Fr. Gregory Pendergraft, FSSP, is the Executive Director of Development for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter’s North American district. The Fraternity, frequently referred to by their Latin initials (FSSP) is an International Society of Priests founded in 1988 by Pope St. John Paul II who are dedicated to growing in holiness and meeting the pastoral needs of the faithful through the Traditional Latin Mass and sacraments.
Fr. Pendergraft travels extensively throughout North America in his duties. In the many places that he visits, he not only offers Mass and hears confessions, but provides spiritual reflections and meditations and frequently gives conferences and presentations on both the work of the Priestly Fraternity and the Traditional Latin Mass. He is also the Assistant Director of Vocations for Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, the Fraternity’s North American house of priestly formation in Nebraska. In this capacity he gives vocations talks and counsels individuals who are interested in the religious life.
Ordained in 2005, Father has since served as pastor and assistant pastor at FSSP parishes. As Fraternity parishes tend to have a very high concentration of homeschooling families among the attendees, Fr. Pendergraft has had extensive experience providing families with counsel on both the benefits and challenges of homeschooling, and how to make it an integral part of living a fully Catholic life on a daily basis.
Catholic Education: The Role of the Family and the Church
It is necessary that education be firmly rooted in the teaching of the Catholic Church, and every Catholic parent should be working toward the same goal--to raise children who know and love the Holy Faith and who have an education in the liberal arts and sciences which will enable them to rebuild a Catholic society.