Another Example of Patrimony

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.

Author: Fr. Christopher Phillips

Fr. Christopher G. Phillips is the pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he has served for the past twenty-eight years. He is the founding pastor of the first Anglican Use parish, erected in 1983 under the terms of the Pastoral Provision. Fr. Phillips was ordained as an Anglican for the Diocese of Bristol, England, in 1975. After serving as Curate for three years at St. Stephen Southmead, he returned to the United States and served in two Episcopal parishes in the Diocese of Rhode Island. In 1981 he left the Episcopal Church and moved with his family to Texas, where he was subsequently ordained as a Catholic priest in 1983. Fr. Phillips and his wife, JoAnn, have been married for forty years. They have five children, all grown and married, and three grandchildren.

13 thoughts on “Another Example of Patrimony”

  1. Dear Fr. Phillips,
    Thank you again for sharing so precious a gift as the voices of Atonement Academy's Choral music. It filled me with tears of joy to listen and envision the becomings of the ordinariate in our midst. It is as if I stepped forward in time and the ordinariate was already formed. Your example of Patrimony is indeed a shining light of the gifts the personal ordinariate will represent in the unity of the church. It is clear that the Our Lady of the Atonement Church and Academy with your leadership and experience in ministry are to be invaluable and essential for those of us who will no doubt require wise counsel as members of the future ordinariate. Thank you again my brother.

  2. Top notch! Beautiful!

    And were those Hanc igitur bells in the background? The feared and dreaded "silent canon"…I sure hope so.

  3. Couldn't agree more. The singing is beautiful. I hope your words of wisdom are taken to heart. I know a couple of the TAC churches have some educational options and they need to keep growing those. Thank you Father Christopher.

  4. Fr. Phillips (or anyone else reading), can you recommend resources on teaching kids the basics of singing?

    I teach Sunday School to 8th graders at my Latin Rite parish. I have just taught them the what and the why of Morning Prayer, with the intention of praying an abbreviated version (like from the Magnificat) together at the start of class each week.

    I would love to have them singing the Canticle of Zechariah and the Our Father in a simple chant, but they don't seem to have even a foundation in communal singing.

    1. Jack,

      There are resources out there. There's a new edition of the Liturgy of the Hours named "The Mundelein Psalter" which has the music and pointed psalms for Morning Prayer and Evening Prayer throughout the year. The web site has sample pages, including Lauds for Sunday, Week I which you could use for the project you're thinking of. I have similar material I've developed in conjunction with David Clayton for use at Thomas More College in New Hampshire, which I'd be glad to share with you. Just send me an email about it.

  5. I wish the ordinariate well on their journey as part of the universal church of Christ, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to that wonderful choir singing Ave Verum, haven't heard it sung for years in my local catholic church.

  6. Fr. Phillips,

    Thank you for Mozart's Ave Verum, one of my favorites since my seminary days. I do not want to go off subject but there are some practical issues gnawing at me right now about the soon-to-be established Ordinariate. I am a priest of the Roman rite but my Italian born great grandfather was a member of the Ambrosian rite. I therefore felt very confidenet and assured when Cardina Levada mentioned that in the vision of Benedict XVI, the Ordinariate would be akin to the rite of Milano.
    I know that for many who are anxious about the Ordinariate, this has been a time of WAITING, but I perceive it as a time of PREPARATION.
    The point that I am trying to make is that the other day, I went to the map indicating the vast panorama of those churches which are ordinariate bound–the entire country. My concern is that, may the Lord have mercy on and give strength (spiritual and physical) to the who is appointed Ordinary. My concern would be: is this not the time to look seriously at the geographical spread which stands on the horizon so that maybe looking at the possible geographical subdivision of the this geographical expanse would take the travel burden off the one to be appointed Ordinary. Without pre-empting what he himself would do in his responsiblity for organization, would it not be good to have some practical suggestions at hand to help him in the process of a final decision, for example, the division of the country into perhaps deaneries so as not to exhaust him with overwhelming travel considerations. While for many it may seem long, nevertheless the formation of the Ordinariate is close at hand but I would believe that thinking of practical issues in advance of its establishment is very worthwhile.
    I thank you, Fr. Phillips, for your pioneering efforts which are now bearing fruit with this new reality. Here in this little town of Franklin, West Virginia at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church we pray daily for the Ordinariate which will soon come to be. Know that the prayer continues day by day.
    It is such a joy knowing that once again we will be one people with our marvelous diversities. Truly then we are Catholic
    Keep well. God bless you and that which is soon to become such a marvelous reality
    Fraternally in Christ Jesus our Lord,
    (Fr.) Mario R. Claro

    1. Father Claro is right. Even in UK, that is littler than the US, having a congregation up in Inverness (Northern Scotland) and another one down south on the isle of Wight is complicated, and with more and more group forming all over the country, a division into deaneries (ideally one per Catholic ecclesiastical province) will be needed. I also point the fact that Mgr. Newton is not alone at the head of the ordinariate of OLW, he can rely on Mgrs. Broadhurst and Burnham (former anglican bishops in active ministry) who helped him to receive the groups into the RC Church.
      In the US the need to create deaneries will arise immediately, as will the need for the ordinary to have "suffragans" in order to receive in the Church all the incoming congregations. To this day, only Bps. Moyer and Campese of the TAC are in active ministry (and thus liable to serve in the capacity of ordinary or "suffragan") , the other senior anglican clergy wishing to enter the ordinariate beeing retired. Either more senior anglican clergy are needed, either some Anglican Use priests will soon have advancement.

  7. There should be no lack of suitable assistants to the U.S.Ordinary to accomplish the mission and task at hand. Mentions of +Campese and +Moyer are certainly appropriate, the former now being, by the (difficult) providence of God also technically eligible for Bishop's Orders, being a single and celibate man.

    Whatever the details, the men are potentially in place, both in the Ordinariate hierarchy and as "boots and birettas" on the ground foot soldiers for the Lord. I'm sure Rome is quite aware of all these things, and will shortly bring forth the assignments that will put muscle and nervous tissue to the skeletal structure that only they can determine. I am especially looking forward to the leadership graces of the new Ordinary who is going to provide critical leadership to the U.S. Ordinariate. Imho God through capable leadership is going to make this new venture into something the Catholic church has not seen for many years in this country.. The men who will be there will bring about a responsive and responsible quality of leadership to this exciting initiative that will make us all proud!

    P.S. I fully believe these guys will indeed have track record of nurturing new life in the Lord, schools and day-cares and all such things that serve the growing and the living. It doesn't get more Catholic than that!!

  8. Fr Claro,
    At the risk of rehashing old news, the particular issue of deaneries was already thought of. A provision for deaneries was included in the complementary norms for AC. (Section 4 Paragraph 3)


  9. Thank you. That is great and re-assuring. Thank you for the reminder of the establishment of deaneries. One would wonder what the initiatory geographical proposals would be as we are now in a count – down mode awaiting the official announcement of the eastablishment of the Ordinariate.

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