Establishment in Latin America
In 2001 a group of seminarians and priests of the Fraternity of Saint Peter, with the accord of their respective superiors, create the first missionary apostolate of the Fraternity in Latin America and confide the work under the patronage of the Peruvian Saint Martin de Porres (Apostolate Saint Martin de Porres "ASM"). Pastoral work starts the following year in July and August 2002 in one of the most difficult districts of the capital of Colombia: Bogotá. The experience, albeit very short, is very positive: It gives the opportunity to meet the local bishop (Diocese of Soacha) who cordially welcomes the group, and to establish friendly and pastoral relations with the local priests. It also provides a first glimpse of the huge needs of the people living in this area.
In 2003, in light of the results obtained the previous summer and the possibility to establish the Fraternity in Bogotá, Fr. Devillers, then Superior General, came to meet the Bishop to finalize the project of a foundation. But Providence had decided otherwise and had reserved another site for the Fraternity: Anolaima, Department of Cundinamarca, in the diocese of Girardot.
On August 3rd of the same year, Father Devillers had an audience with his Grace Hector Julio Lopez Hurtado, Bishop of Girardot. During their conversation, feeling that the later was visibly interested in the charisma and the specificity of the Fraternity, the Superior General invited him to visit the Seminary of Saint Peter in Wigratzbad. This visit took place in October 2004. Thanks to this visit the Fraternity was soon after established in the Diocese of Girardot. The Fraternity received its first oral approval (ad experimentum) in the month of July 2005. The priest of the Fraternity was assigned to the parish Our Lady of the Rosary in Anolaima acting as a parochial collaborator (blessings, catechism, preaching etc.) and started his work on October 7th of the same year on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.
In January 2006, after four months of intensive work, the priests of the Fraternity in agreement with Father Devillers obtained from the Bishop the permission for the Fraternity to open a house for vocational discernment and to develop at the same time a social and cultural project for the youth.
The official approval for the house for vocational discernment Saint Martin de Porres (CSMP) was received from the hands of his Grace Lopez Hurtado on May 13, 2006 on the Feast of our Lady of Fatima and this house was canonically erected the June 29, 2006 on the Feast of Saints Peter and Paul. It thus became the first house of the Fraternity canonically erected in Latin America and thereby marked the fruits of five years of intensive work under the Virgin Mary’s protection.
In September 2008, the Archbishop of Guadalajara in Mexico entrusted Fraternity of St. Peter with the Chapel of the Apostles Peter and Paul. Two priests, Fr. Kenneth Fryar, Chaplain, and Fr. Jonathan Romanowski, Vicar, have started to develop the Fraternity in this Archdiocese. (http://fsspmx.org)