Personal Ordinariate to Be Erected for the United States on January 1, 2012!

…and the Ordinary will be named at that time.  Thanks be to God.

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.

36 thoughts on “Personal Ordinariate to Be Erected for the United States on January 1, 2012!”

  1. Your long waiting period is almost over and I am sure that you are eagerly awaiting 1 January 2011. May God bless all of you who are to join the American Ordinariate. I hope that Canada and Australia and all others waiting for news of their Ordinariates will not have to wait much longer either. Thanks be to God.

  2. Praise God! Now negativists can quit worrying about whether it is going to happen and move on to important concerns like arguing over the name, ordinary, font-type on its website, etc. 😉

      1. A whole bunch of people are now going to say "I told you so!" 😉 Maybe it should be Olde Englishe typeface to allay such concerns.

      2. Gothic, of course. Preferably Old English Black Letter Gothic, with long "S" 's so that only the cognoscenti will be able to read it. (Now I expect some one to quote Ritual Notes on the absolute essentiality of Roman Typeface to be Truly Cah-tholic with a thorough rehearsal of the doctrinal implications thereof, and then a years long row, "the battle of the typefaces", with lots of accusations that the other party are heretics, with lots of broken friendships and nastiness — then again maybe such partisanship is one aspect of the patrimony we should leave behind…)

    1. I think this is a bit rich coming from you as you and your cohorts on the 'other' blog have been nothing but negative.

      Everyone one of you patting each other on the back and heartily agreeing with whatever the self-styled Monsignor (later retracted after he was called out on it) Anthony Chadwick [says].


  3. Tremendous news, and worth the wait. We can use this time to get ready for the Ordinariate in a profound way by uniting ourselves ever more closely with the the intentions of Our Lady and Pope Benedict. By way of personnel gossip, the text said that Fr. Steenson was on the dais, so a Kremlin watcher would conclude…

    1. I would not make too much of it. Fr. Hurd and Bishop Vann were sharing the dias also.

      I found Cardinal O'Malley's comment interesting: where he hopes the Ordinary would be a man with many years of experience in the Catholic Church. He referenced the beginning of the Pastoral Provision.

      We have a date, we can now see a light and know it is not a train coming at us. Let us now redouble our prayers for the Holy Father, the Ordinariate and the man who will be our Ordinary.

    2. Well, one could hope that Father Steenson will be raised to some rank of Monsignor like the three former Anglican bishops now priests in the Ordinariate in England and Wales.

  4. Thank you to all who have prayed and suffered for this moment. May this signal a blessing for ages to come. May God especially bless those who will come over in the first wave. May they be given strength, courage and resolve.

  5. Mere words cannot suffice to express all of our gratitude and appreciation to everyone who made this announcement come to pass, here in the States, the good example of the English Ordinariate as a witness, and of course, The Holy See, mostly especially the Holy Father who kicked this thing into high gear. The prayers of the saints, and most especially those of the Theotokos and Ever Blessed Virgin Mary, have also had their powerful effect!

    The Holy Spirit has prevailed in the Holy Church, formed by the Incarnation, Life, Death and Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ, by the will and provision of the Father. Thanks be to God!

  6. God’s blessings upon each of you considering crossing the bridge. Our arms ache to embrace you and welcome you home.


  7. I am so overwhelmed I have nothing to say. I went to our adoration chapel at the seminary and I wept and wept. Oh joy of all joys that I should live to see this day! My heart truly has leapt up within me. Thank you Jesus. Thank you! Thank you! Praise be to you, O Lord!

  8. I 'd imagine a very large number of priests will be applying for bi-ritual faculties, or whatever is the equivalent for obtaining permission to celebrate the AO liturgy. I can't imagine clergy who have been granted faculties to celebrate the divine liturgy, the hours, and the sacraments in the Byzantine , Maronite, or other western rites, including the Mozarabic or Milanese, would be denied the opportunity to celebrate the liturgy using the "Book of Divine Worship" or whatever Rome decides is to replace it.

    1. Bi-ritual faculties should not be necessary as the Anglican Use is a variant of the Roman Rite, not a separate rite of it's own.

      1. Yes, that's right, but is any priest of the Roman rite free to celebrate Mass and the Divine Office using the "Book of Divine Worship"? I'm not clear what circumstances apply or the limitations there would. Perhaps, there aren't any.

        I'm thinking of situations arising where Latin-rite/cradle Catholics might request that a Roman-rite priest celebrate an AO liturgy in their parish. Just as they might request a Tridentine (1962) mass in a church where only a Novus Ordo mass is currently celebrated.

        1. I don't believe there are any formal limitations. Certainly Anglican Use groups that have gathered in the last 18 months or so have had little difficulty in finding diocesan RC priests to say Mass for them using the BDW and I don't believe those priests have had to obtain permission to do so (though I'm open to correction on that point). The only issue that may arise is if a regular BDW slot was sought in a diocesan parish Sunday roster, permission from the bishop may be required in those circumstances. However in light of the establishment of the Ordinariate and indeed by analogy to Summorum Pontificum/Universae Ecclessiae I doubt that scenario is likely.

  9. I think the candidates for ordinary would be Fr. Steenson and Fr. Phillps. Fr. Steenson, being a former Anglican bishop would seem to fit the pattern established in the UK, but Fr. Phillips has longevity in the Catholic Church, being a Catholic priest for many multiples of his years in the ECUSA.

    I am sure it comes down to who will best represent the Ordinariate to the public and to both the RCC and the Anglican world.

    1. Both would do a great job, and the non-Ordinary party will doubtless be highly involved in the day-to-day operation of the Ordinariate, just as Monsignor Burnham and Monsignor Broadhurst are in the English counterpart. It is a win-win situation. Those bishops coming from the ACA would likely have an important role to play in the Ordinary's Governing Council, and possibly also in the role of something like regional dean – to visit the geographically far flung missions and parishes across the U.S.

      1. Of course, Fr. Steenson would be able, as ordinary or not, to wear the mitre, and as I understand it a priest-ordinary who has never been an Anglican bishop, would not. Am I wrong about this?

        1. An ordinary is entitled to pontificalia ex officio. You may be thinking of the provision in the complimentary norms accompanying Anglicanorum coetibus:

          Article 11
          §4. A former Anglican Bishop who belongs to the Ordinariate and who has not been ordained as a bishop in the Catholic Church, may request permission from the Holy See to use the insignia of the episcopal office.

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