Charlotte Hayes writes about the Ordinariates in the National Catholic Register

“We are doing extremely well,” said Father Steve Sellers, communications director for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. “As you know, we started this journey in the United States and Canada on Jan. 1, 2012, and we began — basically — with nothing, nothing except for the presence of the risen Lord in our midst and the blessing of the Holy Father. Of course, that was really all we needed.”

Father Sellers stressed the help received from the local dioceses and added, “We are receiving inquiries almost every day — at all of our parishes and missionary outposts — from people (and clergy) who are interested in exploring full communion with the Holy See.”

“Our growth to this point has been modest but steady,” said Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. An ordinary is similar to a bishop.

“The big project that we are working on now is a catechetical program to help groups of Anglicans in discernment, to help them to understand what the journey to full communion involves,” Msgr. Steenson added. “I have a first-rate team of ordinariate clergy working on this. We are simply presenting what the Catholic Church teaches about herself and the path to unity that she has laid out in the ecumenical dialogues and in the Vatican II’s decree on ecumenism, Unitatis Redintegratio, whose 50th anniversary is on Nov. 21. We have the challenge of bringing people into full communion, all the while respecting and cooperating with the Catholic Church’s ecumenical work.”

Read more: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/anglicanorum-coetibus-after-five-years/#ixzz3I9m3PsPv

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One Response to Charlotte Hayes writes about the Ordinariates in the National Catholic Register

  1. ePMS says:

    The OOLW spokesman gives some fairly specific numbers while Fr Sellers is content with “we are doing extremely well” and the statement that “all of our parishes and missionary outposts” receive inquiries “almost every day” from potential members, which strikes me as an exaggeration, but who knows. But since membership must be registered with the Ordinariate surely the exact number of current members is easily determined. Why not share it?

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