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.

* * *

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.

* * *

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.

* * *

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

Palm Sunday in Orlando

As promised, here are a number of high resolution photographs from the Procession and Mass of Palm Sunday at the Ordinariate-bound Cathedral of the Incarnation in Orlando, Florida.  On this day, Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson made his first visit to the Cathedral of the Pro-Diocese of the Holy Family.

Here comes the Procession...
Watch that zuchetto!

Continue reading "Palm Sunday in Orlando"

U.S. Ordinary on Cathedral of the Incarnation

Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson in his Pastoral Letter for Holy Week 2012 writes about his experience at the Pro-Diocese of the Holy Family's Cathedral of the Incarnation in Orlando, Florida, which he visited on Palm Sunday.

On Palm Sunday I had the great privilege of visiting one of the happy stories of the Ordinariate, the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Orlando, which has been superbly shepherded over the years by Bishop Louis Campese. Here are people who have been well catechized, with the right disposition, who have already built good relationships with the local Catholic Church, well poised to grow, and they are an excellent model for what an Ordinariate congregation can be.

I am very pleased to concur with Monsignor's assessment.  The Church of the Incarnation will be a huge asset to the Ordinariate, and, upon its entrance into full communion with the Catholic Church, it is poised to grow vigorously, becoming the "anchor" of Catholic Anglicanism in the region.

American Ordinary Visits the Cathedral of the Incarnation

I have just returned from the Procession and Mass of Palm Sunday at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Orlando, Florida, my home parish.  In addition to the pageantry of this Sunday beginning Holy Week, there was a large class of First Communicants, and perhaps just as special, Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, the Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, was among us.

Having met together with Bishop John Noonan of the Orlando Diocese, Bishop Louis Campese of the Anglican Pro-Diocese of the Holy Family, and other clergy yesterday evening, Msgr. Steenson assisted at Mass in Choir.  He also gave a touching homily for the great benefit of those children celebrating their First Communions.

At the following reception (or as Fr. Barnes would put it, "bun-fight") in the Royal Hall, Monsignor had the opportunity to meet many of the congregation and First Communion guests.  He remarked several times that he was simply "blown away" by the vitality and youth of the congregation; he had not expected to find such, especially in a parish having its roots in the Traditional Anglican Communion (to which, by the way, the parish and Pro-Diocese have no substantive connection; the TAC is for all intents and purposes dead, though we have chosen not to cover the tragic events surrounding its disintegration over the past months).

While the Cathedral clergy humbly continue in the formation process, the entire parish is looking forward to the moment when the community will be allowed to enter the new Ordinariate.  Everyone is anxious, and folks were queuing up to meet and thank the man who will soon be, God willing, their Ordinary.  Msgr. Steenson was very generous with his time, making a point to speak, sometimes at length, with everyone who wished to meet him.

I had the opportunity to speak alone with Msgr. Steenson for quite some time, and I came away very much encouraged for the future of the Ordinariate.  There are challenges ahead, to be sure, but the good Monsignor is coming to understand the singular needs of the various groups in the United States and Canada waiting to find their permanent home in the Catholic Church and the Ordinariate.  Pray for him.

Pictures of the event will follow shortly.

For Those Entering the American Ordinariate

In the United States, we’re at the next stage of the implementation of Anglicanorum coetibus, and the establishment of the Ordinariate in this country is getting closer. Many of the clergy and parishes who have declared themselves Ordinariate-bound are now hearing from the Catholic bishops in their area, and this is for the good purpose of getting to know one another, so that when the Ordinariate is erected we will have in place those local relationships which will allow the kind of cooperation envisioned by the Holy Father. Even though the Ordinariate clergy and parishes will be part of a separate jurisdiction, our mission won’t be a separate one, so for those Anglicans preparing to enter into full communion with the Holy See, these contacts provide a great opportunity to meet other Catholics with whom we share the one mission of the Catholic Church.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Fr. Scott Hurd in Cardinal Wuerl’s office. His email address is, and his office phone number is (301) 853-4582. If you are part of the Patrimony of the Primate, Bishop David Moyer is always there to give you guidance, and within the Patrimony, Bishop Louis Campese is there for those who are part of the Pro-Diocese of the Holy Family.

Statement from Bishop on New Pro-Diocese

Statement from Louis Campese, Bishop Ordinary
Pro-Diocese of the Holy Family

14 February, 2011

Laudetur Jesus Christus!

Until a few days ago, when the web site of the Anglican Church in America was severely pruned to eliminate virtually every positive reference to the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus and the engagement of the Province in the discernment process toward acceptance of full visible unity with the Catholic Church, the following notice appeared under the title "House of Bishops Update":

At a meeting on 1 June 2010, the House of Bishops and the Executive Council of the Anglican Church in America approved a unified approach designed to provide full support for parishes and clergy who have indicated their desire to enter the proposed Ordinariate, once established, while simultaneously providing for the ongoing pastoral care of all members of the ACA. The meetings were conducted and concluded in the spirit of mutual harmony and Christian love.

This short notice seemed to reflect what I, at the time, believed was a genuine and charitable unanimity on the acceptance of the notion that the House of Bishops would continue to act generously in accommodating the needs of those groups and individuals, both clerical and lay, who desired to transition to the anticipated Personal Ordinariate to be erected by the Catholic authorities in the United States of America.  The idea that groups and individuals could remain canonically resident within their present circumstances whilst, at the same time, affiliating themselves with each other under the personal jurisdiction of the Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion, all the while remaining welcome members of the Anglican Church in America, seemed to be a creative compromise welcome on the part of the entire House of Bishops.  Bishop David  Moyer, Archbishop Hepworth's "vicar" to organize the Patrimony of the Primate in the USA Province of the TAC, subsequently set about his mission, and I remained Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the Eastern United States, with further work to accomplish before any of my parishes, missions, or myself could contemplate a move into the Patrimony.

In the last month, having reached an amicable and unanimous arrangement with my own diocesan Standing Committee, which of course represented interests within the Diocese hostile to the Apostolic Constitution, I stepped aside, allowing those parishes which did not desire to pursue the Traditional Anglican Communion's foundational goal of full communion with the Catholic Church to begin to reorganize the Diocese in accordance with their own perceived pastoral needs, and, with the blessing of the Primate and the majority of the ACA House of Bishops, I assumed jurisdiction of the newly-created Pro-Diocese of the Holy Family, an entity established (temporarily) for the express purpose of gathering those parishes, missions, and other groups and individuals which had declared for the Ordinariate (or were in the process of doing so).  The new Pro-Diocese was conceived of — and recognized (albeit briefly) — by all parties involved as being both under the umbrella of the Patrimony of the Primate and the ACA.

Now, the ACA House of Bishops, through several of its chancellors, has released a statement denying the Pro-Diocese of the Holy Family any place in the ACA and rejecting entirely the notion of the Primate's jurisdiction and the legal concept of his Patrimony, despite general agreement on this provision in the past.

I regard this statement as grievously unfortunate.  As it concerns the Pro-Diocese, its existence — and my jurisdiction — derive from the Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion himself; they are not dependent on the ACA, though we had desired to maintain the bonds of affection stemming from our shared history until the final moment of visible separation became a necessity.  The Pro-Diocese of the Holy Family was erected to fulfill a pressing pastoral need in a time of transition and upheaval and with a simple — and sacred — mission.  I will continue this holy work to the end.

Regrettably, though the recent chancellors' edict can have no effect on the Pro-Diocese, it seems that it directly challenges the order and discipline of the TAC to the extent that it would appear that the Anglican Church in America has excommunicated herself from the worldwide communion.  I call upon the ACA bishops to carefully consider their position and not to rashly and needlessly divorce themselves from the TAC, which alone among the major Continuing Anglican jurisdictions has truly committed itself to the cause of Christian Unity.

In the meantime, with God's ever-abundant grace, I will continue to strive to shepherd that small part of Christ's Flock which has been entrusted to me.  May we find our True Home quickly!

DEUS Mission Joins Pro-Diocese and Awaits Ordinariate

St. Luke's Mission in The Villages, Florida, formerly a mission of the ACA's Diocese of the Eastern United States, on February 13, 2011, voted unanimously to join both the transitional Pro-Diocese of the Holy Family and the anticipated Personal Ordinariate to be erected in the USA.

Bishop Campese to Head Provisional Structure

Having resigned from his office as Ordinary of the Diocese of the Eastern United States of the Anglican Church in America, Bishop Louis Campese is now to serve as Ordinary of a new transitional structure, under the umbrella of the existing Patrimony of the Primate, designed to facilitate the movement of faithful clerics and groups from the deeply divided diocese into the anticipated personal ordinariate to be erected in the United States of America under the terms of Anglicanorum Coetibus.

The new jurisdiction is called the "Pro-Diocese of the Holy Family," and, in a recent interview, Bishop Campese, stressed its temporary nature.  The Pro-Diocese will have only a lightweight administration, designed solely to accomplish the mission of Christian Unity to which the bishops of the ACA committed themselves over three years ago.

Bishop Campese has appointed a Council of Advice (a purely consultative, non-canonical body) to assist him.  Its members are:

  • Fr. Edward Meeks, Rector of Christ the King Parish (Towson, Maryland)
  • Fr. Anthony Vidal, Vicar of St. Augustine of Canterbury (Baltimore Area)
  • Fr. Mark Siegel, Dean of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL)
  • Fr. William Holiday, Curate, Cathedral of the Incarnation
  • Ms. Carla Hansen, Treasurer

In addition to its presently Anglican members, Bishop Campese has also appointed two Catholic members to the Council of Advice (both Contributors to The Anglo-Catholic):

  • Fr. Christopher Phillips, Pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement
  • Mr. Christian Campbell

Cathedral of the Incarnation Votes on Apostolic Constitution

At one o'clock this afternoon of the Second Sunday in Advent, the Dean of the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Orlando, Florida, the Very Rev. Fr. Mark Siegel, the Rector's Warden, Mr. Christian Clay Columba Campbell, the Clerk of the Parish Corporation, Ms. Carla Hansen, and witness and parishioner, Mr. Joseph Koehler, certified the results of a congregational vote on a proposed Resolution that the Cathedral of the Incarnation accept the terms of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus and request admission, at the earliest possible moment, to the anticipated personal ordinariate to be erected in the United States of America.  This Resolution followed upon the unanimous approval of a similar measure by the Cathedral Chapter in September of this year.

The congregation of the Cathedral of the Incarnation has voted overwhelmingly — 94% — in favor of the proposed Resolution, and, having achieved the two-thirds majority required under the parish bylaws, the Resolution is adopted.  The full text of the Resolution follows.

* * *

Cathedral of the Incarnation
Orlando, Florida

November 9, 2010
Dedication of the Archbasilica of the Savior


With profound gratitude and filial respect to the Successor of St. Peter, the Congregation of the Cathedral of the Incarnation warmly receives the Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum Coetibus, of His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI.

Having prayerfully considered the aforementioned papal legislation, along with its associated Complementary Norms, and with due regard for the accompanying canonical commentary by Fr. Gianfranco Ghirlanda, S.J., Rector of the Pontifical Gregorian University, (all published under the auspices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith on November 4, 2009) and recognizing in the Holy Father’s most generous response to the pleas of various Anglican groups our common desire and holy commitment to achieve the reconciliation of our small flock with the Catholic Church in a corporate fashion and with due regard to our own precious Anglican Patrimony, this Congregation now resolves:

  1. that the Bishop of the Diocese of the Eastern United States, the Dean of the Cathedral, and other Officers of the Corporation, be authorized to take whatever steps may be necessary to affiliate the Cathedral of the Incarnation with the anticipated personal ordinariate to be erected in the United States of America under the terms of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus.
  2. that the text of this Resolution be published immediately on the parish web site and the online journal, The Anglo-Catholic, with copies to be posted directly to the Holy Father, William Cardinal Levada, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, and the authorized liaison for the United States of America.

Some Pictures From "Becoming One" Gathering

Here are a few images from the San Antonio gathering — and it was a tremendous blessing to all of us!

Solemn Evensong for the opening of the "Becoming One" gathering
After Evensong, a reception in the Pope John Paul II Libary at The Atonement Academy
Fr. Jason Catania and Fr. Allan Hawkins
View from the second level of the Pope John Paul II Library
Archbishop Falk greets the gathering
One of our many meals together
Bishop Campese
The view from the choir loft, during the daily Mass
"Becoming One" attendees taking part in the daily Mass
Daily Mass with the Academy students
Fr. Phillips and Bishop Campese
Refreshments in the courtyard
Fr. Scott Hurd addresses the gathering
One of our helpful Academy students