St. Joan of Arc Roman Catholic Chapel is home to the Traditional Latin Mass Community located in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho operating with the approval of the Bishop of the Diocese of Boise and served by the priests of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. All Masses and Sacraments at St. Joan of Arc are celebrated according to the Roman Rite Liturgical Books of 1962.
The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) is a Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right that serves the Catholic Church by means of its own particular objective, which is the sanctification of priests and the souls of the faithful through the legitimate and devoted celebration of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Sacraments according to Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite. The Priestly Fraternity instructs and trains priests to preserve, promote, and protect the Catholic Church’s authentic doctrinal and liturgical traditions. The Fraternity has over 200 priests worldwide and over 150 seminarians study in its two international seminaries in Bavaria, Germany and Denton, Nebraska.
The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter is a Clerical Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical right, that is, a community of Roman Catholic priests who do not take religious vows, but who work together for a common mission in the world. The mission of the Fraternity is two-fold: first, the formation and sanctification of priests in the cadre of the traditional liturgy of the Roman rite, and secondly, the pastoral deployment of the priests in the service of the Church.
The Fraternity was founded on July 18, 1988 at the Abbey of Hauterive (Switzerland) by a dozen priests and a score of seminarians. Shortly after the Fraternity’s foundation and following upon a request by Cardinal Ratzinger, Bishop Joseph Stimpfle of Augsburg, Germany granted the Fraternity a home in Wigratzbad, a Marian shrine in Bavaria that now lodges the Fraternity’s European seminary. In the same month of October there arrived a handful of priests and some thirty seminarians ready to start “from scratch”. There are currently almost 200 priests and 110 seminarians in the Fraternity.
If you are not a registered parishioner, we encourage you to register–Spiritually, the pastor and assistant pastor have the grace of state to guide those who are parishioners. If one is seeking the Sacraments of Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation here, one should be registered here. There is (of course) no cost to register, and registration forms are available at the entrances to the church.