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The Tablet: More Priests for US Ordinariate

Three Episcopal ministers were ordained priests for the ordinariate for former Anglicans in North America.

Frs Jason Catania, John Anthony Vidal and David Reamsnyder were ordained at Baltimore’s Cathedral of Mary Our Queen on Saturday.

Several dozen of Fr Catania’s parishioners at Mt Calvary Church in Baltimore became the first American Anglicans to join the ordinariate after it was launched on 1 January.

Fr Catania told the Baltimore Sun: “Even when I was ordained in the Episcopal Church, I knew someday that I would end up Catholic one way or another. It just took me 12 years to get here.”

Two men have already been ordained to the US ordinariate and 14 more are due to be ordained in the coming weeks.

Source: The Tablet

Fr Andrew Bartus mentions the Baltimore Ordinations:

Congratulations to Fathers David Reamsnyder, Anthony Vidal, and Jason Catania and to the people of Mount Calvary, Baltimore! These three men were ordained last Saturday by Archbishop William Lori (who also ordained the Vicar General, Fr. Scott Hurd) to the Catholic priesthood.

 

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South Africa Christian Holidays Face Scrutiny

South Africa is set to have another look at public holidays, particularly Christian ones, according to a newspaper report

There is trouble brewing in our Country. Via Times Live:

The revision of public holidays – in particular Christian public  holidays will be a topic of discussion at public meetings arranged by the  Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious  and Linguistic Communities later in June, Beeld reported.

The public discussion meetings will take place in Gauteng, the  Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal and the Free State, according to a statement from  the commission.

A number of “complaints and requests” have been received by the  commission, concerning the fact that SA’s public holidays only acknowledge  Christianity and discriminate unfairly against other religions, the newspaper  reported.

“According to its mandate, we received a number of complaints  concerning the biased and unfair scheduling of the Public Holidays Act 36 of  1994,” the commission said in a statement.

The aim of the meetings is to encourage public participation and  collate information to determine whether the current situation is  discriminatory.

People wanting to make submissions should call 011-537-7600 or  see information posted on www.crlcommission.org.za.

They have already abolished the long-established Ascension Day. Secular humanist holidays are on now the order of the day, and they will not hesitate to attack the Christian faith!

 

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Beautiful Anglican Patrimony is at the Heart of the Ordinariate

Msgr Jeffrey Steenson in his pastoral letter on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi yesterday:

“Taste, and touch, and vision, to discern thee fail; Faith, that comes from hearing, pierces through the veil. I believe whate’er the Son of God hath told; What the Truth hath spoken, that for truth I hold.”

These words come from a Eucharistic hymn, glorious poetry, written by the otherwise prosaic Thomas Aquinas in the thirteenth century.  With unmatched intellectual brilliance, St. Thomas could explain the theology of the Eucharist in a style that many find dull and unimaginative.  But when his heart wrote, his words pierced through the veil in a way that words from the intellect never could.  St. Thomas understood that in the Eucharist, he encountered a mystery, and that he truly entered into the precincts of God.

At the hour of Christ’s death upon the cross, the veil in the temple was torn in two.  That veil separated the Holy of Holies from the rest of the temple and, at least symbolically, separated the holiness of God from the sinfulness of his creation.  At the moment the veil was torn, kairos and chronos met.  Eternity entered into time and the way in to the holy precincts was open for all of mankind.

However, the veil still exists in a very real way.  We cannot taste or touch or see the risen Lord in the Eucharistic species.  The bread looks and tastes like bread.  The wine looks and tastes like wine.  But we believe because, on “the day before he suffered, he took bread into his holy and venerable hands” and he said to his apostles and to us, “this is my body which will be given up for you.”

Today in the Mass we encounter this Eucharistic mystery, 2000 years after Christ stood before his Apostles.  We believe that Christ is truly present to us, and although we may not be called to write poetry in the way of St. Thomas, we are brought to our knees before the Truth, and our hearts are moved to sing the words that St. Thomas wrote.

Christ is truly present in the Eucharist, and he is made present because, following in the Apostolic succession, he has called men to be priests at his altar.  This month, the Church has been blessed with the ordinations of five men, three of whom were ordained this weekend.  They have come to Christ’s holy priesthood through the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, and they bring with them the beautiful Anglican patrimony that is at the heart of the Ordinariate.  But they are Christ’s priests serving Christ’s Church.

I ask your prayers for these men and for the men who will be ordained in the next month.  In the years to come, they will stand in persona Christi, making Christ truly present in God’s creation.

Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson

… they will stand in persona Christi

 

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Back In The Habit: More Women Becoming Nuns

Religious orders in Britain have seen an increase in the number of women becoming nuns.

Sky news reports:

It seemed nuns in the UK had fallen out of habit with fears more convents were due to close.

But the number of new sisters has trebled in the last three years, bringing hopes of a revival.

In 2009 only six women had joined a religious order but in 2011 the figure increased to 17.

Out of that number more than half (nine) were under 40. The majority (13) were previously professionals with a university education.

Sister Cathy Jones, who has been a nun for a year and a half, said “It was something that I felt drawn to. It offers a chance for someone to be totally themselves.

“Although paradoxically we make a vow of obedience it offers a person the freedom to be themselves.

“A freedom to follow their hearts desires and where God and spirituality can be at the heart of that life. In our over busy world it offers a different way of doing things.”

The number of nuns is still below what it was in the early 1980s when more than a hundred women a year took vows as sisters.

With increased calls about the vocation it seems for many the church is heading in the right direction.

Father Dominic Howarth,vocations director for the Diocese of Brentwood, said recruiting has changed.

“I think the old model would see religious brothers, sisters or priests going into schools to catch them for religious life,” he said.

“Now it’s accompanying, it’s discerning, it’s walking with a young person perhaps all the way from the late teens and early twenties through maybe four, five, six or seven years as they journey different ways in their life.

“It is only then that they can become more certain about who it is and what it is God is calling them to be.”

The video news report is here.

 

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How to Pray the Rosary

Writes Joel over at Unsettled Christianity:

Figured that this could serve two purposes. First, for those who are mystified by it, you could see what is being said. Second, for those who need it, well, here is a quick cheat sheet, if you will. You can find it here where it is now in my media library for safe keeping, but thanks to New Advent for it.

Someone I know, a few months ago, began to pray the rosary. This man expressed that one time, during the praying for this rosary, something happened. It was as if the world stopped spinning, time slowed, and for a brief moment, he experienced clarity and a connection with something higher. It last but a moment or three, but it was enough to be noticed and retained by him. It was different than his former pentecostal experiences and radically so. Indeed, his expression was one of peace rather than one of excitableness.