By Maria Wiering
MOUNT AIRY – A third local community of former Anglicans joined the Roman Catholic Church Sept. 23 through the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, established in January by Pope Benedict XVI.
Seventeen members of Sacred Heart of Jesus in Mount Airy were welcomed into the church at St. Michael Catholic Church, Poplar Springs.
Father R. Scott Hurd, the ordinariate’s vicar general and a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, received the congregation’s members into the church on behalf of Father Jeffrey N. Steenson, who leads the ordinariate but was unable to attend. Baltimore auxiliary Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski presided over the Mass, which was concelebrated by local priests of the ordinariate.
Sacred Heart drew members from across western Maryland. Since July 2011, it has been renting the historic St. Michael church – a petite, white clapboard building across the road from the main church – for its Sunday liturgies.
This forged a relationship between the two communities, whose members shared social and educational activities, and now can share Mass...
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Hat tip to Fr. Scott Hurd on Facebook.
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