From The Rector, Father Vicente Griego
Seminary is one of six seminaries operated by the Society of Saint
Pius X, and is located in the countryside 25 kilometers outside
of Goulburn, and about 2 hours driving time south-west from Sydney,
Australia. Although Holy Cross is an international Seminary, as
are all the Society's Seminaries, open to candidates from all over
the world, it is nevertheless especially geared to take Seminarians
from Australia, New Zealand and Asia. Holy Cross seminary is the
smallest of the Society's seminaries. The others are in Switzerland,
France, Germany, the U.S. and Argentina.
purpose of the Society of Saint Pius X is the priesthood, and everything
that concerns the priesthood. Consequently, the formation of priests
in our Society's Seminaries is the chief and most important work
accomplished by the Society. It strives to form true priests in
perfect fidelity to the Magisterium of the Roman Catholic Church.
This means adherence to every aspect of Catholic Tradition, and
in particular the constant and consistent condemnation of the multiple
aspects of liberalism and modernism by the pre-Vatican II Popes.
It also means the refusal of the revolutionary ideas promoted since
the second Vatican Council, which have so effectively destroyed
the Church's authority.
given at Holy Cross seminary is entirely Thomistic, that is according
to the principles of the Angelic Doctor, St. Thomas Aquinas, as
prescribed in the 1917 Code of Canon Law, Canon 1366, and by the
Popes, especially Leo XIII and St. Pius X. It consists of one year
of Spirituality, two years of Philosophy and three years of Theology.
This formation is given according to the spirit of the Society's
founder Archbishop Lefebvre, from whom it received the traditional
Latin Mass and the traditional philosophical and theological formation
so necessary to the life and functioning of a true Catholic priest.
The Society's specially spirituality, related to the present very
grave crisis in the Church, and an effective response to it, is
described in Archbishop Lefebvre's book Spiritual Journey. The greatness
and majesty of God, the gravity of original sin and actual sin,
the mystery of the Incarnation, and the satisfactory Redemption,
the Church, the sacraments and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass are
consequently the center of the spirituality taught at Holy Cross
is not just a Major Seminary. It is also a Brothers' Novitiate,
for those men who are willing to sacrifice all to follow Christ
and seek for perfection. Formation in the practice of the vows,
the religious and community life, generosity and prayer are the
main elements to be achieved during the novitiate. After and novitiate
the Brothers remain to learn the invaluable practical skills that
enable a brother to serve the Society most effectively. The religious
life, exemplified by the Brothers is crucial to the life of the
Society and to that of Holy Cross Seminary.
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