John Berg

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This article is about the Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. For the actor, see John Berg (actor).
The Very Reverend
John M. Berg
Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter
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Predecessor The Rev. Arnaud Devillers
Successor Incumbent
Personal details
Born 1970 (age 44–45)
Nationality American
Residence Fribourg, Switzerland

Thomas Aquinas College (B.A., 1993)
International Seminary of St. Peter (1996)

Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (S.T.L., 1999)

John Marcus Berg, F.S.S.P. (born 1970) is an American Catholic priest, currently serving as the third Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. He was elected on July 7, 2006 by the General Chapter of the Fraternity at its mother house in Wigratzbad, Germany, for a six-year term.[1] Fr. Berg was elected to a second term as Superior General at the FSSP's fifth General Chapter in July 2012.[2]


Father Berg was born to a Catholic family in Minnesota in 1970.[3] Berg studied philosophy at Thomas Aquinas College in California from 1989 to 1993,[1] where he discerned a vocation to the priesthood. In 1994, he entered the congregation's seminary in Wigratzbad, where he studied for two years; he finished his studies with a Licentiate in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.[1][3][4] Ordained by Bishop James Timlin of Scranton on September 6, 1997,[3] he has worked as both a pastor and as a seminary professor.[1] Until his election to Superior General, Berg was chaplain of the Latin Mass Community of Sacramento, California.[4]

On July 7, 2007, the first anniversary of Berg's election as Superior General, Pope Benedict XVI issued the motu proprio Summorum pontificum, reaffirming that Latin Rite priests of the Catholic Church are free to use the books of the 1962 Roman Missal as an extraordinary form of the Roman Rite.[5] In accordance with the rules governing the society of which he has become superior general, Berg has celebrated Low Mass, Sung Mass, and Solemn Mass in Latin using this form of the Roman Rite.

Berg currently lives at the Fraternity's General House in Fribourg, Switzerland.[3] he speaks English, French, and Italian fluently.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Mershon, Brian (July 5, 2007). "Full Traditional Parish Life Most Beneficial for Diocese & Faithful: FSSP Superior General Grants First Public Interview". The Remnant. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  2. ^ "End of 2012 Chapter: Communiqué of the Superior General". July 18, 2012. Retrieved August 10, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d "The First Seminary Chapel in the Country Built for Seminarians in the Extraordinary Form (A Biography for Father John Marcus Berg, FSSP)" (Press release). Catholic PRWire. January 22, 2010. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Superior General: Rev. Fr. John Berg". Biographical notes of the persons in charge for the FSSP. Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter. August 23, 2006. Retrieved June 10, 2010. 
  5. ^ Archbold, Patrick (July 7, 2007). "Letter to Accompany Summorum Pontificum". Retrieved June 10, 2010. 

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Preceded by
Arnaud Devillers
Superior General of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter