As we wait patiently for this last bit of time to pass before the establishment of the Ordinariate in the United States, I find myself thinking even more about what it will mean, to have a place within the Church — a real jurisdiction — where our patrimony can thrive. Of the many things which we'll be incorporating into the Ordinariate, one thing of particular interest and importance to me is the whole matter of parish schools. I've written about this before, and I thoroughly believe that the founding of strong schools will make for a strong Ordinariate.
Having said that, it gives me an excuse to post an audio clip of something which I think is pretty remarkable, and which shows one aspect of the potential we have in Ordinariate schools. As most of you know, The Atonement Academy, which is the parish school of Our Lady of the Atonement Church in San Antonio, Texas, is a fourteen-year educational institution with 550 students. One of our emphases is on choral music, and each of our students is required to participate in one of our eleven school choirs. The audio clip I've posted here is a recording of some of our Upper School students, singing Mozart's Ave Verum. Click on the link to listen.
These are all students who study and worship in a setting which has been formed by the Anglican Use, and they're all excited about being part of an Ordinariate school. It's not a professional recording, but it does give a very good idea of how schools can play an important role in helping to preserve, nurture, and share our patrimony of excellent music.