Rector: Fr. Evan Simington

Fr. Evan Simington was baptized and raised an Episcopalian before converting to the Catholic Church through the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter on October 5th, 2014. He was born in Marietta, Georgia and spent the majority of his youth in Florida. While in college at Florida State University, Fr. Evan began to seriously discern his calling to the priesthood. After graduating from F.S.U. in 2008, Fr. Evan went to seminary at Nashotah House Theological Seminary. Shortly after graduating from Nashotah House, Fr. Evan converted to the Catholic Church and was sent for further studies at St. Mary's Catholic Seminary in Houston Texas. In the course of his studies in Houston, he was ordained to the diaconate on May 31st, 2016, and to priesthood on June 29th, 2017 on the Feast of Sts Peter and Paul. In Rochester, Fr. Evan began his tenure in July of 2017, and has been assigned to the cluster Parish of St. Kateri Tekakwith for 3/4 of his time and the Fellowship of St. Alban for the remaining 1/4.

Music Director: Open

Bishop Steven Lopes
His Excellency Steven J. Lopes is the first bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter and pastor to all its members and clergy in the United States and Canada. Steven Joseph Lopes was born in 1975 in Fremont, Calif. to Barbara Jane and (the late) Dr. José de Oliveira Lopes. His father was Portuguese and his mother is Polish. Bishop Lopes was formed and educated by Catholic schools in the Golden State: St. Pius School (Redwood City, Calif.); St. Edward School (Newark, Calif.); and Moreau Catholic High School (Hayward, Calf.). In high school, he began to discern the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood. He continued his discernment during his studies at the St. Ignatius Institute at the University of San Francisco, where he majored in theology and minored in philosophy and German. With the encouragement of his family, he entered St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, Calif. for one year, then completed his seminary education at the Pontifical North American College in Rome. He studied philosophy and liturgy at the University of Innsbruck. He then earned three degrees – including a doctorate – in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he has also served as an adjunct faculty member. On June 23, 2001, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of San Francisco by Cardinal William J. Levada (then Archbishop Levada). As a priest of the Archdiocese, he served as an associate pastor at two parishes: St. Patrick Catholic Church in San Francisco and St. Anselm Catholic Church in Ross, Calif. In 2005, he was named an official of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office responsible for promoting and preserving Catholic teaching. For seven of his 10-plus years at the Vatican, he served as secretary to the Cardinal Prefect. He was named a monsignor in 2010. Pope Francis named him the Bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter on Nov. 24, 2015. He succeeded Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson as leader of the Ordinariate on Feb. 2, 2016. For his motto, Bishop Lopes selected the Latin phrase, “Magna Opera Domini,” or in English, “Great are the works of the Lord.” By these words, the bishop expresses his awe of God’s grace in drawing His people to the fullness of Eucharistic communion. Bishop Lopes is a member of the Order of Malta and remains deeply committed to the Order's service to the sick and the poor.

Vicar General - Fr. Timothy Perkins