The 2018 General Chapter made the decision to have all members of the Society of Saint Pius X make their final engagement in the Society of Saint Pius X first, and only then allow them to receive the major orders. On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, more than 30 members in the United States District took the wonderful and far reaching step to commit themselves to the work of the Society of Saint Pius X "ad vitam."
Writing the Statutes of the Society of Saint Pius X in the late 1960's, Archbishop Lefebvre was convinced that the crisis of the Church after the Second Vatican Council would be of short lasting nature. Therefore, he decided that the members would regularly renew their temporal engagements for the period of 10 years, before making their final and perpetual engagements in the Society. Once the crisis would be over the members could easily return into the dioceses or into the various religious communities after their return to Tradition.