Rev. Charles Hough, III, Named Ordinariate’s Vicar for Clergy

The latest news from the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.  Congratulations, Fr. Hough!

Rev. Charles Hough, III, Named Ordinariate’s Vicar for Clergy

Reverend Charles Hough, III, has been named the Vicar for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

Father Hough was ordained a Catholic priest on June 30, 2012 after serving as an Episcopal priest for 31 years, including 18 years as Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. Since September 2011, he has led the St. John Vianney Catholic Ordinariate Community in Cleburne, Texas, a position he will continue to hold.

As Vicar for Clergy, Fr. Hough will be responsible for personnel matters and continuing formation for the Ordinariate’s clergy, will serve as the liaison for religious of the Ordinariate or providing ministry for the Ordinariate, and will assist those seeking vocations to the priesthood, permanent diaconate or religious life.

Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson, Ordinary for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, said, “With 30 ordinations to the priesthood this summer and 30 additional men in formation, Fr. Hough is taking on a great responsibility. I am grateful for his willingness to use his gifts to further the growth of the Lord’s Kingdom in our midst, and am confident in his ability to form our clergy as we lay a solid foundation for the future of the Ordinariate.”

Fr. Hough noted, “I was certainly honored when Msgr. Steenson asked me to be the Vicar for Clergy. I hope to be of service to him in this new role and to utilize the experience I had over 18 years as the Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. In that position I was greatly involved in clergy matters and enjoyed assisting clergy in their ministry. I also look forward to continuing my responsibilities with the St. John Vianney Community.”

The Ordinariate’s leadership also includes Rev. R. Scott Hurd, Vicar General, and Margaret Chalmers, JCD, chancellor. The Catholic Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter was established on January 1, 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI for Anglican groups and clergy in the United States seeking to become Catholic while retaining elements of their Anglican heritage. The Ordinariate is equivalent to a diocese, though national in scope, and is based in Houston, Texas. Only three ordinariates exist in the world, in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia.

Rev. Charles Hough, III, 57, 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, he was rector of two parishes in the Fort Worth area from 1982 to 1993. He is pastor of the St. John Vianney Catholic Ordinariate Community, which meets at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Granbury (stjohnvianneycleburne.com). He and his wife, Marilyn, have two children and two grandchildren.

ONLINE: U.S. Ordinariate: usordinariate.org and facebook.com/CSPOrdinariate

Author: Deborah Gyapong

Deborah Gyapong is a member of the Sodality of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (www.annunciationofthebvm.org) 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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