Church of the Incarnation to Be Received into the Ordinariate in September

It is my great honour and privilege to be able to announce, on behalf of the parish, that the Church of the Incarnation (formerly Cathedral of the Diocese of the Eastern United States, ACA/TAC; located in Orlando, FL) is to be received into the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter on 16 September 2012.

This announcement is especially poignant for me as I served as Rector's Warden of the parish at the time of the publication of the Apostolic Constitution and I led the process by which the Chapter and full membership of the Cathedral parish accepted the Holy Father's most generous offer of full communion by means of Anglicanorum coetibus.

Since my confirmation into the Anglican Use of the Roman Rite of the Catholic Church, I have necessarily been out of full communion with my parish family.  I am overjoyed that this separation is soon to come to an end.

I also thank God for the visionary leadership of Bishop Campese and Fr. William "Doc" Holiday (also a Contributor here on The Anglo-Catholic).  Without their devotion and sacrificial ministries to the parish, this great goal could not have been achieved.

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31 July 2012
Commemoration of St. Ignatius of Loyola

My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Laudetur Iesus Christus!

As I have always told you, when I had some information concerning our reception into the Catholic Church, I would share it with you all straightaway. Finally, after nearly three years of prayer and preparation in the parish – with the seemingly interminable waiting, sometimes with anxiety and even anguish – I have some very important news to share with you all. Please indulge me as I make several observations as a preface to the joyous news to follow.

Firstly, I would like to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart. Through these months turned to years, you have been faithful in your prayer and your commitment to the vision of a fully Catholic Church of the Incarnation. No doubt, at times, many of you have felt as the Israelites wandering the desert wilderness.

Many of us also recognize that our journeying caravan has been continuously harried and harassed by the Devil and his unrelenting hosts. Navigating our way out of the shambles of the Continuing Church and gathering up the crumbs with the Pro-Diocese of the Holy Family, we have paid a heavy price. The Evil One has pitted brother against brother, demoralized both clergy and laity alike, and caused many to fall away from our mission – that same mission given to us by Our Lord Jesus Christ himself and recounted in the Seventeenth Chapter of the Gospel of St. John.

Now for the news! The congregation of the Church of the Incarnation is to be received into the full communion of the Catholic Church on the Sixteenth Day of September, a Sunday. There will be only one Mass at Ten Fifteen o’ clock that morning. As this reception entails both corporate and individual aspects, it is imperative that you keep this date. The Mass will be the setting for your entrance into communion with the Holy See and your enrollment into the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. We must have you there on this occasion of what will surely be profound joy!

As we are still working out the specifics, I have few details to share as this time, but I can say that Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson, Ordinary, will preside over the Celebration. His Excellency John Noonan, Bishop of Orlando, and a tremendous and invaluable resource and advocate for our cause, will also be in attendance. I have also invited the membership of some of our smaller missions to join us as well.

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Now an update on the circumstances of our individual clerics:

Bishop Campese:

As you all know, my goal from the very beginning has been to lead the people under my care to a safe harbor in the Catholic Church. Above all, this is what matters to me. I am still discussing future options with my counterparts in the Catholic Church. At the moment, neither the Personal Ordinariate nor I have made any decision with respect to my personal future. Anyway, this is not about me. As many of you are aware, I recently turned 78 years of age. So far, the Good Lord has provided me with good health, but I have a number of considerations about which to think. Regardless of what clerical role I may play in the future of the Church of the Incarnation, I will remain here until I die. This is my parish, and I will serve it and Holy Church in whatever way God calls me to do, just as I have striven to do from the very beginning of my ministry in His Church.

Fr. William “Doc” Holiday:

Fr. Doc has received a nulla osta from Rome. This letter means that there is no canonical bar to his ordination in the Catholic Church. We do not yet know when he will be ordained deacon and priest; we are working out the details presently.

Fr. Scott Whitmore:

Fr. Scott has attached a personal letter with regard to his life decisions at this time. But do not worry, Fr. Scott is not going anywhere; he will remain in our parish family.

Fr. Jason McCrimmon:

We have been greatly blessed to have Father McCrimmon and his beautiful family as a vital part of our parish life for many years now. Father Jason is pursuing his ministry as a Military Chaplain and it has been an arduous journey for him, especially hard as he has also given sacrificially, ministering to our church family.

I am sorry to have to report that Father Jason will be leaving us soon, to continue the ministry to which he believes he has been called. He will preach his last sermon on the Fifth Day of August, and I hope that you will be in attendance to support him. The United States Navy will be getting an excellent chaplain.

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Finally, I wish to entrust this last leg of our race toward Catholic Unity in a most special way to the Great Mother of God, Mary most Holy. I know that she has guided our way closer to Her Divine Son thus far; she will not abandon us now. May all the Angels and Saints of heaven watch over us these next several weeks.

In Dno,

Bishop Campese

Author: Christian Clay Columba Campbell

Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organized the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church. The Anglican Cathedral is now the Church of the Incarnation in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. He is also the CEO of Three Fish Consulting, LLC, an Information Technology consultancy based in Orlando, FL. He can be reached via email at ccampbell at threefish dot co.

12 thoughts on “Church of the Incarnation to Be Received into the Ordinariate in September”

  1. Congratulations Bishop Campese. It has been a long journey and there have been many pitfalls along the way. But we know who is in charge of leading us up and around these many pitfalls.

    Our parish in Denison, Texas hopes to be received soon. Our pastor received his nulla osta and has completed his training. Our parish has also unanimously accepted the invitation to come into full communion with the Catholic Church. On August 9th we will have our first visit from the Ordinariate's "Vicar for Priests". Pray for us please.

    I am even older than you bishop, and like you, a widower. My theme is "I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than to dwell in the tents of unrighteousness. For the Lord God is a light and defence; the Lord will give grace and worship and no good thing shall he withhold from them that live a godly life" Psalm 84:11-12 As you said Bishop, it isn't about you and it isn't about me, it is all about the future of the Church. My thanks for you and your ministry.

    Faithfully, Fr. Clayton T. Holland
    Retired Priest, Christ our Saviour Anglican Church, 101 E. Texas St. Denison, Texas 75020

  2. My wife and I have been looking forward to hearing such news for the past couple of years. The only thing tempering our joy at the news is that it does not give any real news about the clergy there, which we had thought might have been ordained at the same time.

  3. Thanks be to God! I have been waiting to hear this good news ever since the Ordinariate was established earlier this year! I especially want to thank Bishop Campese for his unselfish desire to see his parish join the Ordinariate.

    I am sure this great group of people will be a significant asset not only to the Ordinariate but to the Catholic Church in general.

    I am a cradle Catholic but have been following the Ordinariate and its members since the group in England first joined.

    Looking forward and praying for all as the blessed day approaches!

    Welcome to the fold!

  4. I am a former Episcopal priest who was received into the Roman Catholic Church by the bishop of Helena (Western Montana) on Easter Sunday 1977. I am now a retired priest assisting at St Mary Magdalen in Altamonte Springs, Florida, not far from the Church of the Incarnation.

    It was on September 16th 1976 that the Episcopal General Convention voted for women to be admitted to the priesthood and episcopate and also adopted a pro choice position on abortion. I believed on that date they abandoned whatever claim to Catholicity they may previously have had.

    How appropriate that the wonderful parish of the Incarnation would be received into full communion with the Catholic Church on the 36th anniversary of that tragic date (Felix culpa?).

    If I can provide any priestly assistance to my brothers and sisters on this shared journey, I would be delighted to do so.

    Fr Patrick Patton

  5. This is a thrilling announcement! Vicky and I are enjoying our activities in an active and welcoming Catholic parish. They keep us busy on and off campus. I know from experience that Incarnation will be just as active and just as welcoming. The question has been answered: "What is Campese up to?" This was what TAC had on its mind since its formation. Bishop Lou, you were a part of the first visit of TAC to Rome. It was a long time in coming, but dreams do come true. (Please privately post to me alerting me to your Patron Saint.) Our love and our prayers go out to the Incarnation faithful, lay and ordained. Tom+

  6. Credit due to the Holy Spirit, BIshop Campese, Fr. Doc and Fr. Scott in Incarnation's reception into the Ordinariate. They toughed it out during our days in the Wilderness.

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