The First Order of the Guild
Bishops, Priests, Clerics in Major Orders
The First Order of the Guild shall comprise those Bishops, Priests, Deacons and Subdeacons, who wish not only to associate themselves with the work of the Guild, but also to subject themselves to its Rule, specifically Article 5 which pertains to the Priests of the First Order. A priest may choose instead to belong to the Second or Third Order, as detailed in the relevant pages of this website.
Admission to the Guild's First Order is applied for at the time of a seminarian's admission into major orders, as detailed in the relevant page on the Seminary. For priests who are already ordained, a thorough background check is conducted on any applicant for the First Order. The purpose of the check is to ensure that the applicant has the following:
- Valid orders
- Solid religious formation
- History of good morals
The reason for the check is to ensure, to the extent it is humanly possible, that the missions established by the Guild are served by priests who are sufficiently prepared for the awesome responsibility they bear.
Induction and Supervision
After the applicant for the First Order has been successfully evaluated, the Dean and Chapter shall make the final recommendation to the Superior General for the formal admission of the candidate. Upon approval, this admission takes place in a special ceremony conducted by the Superior General or another Priest designated by the Superior General. The ceremony shall include a profession of fidelity to the Guild and of obedience to the Rule, as well as the Anti-Modernist Oath if this has not recently been made.
The profession of fidelity to the Guild and its Rule, which is renewed annually on the Feast of St. Peter-in-Chains (August 1), is neither a a vow nor an oath of obedience, nor is it irrevocable or binding under pain of mortal sin.
Upon admittance into the Guild, the Chapter may recommend that the Priest be assigned for a certain period to the supervision of a Prior or Mission Chaplain. During this assignment the new First Order member shall endeavor to acquire the spirit of the Guild, so that he may be better able to transmit it to the faithful, and especially to the Oblates, when assigned to a Mission or Priory of his own.