Bright Lights: St. Anselm's, Greenville, S.C.

St. Anselm’s Community is part of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, and meets at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville, South Carolina. Newly-formed under the pastoral leadership of Fr. Jon Chalmers, the very first Mass of St. Anselm’s will be on Sunday, June 10th (the Solemnity of Corpus Christi) at 6:00 p.m.

St. Anselm’s is described on its website as “a community of people who treasure the Anglican tradition yet seek the firm foundation of Catholic teaching. We want to live our lives as faithful Catholic Christians who treasure the Anglican traditions.” It goes on to say, “We strive to be new evangelists. We show the Gospel in the world in innovative ways while we strive for faith seeking understanding. This means that our teaching, what we know about our Lord and our faith, comes to us from Scripture and Tradition through the Magisterial teaching of the Church.”

To the newly-ordained Fr. Chalmers, “ad multos annos!” To the founding members of the Community of St. Anselm, “May the Lord make His face to shine upon you!”

Author: Fr. Christopher Phillips

Fr. Christopher G. Phillips is the pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he has served for the past twenty-eight years. He is the founding pastor of the first Anglican Use parish, erected in 1983 under the terms of the Pastoral Provision. Fr. Phillips was ordained as an Anglican for the Diocese of Bristol, England, in 1975. After serving as Curate for three years at St. Stephen Southmead, he returned to the United States and served in two Episcopal parishes in the Diocese of Rhode Island. In 1981 he left the Episcopal Church and moved with his family to Texas, where he was subsequently ordained as a Catholic priest in 1983. Fr. Phillips and his wife, JoAnn, have been married for forty years. They have five children, all grown and married, and three grandchildren.

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