New Pastor Named for U.S. Ordinariate's Principal Church

From the web site of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter:

New Pastor Named for Our Lady of Walsingham Parish in Houston, Texas
May 2, 2012

Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson, the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, announces the appointment of a new pastor for the principal church of the Ordinariate, Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, TX. Father James Ramsey, the pastor, retired on April 30.

Charles Hough, IV, who has received the necessary permission from the Holy See to be ordained as a Catholic priest, will assume this office on July 1, after his ordination. He and his wife, Lindsay, together with their two sons, will move from Fort Worth to Houston in June.

"Chuck Hough comes from a family with a very distinguished record of ministry, and he has himself demonstrated significant leadership gifts while serving in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth,” said Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson. "His father served for many years as canon to the ordinary in Fort Worth, one of the best mentors for ministry there can be."

He was received into the Catholic Church during the Anglican Use Conference in Arlington, TX, a year ago. A former Anglican priest, he has been preparing for Catholic ordination through the Ordinariate’s formation program at St. Mary's Seminary in Houston. Bishop Kevin Vann of Fort Worth, one of three bishops initially appointed by the Holy See to oversee the creation of the new Ordinariate, will ordain him a priest in June.

"A passion to teach and to live the Catholic faith, the energy and vision to expand the mission of Our Lady of Walsingham, and a commitment to the new evangelization to which Pope Benedict XVI has called the Church — these are some of the key criteria for calling a new pastor to Our Lady of Walsingham. I am confident that Fr. Hough will bring this kind of leadership to our principal church," said Msgr. Steenson.

Msgr. Steenson also thanked Bishop Vann for his pastoral support of the Houghs on the journey to full communion. "This partnership between the local diocese and the Ordinariate lies at the heart of Pope Benedict's intention for this work of Christian unity. Fr. Hough will continue to deepen the close ties that exist between the Ordinariate parish of Our Lady of Walsingham and the wider Catholic community of Houston."

Charles Hough was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2007 after completing studies at the Nashotah House Theological Seminary. He served as curate at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Arlington, Texas and, from 2009-2011, as rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Gainesville, Texas. In June 2011, during the Anglican Use Conference held in Arlington, Texas, he was received into the Catholic Church by Fort Worth Bishop Kevin Vann. Since that time, he has worked with adult religious education and RCIA programs at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller, Texas. He is expected to be ordained a Catholic priest in June 2012, after completing his studies.

Similar to a diocese, though national in scope, the Ordinariate was established by Pope Benedict XVI on January 1, 2012 after repeated requests from Anglican clergy and groups who were seeking to join the Catholic Church while retaining elements of their Anglican heritage. Approximately 60 Anglican priests are in formation to be ordained Catholic priests for the Ordinariate. The Ordinariate is online at www.usordinariate.org and www.facebook.com/CSPordinariate.

More about Charles Hough IV.

Author: Deborah Gyapong

Deborah Gyapong is a member of the Sodality of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (www.annunciationofthebvm.org) in Ottawa, a former parish of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (Traditional Anglican Communion) whose members were received individually and corporately into the Roman Catholic Church on April 15, 2012 by Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast at St. Patrick’s Basilica. Under the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, the community will celebrate an approved Anglican Use liturgy and hopes to soon join with other sodalities across Canada to form the Canadian Deanery of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter under Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, Ordinary. As we wait for our priest(s) to be ordained as Catholic priests, God willing, Archbishop Prendergast will provide priests to celebrate our Sunday Eucharist according to the Anglican Use. Deborah is a journalist who covers religion and politics in Canada’s national capital, writing primarily for Roman Catholic newspapers since 2004. Her novel The Defilers, published in 2006, was not a best seller, alas. She spent 17 years at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in news and current affairs, including 12 years as a television producer.

4 thoughts on “New Pastor Named for U.S. Ordinariate's Principal Church”

  1. Perusal of the parish website shows that Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston has an extraordinarily supportive regular congregation. Soon to be Faher Hough will be stepping into the shoes of two extraordinary predecessors as pastors of the OLW Church in Houston.. Father Ramsey (who has just retired) will be a very hard act to follow! But Mgr Steenson's nominee will have the comfort of knowing that his predecessors in the office of Pastor have left him a parish in exceptionally good order.

    The Diocese had already granted to the Church the special status of a Shrine to our Lady of Walsingham and now as the principal church of the US Ordiariate it will surely become a Church of national importance. Ad Multos Annos to the Ordinand.

    1. We are very excited to hear this great news and very much look forward to having Fr. Hough as our pastor. In addition to all the other pluses, he shares with Fr. Moore, our founding pastor, the A&M connection. Gig 'em!

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