The Blessed John Henry Newman Society
May 12, 2012 2 Comments
Fr Christopher Phillips is offering to do a feature on Ordinariate-bound parishes, societies, or groups over at the The Anglo-Catholic, and he starts today with the BJHN Society of Orange County. He’s calling it a ‘Bright Lights’ series.
The Blessed John Henry Newman Society of Orange County in California describes itself as “an Anglican Use Society of the Roman Catholic Church in Orange County, California. We are temporarily a non-eucharistic community, composed of Anglicans and Roman Catholics of Anglican background, coming together to form a new parish for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter in the Catholic Church.”
Founded by Andrew Bartus, the Society shows the good fruit which can come from following the vision of Pope Benedict XVI, which he articulated in Anglicanorum coetibus. God willing, Andrew will be ordained as a Deacon on June 9th at Our Lady of the Angels Cathedral in Los Angeles. Ordination to the priesthood should follow soon after that, and the Society will be a fully-functioning community within the Catholic Church, with the goal of becoming a parish of the Ordinariate.
A look through the website of the Society gives an inspiring picture of the robust spiritual life already taking place, and there’s little doubt that this community is destined to be one of the “bright lights” of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.