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Prelate describes how current, former Anglicans can enter US ordinariate

Catholic World News - February 06, 2012

Father Jeffrey Steenson, the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, has issued his first pastoral letter. The ordinariate was established on January 1 to assist Anglicans in the United States who wish to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church while retaining elements of their Anglican heritage.

“We are now working diligently to lay proper foundations for the Ordinariate, both canonical and civil, and once this has been completed, we expect to be able to receive groups and congregations in the near future,” Father Steenson said. “The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter has been launched in a spirit of apostolic poverty. We begin with nothing but our faith, and trust that God will provide the necessary resources to accomplish this holy work.”

Father Steenson described the process by which Anglican parishes, other Anglican communities, and individuals could enter the ordinariate.

“There was a remarkable moment at the Formation Retreat this past weekend in Houston when our Chancellor summed up the mission of the Ordinariate by saying simply, ‘Our patrimony is people,’” he concluded. “This so beautifully echoes the decree from the Holy See that established the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter just one month ago: our essential work is the salvation of souls. We are deeply grateful to Pope Benedict XVI for making all of this possible.”

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