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

Sunday, December 15, 2013

Anglican priest ordained to Catholic priesthood in Savannah

December 11, 2013

Following his ordination, Fr. Lindsey gives his
blessing to Bishop Hartmayer.
In a first for the Catholic Diocese of Savannah, Bishop Gregory J. Hartmayer ordained an Anglican priest to the Catholic priesthood Wednesday.

The Rev. Lucien Lindsey was ordained a Catholic priest at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Savannah and incardinated in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter is a structure, similar to a diocese, that was created by the Vatican in 2012 for former Anglican communities and clergy seeking to become Catholic.

It was established by Pope Benedict XVI for those of the Anglican heritage who enter full communion with the Catholic Church while maintaining distinctive elements of their theological, spiritual and liturgical patrimony.

Wednesday’s ordination was the 49th since the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter was created...

Read the full story in The Savannah Morning News.

Hat tip to Mary Ann Mueller.


  1. By my count Fr Lindsey is the 12th former Anglican bishop (of the Episcopal Missionary Church in this case) to be ordained for the Ordinariates.

  2. Former anglican bishops in the Ordinariates: Keith Newton, John Broadhurst, Andrew Burnham, David Silk, Edwin Barnes, Robert Mercer (England), Peter Wilkinson, Carl Reid (Canada), Harry Entwistle, Ross Davis (as a layman) (Australia), Randy Sly, Jeffrey Steenson, Louis Campese (layman) (US).