We are this month launching the Friends of the Ordinariate in Philadelphia. Its purpose is:
The aim is to involve people in the mission of the Ordinariate in the region even though they may not be members of St Michael's. The Ordinariate is a new thing after all; we need help getting the word out that we are up and running. We also need help explaining what it is we are about, especially to those in the Latin Rite. And we need help identifying those who might benefit from being a part of an Ordinariate congregation. We will be inviting those who have visited St Michael's to join, as well as those who have been a part of our larger family over the years. If you know of people who might be interested, please let me know and I will see that they receive an invitation to join. As I have mentioned in the past, Msgr Steenson has asked us to serve as the portal for the region. So we need to find those who are part of the Anglican patrimony and are ready to establish Ordinariate congregations, and then help them to do so. My hope is that the Friends will help with this, as well as supporting St Michael's with our various needs as we get more permanently settled. It is important for us to think of our mission not just in terms of building up St Michael's, important as that is. We are part of this great experiment, which the Holy Father has launched, of preserving and developing the Anglican patrimony within the fold of the Catholic Church. This is an exciting task. Daunting as well. If we give ourselves to it generously, God can and will do some great things.
- to support the mission of Ordinariate congregations in the region of southern and central New Jersey, southeastern Pennsylvania and northern Delaware (currently St Michael's is the only one).
- to help develop new Ordinariate congregations in the region.
- to connect Anglicans, whether already in communion with the See of Peter or not, with the Ordinariate.
- to articulate the purpose and mission of the Ordinariate to Catholics and others interested in it.
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