Chair of St. Peter Ordinariate Ordination News

Here are excerpts of a story in the Fort Worth Star-Telegram about yesterday's ordination of six former Episcopalian priests as Catholic priests for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter:

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 In what officials called a historic moment, Fort Worth Catholic Bishop Kevin Vann and other white-robed priests in the diocese laid hands on the priests at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller to welcome them.


The ordinariate is headed by a former Fort Worth Episcopal priest, Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson, who earlier converted to Catholicism.

"This is very moving for me today personally," Steenson said. "These men were all part of my generation, and we all served in Fort Worth."


"We are Catholics now with an Anglican heritage," said one of the ordained priests, the Rev. Charles Hough III, a former high-ranking official in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. In what officials said was a rare happening, son Charles Hough IV was ordained with his father.

"My feeling is that I'm just overjoyed by the whole thing," the elder Hough said. "I'm blessed to say my son's a part of it, too. That's an added bonus. I am so proud of my son. He's such a fine young priest."

The younger Hough was recently named pastor of Our Lady of Walsingham Ordinariate Parish in Houston, which will be the principal church of the ordinariate under which the former Episcopal priests will serve.

"It's a great honor," the younger Hough said. "And I'm absolutely delighted and honored to be ordained with my dad."

The six are among 35 Episcopal priests to be ordained this summer, Steenson said.

Sixty former Episcopal priests are expected to be ordained by year's end, he said. "This is by far the largest class."

The new ordinariate has a decidedly Fort Worth flavor.

Steenson, a former rector of St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Fort Worth and former bishop of the Diocese of the Rio Grande, based in Albuquerque, heads the Houston-based ordinariate. The ordinariate is much like a diocese with a broader scope.


Steenson and the six men ordained opposed many of the changes in the Episcopal Church, including the ordination of gay priests and bishops.

All emphasized, however, that those issues were not central in their decisions to convert.

"Hopefully we understand that this is not just about being opposed to something," Steenson said.

"If you were just opposed to something, you don't want to join the Catholic Church. It's a lot more than that."

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There are many more pictures and links at the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter's Facebook page.

There is also a television item on the event here.

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And from Canada,  I haven't been able to find pictures yet of the ordinations in Calgary, but here's some good news from the website of St. John the Evangelist.


Father Kenyon will celebrate his First Mass according to the Anglican Use of the Roman Rite this Sunday 1st July (Dominion Day) at 10.00 a.m.
Father Wright will celebrate his First Mass according to the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite this Saturday 30th June at 5.00 p.m. at St Gabriel, 197 Invermere Drive, Chestermere.Father Wright will celebrate Mass according to the Anglican Use of the Roman Rite the following Wednesday 4th July at 10.30 a.m.

Author: Deborah Gyapong

Deborah Gyapong is a member of the Sodality of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary ( 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.

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