Lots of good news afoot

But I will wait until the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter makes the official announcements.

Meanwhile, I found this on the POCSP website.

Deacon Jonathan Erdman distributed communion during an April 30 Mass — much like deacons in Catholic churches across the Archdiocese of Louisville may have done — except he did so as communicants knelt at the communion rail in St. Martin of Tours Church.

The Mass was celebrated by Father Paul Beach, pastor of St. Martin, within the newly formed Our Lady and St. John Catholic community, composed of individuals who came to the Catholic Church from the Anglican faith tradition.

Deacon Erdman, who leads the community of 22 people,  was a priest in the Episcopal church — a part of the Anglican tradition. He is now in formation for the Catholic priesthood and was ordained to the transitional diaconate on April 25 at St. Martin, which is serving as the community’s home for now.

The community of Our Lady and St. John belongs to the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter — a special diocese-like entity created in 2012 by the Vatican for former Anglican individuals, communities and clergy joining the Catholic Church, said Deacon Erdman.

Welcome Deacon Erdman, your family and your community!  How lovely to have you among us!


7 thoughts on “Lots of good news afoot

  1. You may wait a while. It has often irked me that the “Find a Parish” tab on the OCSP website has had a drop-down choice of “Parishes” and “Schools” all these years when the only “school” is St Vincent’s Academy, a daycare operated by Incarnation, Orlando. But then it ocurred to me: now they have a real school, in San Antonio. So I went to the website, clicked the tab and voila—St Vincent’s Academy. I am no techie but I cannot imagine that adding Atonement Academy to the list would have taken more than a few minutes.


  2. What’s most significant here is the publication of the linked article in the newspaper of the local archdiocese, where former Anglicans who have previously come into the Catholic Church are likely to see it and thus find inspiration to check out the newly established community. We can pray that such individuals will come into the community and the ordinariate to strengthen it and to grow its numbers.


    • Yes, but all former Anglicans, including former Episcopalians here in the States and former members of the various “continuing Anglican” bodies, are eligible for membership in the ordinariate even if their reception took place within the jurisdiction of the local diocese. A former Protestant, by contrast, must either have come into the full communion of the Catholic Church within the jurisdiction of an ordinariate or be a member of an ordinariate family to qualify for membership in an ordinariate. The Baptists, Lutherans, and Presbyterians who are members of the Our Lady and St. John Community qualify for membership in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter precisely because their reception into full communion occurred within that community, which is part of the ordinariate. Thus, the practical import is that outreach to those received into full communion in times past can bring only former Anglicans into the ordinariate.



      • Of course you are correct; I was just pointing out that the phrase in the original article “the newly-formed Our Lady and St John Catholic community, composed of individuals who came to the Catholic Church from the Anglican faith tradition” was inaccurate, as some of them were Protestants of other denominations who came directly into the Ordinariate.


  3. I realize that one prefers not to jump the gun by publishing stories before there’s an official announcement.

    But on the other hand, it really would serve everybody’s best interest to publish what’s happening in the ordinariates on this site before “Sour Grapes” and other ordinariate detractors have a chance to publish the rumors. When such blogs publish stories first, many ordinariate members naturally look at them to find out what is happening, adding “eyeballs” that make those blogs more profitable and thus more viable, and the rumor mills within and among the ordinariate communities start whirling in speculation — which is the worst possible situation. It would be much better to have such “leaks” appear here first.

    Is there somebody who can discuss this issue with the respective ordinaries, allay their concerns, and get them onboard with such a plan?



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