The Society of Catholic Priests
The Society of Catholic Priests was founded by a group of Church of England priests from the Diocese of Southwark in London, who felt that they could no longer remain within the existing fraternal organisations for priests. The Society was formed in 1994 with the object of promoting the formation and support of priestly spirituality and Catholic evangelism. The Australian province was formed in 2010 after a number of priests from the Diocese of Melbourne, Newcastle and Adelaide meet in 2009 to form themselves in chapters of the Society in their own Dioceses.
Our life is expressed in the charism of the Society:
to centre our lives on the real presence of Christ in his sacraments;
to follow a corporate rule of life with integrity and humility;
to give and receive hospitality after the example of Jesus;
to seek the peace and unity of Christ's church, aspiring to live in full communion with all of the baptized;
to proclaim by word and example the Gospel of Christ;
to encourage and equip one another in the ministry of evangelism.
All members of our society commit themselves to a common life. This is expressed in the hospitality of our meetings, the concelebration of the Eucharist, mutual pastoral care for each other, and regular prayer for the priestly work of all the brothers and sisters.
In Australia the Province is a federation of Diocesan and Regional chapters. The Diocesan usually acts as Visitor to the local Chapter. These Chapters meet about six times each year for Mass, a meal, fellowship and discussion. A central focal point is the annual provincial conference and retreat. International gatherings of SCP members takes place every two years.