Here's the latest news from the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter and it's great to see how growth in the Ordinariate seems to be snowballing. I wish all these men and their families and parishes every spiritual blessing in Christ. Wonderful news:
Six Former Episcopal Priests in Fort Worth to Make Catholic History
Father and son are among 30 former Anglican priests being ordained nationwide
Six former Episcopal priests from the Fort Worth area, including a father and son, will become part of history when they are ordained Catholic priests together on June 30.
The six are part of the first ordination class for the new Catholic Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Based in Houston, the ordinariate is equivalent to a diocese, but national in scope. It was created earlier this year by Pope Benedict XVI for Anglican groups and clergy in the United States seeking to become Catholic while retaining elements of their Anglican heritage.
Fort Worth Bishop Kevin Vann will ordain the men as Catholic priests on Saturday, June 30, 9 a.m. at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, 2016 Willis Lane, Keller, TX 76248. Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson, head of the 0rdinariate, will participate.
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Nationwide, 30 Anglican priests are being ordained for the ordinariate this summer, in states as diverse as Maryland, Alabama, California and Iowa. Another 30 men will be ordained within a year.
Only three ordinariates exist in the world, in the United States, United Kingdom and, as of June 15, in Australia. The U.S. ordinariate is led by a former Episcopal bishop, Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson. In speaking about the ordinations nationally, Msgr. Steenson noted that the ordinations “mark a significant moment in the history of Catholic unity.”
Several of the men in Saturday’s ordination, including Chuck Hough, III, and Christopher Stainbrook, were involved in early reunification efforts with the Vatican that led to the creation of ordinariates. As Christopher Stainbrook noted, "When the Ordinariate was announced, I said that this is the best thing to happen to us since the reformation itself."
Among those being ordained are Charles Hough, III, and his son, Charles Hough, IV. They will be among a handful of father-son Catholic priests in U.S. history. A special exception has been given for the former Anglican priests who are married to be ordained Catholic priests for the Ordinariate.
Mark Cannaday, 63, of Boerne, was an Episcopal priest for 36 years. A graduate of the University of Texas and University of the Incarnate Word, he received a Master of Divinity from the Seminary of the Southwest in 1975 and a doctorate in ministry from the Graduate Theological Foundation in South Bend, IN. He held a number of positions in the Diocese of West Texas and the Diocese of Fort Worth, mostly recently as rector of St. Paul's Anglican Church in Midland, TX. He has been married for 43 years. He and his wife, Doris, have two adult children and three young grandchildren.
Charles Hough, III
, 57, of Granbury, was an Episcopal priest for 31 years, including 18 years as Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth before he stepped down in September 2011 to become Catholic. A graduate of the University of Texas and Nashotah House Seminary in Wisconsin, he was rector of two parishes in the Fort Worth area from 1982 to 1993. He currently leads St. John Vianney Catholic Ordinariate Community, which meets at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Granbury, and is online at stjohnvianneycleburne.org
. Married for 39 years, he and his wife, Marilyn, have two children and two grandchildren. Their son, Charles IV, also is being ordained.
Charles Hough, IV, 30, of Keller, was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2007 and was rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church until entering the Catholic Church in June 2011. He is a graduate of Texas A&M and received a Master of Divinity from Nashotah House Seminary. He served on the adult religious education staff at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller, Texas and, starting July 1, will be pastor of Our Lady of Walsingham Ordinariate Parish in Houston, Texas. Married for eight years, he and his wife Lindsay have two young sons.
Timothy Perkins, 57, of Arlington, was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1989 and received into the Catholic Church in September 2011. He holds degrees from Abilene Christian University, the University of Texas and Nashotah House Seminary. He served as a priest in the Episcopal dioceses of Northwest Texas, Louisiana and Fort Worth. In 2010, he founded St. Peter the Rock in Arlington, Texas, now a Catholic ordinariate community. The community celebrates Mass at St. Maria Goretti Catholic Church in Arlington and holds prayer services at the UT Catholic Campus Ministry Center. Perkins and his wife of 37 years, Jody, have three children ages 19-30.
Christopher C. Stainbrook
, 52, of Fort Worth, is a graduate of Allegheny College and General Theological Seminary, he was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1991. He served as chaplain for a girls' home in Las Vegas and then the senior curate at St. Vincent, Bedford, TX until 1994. He was the longest-serving dean (14 years) in the history of the Episcopal diocese and president of the National Council of the Catholic Clerical Union from 2003 to 2011. For 18 years, he led St. Timothy's Church in Fort Worth; the parish community became Catholic in May 2012 (Pentecost Sunday). St. Timothy meets at St. Mary of the Assumption Catholic Church and is online at www.sttimothyfortworth.org
Joshua Whitfield, 34, of Mansfield, was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2003. He is a 1999 graduate of Texas Tech University and received bachelor's and master's degrees from the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, England. He went on to receive a Th.M. from Duke University in Durham, NC, where he studied under famed theologian Stanley Hauerwas. In 2009, Whitfield published a book, Pilgrim Holiness. He has served as a curate and rector in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. He and his wife of nine years, Allison, have two young children.