An Ordinariate for North America

January 3, 2012

It appears that the newley erected personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter will, in time, include Canadian communities.  The Bishop of Hamilton indicated as much in his letter welcoming the Anglican Use Sodality of St Edmund when he wrote, “they will, in due time, become part of the Personal Ordinariate that is being erected in the United States.”

Peregrinations writes:

Fr Jeffrey Steenson, formerly Episcopal (Anglican) Bishop of the Diocese of Rio Grande (New Mexico and NW Texas), has been appointed as of January 1, 2012 Ordinary or chief pastor for the Anglican Ordinariate of The Chair of St. Peter. The Ordinariate is a body in full communion with the Holy See and so in communion with more than one billion Roman and Eastern Catholic Christians around the world, the largest unified religious body on earth. This is indeed an answer to the prayers of many for whom the unity of the Church is essential.

The Ordinariate is erected in the United States but will apparently have oversight for Canadian groups as well so is effectively a continent-wide diocese for Catholic Anglicans in the United States and Canada allowing them to bring their Anglican heritage or patrimony into the full communion of the worldwide Catholic Church under the guidance of their own ordinary or chief pastor, Fr. Steenson.

The full text is on the blog Pereginations.

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