Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Atonement Parish in San Antonio finally home to the Ordinariate!

What wonderful news for the community at Atonement Parish in San Antonio, now fully home in the Ordinariate. After a recent action against this community and its Pastor, justice has been done!

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HOUSTON — The first Pastoral Provision parish in the U.S. is coming into the Ordinariate.

Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church and its school, the Atonement Academy, have been transferred to the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, effective March 21. At the direction of the Holy See, all parishes of the Pastoral Provision are to be incorporated into the Ordinariate: a special diocese for Roman Catholics who were nurtured in the Anglican tradition or whose faith has been renewed by the liturgy and evangelizing mission of the Ordinariate.

Founded in 1983 in San Antonio, Our Lady of the Atonement was a parish of a “Pastoral Provision” established by Pope John Paul II to allow for former Anglicans to form Catholic parishes within existing U.S. dioceses. With the establishment of the North American Ordinariate in 2012 and the ordination of its first bishop in 2016, the Holy See now expects all Pastoral Provision parishes in the U.S. to be integrated into the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter.

The Ordinariate expresses its deepest gratitude to the Archdiocese of San Antonio for welcoming and caring for Our Lady of the Atonement since its inception, and for the Archdiocese’s ongoing commitment to the Church’s care for the unity of Christians. Through continued collaboration in the coming months, the Archdiocese and the Ordinariate will remain dedicated to supporting the natural evolution of this Pastoral Provision parish into the Ordinariate.

Our Lady of the Atonement and its school join more than 40 Ordinariate parishes and parochial communities in North America. Ordinariate parishes celebrate Mass according to a special form of the Roman Rite, using Vatican-approved texts which for centuries nourished the faith in Anglican contexts and prompted members’ desire to join the Catholic Church.

In 2009, the apostolic constitution, Anglicanorum coetibus, authorized the creation of global “Ordinariates”: a type of diocese which could receive groups of former Anglicans directly into the Catholic Church. (There are three Ordinariates in the world: Our Lady of Walsingham in the United Kingdom; the Chair of Saint Peter in the United States and Canada; and Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia.)


Media Contact: Jenny Faber, 346-247-2208 | 832-819-2686 | media@ordinariate.net

The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter is a diocese for Roman Catholics who were nurtured in the Anglican tradition or whose faith has been renewed by the Ordinariate’s liturgy and evangelizing mission. Based in Houston, Texas, the Ordinariate has 41 Roman Catholic parishes and parochial communities across the United States and Canada and is served by more than 70 ordained Roman Catholic priests and deacons.


Ana Milan said...

Sadly there are no Ordinariates in Spain, although quite a large UK community here. Maybe the NO Bishops don't like them any more than the SSPX, but as they are official I would have expected to see them spread more through Europe. I hope language isn't a factor where saving souls is concerned.

Unknown said...

Any idea why the Ordinariate in Toronto is so small? Is it just that there are so few tradition-friendly Anglicans here?

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Vox Cantoris said...

Hi Karl, it is a good question.

When it began in Toronto, it was at Sacre Couer at 2PM and later moved to 4PM. This was in itself, disastrous, but it was the best it could expect given the situation in the parish. Now, having moved to St Vincent's it is at a better time of 12:30 and with priets, The Oratorians, who have welcomed them with open arms, unlike the others.

There could be more promotion but my hunch is it would be pealing people away from the Novus Ordo, a good thing to be sure, but are those wishing out just not going to the Latin Mass?

The fundamental problem in Canada is that there are so few Anglicans left with any actual true Christian faith. The other matters is that Anglicanorum Coetibus was 30 years too late, or at least late. Most Toronto Anglicans who were "traditional" or faithful came in already, and many at the Oratory itself or other parishes and have been absorbed. They came then over the issue of women "priests". Now, they are assimilated and in parish life. This is the fundamental problem.

Anonymous said...

What is not being reported is that the founder of the whole Anglican Ordinariate movement, Father Phillips, will be replaced next year by a priest chosed by Bishop Lopes.