American Ordinary Visits the Cathedral of the Incarnation

I have just returned from the Procession and Mass of Palm Sunday at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Orlando, Florida, my home parish.  In addition to the pageantry of this Sunday beginning Holy Week, there was a large class of First Communicants, and perhaps just as special, Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, was among us.

Having met together with Bishop John Noonan of the Orlando Diocese, Bishop Louis Campese of the Anglican Pro-Diocese of the Holy Family, and other clergy yesterday evening, Msgr. Steenson assisted at Mass in Choir.  He also gave a touching homily for the great benefit of those children celebrating their First Communions.

At the following reception (or as Fr. Barnes would put it, "bun-fight") in the Royal Hall, Monsignor had the opportunity to meet many of the congregation and First Communion guests.  He remarked several times that he was simply "blown away" by the vitality and youth of the congregation; he had not expected to find such, especially in a parish having its roots in the Traditional Anglican Communion (to which, by the way, the parish and Pro-Diocese have no substantive connection; the TAC is for all intents and purposes dead, though we have chosen not to cover the tragic events surrounding its disintegration over the past months).

While the Cathedral clergy humbly continue in the formation process, the entire parish is looking forward to the moment when the community will be allowed to enter the new Ordinariate.  Everyone is anxious, and folks were queuing up to meet and thank the man who will soon be, God willing, their Ordinary.  Msgr. Steenson was very generous with his time, making a point to speak, sometimes at length, with everyone who wished to meet him.

I had the opportunity to speak alone with Msgr. Steenson for quite some time, and I came away very much encouraged for the future of the Ordinariate.  There are challenges ahead, to be sure, but the good Monsignor is coming to understand the singular needs of the various groups in the United States and Canada waiting to find their permanent home in the Catholic Church and the Ordinariate.  Pray for him.

Pictures of the event will follow shortly.

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.

11 thoughts on “American Ordinary Visits the Cathedral of the Incarnation”

  1. Good to hear things are moving forward. I confess that the relative silence of the blog in recent months has been disquieting, but then I've always been an information junkie! 😉

    1. Wonderful news!

      Regarding the relative silence on this blog, it may be worth pointing out that part of the unofficial Catholic Patrimony is relative silence when things are progressing nicely. Consider how little we heard from Fr. Mercer—and nearly all of the recently ordained ordinariate priests in England and Wales and now the USA and Canada—and even Anglicanorum coetibus itself right before we had ordinations and establishment of the ordinariates. Silence can be a good thing in these matters, though it can be maddening in this information age.

      On another note, if you haven't already, please visit The Anglican Use of the Roman Rite website for a brilliant April Fool's Day post.

  2. Will the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Orlando be entering into the Ordinariate lock, stock and buildings and all? The Ordinariate needs congregations with property first I think!

    1. Yes. Everyone and everything is bound for the Ordinariate. When I was Rector's Warden at the Cathedral, I led the effort to pass the enabling legislation through the Chapter and the whole Parish Assembly. The overwhelming majority votes allow the parish officers to transfer all of the Cathedral's assets to the Personal Ordinariate (there will no doubt be some cooperative ownership of the title with officers from both the parish and the Ordinariate). Since that vote at the end of 2010, the parish has only become more committed to full communion with Holy Church.

  3. Once all of the "arrangements" have been made, my family and I look forward to worshipping with you in the future, when we're down there visiting the in-laws!

  4. I wonder if anyone else has noticed the striking resemblance Msgr Steenson (apparentlly his friends and others call him 'Jerry') has to the late poet and high churchperson John Betjeman. Could they by any chance be related?

  5. God bless you on your journey. It has been long and arduous. May God bless all of you this holy week with great graces. May those who are "looking forward to the moment when the community will be allowed to enter the new Ordinariate" realize that they are healing the wounded body of Christ through their actions. Thank you.

    1. I was going to ask the same question. One thing I like about Fr Barnes' posts is that they always come with nice pictures.

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