Ordinations on June 29 in Houston

From the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter website:

June 29, 2019 – Ordination to the Sacred Priesthood of Rev. Mr. Robert Chapman Kirk and Rev. Mr. Gregory Blake Tipton. Through the imposition of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit by Most Reverend Steven J. Lopes, Bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter. Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul, Apostles. The Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham, Houston, Texas.

A place for disciples not seekers


I continually wrestle with the fact our parish is not especially seeker-friendly.  I recall how I was as a seeker  30 years ago and recognize I probably would not have come back for a number of reasons:  no women up front; people standing or kneeling to recite prayers in unison from a book (how weird!); and the stress on believing and reciting creeds.

Twenty years ago, when I first started attending Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, I was ready for all of the above.   At the time, Annunciation permitted a kind of open Communion—if you believed in Real Presence in the Eucharist, you would receive.  I wonder now if I would have continued to attend services at Annunciation if we had the Catholic discipline we have now: that one must be a baptized Catholic in good-standing in order to receive Holy Communion.   I  totally accept this discipline now.  

I was reminded of this by a recent post by Fr. Christopher Phillips on his Atonement Online blog:

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Canonization date for Blessed John Henry Newman to be announced soon


If you have not signed up for Symposium 2019 in Rome Oct. 15, now might be the time to do so.  Spaces are limited and accommodations in Rome are quickly filling up.

Pope Francis is expected to announce the date of Blessed John Henry Newman’s canonization following a consistory of cardinals on July 1.

Edward Pentin reports at the National Catholic Register:

Informed sources have speculated that Sunday Oct. 13 could be the most likely date for the canonization Mass. Indian bishops will be in Rome for their ad limina visit during that time, which would coincide with the canonization of Blessed Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan. It would also fall during the Oct. 6-27 Pan-Amazonian Synod when many bishops will be in Rome.

Another reason such a date would be fitting, given Blessed John Henry Newman was a convert from Anglicanism, is that this coming November marks the 10th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus which provided personal ordinariates for Anglicans entering into full communion with the Catholic Church.

To coincide with the anniversary, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is holding a symposium on Oct. 15 at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome where ecclesial and ecumenical implications of the document will be discussed.


The St. Gregory’s Prayer Book

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I finally received my copy of the St. Gregory’s Prayer Book and I am delighted with it.  I am also pleased about the contribution the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society (ACS) made to its publication.  The pictures were taken by Shane Schaetzel when he received his copy.

Shane represented the ACS on the committee that developed the Prayer Book for publication.

Shane, a former director of the Society, explains, in an email interview how he became involved in the project. Continue reading

Save the date! Pilgrimage May 3-14, 2020


From May 3 to 14, 2020 there will be a pilgrimage from North America to the United Kingdom and Italy as part of Anglicanorum coetibus 10th anniversary celebrations.

More information on registration and further details will be available later this month, but what I know so far is this:  the pilgrimage will include stops in Oxford, Norwich, Walsingham and London.

In London, pilgrims from America will meet up with pilgrims from the UK and Australia.  Then the three groups will go to Rome.

And, a reminder about Symposium 2019 taking place Oct. 15 in Rome, an academic conference that will examine the liturgical, historical, ecumenical and canonical implications of Anglicanorum coetibus now that it is ten years old (as of November this year).

Symposium 2019 is free of charge but you must register and spaces are limited.  It would also be a good idea to book accommodation in Rome.  You can find details about the Symposium here.

Of course, everyone awaits news on when Blessed John Henry Newman will be canonized.  I am hoping it takes place either Oct. 13 or the following weekend, so I have planned my stay to include both of them just in case.




Divine Worship in Vienna!

3f19e8b6-dfbd-4658-9b77-133003be7505On May 21, Fr. Stephen Hill of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia celebrated a public Vigil Mass at the Minoritenkirche in Vienna, Austria according to Divine Worship, the Missal of the Personal Ordinariate for Catholics of Anglican tradition.

Fr Hill from Australia, Fr  James Bradley and Fr. Daniel Lloyd from the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the UK,  and Alexis Kutarna from Texas and the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter were in Vienna as  doctoral students of the liturgical scholar Hans-Jürgen Feulner of the University of Vienna to publicly present their doctoral research projects on Divine Worship.  Professor Feulner said they were accepted.  Kutarna provided the music for the Mass. Continue reading