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
by PETER JESSERER SMITH
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
The episcopal consecration is scheduled for Feb. 2, 2016.