Autonomous House

In the organizational structure of the Society of St. Pius X, an autonomous house is a district in formation.

The superior of an autonomous house has the same essential role than a district superior. Appointed by the General Superior and his council for a renewable six-year term, he is entrusted with the direction of the apostolate in his territory, according to the Statutes and spirit of the Society. Whenever Divine Providence allows it, he organizes the foundation of more priories as the needs and circumstances of the apostolate suggest.

When three priories have been founded in the territory of an autonomous house, a district may be established. In some cases, the circumstances of the apostolate may suggest that a long-standing autonomous house is integrated into a larger adjacent district, or that a new district is formed by joining contiguous autonomous houses.

In 2016 there are three autonomous houses of the Society, one for Ireland, one for the apostolate in Spain and Portugal, and one for the countries of Eastern Europe.


The Headquarters are the usual residences of the local Superiors.


A priory is a house in which priests live in community. Common prayer, meals and recreation are a school of priestly virtue when lived with the supernatural virtue of charity.

  • St Pius X House - Dun Laoghaire
  • St John's Presbytery - Dun Laoghaire
  • St Joseph's House (Court Devenish) - Athlone


 We believe that Catholic Schools are a condition of a complete Catholic education. The Society’s apostolate in Ireland has not had sufficient funding or resources to operate a school of its own, but looks to the future with hopes of establishing a school according to the mind of our Founder, Archbishop Lefebvre, who stated in our Statues: “Schools, truly free and unfettered, able to bestow on youth a thoroughly Christian education, shall be fostered and, if need be, founded by the members of the Society". Currently, the only English-speaking school in Europe affiliated with the SSPX is in Burghclere England, which does accept boarding students.


Complete list of chapels in Ireland


  • Fr Vicente Griego, Superior of Ireland
  • Fr Leo Boyle, Prior of Athlone
  • Fr Francis Gallagher
  • Fr Marcel Ockerse
  • Fr Patrick Kimball