We expect to post more details of what happened at Our Lady of Atonement in San Antonio, Texas last night when Bishop Steven Lopes met with parishioners and Father Christopher Phillips to announce the parish and its school is now part of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
Meanwhile, here’s a note of Fr. Phillips that was posted on Facebook yesterday:
This has been an historic day. Our Lady of the Atonement is now a parish of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Fr. Moore and I are incardinated as priests of the Ordinariate.
Of course, there is an immense amount of work to be done in moving from one jurisdiction to another. Bishop Lopes described it as “trying to untangle fish hooks.” There will need to be ongoing conversations and cooperation with the Archdiocese of San Antonio as our property, including all the buildings, are transferred. We have construction loans presently guaranteed by the archdiocese which now need to be redone. The list of practical details go on and on. Because of that, the Vicar General of the Ordinariate, Fr. Timothy Perkins, has been appointed to be Administrator in order to facilitate those things. He will, of course, continue his work in Houston, visiting the parish once or twice a month. Bishop Lopes is in conversation with the archbishop, working out the details concerning the continued service of our faithful and long-time deacon, Dn. Michael D’Agostino, and Fr. Moore is appointed to be Parochial Vicar.
I return to the parish as Pastor Emeritus to carry on my regular pastoral, liturgical, and sacramental ministry, and especially what I love the most — back to my place in the school with our wonderful students.
I am delighted with this! As I told some of our people today, “I get to continue to do all the things I love, and poor Fr. Perkins has to do all the hard stuff!”
As of today we return to being the parish family we have always been, but poised for even greater adventures. I am grateful for our years in the Archdiocese of San Antonio — it was the soil in which we grew and flourished. But I am now looking forward to new relationships in the Ordinariate, and to serving God under a new bishop, His Excellency, the Most Reverend Steven Lopes.
I posted the Ordinariate’s news release in a previous post. You can find it here.