Fr. Mark Lewis going to Atonement

Here’s the latest news from Our Lady of Atonement in San Antonio.  This is from their parish newsletter, via Facebook.

So much has been happening with our transition into the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter! Of course, much of it is behind the scenes as our thirty four years as a parish of the archdiocese is translated into being the newest parish in the Ordinariate. Our new pastor, Fr. Mark Lewis, will be moving from Washington, D.C. with his wife Vickey, and we look forward to them taking up residence at the beginning of August. Fr. Moore continues his duties as parochial vicar, and will assist Fr. Lewis in the many pastoral duties in the parish. Fr. Phillips is our pastor emeritus and enters that state called “retirement.” He and JoAnn will continue living in their home by the church and school, and he will have additional duties throughout the wider Ordinariate, visiting and advising young communities and being available to his brother priests for anything they might need.



The main doors of the church are once again completely accessible and the beautiful stamped concrete work is continuing. It will result in a large open piazza between the existing building and the new building, which will be an ideal space for parish activities – King’s Fair, parish barbeques, etc. There are plans for a beautiful fountain near the main church entrance, with more trees and seating where people can gather after Mass. Additional outdoor gathering places will be under the large balcony, and at various other areas along the sides of the piazza.

There are five classrooms and the necessary restrooms ready for our Upper School students for the new academic year. The rest of the building is ready for finish-out as we need it (and as money is available!).

The paving will be finished very soon, and we will have expanded parking areas, including a large section for parking behind the new building.



It’s wonderful to have the Solemnity of the Ascension returned to its proper day on Thursday, the fortieth day after Easter, and it will allow us to keep the Novena to the Holy Ghost leading up to the Solemnity of Pentecost.

Thursday, May 25th, is the Solemnity of the Ascension of Our Lord Jesus Christ into Heaven. Masses at 7 a.m., 9:15 a.m., 12 noon and 7:00 p.m.

Please remember: it is a HOLY DAY OF OBLIGATION for members of the Ordinariate.

6 thoughts on “Fr. Mark Lewis going to Atonement

  1. This appears to be the tip of the proverbial iceberg of shuffling of ordinariate clergy. Another blog is reporting that Fr Joseph Vieira is retiring as an Army chaplain, and will assume pastoral leadership of Holy Nativity in Payson, Arizona, upon retirement of Fr Lowell Andrews. The same blog is reporting that Fr. John Vidal is leaving active duty (apparently retiring) as a Navy chaplain will assume the position of Pastor of St. Luke’s Parish in Washington, DC. Fr. Vidal is currently assigned to Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, where he also leads the St. Anselm of Canterbury ordinariate community.

    Of course, it would be nice to hear this news from an official source rather than from the rumor mill….


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    • Yes, but that is not the OCSP way. Why get out ahead of a story with positive PR when you can leave it to be broken by someone who is using it to illustrate that your organization is in complete disarray? And this blog, much as I enjoy reading it, seems more enthusiastic about discussing, say, whether the Paschal candle should be extinguished on Ascension Day or Pentecost than it is in sharing hard news. So we are left scrounging in the bin for any clue about what’s going on. As I mentioned in a previous comment, the contrast with the communications function of the OOLW is painful.

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    • And what about St Anselm, Fr Vidal’s OCSP group in Corpus Christi, TX? They will need a new parochial administrator and a new worship space, although I am sure that they will not miss having to be escorted onto the grounds of a military base.


      • I have not heard or seen anything on that yet, but it’s still very early if Fr. Vidal is not leaving Corpus Christi until sometime in September — which is what an October arrival at St. Luke’s would suggest.

        Checking my road atlas, Corpus Christi is just 144 miles from San Antonio and 215 miles from Houston, so ordinariate clergy from either of these cities could drive there on weekends to supply Sunday and holy day masses and other sacramental ministry for this group.



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