The Society of Pius IX is an order of clergy and religious who serve independent parishes in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. The Society was established as an alternative system in lieu of the diocesan norm. Our formation came to be considering the politics, abuses, and canonical irregularities of bishops who have decided to be wolves instead of shepherds. Our misson is to serve and save souls rather than pomp and prestige. Returning to primitive practices of the Church as founded in the English monastic structure of the 5th and 6th centuries, we affirm community, piety, and canonical conformity; Furthermore, affirm a rule of faith, humility, charity, and chastity. In support of this cause, we look to the admonition of Pope St Gregory I, who wrote to Augustine, saying,
"You know, my brother, the custom of the Roman church in which you remember you were bred up. But it pleases me, that if you have found anything, either in the Roman, or the Gallican, or any other church, which may be more acceptable to Almighty God, you carefully make choice of the same, and sedulously teach the church of the English, which as yet is new ln the faith, whatsoever you can gather from the several churches. For things are not to be loved for the sake of places, but places for the sake of good things. Choose, therefore, from every church those things that are pious, religious, and upright, and when you have, as it were, made them up into one body, let the minds of the English be accustomed thereto." (in The Venerable Bede, Ecclesiastical History, Bk. I, Ch. XXVII).
The Society provides fellowship and collegial oversight to clergy serving parochial ministries, chapliancies, and missions in the Anglo-Catholic tradition. In order to pursue our mission, the Society provides its clergy with continual theological and liturgical training and resources, hosts conferences, and helps coordinate with parishes who seek clergymen.
We affirm the fullness of the Catholic faith, with a special emphasis to Anglican Patrimony as promulgated by the Holy See.