Archbishop Chaput's Mass of Installation

One of the great moments in the history of the Catholic Church in America is the installation of Archbishop Charles Chaput as the Archbishop of Philadelphia, which took place on the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul is the site of the installation Mass, and the cornerstone of the basilica was laid by St. John Neumann, one of Archbishop Chaput's predecessors.

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.

2 thoughts on “Archbishop Chaput's Mass of Installation”

  1. I was there, and let me say that even this cynical, uptight, white boy could feel the Spirit. Our new archbishop was far better—preaching, celebrating, and talking to him in person—than anything I could have hoped for, and it was humbling just to be around him. Chaput is the real deal, and I expect great, good, and godly things to happen here.

  2. Archbishop Chaput is the strong man in the American episcopate today and a tremendously nice and charismatic man at that. You may have seen Bob Moynihan's speculation, in "Inside the Vatican", that an American formed by one of the traditional religious orders, could well now be in a position to become Pope. I think it was clear from the context that Abp Chaput is who was in mind. For all these reasons, we must pray a lot, a whole lot, for him. The Devil is not pleased.

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