The first principle of the Ordinariate is then about Christian unity. St. Basil the Great, the Church’s greatest ecumenist, literally expended his life on the work of building bridges between orthodox brethren who shared a common faith, but who had become separated from one another in a Church badly fragmented by heresy and controversy. He taught that the work of Christian unity requires deliberate and ceaseless effort...St. Basil often talked with yearning about the archaia agape, the ancient love of the apostolic community, so rarely seen in the Church of his day. This love, he taught, is a visible sign that the Holy Spirit is indeed present and active, and it is absolutely essential for the health of the Church.

- Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, Homily on the Occasion of his Formal Institution as Ordinary

Friday, April 6, 2012

First Ordination for Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter scheduled

Fr. Jay Scott Newman reports:

Jon David Chalmers, a former priest of the Episcopal Church, will be the first candidate ordained for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Chalmers will be ordained to the diaconate on Wednesday 11 April 2012 and to the priesthood on Sunday 3 June 2012, with both ordinations taking place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Greenville, South Carolina.

Chalmers was called to Holy Orders by Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate created by Pope Benedict XVI in January 2012 for former Anglicans who come into full communion with the Catholic Church. Both ordinations will be celebrated by the Most Reverend Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of Charleston, but Chalmers will be ordained for service in the Personal Ordinariate.

Chalmers holds degrees from the University of Alabama, Harvard, and Yale, and as a priest in the Episcopal Church, he served in Alabama and South Carolina.


Hat tip to Mary Ann Mueller

5 comments:

  1. Is there an Ordinariate Group in Greenville? I hadn't heard or seen in on the map.

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    1. This map is now outdated... Many new groups (in Alabama, Carolina, Arizona) aren't featured on it. Likewise, the Canadian ACCC parishes that finally won't join the ordinariate are still on it.
      Apparently Fr. Chalmers group hasn't got yet an internet site.
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  2. Oh, thank you for the update. The reason I ask is because there was an attempt to establish a Pastoral Provision Parish in Columbia, S.C., GOOD SHEPHERD. It didn't make it.

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    1. Well, Good Shepherd Catholic church Columbia does exist, and is a pastoral provison parish. But its vicar (Fr. Lankeit) and his people chose not to use the Book of Divine Worship, but the Mass of Paul VI, that they were already using as Anglicans.

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  3. Are there any photos of this ceremony?

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