Official: FSSP parish in Rome at Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini

Our friend John Sonnen in Rome, who has Orbis Catholicus gives us the following news:

It is with great joy that the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter announces the opening of a personal parish in the Diocese of Rome.

The decree of erection of the parish, which is dated Easter day of 2008, states that in conformity with art. 10 of Summorum Pontificum, “and after having received the proposal of the Cardinal Vicar, the Holy Father has established that in the central sector of the Diocese of Rome, in the 1st District, and in a fitting place of worship, namely, the Church of Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini . . . should be erected a personal parish, in order to guarantee proper pastoral care for the entire community of Traditionalist faithful residing in the same Diocese.

The Fraternity of St. Peter is deeply grateful to the Holy Father and his Vicar, Cardinal Camillo Ruini, to be entrusted with this parish in the See of Peter. Of the many dioceses where it serves, this is the tenth apostolate which has been erected as a full personal parish, and the first in Europe. It is hoped that this particular parish will serve not only the local parishioners, but that it will also provide a fine example of the beauty and solemnity of the extraordinary form of the Roman Rite to the many pilgrims and students in Rome. Rev. Joseph Kramer, FSSP, has been appointed as the first pastor of the parish Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini, Rector of the venerable Archconfraternity of the same name, and Rector of the church.

The installation of Fr. Kramer as pastor, and official opening Mass of the parish will take place on June 8, 2008. The Fraternity of St. Peter asks for your prayers in carrying out these new duties towards the faithful, and the Diocese of Rome.


WDTPRS kudos to the group and the men who have all this time been helping out at S. Gregorio.  These folks are top drawer and they have made their apostolate a warm and good place to be. 

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  1. Sid Cundiff says:

    Simply outstanding news and a cause for joy. San Gregorio was a fine place, yet Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini will be even better. Fr. Z.: take us on a pilgrimage to Rome!

  2. Sid: There is one coming up. Perhaps we need more?

  3. James says:

    Yes, Father, we need more. Particularly one that is less luxurious—$3,699 (more after exchange rate adjustment) is much more than many young people—myself included—can afford! Why not a youth pilgrimage with hostel beds instead of fine hotels and plenty of walking/public transport instead of “luxury motor coach”? I and friends of mine would dearly like to go.

  4. James: Alas, I am not up to organizing tours. I can go as a chaplain and speaker, leader in that sense, but I won’t do the organization.

  5. Ken says:

    It is symbolic that when we go to Rome, no longer do we need to have a cheat sheet for which secret alley to walk down and which door to identify in order to hear Mass. This is great news — not just for Mass, but for confession I might add.

  6. magdalen says:

    HOw far is this church from the Vatican?

    I would certainlly consider a pilgrimage to Rome but 4G is more than
    I can do!

  7. jacobus says:

    What will become of S. Gregorio? There was something very beautiful and mysterious about those High Masses in that tiny church.

  8. Gloria says:

    In January, ’07, 42 pilgrims from St. Stephen the First Martyr Parish (FSSP) in Sacramento, CA, stormed Rome for an eight day marathon. We covered so many miles on foot, and used public transportaion a lot, soaking up all that we could. We stayed at a pensione, within five minutes walk of St. Peter’s Square. It was Casa di Procura,run by the Pallotine Missionary Sisters, on Via Aurelia. There are many such in Rome, run by various orders of nuns. They are bare bones in relation to hotels, and made our tour less expensive. You don’t need to be on a tour, either. Single travelers are also welcome. Ours was charming. Some rooms had private baths, others shared a hall bathroom. It was clean, bright and included a small breakfast each morning. We held Mass in the chapel some mornings. Four of our altar boys came along with their mothers. Other days our pastor, Fr. Novokowsky said the TLM in whatever Church had been contacted and arrangements made. One of the altar boys carried the bag with Father’s Mass accoutrements. We heard Mass one day in the Hungarian Chapel in St. Peter’s Basilica crypts. We were fortunate to attend the Papal Mass on Epiphany (though Novus Ordo, it was beautiful). On a side trip via train to Florence, Father was able to say Mass at the Church of the Annunciation, actually a parish church. Many locals joined us and were unsure why we were kneeling instead of standing, but soon, many did likewise. At Communion, they began to line up in a row, standing. We knelt at the Communion Rail and Father gestured for the locals to do the same. They did, and received on the tongue. We said the prayers after Low Mass and then sang the Salve Regina. One lady with a glorious voice joined us and afterwards thanked us for bringing the TLM. The tour was led by a young man, who, with his wife, ran Sacred Heart Tours. He was an amazing tour guide, having made many such trips and with a wonderful history spiel at his fingertips. I don’t know if they are still doing this, but you might try He kept a killing pace, in order to get in as much as possible. At 76 years of age, I managed to keep up! I saw a list of pensiones not long ago, but I can’t remember in what magazine I found it. Many of us are going again in October for the 20th Anniversary of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. It will be more expensive this time, with a tour company, but I, for one, can’t miss it. We will also go to Norcia, Cascia and Assisi. The highlight will be a Pontifical Mass and banquet. Groups of FSSP pilgrims from around the United States (and elsewhere) will be converging on Rome. And now! A real parish to greet us!
    Deo Gratias! Gloria, Grass Valley, CA

  9. magdalen says:

    I wrote to Sacred Heart tours to get information. I do not know that I
    could make a pilgrimage oversees this year but desire to return to
    Rome when I can. And daily Mass is a MUST. I have been on pilgrimage
    where daily Mass was promised and not delivered although I always managed
    to find a local Mass.

    I was in Rome 3 years ago and stayed directly across from St. Peters at
    the Insituto Maria SS Bambina. It was wonderful! VERY clean. I had a
    room with bath–simple and just perfect. There is a chapel downstairs to
    pray in and have Mass. It was run by some sisters.

    I long to go back. Although I pray the Mass with a 1962 missal, I do not
    have access to the EF so I am not ‘conversant’ in the TLM–just a wannabe.

  10. Serafino says:

    Father, do you think it would be possible for a priest visiting Rome to celebrate the TLM in this Church? How about in the Vatican?

  11. Kevin Quinn says:

    Do other traditionalist groups like the Good Shepherd Institute or the ICRSP priests have Churches in Rome too? If not, and the FSSP is the only place in Rome for the Tridentine Latin Mass, then it’s not much cause for celebration.
    If the TLM were starting to be celebrated in a lot of Rome’s 500+ churches, then there’s cause to celebrate, but if it’s only 1 Church- with no real prospects of more (1 out of 500+), then that’s rather narrow permission. It’s like throwing crumbs to the spiritually starving.
    I may be wrong….there might be a growing number of places where the TLM is available in Rome, and if I am, then my comment is irrelevant, but if this Church is just about the only place for the TLM, then I think it’s justified to feel confused and cheated….especially in light of the Motu Proprio which gave wide permission…(almost a complete return) for the TLM.

  12. Roma nobilis says:

    Kevin Quinn: Yes, the ICRSP has a church in Rome (Gesù e Maria, Via del Corso); moreover, Msgr Ignacio Barreiro-Carambula celebrates the TLM in S. Giuseppe a Capo Le Case (Via F. Crispi). The Good Shepherd Institute exists in France only.

  13. Roma nobilis says:

    PS: I’ve read that there was a daily TLM at Santa Maria Maggiore (at 8 A.M.), but I’m not sure whether that is correct. Maybe there is someone who knows more about it on WDTPRS?

  14. Sid Cundiff says:

    Fr. Z: I must have missed the info about the pilgrimage to Rome. I’ll email you with the subject “PILGRIMAGE TO ROME”. Please send me the information.

    Magdalen: The new FSSP church is not close to the Vatican. and that’s a good thing!

    The first reason is that The Vatican area — on the Western edge of the city — is full of bad restaurants, uncharming buildings, and one of Benito’s ugly triumphal avenues. In contrast, Ss. Trinità dei Pellegrini is located not only in a area with charm and good eating, but also right in media res, the historic center of the city — or at least the center since the Gothic Wars. That center is equidistant to just about everything one would wish to see in Rome — even for pilgrims — with one resplendent church after another. From that center it’s a simple bus ride to the Vatican.

    The second reason is that a walk from the new FSSP church to the Vatican is even informative, as always in central Rome, and and more spiritual one feeling oneself to be a real pilgrim, So take the old pilgrim routes, either the Via del Governo Vecchio-via dei Banchi Nuovo or (even better) from Piazza Navona on the via dei Coronari. Both routes end up at the via dei Banchi Santo Spirito, which will lead you to the Ponte San Angelo, a bridge that will offer a sublime view of st. Peter’s dome. From the other side of the bridge you have three choices for routes:

    (1) If you want to see San Pietro getting larger and larger as you walk, you can walk Benito’s Via della Conceiliazione.

    (2)If you want to see the Dome appear overhead suddenly, then the Borgo Santo Spirito. The great dome really can’t be appreciated from the Piazza San Pietro. This street or the roof of San Pietro are better choices. On the way, the facade of the Church of Santo Spirito in Sassia is worth a look. The street marks the area where the Anglo-Saxons had their hostels.

    (3)If you want to have the feeling everyone had before 1950, wandering thorough the warren of streets in the Borgo quarter, only suddenly to be surprised and dumbstruck with Piazza San Pietro, then take the Borgo Pio street to Via dei Porta Angelica, and turn left.

    #3’s my favorite. Yet other folks can make suggestions better than I.

  15. Serafino: Father, do you think it would be possible for a priest visiting Rome to celebrate the TLM in this Church? How about in the Vatican?

    Yes, I am sure the men at Ss. Trinità, or at San Gregorio if they keep that too, would help you out. Also, there are no longer problems at San Pietro, not like the old days, but you have o bring your own Missale.

  16. Dave King says:


    I was in Rome 2 weeks before Easter this year. The 8am Mass at Santa Maria Maggiore was Novus Ordo in Italian. DK

  17. Lorenzo says:

    Roma nobilis,

    The ICRSP does not “have” a church in Rome — they celebrate one Low Mass each Sunday at Gesu´e Maria on the Via del Corso (as far as I know, the church still belongs to the Augustinians). Msgr. Barriero does the same at Capo le Case.

    The IBP has four or five members living in Rome, all studying at the various Pontifical Universities.

  18. Ottaviani says:

    I hope the FSSP keep the church of San Gregorio too, or at least it is given to another traditional society of priests (like the Good Shepherd Institute). We need more traditional mass centres in the Holy City to start with, if we to re-evangelise the whole world!

  19. Gregorius Minor says:

    I am the Master of Ceremonies at San Gregorio dei Muratori, soon to be MC at Trinita’ dei Pellegrini. Our policy, and that of the FSSP generally, is that everyone who knows how to celebrate the Traditional Mass is welcome at our Church. Fortunately, we now have much better facilities to accomodate the private Masses of visiting priests. Please make yourself known to us if you ever find yourself in Rome, and we will be glad to help you out.

    Gregoius Minor

  20. Gregorius Minor says:

    I am the Master of Ceremonies at San Gregorio dei Muratori, soon to be MC at Trinita\’ dei Pellegrini. Our policy, and that of the FSSP generally, is that everyone who knows how to celebrate the Traditional Mass is welcome at our Church. Fortunately, we now have much better facilities to accomodate the private Masses of visiting priests. Please make yourself known to us if you ever find yourself in Rome, and we will be glad to help you out.

    Gregorius Minor

  21. Serafino says:

    Thank you Father Z and Gregorius Minor. I will be in Rome for several weeks in July. I will certainly make myself known to you (Gregorius) in order to celebrate the TLM during my stay. Once again, that you for your help and kindness.


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