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HOUSTON — The first Pastoral Provision parish in the U.S. is coming into the Ordinariate.
Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church and its school, the Atonement Academy, have been transferred to the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, effective March 21. At the direction of the Holy See, all parishes of the Pastoral Provision are to be incorporated into the Ordinariate: a special diocese for Roman Catholics who were nurtured in the Anglican tradition or whose faith has been renewed by the liturgy and evangelizing mission of the Ordinariate.
Founded in 1983 in San Antonio, Our Lady of the Atonement was a parish of a “Pastoral Provision” established by Pope John Paul II to allow for former Anglicans to form Catholic parishes within existing U.S. dioceses. With the establishment of the North American Ordinariate in 2012 and the ordination of its first bishop in 2016, the Holy See now expects all Pastoral Provision parishes in the U.S. to be integrated into the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter.
Read the rest over at the Ordinariate website!
What glorious news!
Atonement Parish, led by Fr. Christopher Phillips holds a special place in the hearts of all of us who have been gathered into Ordinariates in North America. Atonement was the first pastoral provision parish and it started with only 18 people including five children.
During the run-up to the establishment of the Ordinariate in North America, Fr. Phillips was a constant source of encouragement to those contemplating entering the Catholic Church during a time of great uncertainty and difficulty. He is a pioneer and a hero to us.
The picture is of Msgr. Peter Wilkinson who was then Bishop of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada and Fr. Christopher Phillips taken at the Anglicanorum Coetibus Conference in Mississauga, Ontario that then Archbishop (now Cardinal) Collins organized in 2011 for those interested in joining the Catholic Church.