The Make up of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter

Has been complied by frequent commentator on this blog, CatholicLeft.

I thought it might be worth attempting to report on the make up of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter (COSP), in terms of its membership, clergy and prospects in both the USA and Canada.

It is detailed and can be read here.

He lists all the Clergy here.


Parishes that had shown an interest in joining the COSP, yet haven’t. Where are they now?

That list is here.

Several parishes/groups of different jurisdictions expressed an interest in, or support for, the Personal Ordinariate proposed for the USA and Canada. I thought it might be interesting to look at the Google Map of February 2011 and see what has happened to those groups not presently formally aligned (or soon to be)with the now existing Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter (COSP) and why that might be…



Fr Peter Wilkinson Given the Title of Monsignor

Peregrinus has the news:

Dateline: Houston, Texas
Feast of the Presentation, 2013

In the presence of three cardinals, bishops and staff of the Seminary of St. Mary in Houston along with deacons, priests with their wives and candidates for ordination for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, Msgr Jeffrey Steenson on the seminary stage announced that the Holy Father has made Fr. Peter Wilkinson a prelate of honour with the title of Monsignor.

This is a wonderful recognition of Msgr Wilkinson’s past service to his people in Canada as an Anglican bishop. As well, Pope Benedict, has recognized the sacrifice and faithfulness Msgr Peter has shown in shepherding his people into the full communion of the Catholic Church.

With his usual humility and grace Msgr Wilkinson dedicated this honour to the clergy, their wives and the people of his former diocese now in communion with the Holy Father.

With great thanks to God the Canadian Deanery of St. John the Baptist now has a monsignor as well as a fine dean. May God bless the Deanery as we walk in the Year of Faith and give us grace to proclaim Christ to all in the New Evangelization in the unity of communion to which we are called.



Former TAC Bishop Carl Reid to be Ordained

Priest for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter on 26 January 2012.

It’s on Archbishop Prendergast’s schedule and now the official news release is out from the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

Month of January 2013 from the Arcbishop’s schedule.  I hear Fr. Peter Wilkinson is coming, so is our Dean, Fr. Lee Kenyon. 

Day & Time Activity & Location
Jan. 12, 10 a.m. Ordination to the diaconate of Carl Reid, St. Patrick’s Basilica, Ottawa
Jan. 26, 10 a.m. Ordination to the priesthood of Carl Reid, Notre Dame Cathedral, Ottawa

Here’s the news release. My bolds.

Three ordinations scheduled for early 2013 include former Anglican bishop Carl Reid of Ottawa, Canada, a former bishop with the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada and current administrator of the Sodality of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and former Anglican priest John Cornelius, of the Society of St. Alban in Rochester, New York, on January 26. Ken Bolin, Airborne Brigade Combat Team Chaplain with the U.S. Army, currently stationed in Fort Richardson, Alaska, recently was ordained a Catholic deacon. He is expected to be ordained a priest in March 2013. The Ordinariate, which is equivalent to a diocese, but national in scope, has 27 priests (including Ray), more than 1,600 people and 36 communities across the United States and Canada. Its Ordinary, Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson, is a former Episcopal bishop who is based in Houston, TX. Two additional ordinariates are located in the United Kingdom (Our Lady of Walsingham) and Australia (Our Lady of the Southern Cross).



Arizona Gets First Ordinariate Priest (with Congregation)

They come from the Anglican Church of America:

Former Anglican priest Lowell Andrews, of Payson, Arizona, will be ordained a Catholic priest on Sunday, Dec. 16, and 30 of his parishioners will be received into the Catholic Church as part of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, a new national entity created by Pope Benedict XVI.

The ordinariate, which is equivalent to a diocese, but national in scope, was established on January 1, 2012 for Anglican clergy and groups seeking to become Catholic, while retaining aspects of their Anglican heritage and liturgy.

Tucson Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas will ordain Andrews on Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, 2:00 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Nativity, 1414 North Easy Street (corner of Bradley & Easy Sreets), Payson, AZ 85541. Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson, head of the ordinariate, will concelebrate the Mass and receive the members of Holy Nativity ( into the Catholic Church.

Andrews is the first Anglican priest in Arizona and part of the first group of priests nationwide to be ordained for the Catholic ordinariate. Rector of Holy Nativity for the past seven years, he was ordained an Anglican priest in December 2004 and became Catholic in 2012. He received his undergraduate degree from Nanzan University in Nagoya, Japan. He completed Anglican seminary studies at the University of the South School of Theology in Sewanee, TN in 1986, and completed a Catholic formation program for the ordinariate in spring 2012. He also attended Arizona State University in Tempe (1974) and The Americas Institute of Adlerian Studies in Chicago, IL (1990).

Prior to ordination, he had a 42-year career during which he served as founder and headmaster of St. Paul’s Preparatory Academy, and founder and CEO of the San Pablo Residential Treatment Center and the Kachina Center for Alcohol and Drug Recovery, programs of the Episcopal Diocese of Arizona. Andrews left the Episcopal Church in 2002 for the Anglican Church of America. He and his wife, Marilyn, have been married for 25 years. Special permission has been given to former Anglican priests who are married to be ordained Catholic priests for the ordinariate.

The Church of Holy Nativity has owned its property since 1974. Catholic Mass, using an approved liturgy that is based upon the traditional Anglican liturgy, will be celebrated every Sunday and Wednesday at 10 a.m.

The ordinariate will include 27 priests following Andrews’ ordination, more than 1,500 people and 35 communities across the United States and Canada. Its Ordinary, Msgr. Steenson, is a former Episcopal bishop who is based in Houston, TX. Msgr. Steenson noted that the ordinations this year “mark a significant moment in the history of Catholic unity.”

Two additional ordinariates are located in the United Kingdom (Our Lady of Walsingham) and Australia (Our Lady of the Southern Cross).


When I read the above, I remembered reading their original petition:

The Church of the Holy Nativity
An Anglican Catholic Parish
1414 North Easy Street – Payson, Arizona 85541
Church: 928-474-2660 – Rectory 928- 474-5209

 The Rev’d Lowell E. Andrews, Rector

St. Michael & All Angels
September 29, 2010

The Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl
Archbishop of Washington
Post Office Box 29260
Washington, DC 20017-0260

Request for Reception into the Ordinariate
(under the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution.)

Your Excellency Archbishop Wuerl,

I am writing with the full consent of the parish church of the Holy Nativity Congregation, Vestry and myself requesting to be received into full Communion through the Ordinariate of the Roman Catholic Church when established. This comes after a great deal of prayer and consideration with the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

We pray that His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith will look favorably upon our request. We have been preparing for this to come with teaching, studying and much devotion to our Catholic faith. This action comes with the blessing of our Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Daren K. Williams, ACA Diocese of the West who supports this move. We await with faith for further instructions from your office to this request.

With our deepest appreciation to Pope Benedict XVI for this offer to bring Christ’s Church into one fold, we pray that others will follow and that in time the Church will be One.

Faithfully in our Lord’s Service,

Rev. Lowell E. Andrews
Rector, the Church of the Holy Nativity


The Most Rev. Gerald F. Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson
The Most Rev. Archbishop Michael J. Sheehan, Archdiocese of Santa Fe
The Most Rev. John Hepworth, Primate TAC
The Most Rev. Louis W. Falk, President, ACA House of Bishop
The Rt. Rev. Daren K. Williams, Bishop of the ACA Diocese of the West


So, it has come to pass…

Their website is here.



Former Anglican Archbishop Is Happy to be a Catholic Parish Priest

Fr Peter Wilkinson. The National Catholic Register:

VICTORIA, B.C. — When Peter Wilkinson returned to his home town of Victoria,  British Columbia, 42 years ago, with five years of service in the Anglican  Church in England under his belt, he was deemed too “Catholic” by the local  bishop and never got an Anglican parish of his own.

But as an Anglican-Catholic member of a world-wide communion of dissenters  from liberal trends in Anglicanism, he rose swiftly to bishop and then to  Metropolitan for Canada — before giving that all up earlier this year to be  received as a simple layman into the Catholic Church.

On Dec. 8, at the ripe age of 72, he was ordained a Catholic priest and  immediately assumed his duties as priest and pastor of St. Columba of Iona  Church. Father Wilkinson’s flock comprises 22 former Anglican Catholics who with  him were received into the Catholic Church early this year, and at the same time  into the Personal Ordinariate  of the Chair of St. Peter.

The Ordinariate, which is headquartered in Houston, Texas, was  created on Jan. 1 to provide a North American structure for Anglicans coming  into the Catholic Church who wish to retain distinctive elements of their  theological, spiritual, and liturgical patrimony as Anglicans.

Father Wilkinson’s ordination was the first in Canada for a former Anglican  cleric who has entered the Church though the Ordinariate of the Chair of St.  Peter, and it coincided with a key announcement for these new Catholics and for  other Canadian Anglicans who are considering following in their footsteps.

On Dec. 7, Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, the leader of the Ordinariate, jointly  announced with Cardinal Thomas Collins of Toronto that the Holy See had approved  the establishment of a new deanery for groups of Anglicans and Anglican clergy  in Canada who have come into the Church.

In a  statement, Msgr. Steenson announced he had appointed Father Lee Kenyon,  administrator of the first Ordinariate congregation in Canada at St. John the  Evangelist Church in Calgary, Alberta, as dean of the new Deanery of St. John  the Baptist.

Cardinal Collins, who is the ecclesiastical delegate for the Ordinariate in  Canada, and Msgr. Steenson jointly petitioned the Holy See to create the new  deanery after receiving unanimous backing for the proposal from the Canadian  bishops in September.

It’s Not About Me

“I’m loving it,” Father Wilkinson told the National Catholic Register when  asked about his membership in the Catholic Church. “I haven’t regretted this for  a moment.”

As for his demotion in ecclesial rank, he laughingly commented, “It  isn’t about me. I simply want to be a holy priest and serve out my remaining  years in that capacity.”

Anglican Catholics like Father Wilkinson are part of a spiritual revival that  was initiated in the English Anglican Church, whose leaders included Blessed  John Henry Newman before his conversion to Catholicism in 1845. It looked to the  restoration of pre-Reformation liturgy, celebration of the full range of  sacraments, devotion to Mary, communal religious life, and, for some, ultimate  reunion with Rome.

But Father Wilkinson believes that from right from the time of the English  Reformation (when King Henry VIII nationalized the church in 1534 under the  authority of the English crown), there was a movement within Anglicanism for  reunion with Rome.

Many of today’s Anglican-Catholics broke away from their national Anglican  Churches in the U.S., Canada and elsewhere when these churches voted to ordain  women.

“It was the straw that broke the camel’s back,” explained Scott Vannan, a  Victoria Anglican Catholic who joined the Catholic Church earlier this year  along with Peter Wilkinson. Anglicans who were praying and working for reunion  with Rome saw women’s ordination as an insuperable obstacle, given Rome’s  adamant rejection of women priests, not to mention the similar stance of the  Orthodox Church.

“But there were many other doctrinal issues which pointed to the question of  authority,” said Vannan. “Anglicanism has never had a Magisterium, but it did  believe that it shared a common deposit of faith which nobody was authorized to  change. Now they do change it.”

Some of the disaffected Anglicans left for Catholicism, the Orthodox Church  or Lutheran churches as individuals, but many left their national Anglican  churches within whole parishes. These then coalesced into two distinct, and  sometimes competing, traditional Anglican communions in North America.

The one Wilkinson and Vannan joined was the Anglican-Catholic Church of  Canada, which became part of the 240,000-strong worldwide Traditional Anglican  Communion (TAC), as did the like-minded Anglican Church in America.

Wilkinson became the pastor of Victoria’s traditional Anglicans, then the  Western Canadian bishop and finally the Metropolitan of a scattering of 38  parishes comprising 1,500 individuals across Canada.

In 2007, Wilkinson and two other TAC bishops proposed to Pope Benedict XVI a  package deal: bring in the Anglican-Catholics en masse, but with  provisions for the retention of existing parishes, those elements of the  Anglican liturgy compatible with Catholicism, and the married priesthood.

Benedict’s Inspiration

Pope Benedict was as enthusiastic as the TAC leaders had hoped.

“Some of our bishops had been meeting with him personally since the 1990s,” said Father Wilkinson. “They really liked him. And I had corresponded with him  myself — in fact I wrote him a fan letter. I even had an appointment to meet him  but it was the very week Pope John Paul II died and he couldn’t see me.”

Father Wilkinson’s own personal road to Rome was partly paved by Pope  Benedict’s 1986 book, Seek  That Which Is Above, which “spoke in a reasoned way but also from the  heart in a way that was fresh. It revealed the whole man. I hadn’t found that in  other Catholic books.”

He said that the Pope shares the Anglican Catholic belief “that the saints  and beauty are the Church’s two great converting forces.” This is why the Pope  permitted the Anglican-Catholics to keep their traditions centered on the Book  of Common Prayer.

“It is in our bones,” said Father Wilkinson of the 463-year-old prayer book. “It is written in beautiful, sacral English, intentionally using a higher  register of language.”

After the Pope issued his invitation to Anglican converts in November 2009  through his apostolic constitution Anglicanorum  Coetibus, many Anglican-Catholics turned out to be less enthusiastic  than the leadership for communion with Rome. Of 38 parishes Canada-wide, only  three have entered into full communion, with 150 members.

The parish Father Wilkinson started in Victoria has split twice over such  issues as the authority of the Pope and the loss of local autonomy. In the  second split it lost its pastor. A similar reduction in expectations has  occurred in the U.S.

But this is not necessarily a bad thing, said Vannan. “Before, the tension  was always there under the surface. Now we are completely united. There is a  great sense of peace.”

Warm Welcome

On the other hand, some Catholics have had difficulty grasping the  Anglican-Catholic attachment to its liturgy and wondered why Wilkinson’s group  could not simply have converted as individuals. But most have been “very  welcoming,” said Wilkinson. He praised Victoria Bishop Richard Gagnon and Father  John Laszczyk, the rector at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Victoria, for their  support.

“Everybody has been wonderful,” said Father Wilkinson. As for Father  Laszczyk, who stood in as pastor for the past few months and is a strong  proponent of beauty in liturgy, he described his experience with the  Anglican-Catholics as “profound.”

The small parish of 22 people now has its own home in a former Anglican  church. And instead of Father Laszczyk celebration of the Mass in a deep  baritone, they will again have Peter Wilkinson’s tenor chanting.

Looking ahead a few days before Father Wilkinson’s ordination, Scott Vannan  commented, “It’s a wonderful time for us. I am looking forward to his next Good  Friday sermon on the Crucifixion. It is the same every year and each time I  understand a little more of it.”



Priest Grateful to Pope for Catholic Ordinariate


Former Episcopal priest Laurence Gipson, who became Catholic in October, says his reaction to the Catholic ordinariate for former Anglicans is one of “gratitude.”

“The ordinariate, I think, is a wonderful opportunity for people like me, Anglican clergy and Anglican laity, who are seeking Catholic faith,” he said.

On Jan. 1, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI established the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter to allow Anglican and Episcopalian groups in the U.S. to become Catholic as groups, not only as individuals. It follows the Pope’s November 2009 apostolic constitution “Anglicanorum coetibus,” which authorized the creation of the special church structures.

Gipson, a 70-year-old native of Memphis, Tenn., said he is grateful to Pope Benedict for establishing the ordinariate. He said it is “advancing the cause of unity in the Church.”

“It offers Anglicans a way to affirm the Catholic faith, that is, a way to affirm orthodox or right belief, while at the same time being able to worship God and practice the Christian life according to the Anglican tradition and patrimony,” he told CNA Dec. 7.

“The Catholic faith and Anglican use are a great combination,” Gipson continued. “Catholics have welcomed us warmly. They’ve extended the right hand of fellowship to us, and I’m really grateful for that.”

Gipson and his wife Mary Frances were received on Oct. 28 into the Catholic Church at Houston’s Our Lady of Walsingham Church through the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

He was ordained an Episcopal priest in 1971. He served as rector of the Church of the Ascension in Knoxville, Tenn. and was dean of the Cathedral Church of the Advent in Birmingham, Ala.

For 14 years before his retirement in February 2008, he served as rector at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston, Texas. The church’s parishioners include former President George W. Bush and his wife Laura Bush.

Gipson and his wife have been married for 48 years. They have two adult children and two grandchildren.

He said he was drawn to the Catholic faith in part because of the Church’s “clarity” in teachings and the “unity of faith amongst the faithful.”

“What I yearned for and sought was a more centralized understanding of authority, the magisterium, the teaching authority, which could much more quickly and much more definitely interpret scripture and decide on the faith when it was in dispute and settle those issues.”

Gipson said Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson, the head of the U.S. ordinariate, and the theology faculty of the University of St. Thomas were among those who helped him become Catholic.

“My hope is to be ordained to the priesthood of the Catholic Church,” Gipson said. “I would like to practice that priesthood in any way that’s useful to the ordinariate.”

“I’ve been a parish priest all of my life in the Episcopal Church, for 42 years,” Gipson said. “That’s where my enthusiasm is, at the level of the parish, teaching and preaching, pastoral ministry.”

There are at least 69 candidates for the Catholic priesthood undergoing formation for possible ordination in the ordinariate. The ordinariate has ordained 24 priests since its launch in January. Many of them are married men ordained under a special dispensation in place since 1983.

Gipson said he is “deeply grateful” for his 58 years in the Episcopal Church

“The clergy and the people of the Episcopal Church gave me and my family more in the way of acceptance and support and generosity and love than we could ever have imagined or have deserved,” he said. “Each day serving was a blessing. It prepared me for, and gave me a yearning, for the Catholic Church in its fullness in all aspects of Christ’s Church.

The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Communion have faced much controversy in recent decades over the interpretation of Scripture, the ordination of women as priests, Christian sexual morality and other issues.

“I see the controversies as an outcome of the nature of authority in the Anglican Church and the Anglican Communion,” Gipson said. There are 34 provincial churches in the communion which are autonomous.

“Without a magisterium to interpret and define the faith, what Anglicanism relies on is dispersed authority rather than centralized authority,” he added.

“What I realized of course is that the Anglican tradition about authority is a part of the identity of Anglicanism, and Anglicanism does not wish to change that manner of authority,” Gipson explained. “The Anglican Communion wishes authority to be dispersed. I decided that I could not ask Anglicanism to change its identity for me, so I was the one that had to do the changing.”

He asked Catholics to show “patience” towards new members of the ordinariate and the Catholic Church.

“We’re just learning how to be good Catholics and there’s a lot to learn,” he said.



Fr Peter Wilkinson Ordained Catholic Priest

After waiting, with what one could best describe as great patience and grace, former TAC Bishop Peter Wilkinson was ordained a Catholic priest for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter.


There are photos plenty here.

And as Deborah Gyapong (HT) notes:

This makes me so happy.  What a journey it has been.  And how he trusted in God and helped us all to do so as well.  Of course, I came kicking and complaining half the time, but he would always say, “Kiss the Cross, Deborah.”   I am so proud of him!