-Altar Our Lady of Walsingham, Houston Texas.
By Rocco Palmo
MONDAY, MAY 14, 2012
Four months since its establishment by Rome, the Stateside Ordinariate for Anglican groups entering Catholic communion is coming off a banner week, the first of many soon to come.
On Saturday, two top-tier American prelates each ordained a former Episcopal priest to the transitional diaconate, bringing the Chair of St Peter’s officially on-deck group of priests-in-waiting to three. The once-and-future Fathers Jason Catania and David Ousley respectively lead the freshly received communities inBaltimore and Philadelphia, the latter of which completed its journey during Holy Week.
Another onetime Anglican priest, now Deacon Jon David Chalmers became the Ordinariate’s first cleric during the Easter Octave in South Carolina, and will be ordained a Catholic priest on June 3rd. Last Tuesday, meanwhile, the circumscription that covers all entering Anglican groups in North America likewiseincardinated its first priest — Fr Eric Bergman, a married father of seven ordained for the diocese of Scranton in 2007 — as well as completing the purchase of a church for his community, which had been sharing space with a local parish.
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