Institute of the Good Shepherd

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Institute of the Good Shepherd
FormationNovember 8, 2006; 17 years ago (2006-11-08)
TypeRoman Catholic Clerical Society of Apostolic Life of Pontifical Right
Membership (2023)
  •  • 61 priests[1]
  •  • 46 seminarians[2]
Superior General
Very Rev. Luis Gabriel Barrero Zabaleta

The Institute of the Good Shepherd (French: Institut du Bon Pasteur, Latin: Institutum a Bono Pastore) is a Catholic society of apostolic life of traditionalist Catholic priests promoting Tridentine Mass and other traditional sacraments, in full communion with the Holy See.[3] As of 2023, the Institute has 61 priests, 46 seminarians and is active in nine countries over four continents.[1]


Father Paul Aulagnier, who had been provincial superior of the Society of Saint Pius X in France from 1976 to 1994 was expelled from the society in 2004 for having spoken in favour of the 2002 agreement between the Holy See and the priests of Campos, Brazil who form the Personal Apostolic Administration of Saint John Mary Vianney.[4] These priests, however, accepted the hermeneutics of the continuity of Pope Benedict XVI, while the priests of the Institute of the Good Shepherd were authorised by the Vatican to use the Tridentine form of the Roman Rite exclusively and criticize the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.[5] Father Aulagnier, for example, published through Montfort Cultural Association a book in Portuguese defending Archbishop Marcel Lefebvre and his traditionalist claims.[6]

In August 2004 Father Philippe Laguérie was expelled for having complained that the Society of Saint Pius X had serious problems which discouraged priestly vocations in its seminaries. As a disciplinary measure he had been transferred to Mexico, but refused the assignment.[7]

Father Laguérie had for many years been in charge of the church of Saint-Nicolas-du-Chardonnet in Paris, occupied by traditionalist Catholics since 1977. In 1993, he made an attempt to take over another Paris church, the Church of Saint-Germain-l'Auxerrois. He carried out the operation successfully at Bordeaux, obtaining the approval of the city council, but not of the archbishop's office, to take over the church of Saint-Eloi in January 2002.[8]

Father Christophe Héry was expelled for supporting Laguérie, as was Father Guillaume de Tanoüarn. The latter was the founder of the religious association of Saint-Marcel and the Saint-Paul Centre in Paris.[9]

On 15 June 2006, a French court in Nanterre (chambre du Tribunal de grande instance de Nanterre) ordered the reinstatement of Fathers Laguérie and Héry.[10]


They had already decided to embark on a new path (while, according to at least one of them, remaining members of the Society of St Pius X).[11] On 8 September 2006, the liturgical feast of the Nativity of Mary, they, together with Father Henri Forestier, who also was stationed in Bordeaux, formed the Institute of the Good Shepherd,[12] a society of apostolic life in full communion with the Holy See. Several seminarians joined the new fraternity, some of them close to ordination, and Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos, who signed the decree approving their constitutions for a preliminary experimental period of five years,[13] promised to confer the sacrament of orders on them.

Father Laguérie had declared in March 2006 that agreement with the Holy See was required by the very constitution of the Catholic Church, and he asked his parishioners to take note of the signs of good will on the part of Rome and of its intention to put an end to the doctrinal turmoil and the scandals of 1960-2000. He pointed to an address of Pope Benedict[14] as a condemnation of using "the spirit of the Council" as a pretext for excesses.

Agreement with the Holy See[edit]

The Holy See granted the members of the new institute use, as the institute's own rite, of the "Tridentine" form of the Roman Rite, employing the 1962 Roman Missal. For their part, each of the founding members personally undertook to respect the authentic Magisterium of the See of Rome with "complete fidelity to the infallible Magisterium of the Church."[15] The members of the institute may engage in a criticism of the Second Vatican Council that is serious and constructive and in accord with Pope Benedict XVI's address of 22 December 2005 to the Roman Curia,[16] while recognizing that it is for the Apostolic See to give the final authentic interpretation.[17]

Present situation[edit]

In less than five months, by 6 February 2007, membership had grown to ten priests and two deacons – one close to priestly ordination – incardinated in the institute and listed by name on Father Laguérie's blog. In its two formation houses it also had a not-yet-incardinated deacon, a subdeacon and eight other seminarians. There was one brother (a lay member of the institute). The ordination on 3 March 2007 added another two priests, while maintaining the number of deacons at two. Priests from many places were requesting incardination, but the institute exercised prudence in their regard.

Cardinal Castrillón fulfilled the promise he made when the Institute was founded and on 22 September 2007 ordained five priests of the Institute, one of whom was a former member of the Society of St. Pius X. The archbishop of Bordeaux and president of the French episcopal conference, Jean-Pierre Ricard, was present.[18]

By 8 September 2008, the priests of the Institute had grown to 18, and the seminarians to 30. The priests became 22 in the following month and 24 in the spring of 2009.[19]

In September 2009, the Institute had in France a house of formation for its seminarians studying philosophy, and a residence in Rome for its students of theology. It had eight Mass centres in France, and one in each of five other countries: Chile, Colombia, Italy, Poland and Spain. It also had three schools.[20] The Reparative Slaves of the Holy Family had come into existence with three Sisters taking the veil.

As of 2015 the Institute had 33 priestly members. They opened a house in Rome, Casa San Clemente, headed by Father Matthieu Raffray who is assisted by Father Giorgio Lenzi.[21]

As of 2019 the Institute had more than 30 seminarians studying at their Seminary of St. Vincent de Paul in Courtalain, France.

As of 2019 the Institute operates a mission in Monterey, California as their sole presence in the United States.

As of 2020, the Institute has 48 priests[22] and over 30 seminarians.

In 2021 Bishop Peter A. Libasci erected a personal parish of the Institute in Winchester (NH).[23]

As of 2023, the Institute has 61 priests, 46 seminarians and is active in nine countries (France, Poland, Italy, Portugal, Brazil, Colombia, USA, Uganda, Australia) over four continents.[1][24]

Latin America District[edit]

On 1 November 2006, Father Rafael Navas Ortiz was nominated superior for the Latin America District.[25]

There were unconfirmed rumours in February 2008 that Cardinal Francisco Javier Errázuriz Ossa, the Archbishop of Santiago, Chile ordered the Institute to cease celebrating the Tridentine Mass and leave the country. It is not authorized to celebrate the Tridentine Mass publicly in Santiago and his celebrations are therefore of private character, as permitted by the motu proprio Summorum Pontificum.[26]

In March, 2011, an independent chapel located in Bogota, Colombia was officially incardinated into the institute by the Archbishop of Bogota, and is now officially recognized by the Archdiocese. The priest of the chapel has been given faculties to say public Masses (TLM) and hear confessions.

In Brazil the Institute has houses in Brasília, São Paulo, Belém and Curitiba. Besides, there are several apostolates in other major cities.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "Nos prêtres".
  2. ^ "Séminaire Saint-Vincent-de-Paul – – Institut du Bon Pasteur –". May 22, 2023.
  3. ^ "Notre charisme".
  4. ^ "ITEM". (in French).
  5. ^ "Notre charisme". Institut du Bon Pasteur (in French). Retrieved 2020-03-10.
  6. ^ "A Herança Doutrinária de D. Marcel Lefebvre". Livraria Montfort (in Brazilian Portuguese). Retrieved 2020-03-10.
  7. ^ The case of Fr. Philippe Laguérie in Bordeaux Archived 2006-10-13 at the Wayback Machine – SSPX USA
  8. ^ "En 1993, il avait tenté d’occuper une autre église parisienne, Saint-Germain-l’Auxerrois. Il a réussi l'opération à Bordeaux en obtenant du Conseil municipal de la ville, mais pas de l'archevêché, d'occuper l'église Saint-Eloi, en janvier 2002" (La Une (News) 8 September 2006).
  9. ^ "M l’abbé de Tanouarn installe son brillant « Centre saint Paul » à Paris."Interview by Father Aulagnier, 21 September 2006[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "La Justice déclare illégales et annule les exclusions des abbés Laguérie et Héry". (in French).
  11. ^ "Je reste toujours membre de la FSSPX, jusqu’à ma mort. Je ne peux me résoudre à quitter ce que j’ai aimé. Follement. L’Eglise a besoin d’elle. Elle a besoin de tous ses prêtres." (I still remain a member of the SSPX. Until death. I cannot get myself to abandon what I have loved, madly loved. The Church needs the Society. She needs all her priests.) L’Institut du Bon Pasteur - par l’abbé Paul Aulagnier[permanent dead link]
  12. ^ "- La revue Item -". (in French).
  13. ^ "Commission Pontificale « Ecclesia Dei »". (in French).
  14. ^ Pope Benedict XVI's address to the Roman Curia, 22 December 2005
  15. ^ Statutes II §2
  16. ^ "Christmas greetings to the Members of the Roman Curia and Prelature (December 22, 2005) | BENEDICT XVI".
  17. ^ "Communiqué des prêtres de l'Institut du Bon Pasteur" (in French). Archived from the original on 2011-02-08. Retrieved 2006-09-09.
  18. ^ Un cardinal venu de Rome ordonne cinq prêtres traditionalistes de l'Institut du Bon Pasteur Archived 2007-09-24 at the Wayback Machine, Le Monde, 24 September 2007
  19. ^ "l'IBP a deux ans". Archived from the original on 2009-10-06. Retrieved 2009-09-15.
  20. ^ Messe et réseaux (Mass and networks) Archived 2009-10-06 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 15 September 2009
  21. ^ "[Institute of the Good Shepherd – Communiqué of the Superior General] Official opening of the House of St. Clement in Rome". October 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2018.
  22. ^ "Nos prêtres".
  23. ^ Decree of erection of the Saint Stanislaus Parish
  24. ^ "Rentrée au séminaire : 17 nouveaux séminaristes pour l'Institut du Bon Pasteur".
  25. ^ "Latin America District Superior Nomination Letter". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-04-06.
  26. ^ "No muero...entro en la vida" (in Spanish).

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