News of the first parish in Florida to be received into the Ordinariate

Here’s a press release from the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter:

Anglican Parish in Orlando to Become Catholic on Sept. 16

140 People to be Received into Catholic Church

 

The clergy and 140 parishioners of the former Anglican Cathedral of the Incarnation will be received into the Catholic Church on Sunday, Sept. 16, during a 10:15 a.m. Mass of Reception at the church, 1515 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, Florida 32804. Orlando Bishop John Noonan will participate.

 

Incarnation was the home church for the Anglican Pro-Diocese of the Holy Family, under the guidance of former Anglican Bishop Louis Campese. He is among those becoming Catholic on Sept. 16. During the Mass, parishioners will be confirmed or, if previously Catholic, received back into the Catholic Church, by Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson, the head of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter and a former Episcopal bishop who is based in Houston, Texas.

 

Incarnation is the first parish community in Florida to become Catholic as part of the Ordinariate. Equivalent to a diocese, though national in scope, the Ordinariate was established by Pope Benedict XVI earlier this year for Anglican groups and clergy seeking to become Catholic as a group, while retaining elements of the Anglican heritage and liturgy. There are only three Ordinariates in the world, in the US/Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.

 

Since January, nearly 20 communities and 22 former Anglican or Episcopal priests across the United States and Canada have become Catholic through the Ordinariate. This includes Reverend Nick Marziani, a former Anglican priest in St. Augustine, Florida.

 

“We rejoice with the people of the Incarnation Church for their faithfulness. We pray for them on this holy day that they may live steadfast to the Lord’s covenant,” Bishop Noonan noted.

 

“We offer a very special ‘thank you’ to the Holy Father for making this day possible for our community to be part of the Catholic Church and to guide us so that we are able to  obey our Lord, in his prayer to the Father, as in John 17,” Louis Campese said.

 

In preparation for their reception into the Church, the members of Incarnation participated in Catholic religious education classes, studying the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults.

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7 Responses to News of the first parish in Florida to be received into the Ordinariate

  1. Henri says:

    Wonderful! Laus Deo!
    Can someone explain to me what’s the problem with the parish diocesan directory of the Pro-diocese of the Holy Family? Many of those communities claim on their internet page not to be part of it, but of the regular ACA dioceses. Two of them have even left the TAC for the Episcopal Missionary Church / the Holy Catholic Church – Anglican Rite…

    + PAX et BONUM

  2. Rev22:17 says:

    Deborah,

    From the press release: The clergy and 140 parishioners of the former Anglican Cathedral of the Incarnation will be received into the Catholic Church on Sunday, Sept. 16, during a 10:15 a.m. Mass of Reception at the church, 1515 Edgewater Drive, Orlando, Florida 32804. Orlando Bishop John Noonan will participate.

    This is fantastic news — and at the same time personally frustrating. I’m going to Orlando on Monday for a meeting on Tuesday morning. If I had known about this two weeks ago, I would have arranged to fly there on Saturday to assist in the mass of reception.

    Incidentally, I see that the list of communities on the ordinariate’s web site now includes another congregation in Texas: St. Gilbert Church, Boerne. Unfortunately, this community apparnetly does not have its own web site yet. The live link on the listing goes to another page on the ordinariate’s web site with schedule and contact information.

    Norm.

    • Continental Catholic says:

      “If I had known about this two weeks ago”.
      Actually, the exact reception date was specified on the Anglocatholic blog already in July:
      http://www.theanglocatholic.com/tag/orlando/

      • Rev22:17 says:

        Continental Catholic,

        You wrote: “If I had known about this two weeks ago”.
        Actually, the exact reception date was specified on the Anglocatholic blog already in July…

        Then I either missed it or failed to make the connection.

        But in either case, it’s water over the dam now. It would be too costly to change the airline and hotel reservations this close to departure.

        Norm.

    • The list isn’t a correct reflection of all communities and is still a work in progress.
      Next Sunday (23rd), Sacred Heart Anglican Community in Mount Airy, Maryland is being received into the Ordinariate: http://www.sacredheart-anglican.org/WhoWeAre.html

      • Rev22:17 says:

        CatholicLeftwinger,

        You wrote: The list isn’t a correct reflection of all communities and is still a work in progress.

        Yes, one wonders how often the web site gets updated as communities join the ordinariate. It also needs a master directory of ordinariate clergy, both ordained and in or awaiting formation for ordination.

        You wrote: Next Sunday (23rd), Sacred Heart Anglican Community in Mount Airy, Maryland is being received into the Ordinariate….

        This is encouraging news, but the absence of a separate listing might be a technicality. Your link states that the community is a mission of Christ the King Parish in Towson, MD, so the ordinariate might officially regard this congregation as part of that parish rather than as a separate community for purposes of its listings. Note that this is also the case for the two satellite chapels of the sodality in Ottawa.

        Norm.

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