The General Assistants

The General Council of the Society of St. Pius X is composed by the Superior General and his two Assistants.

The Assistants are elected by the members of the General Chapter for a term of office of 12 years. They must be priests, permanently engaged in the Society, and be at least 30 years old. They are elected by an absolute majority of votes.

Their function

In their capacity of official advisers of the Superior General, they share with him and under his authority the government of the Society worldwide.

The First Assistant acts as well as Vicar General, replacing the Superior General if he is incapable of fulfilling his office, or if the office itself becomes vacant.

Residing at the General House in Menzingen, Switzerland, the two Assistants must travel extensively and frequently to the four corners of the world, in such manner that each seminary and district is visited at least once a year. With their familiar presence in the communities they foster the unity among the members, and by the means of personal meetings, retreats and conferences they encourage them to maintain a burning zeal in the service of the Church and the souls.

Once a month the General Council meets for three consecutive days. The Assistants must be consulted in all important matters and they have a deliberative voice in the major decisions regarding the life of the Society (new foundations, nominations of superiors, building projects, etc.).

The First Assistant

Fr. Niklaus Pfluger was born on November 3, 1958 in Oensingen, Switzerland. His family has given six priests to the Society.

He entered in 1978 the seminary of Zaitzkofen, Germany, and was ordained priest in 1984. After one year in the priory of Oberriet, he was prior in Basel from 1985 to 1989. District Superior of Switzerland in 1989, he was appointed rector of the seminary of Zaitzkofen in 1991. In 1998 he became District Superior of Switzerland. Nominated superior of the district of Germany in 2004, he was elected First General Assistant in the 2006 General Chapter.

The Second Assistant

Fr. Alain-Marc Nely was born in France on February 18, 1950, at La Ferte-sous-Jouarre.

He entered the seminary of Econe in 1979 and was ordained priest in 1984. From 1984 until 1994 he was vice-rector and professor of philosophy at the school St. Joseph des Carmes, in southern France. From 1994 until 2004, he was dean and prior in Marseille. Nominated District Superior of Italy in 2004, he was elected Second General Assistant at the 2006 General Chapter.