholic men and women of good will who seek to help in our apostolate to restore the Church.

There are three tiers of membership, corresponding in part to the three "orders" of monastic life.  However, because of the circumstances in the Church today, there are certain differences, and you should consider carefully the type of membership for which you wish to apply.

If you are accepted as a member of the Guild, we ask that you take your membership seriously.  For this reason we impose the following stipulations and guidelines:

  1. A membership stipend is assessed upon application.  While this also helps to cover our expenses in providing novices with the Guild Medal and Handbook, the chief reason for its implementation is to filter out frivilous applications.
  2. After initial consideration of your application, there follows a probationary period known as the Postulancy.  During this period, an assessment will be made of your overall enthusiasm in the observance of the Rule, the Calendar, and in particular the Constitutions for either Priests, Religious, or Oblates according to your status.
  3. While we expect simply that our Oblates will continue to lead a good moral life and abide by the teachings of the Church, the requirements for our Priests and Religious are necessarily more vigorous in nature.  Before a Priest is accepted as a full-fledged member of the Guild, he must pass a careful background check that will examine his clerical history (education, validity of ordination, etc.), his moral history (including a criminal background check), and his absolute adherence to the doctrines of the Church and the rites and liturgical practices as prescribed by the Rule of the Guild.

Priests

The first order of the Guild is reserved for the priesthood. If you are already a functioning or retired Catholic priest and are in agreement with the aims and methods of the Guild, you may apply to become a priest of the Guild, subject to its Rule and in obedience to its Superiors.  You would continue to serve your existing parish or Mass centre, which would automatically become a Guild Priory or Mission.  While most of the administrative details are described in the Constitutions for the Priests of the Guild, we realize there may be other circumstances that are not covered in your particular case, and these would be discussed with you before any final commitment is made.  If you would like to consider applying for membership as a Priest of the Guild, please contact the Dean (see our contact page), who will supply you with a copy of the Constitutions and answer any questions.

Religious

The second order of Religious is open to men and women who wish to devote their entire life to God in a monastic setting, where their most important task is their daily prayer in the form of the Holy Mass and the public recitation of the traditional Divine Office. Following the Rule of St. Benedict adapted to the particular circumstances of the post-Vatican II world, the rest of their day is filled with work in a capacity suited to the objectives of the Guild and our current resources.  If you would like to consider applying for membership as a Religious man or woman in the Guild, please contact the Dean (see our contact page).

Oblates

Membership of our third order, the Oblates, is open to the clergy (priests and religious), and the laity.

  1. Priests and religious who are already affiliated with another group or community may still join the Guild as Oblates, thus extending their apostolate and joining their efforts to our own.  These priests and religious should not be confused with the members of the first and second orders, who place themselves entirely under the Rule and Governance of the Guild, and in submission to its superiors.  Priest and Religious Oblates would continue their affiliation to their own religious order or community, retaining obedience to their existing superiors.  Their lifestyle would not be changed in any way, but they would simply follow the Constitutions for the Oblates of the Guild, inasmuch as they are applicable to their particular circumstances.

  2. We welcome all lay people who recognize their responsibility to help restore the Church to her former glory and make reparation for the damage being done by the modernists.  Lay Oblates follow the Constitutions for Oblates, discussing with their director the means by which they may best participate in the apostolate of the Mission or Priory to which they are attached.  Lay Oblates continue to give first priority to their existing duties of life, and retain full control over the extent to which they become involved in the work of the Guild.

Those who wish to have more information should contact the Dean via e-mail.  Otherwise, once you are ready to be considered for membership you should complete the following form, making sure to submit your membership stipend via the "Donation" button below.  You will be notified by e-mail once your application is accepted, and will receive the date of the start of your three-month postulancy.  During your postulancy you should make every attempt to familiarize yourself with the Rule of the Guild and the Constitutions for the Oblates, both of which are published on this website.  At the end of your postulancy we will send your personal copy of the Handbook for the Oblates of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula and your Guild Medal, (pictured below) along with details of your Investiture as  Novice.


 

TO APPLY TO BE AN OBLATE OF THE GUILD

COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING FORM