Ever since the "Becoming One" gathering in November, 2010, there have been friendships formed and information shared about groups getting organized. From time to time on the pages of this blog, we have featured some of these Ordinariate-bound groups, and it would be inspiring to have more of these "local stories" shared with our readers. If you'd like to have the story of your parish, society, or group featured here, please contact me at FrPhillips@atonementonline.com, and I'll be more than happy to share your story on The Anglo-Catholic as part of what I'd like to call our "Bright Lights" series. By the way, this isn't just for American groups. We'd love to hear from those in Canada and Australia, and also from groups in the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham.
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The Blessed John Henry Newman Society of Orange County in California describes itself as "an Anglican Use Society of the Roman Catholic Church in Orange County, California. We are temporarily a non-eucharistic community, composed of Anglicans and Roman Catholics of Anglican background, coming together to form a new parish for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter in the Catholic Church."
Founded by Andrew Bartus, the Society shows the good fruit which can come from following the vision of Pope Benedict XVI, which he articulated in Anglicanorum coetibus. God willing, Andrew will be ordained as a Deacon on June 9th at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles. Ordination to the priesthood should follow soon after that, and the Society will be a fully-functioning community within the Catholic Church, with the goal of becoming a parish of the Ordinariate.
A look through the website of the Society gives an inspiring picture of the robust spiritual life already taking place, and there's little doubt that this community is destined to be one of the "bright lights" of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.