More Ordinariate Groups Forming

Recently, word has come about the formation of a couple of groups for those with the intention of becoming part of the U. S. Ordinariate when it is established.

MONROE, LOUISIANA: There will be an organizational meeting on Saturday, November 5th, for the Monroe Ordinariate Community. The meeting will be held in Marsh Hall at St. Matthew's Catholic Church, beginning at 1:00 p.m. For more information, contact Mr. Thomas Kennedy, 318-548-2371.

PENSACOLA, FLORIDA: The Friends of the Anglican Use is being formed in Pensacola, Florida. There will be a meeting on November 13, 2011 at 2:00pm at St. Michael's Parish Hall, 19 North Palafox Street, Pensacola, Florida. There is a Facebook Group where you can receive further information.

As more of these groups get organized, whether in the United States or in other countries, we'll try to keep up with publicizing them. Eventually, as things continue to grow, it will probably get beyond our capabilities. And that would be a very happy situation in which to find ourselves!

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.

24 thoughts on “More Ordinariate Groups Forming”

  1. That is great news indeed. And I would also like to add that there is a new group in Ocala, Florida that fully intends to be a part of the Ordinariate once it is established.

    Led by yours truly, The Church of the Holy Cross is a mission of the Cathedral of the Incarnation/Pro-diocese of the Holy Family/Rt. Rev. Louis Campese, Bishop Ordinary.

    We began the mission in the home of one of our parishioners this past summer, but we have recently moved in to a rented space near the center of town. Our new "home" is located at the Ocala/Marion County Association of Realtors, 3105 N.E. 14th Street, Ocala, Florida 34470. Mass is on Sundays at 10:00 AM, and the phone number for the mission is 407-492-0661.

    You can also visit us at our new website,, and be sure to "like" us on Facebook at The Church of the Holy Cross.

    1. That's exciting news, Fr. Mark. BTW, speaking of church websites, whatever happened to the website for the Cathedral of the Incarnation itself? It's still linked to at the top of this blog, but the site seems to have disappeared.

      1. I just checked the link to the Cathedral on this site and it connected to their website just fine. However, if are still having problems with the link you can go directly to the site at

          1. I just tried to pull up the Cathedral website and was successful in doing so. Perhaps it's your web browser that might be the issue.

            1. Using Chrome I receive:
              "This webpage is not available
              The webpage at might be temporarily down or it may have moved permanently to a new web address.
              Here are some suggestions:
              Reload this web page later.
              Error 105 (net::ERR_NAME_NOT_RESOLVED): The server could not be found."

              And IE results with this:

              Internet Explorer cannot display the webpage

              What you can try:

              Diagnose Connection Problems

              More information

              This problem can be caused by a variety of issues, including:
              •Internet connectivity has been lost.
              •The website is temporarily unavailable.
              •The Domain Name Server (DNS) is not reachable.
              •The Domain Name Server (DNS) does not have a listing for the website's domain.
              •There might be a typing error in the address.
              •If this is an HTTPS (secure) address, click Tools, click Internet Options, click Advanced, and check to be sure the SSL and TLS protocols are enabled under the security section.

              For offline users

              You can still view subscribed feeds and some recently viewed webpages.
              To view subscribed feeds:
              1.Click the Favorites button , click Feeds, and then click the feed you want to view.

              To view recently visited webpages (might not work on all pages):
              1.Press Alt, click File, and then click Work Offline.
              2.Click the Favorites button , click History, and then click the page you want to view."

              This appears to be a DNS issue.

      1. We can only hope this mission will develop the way yours did, Fr. Hewitt. What a nice little church it has now!

        ° PAX et BONUM

    2. Great work, Fr. Mark. Your self-sacrificing zeal is a real inspiration to many of us, I am sure (certainly to me). Be careful on those chopper rides, though. We need you here on earth, not in Heaven yet.

      1. Thank you for your kind words, they are a great source of encouragement and motivation.

        As for the safety issue of riding a motorcycle for fun, I will repeat the words of a famous drummer and motorcycle enthusiast – Neil Peart: "When I am riding my motorcycle I'm glad I'm alive. when I stop riding my motorcycle I'm glad I'm alive."

  2. The slowness with which things have been moving in America has been depressing for me, but yesterday's second lesson at Evening Prayer, Hebrews 11, reminded me how the saints had such tremendous faith in God. Things were not easy for them, but they trusted in Him and they were not confounded.

    1. It's the theory of relativity in action! The closer you are, the slower time moves. Honestly, I don't think I've seen Rome move this fast on anything. Even to condemn heresies!

    1. Fr. Phillips,

      As a father and grandfather, you should be use to the neverending question "are we there yet?" that comes from the back seat of every vehicle.


      1. In 1982, when we were leaving Connecticut to drive to San Antonio, we had three little ones under five years old. We hadn't hit the Connecticut border before my son started in, "Are we there yet, Daddy?"

        When we hit Texarkana, and the kids saw the sign "Welcome to Texas," they got all excited. I didn't have the heart to tell them we had another full day of driving ahead of us!

        So yes… I'm very familiar with the question!

        1. This story reminds me of the stories I heard growing up about my ancestors (on my mother's side) who came to Texas when Mexico was giving away free land to those who'd simply come there to live. When they'd hit the border and cross either the Red or the Sabine Rivers, they had a long way to go still!

          Likewise another story of my great-grandmother's grandmother, who came down to Kerens, TX (where they had settled by then) to visit her sister, in 1861: the War of Northern Aggression broke out, the rail lines cut, and she couldn't return to Maine. So she ended up marrying my great (3x) grandfather and becoming one of the most ardent supporters of Texas (and the Confederacy at the time by virtue).

          So for this born and bred Texan (now transplanted in California ironically!) I see MANY parallels between its history and the one we are living in now with the Ordinariate.

          Just as Texas was founded by brave pioneer families so is our new Ordinariate!

          Maybe Fr. Phillips is our Sam Houston (but with a happier ending)?

          1. Fr. Phillips is a much more congenial character than Sam Houston!

            I feel rather humbled as my ancestors came in the late 1840s and early 1850s; and one even arrived after the late unpleasantness. They settled in Athens, not too far from Kerens, which I know well.

            I do think we have an important thing to learn from our ancestors. They were pioneers who had to rough it quite a bit. My grandfather used to tell me stories that his grandmother had told him about their trip from Kentucky to Texas. It was no easy time, and they were tough people. I think we are going to need that pioneer spirit.

  3. Having been born in Kerens it is refreshing to find other kindred souls. The Breeding clan came into Texas in 1833 with three sons fighting at the battle of San Jacinto. Perhaps we can learn the art of patience from our forefathers.They most certainly knew that any thing worth having takes a little time to come into being.

    1. But we all keep asking Our Lord the equivalent of "When are you going to restore the Kingdom to Israel?" We haven't learned much since then.

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