Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson visited Toronto yesterday, meeting with Cardinal Thomas Collins who has been the episcopal delegate for Anglicanorum coetibus in Canada. Last night, he arrived in Ottawa. Our former Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (ACCC) bishop Carl Reid picked him up at the train and brought him to Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica where the Diocesan Feast Mass had just been celebrated. At the end of the Mass, a thunderstorm rolled in and brought a heavy downpour, forcing the closing of the cathedral's front doors and some windows.
Carl Reid and Msgr. Steenson were downstairs at the reception where I caught up with them. Interestingly, Fr. John Lowe of the Companions of the Cross, shown to the left, studied under Msgr. Steenson at the seminary in Houston and he's heading back to Houston soon to serve in the Companions' parish there. Archbishop Terrence Prendergast is on the right.
I found Msgr. Steenson warm, engaging, and charming. He also has an easy laugh. He apparently got on really well with Carl Reid and made a good connection with the archbishop as well. Then, Christopher Mahon, of the musical Mahon family that is one of the anchors of the Toronto Ordinariate group, happened by, saw the cathedral was open and came in. Thus he got a chance to meet the Ordinary as well and bring him up to date on what's going on in Toronto.
We got a chance to hang out a bit afterwards and had a wide-ranging but light social conversation. There is no news to report, except that the visit is a sign that steps are underway to create a Canadian Deanery of St. John the Baptist as part of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Today I know he had several more meetings and I think he flew out late this afternoon.