All Saints' Convent, Catonsville to Be Erected Priory

Fr. Allan Hawkins, Parish Priest at St. Mary the Virgin Catholic Church (Anglican Use), in Arlington, Texas, reports that he has just now received a telephone call from Reverend Mother Christina at All Saints' Convent, Catonsville, telling him that they are to be erected as a Priory on All Saints' Day.  Congratulations to the whole community!

Author: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organized the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. He is also the CEO of Three Fish Consulting, LLC, an Information Technology consultancy based in Orlando, FL. He can be reached via email at ccampbell at threefish dot co.

9 thoughts on “All Saints' Convent, Catonsville to Be Erected Priory”

  1. I spent Holy Week with the Sisters while I was on Air Force active duty in Delaware. It is a blessing that they and I are, Lord willing, entering the Ordinariate. My next visit shall be with the Sisters and I back in Mother Church.

  2. Very good news, indeed!

    I made my pre-ordination retreat with the sisters and their chaplain back in September 1994, just before being "priested", as Anglicans would say, in the same Mount Calvary Episcopal Church that originally called them to the U.S.

    It was neat to have their then Mother Superior in attendance at my ordination – and "Little Italy" Baltimore reception. I guess I had never seen a nun with a drink in her hand before!

    God bless them all.

  3. May I ask, specifically, what this means? Will the Sisters be affiliated with an existing religious order, or will they be an order unto themselves? Will they be granted a Chaplain, and provided with daily Mass in the Anglican Use?

    1. Without seeing the particular decree of erection, all those questions cannot be answered, Brian, but in general, there are specific rights that are accorded to an erected house of religious (see this section of Canon Law). Some orders call all of their monasteries "priories"; the term "priory" is used among Benedictine houses to indicate an independent house of religious whose superior is a prior, either because it is dependent on an abbey and owes obedience to the abbess or abbot of said associated abbey, or because it is not yet large enough to be erected as an abbey, but is otherwise independent (see this article in the Catholic Encyclopedia)
      Frequently, a religious house is established, is later promoted to a priory and then becomes an abbey when it is judged sufficiently stable (in terms of number of religious, practice, finances, etc). The novel In This House of Brede by Rumer Godden describes the setting up of a new priory in Japan at the end of the book…and it is a wonderful novel besides, that I heartily recommend.

  4. Excellent news! However, in practical terms, what does this mean for their order? Does it give them some level of independence they previously lacked? If so, what? On a side note, I supposed anyone who reads Virtue online has seen that the TEC Dioces of Georgia is restoring Pelagius to his um rightful place in the Anglican heritage. Yes, Pelagius is to be rehabilitated. Again, this is wonderful new for the order. Just another helpful reminder that they made the right decision in their switch. Is Greymoor at all interested in the Ordinariate? After all, were they not originally Episcopalian?

  5. As I posted elsewhere:

    Some things are beyond parody – except in the Episcopal “Church:”

    But perhaps they got their history from this film:

    in which Pelagius is brought in at the beginning as “Arthur’s” teacher and mentor, and advocate of freedom, equality, democracy and “free will.”

    After Pelagius, Marcion (and perhaps Montanus, patron of “new things” and especially WO), then Valentinus, Basilides and Nicholas of Antioch. The Sethians and Ophites might take a while to rehabilitate, but give it time; I’m sure the Bishop of New Hampshire finds much to favor in their ethics.

    Broad Churchianity, indeed.

  6. Our Lady of Sorrows Sodality at St. Rita Church has an annual Communion Breakfast on the first Sunday in May. I heard Sister Mary Charles speak at a luncheon last year and would like to know if she or any of the Sisters would be available on May 6, 2012 to be our guest speaker.

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