FSSP to gain major apostolate

Saint Alphonsus church in Baltimore is one of the gems of the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. A magnificent shrine where Saint John Neumann and Blessed Francis Seelos were once pastors, it has been home to the revived traditional Latin Mass since 1992.

Today it has been announced that the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter will administer the parish, with Father Joel Kiefer, FSSP, to be installed as pastor.


Monsignor Arthur Bastress, the most recent pastor of the church, has retired at the age of 90, ordained a priest in 1951. He worked tirelessly to keep the TLM going, in a tough neighborhood with very expensive maintenance needed on the shrine. His dedication to the 1962 books has paved the way for this gem of a shrine to be transitioned to a personal parish in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Our congratulations to the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter for adding a gorgeous church to their growing ranks.