A short history of the Society of Saint Pius X in Sri Lanka

Back in 1984 five members of the Franciscan Third Order read an article on Archbishop Lefebvre and the Traditional Latin Mass. They decided to write to the Archbishop in Econe, Switzerland, and ask if he would agree to send a priest to give them the Mass of all times.

The Archbishop replied that if a good number of people were interested, he would send a priest.

These Third Order members managed to find 85 faithful interested in having the Latin Mass and got permission from Archbishop Nicholas Markus, from Colombo, to get the Latin Mass to Sri Lanka. They sent the letter to Archbishop Lefebvre who agreed to send a priest in the person of Father Patrice Laroche (a Frenchman) in 1985. From then on, a priest came from Europe on a regular basis, even the then Fr. Bernard Fellay who in 1988 was ordained a bishop by Archbishop Lefebvre and is currently the Superior General of the SSPX.

In the early 1990’s, a priest (mainly Fr de Merode) would come from the Philippines once a month and say Mass in Negombo in a private home. Due to the increase in number, the Society of saint Pius X decided to open a priory with two resident priests, Fr. Arnaud Rostand and Fr. Luc Davodeau in Kurana (Negombo) in 1995.