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The Guild and Our Apostolate

The Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula was established in 2014 as a congregation of Catholic priests, religious, and laity, working and praying together for the restoration of the traditions of the Church, primarily though the preservation of the authentic Catholic liturgy.

We declare our complete submission to the Roman Catholic Church, and seek to do our part to bring her back to her own unambiguous submission to the will of God. We remain ever mindful of the promise of His Divine Son that He will abide in His Church even until the end of time. We firmly believe all the truths of the Catholic Church as taught throughout her history, and are ready to die to preserve the integrity of this Faith. We take as our patron saint the first holy Pope and Bishop of Rome to whom Our Lord gave the keys of His kingdom. The See of Peter is now in chains, and we are anxious to answer the call of that same Angel who appeared to our glorious patron in prison, saying: "Arise up quickly. Gird thyself, and bind on thy sandals. Cast thy garment about thee, and follow me."

Membership is open to all Catholics who have the vocation to assist in this godly work. We have three tiers of membership: Our priests are dedicated to providing the traditional Mass and sacraments. Our religious men and woman divide their time between prayer, chiefly in the common recitation of the Divine Office, and work in the active apostolate. Our oblates use their own particular talents to upport the Guild's apostolate insomuch as their duties of life permit, at least by praying the Divine Office or one of the alternative forms of liturgical prayer suggested by the Rule.

Our aim is to provide peaceful and harmonious communities of priests, religious, and lay oblates where Roman Catholics who recognize that things have not been going well with the Church since Vatican II can rediscover their traditional faith and values and help provide an oasis of truth and prayer for all who seek God.

We have no interest in the polemics and never-ending divisions prevalent among so many who practice the traditional form of worship. Our aim is rather to provide a spiritual home for those fellow Catholics who seek to lay aside divisive trivialities and unite instead around the never-changing dogmas and moral values taught by Christ’s Church.

We therefore welcome to our Missions and Priories all those of good will, who, while they may vigorously hold their own opinions on matters yet undecided by the Church’s teaching authority, still recognize that other Catholics of similar good will may favor an alternative opinion. We support all attempts by those who confess the same faith and reject Modernism to try to find answers to the often vexing questions posed by the current situation in the Church. At the same time we reject any pretense of authority by elevating our conclusions to the level of “dogmas”.

This does not imply any weakness whatsoever in our defense of the actual dogmas and teachings of the Church which have been passed down to us undefiled since the time of the Apostles, and which have been defined and otherwise imposed as divinely revealed truth by the legitimate teaching authority of the Roman Catholic Church. By these truths we live, and for these truths we are prepared to die.

We remain Roman Catholic, with our allegiance to the everlasting Rome of truth and tradition, resigned in these unhappy times in which we live to submit entirely to the unseen Will of God. In the absence of legitimately authorized superiors, we count on God alone to bestow His blessings on our enterprises, and we look to the powerful protection and guidance of Christ the King, as manifested in the holy innocence of His infancy. For this reason we have recognized in the Holy Infant of Prague the supreme expression of this absolute power absolutely incorrupt. We have remembered His words and etched them on our hearts, that “Except ye become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” And we surrender our own will unto His, as with humble submission we call to mind the words of Isaiah the Prophet, who told of the day when “a little child shall lead them.”


Joining the Guild

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  Vocations


There's no question that the Church is in trouble these days.  In every age since our Lord's death, there has been trouble, as He predicted there would be.  But in every age he has inspired men and women to respond to the assaults on his holy Church.  These times are no different.  Are you one of those warriors he is calling to today's battle?

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  Priests


The Guild seeks inspired and devoted priests to join us in our own campaign to preserve and restore the traditions of the Church.  If you're an ordained priest and don't feel your current situation fulfills the path to which God called you, why not discuss with us an alternative way, one that you know is according to the will of God.

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  Religious


The Guild is looking to establish its Second Order of Religious and seeks communites who follow the Rule of St. Benedict to join us in preserving the monastic traditions of that Rule, with especial emphasis on the communal recitation of the monastic Office. Other teaching and nursing communities, and members of any religious order are also welcome.

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  Oblates


The Guild welcomes as an Oblate any member of the Catholic clergy or laity, who wishes to structure his or her prayer life around the guidance of a simple Rule. We encourage our Oblates to center their life on the union with God found in the reception of the Divine Eucharist, and in their adoration of God in the Divine Office.

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The Official Seal of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula

Our Clergy

The Guild of St. Peter of Vincula at present has five members of  the clergy working closely with us in various capacities. 

The post of Superior General is currently vacant, and the election of a new Superior General will take place on the Feast of St. Paul's Conversion, January 25, 2018. 

Under the Superior General, the Dean of Chapter is the chief administrator of the Guild, and meets with the other priests and bishops in Chapter to discuss the pragmatic difficulties arising from Rome's apostasy and the current defection of its teaching Magisterium.  The Chapter does not claim to replace the Church's authority, but merely discusses the various issues, recommending practical policies to the Superior General who may then approve their adoption for the Guild and its priests.


Our Oblates

The Oblates of the Guild of St. Peter ad Vincula are Catholics who offer themselves to God by their voluntary adoption of the Rule of the Guild.

The Rule for the Oblates is unique among those of similar third order communities in its flexible approach to the variety of backgrounds from which our Oblates come to us.

  There are only two hard-and-fast rules which apply to every Oblate:  the obligation to recite daily the Guild Prayer of Restoration, and all or some part of the Divine Office or one of the alternatives offered in the Rule.

The rest of the Rule is followed by the Oblate only insofar as his state of life and schedule permits.   We encourage our Oblates to do as much as they can,  ever mindful of the sad state of our Church, which is in so much need of our prayers and acts of penance.


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