It's Official and Historic - The Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter erected in America
in the liturgy.
Rocco Palmo, on his blog "Whispers in the Loggia," gives further insight into Fr. Steenson's role as the Ordinary:
"Even as Steenson will be able to exercise the full authority of a bishop among his nationwide flock, the Anglicanorum provisions and Catholic theology preclude the elevation of a married cleric to the episcopacy. As Ordinary -- that is, head of an ecclesial organ "juridically equivalent to a diocese" -- he will have full membership in the US Conference of Catholic Bishops.
"In addition, any former Anglican bishops ordained to the Catholic priesthood may use the use "the insignia of the episcopal office" after seeking Rome's permission, and are entitled to sit in the episcopal conference with the status of a retired prelate. (To date, one other prior Episcopal hierarch, the now-former Bishop John Lipscomb of Southwest Florida, was also ordained a Catholic priest in 2009. The 61 year-old cleric serves in the diocese of St Petersburg.)"
Currently, over 100 former Anglican priests have applied and nearly 1,400 individuals from 22 communities have already indicated a desire to enter the Ordinariate.
On the Ordinariate website, there is also an opportunity to support the work. Fr. Steenson writes, "The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter has been launched in a spirit of apostolic poverty. As we reach out to gather those groups of Anglicans in the United States (and initially for Canada as well) who are seeking to come into full communion with the Catholic Church, we know this is truly a response of faith. We begin with nothing but our faith, and trust that God will provide the necessary resources to accomplish this holy work."
Rev. Jeffrey Neil Steenson, D.Phil. (Oxon)
Carl and Lois Davis Visiting Professor in Patristic Studies, University of St. Thomas/St Mary's Seminary, Houston, TX (2009-). Licensed in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
Undergraduate course: THEO 3382 - God, One and Triune (autumn, 2009).
Graduate courses: YHS5304 - Patristics; CG5312 - Patrology (spring, 2010).
Received into the Roman Catholic Church (Advent 2007); ordained deacon (Dec. 13, 2008) and priest (Feb. 21, 2009) under the Pastoral Provision for married Anglican clergy; incardinated in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe.
Recipient of Louisville Institute Sabbatical Grant for Pastoral Leaders (2008).
Sabbatical study at the Instituto Patristico Augustinianum; in residence at the Pontifical Irish College (2008-2009).
Taught core curriculum course (THE2311 - Western Theological Tradition), in the University of Dallas Rome Program (Spring 2009).
Bishop, Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande, Albuquerque, NM (2004-2007); Canon to the Ordinary (2000-2004).
Served on the Theology Committee of the House of Bishops.
Member of the Board of Trustees, Nashotah House Seminary.
Member and Officer of the Board of Directors, The Living Church Foundation.
Member of the Board of Directors, The Anglican Digest.
Rector, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, TX (1989-2000).
Member of the Board of Directors, The Living Church Foundation.
Officer of the Episcopal Synod of America.
Member of the Board of Trustees, Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest.
Member of the Board of Trustees, The University of the South.
Rector, Church of the Good Shepherd, Rosemont, PA (1985-1989).
Lecturer in Anglican Theology, The Lutheran Theological Seminary, Philadelphia.
Member of the Steering Committee of the Evangelical and Catholic Mission.
Assistant, All Saints' Church, Wynnewood, PA (1983-1985).
Tutor and Adjunct in Theology, The General Theological Seminary, New York.
Doctoral Studies, University of Oxford (Christ Church) (1979-1983).
Assistant, All Saints' Church, Highfield, Oxford, England.
Episcopal Church Foundation Fellow (1979-1983).
Ordained Anglican Priest by the Bishop of Oxford in Christ Church Cathedral (June 29, 1980).
Sportswriter, The News-Sun, Waukegan, Illinois (1972-1979).
D. Phil. (Theology), University of Oxford, (1979-1983). Thesis: "Basil of Ancyra and the Reception of the Nicene Creed."
M.Div., cum laude, Harvard Divinity School (1976-1978) (New Testament/ patristics).
MA., summa cum laude, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School (1974-1976) (church history).
B.A., cum laude (history), Trinity College (1970-1974) (history).
Birthdate: April 1, 1952.
Family: married to Debra J. Arnold in 1974; children: Kristina (33), Eric (30), John Mark (24).
Interests: Flying (private, commercial, instrument-rated, ASEL & ASES).
Randy Sly is the Associate Editor of Catholic Online and the CEO/Associate Publisher for the Northern Virginia Local Edition of Catholic Online (http://virginia.catholic.org). He is a former Archbishop of the Charismatic Episcopal Church who laid aside that ministry to enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church.
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Pope Benedict XVI's Prayer Intentions for January 2013
General Intention: The Faith of Christians. That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.
Missionary Intention: Middle Eastern Christians. That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.
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