B.C. Catholic writes about the ordination of Fr. Michael Shier to the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Here’s a link to the story and an excerpt:
The fruits of Pope Benedict’s efforts to welcome Anglicans to the Catholic faith were manifest at Holy Rosary Cathedral as Deacon Michael Shier was ordained a priest for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
“It’s amazing that the ordinariate has actually happened,” Father Shier said after his ordination March 15.
The Rev. Shier, a pastor for the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada, and 11 members of his former parish converted to Catholicism in June 2012.
“It started when Anglicanorum Coetibus was given by Pope Benedict,” explained Barbara Shier, his wife.
The apostolic constitution, written in 2009, describes the possibility of creating ordinariates, which function like dioceses, for Anglicans to enter the Catholic Church while keeping some liturgical and spiritual traditions.
“He invited us to make the transition and to bring the best of Anglicanism with us,” Father Shier explained. “We sent our prayer books and missals to Rome and received back a liturgy that surpasses all our hopes and dreams.”
The Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, created in January 2012, spans all of North America. Its ordinary, or head, is Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, who arrived from Texas and concelebrated along with about 20 other priests of the ordinariate or the Vancouver diocese.
“It is our brothers and sisters in the whole Catholic Church who have strengthened us and given us a joy in our lives. We are so pleased and so happy to be with you in full communion,” he said.
Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, celebrated the ordination Mass. “(The priesthood) is both a gift and a mystery,” he pointed out in his homily.
“It’s a gift to the church and to the people of God, and it’s a mystery because it makes forever the one ordained an instrument of Christ.”
Father Shier knew he wanted to care for souls when he was 14 years old. In 1967 he became an Anglican minister.
“I’ve been looking through my books recently, and I think I’ve always actually read Catholic theology,” he revealed. “All the best modern Catholic books tended to be Roman Catholic books.”
There’s a lot more at the link.
And Fr. Carl and Barb Reid were there along with a contingent Victoria. Barb Reid took some photos which I have inserted along with this post, in no particular order.