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Great article from Peter Jesserer Smith @ the Catholic Register

posted Nov 25, 2015, 10:37 AM by Rochester Ordinariate   [ updated Nov 25, 2015, 10:51 AM ]

Our affiliated member of St. Albans, Peter Jesserer Smith, has a great article on Bishop-elect Lopes in the Catholic Register.  Nice job Peter!


Historic Day for Catholics of Anglican Heritage As Pope Francis Names First Ordinariate Bishop


The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter will be the first of the ordinariates established for former Anglicans to have a bishop.

HOUSTON — Catholics of Anglican heritage are getting an early Christmas present from Pope Francis: The Holy Father has appointed the first Catholic bishop ever to lead one of three non-territorial dioceses (known as ordinariates) established to preserve the Anglican patrimony in the Catholic Church.

The Vatican announced in a Nov. 24 communique that Msgr. Steven Joseph Lopes, an official in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, would be consecrated as bishop for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, which encompasses Anglican-tradition Catholic communities in the U.S. and Canada.

“It is a great joy and privilege to be joined to this Particular Church under the patronage of St. Peter, and to share in its mission of proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Bishop-elect Lopes said at the Tuesday news conference. He praised the Ordinariate’s Catholics of Anglican heritage, saying their courage and sacrifice to live in communion with the Bishop of Rome “can and should move the heart of every Catholic.”

The episcopal consecration is scheduled for Feb. 2, 2016.