The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter Keeps Busy During Holy Week and Easter
the support that Bishop Coyne and the Archdiocese have given to this community. This has been a wonderful example of Christian unity and what I believe Pope Benedict intended when he created the Ordinariate.\"
These two communities are among more than 1,400 people in 20 communities across the United States who have asked to join the Ordinariate and the third community in the United States to be received since January. The others are in Baltimore, MD and Philadelphia, PA. Nearly 40 former Anglican priests currently are studying to be ordained Catholic priests.
The first ordination now scheduled in the Ordinariate
In another exciting development, on Wednesday April 11, 2012, Jon David Chalmers will be the first of the Ordinariate candidates ordained to the diaconate. Jon has been called to Holy Orders by the Ordinary, Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson, and will be ordained by the Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of Charleston, at St. Mary\'s Catholic Church in Greenville, South Carolina.
An ordinariate is similar to a regular Catholic diocese, but national in scope. Pope Benedict XVI established it on January 1 in response to repeated requests by Anglicans seeking to become Catholic, and appointed Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, a former Episcopal bishop based in Houston, TX, as the leader. Ordinariate parishes will be fully Catholic while retaining elements of their Anglican heritage and traditions, including liturgical traditions.
For more information on the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, one of only two ordinariates in the world, visit www.usordinariate.org. St. Michael's Community in Philadelphia is online at http://anglicanphiladelphia.org and St. Joseph of Arimathea can be found at www.stjoearimatheasociety.org.
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.
Keywords: Anglican Ordinariate, Chair of St. Peter, Steenson, Installation, Institution
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