The Priestly Society of St. Pius X is a society of priests originally erected in Fribourg, Switzerland by Bishop Francois Charriere, of Lausanne, Geneva and Fribourg on November 1, 1970.
Founded by Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre, the Society of St. Pius X is a priestly society of common life without vows, like the Society of the Foreign Missions of Paris. Its main objective is the formation of holy priests, of whom Holy Mother Church stands in such great need.
Today it is working in some sixty countries, and gives everywhere the constant Catholic doctrine, the Mass of All Time, the liturgy, as well as the sacraments, which are channels of grace and of salvation.
The Priestly Society of St. Pius X has 6 internationals seminaries established on 4 continents. Its ministry is a parish-model ministry exercised through its priories (where priests live in common, an important aspect of the priestly life in the SSPX). It also devotes itself to many other forms of apostolate and works of charity: third orders, chaplaincies, houses for spiritual retreats, primary and secondary schools, colleges, retirement homes, clinics, missions, as well as various works of charity.