Formation and Teaching

Our dear Father Barnes on the Priesthood…

WE ARE GRATEFUL our Community has been blessed by the friendship and pastoral care of a number of remarkable Priests of the Archdiocese, fulfilling Pope Benedict's desire that Ordinariate communities be fully integrated into the life of the larger Church yet remain true to their own particular tradition and charism. The most recent is our current Pastor… Read More

“No room at the inn”…Really? (hint: not really).

Centuries of tradition — especially for Europeans, whose traditions have arisen thousands of miles away, and in very different geographic and social conditions, from where those Events occurred — often have produced different thoughts about what Scripture reports than the understandings Christians in the middle east preserve and what archeology, conducted over the last century or so, allows us… Read More

Two Short Christmas Reflections from Cardinal Newman

Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman is especially revered in the Ordinariate for his personal history: although raised in the evangelical wing of the Anglican church he became one of the Anglican Divines who founded the Oxford Movement in the mid-Nineteenth century (which sought to restore Catholic practice within Anglicanism) and, as a result of his… Read More

Pope Francis on Hope; B JH Newman, Whitsun…and Saint Gregory the Great

POPE FRANCIS' REMARKS at the general audience for Wednesday, May 31st spoke of the power of hope — a topic most appropriate to this Novena of Whitsunday and especially appropriate to our beloved community during these, our early years; particularly now while we hope, pray, and work for the provision of our next Pastor. During the catechesis our Holy Father quoted… Read More

May Fourth: The Feast of the English Martyrs

A feast day not celebrated in the United States anywhere except the Ordinariate falls today, the fourth day of May; it honors those Catholics martyred for remaining true to the "old faith," mostly during the century and a half following Henry VIII's decision to split the English Church from its ancient submission to the See… Read More

Three-Day Lenten Mission This Starts This Friday…

We are very blessed to welcome an old friend of Father Bradford and the Congregation of Saint Athanasius as featured homilist for a three-day Lenten Mission which begins this Friday, continues through the great Feast of the Annunciation of our Lord — familiarly, "Lady-Day" — and which will end with our Mass on Sunday morning. Details of events… Read More

A New Reach for Reunion: What is the Anglican Ordinariate?

Robert Webber, a professor at the evangelical Wheaton College, chronicled the phenomenon in a book called Evangelicals on the Canterbury Trail, co-written with Lester Ruth, while noted evangelical scholar, Thomas Howard, gave his own witness on the trail in his now classic, Evangelical is Not Enough. Disenchanted with the limitations of American evangelicalism and attracted… Read More

George Weigel on Saint Francis and the Church Today

Our dear hermit Brother Rex Norris sends this excellent essay, originally delivered in London last October, on the historical Saint Francis of Assisi; the proliferation of "false Francises" created to shill for a host of surprisingly contradictory causes over the centuries; and what the true Franciscan message and method can teach us with regard to the… Read More

Is Advent a Penitential Season? (spoiler: “no.”)

...but, as always, there's more than enough room for penance in it. Seminarian Joe Heschmeyer — a received Protestant whose intention in studying Catholicism was to prove its falsity — provides an excellent overview of the season in this post to his highly-recommended blog SHAMELESS POPERY; you may wish to subscribe while there… Read More

Bishop Barron on S Thomas More, Pope Benedict, and Democracy…

Halfway between the Martyrdoms of S John Cardinal Fisher (June 22, chosen as the Feast for both Saints) and S Thomas More (July 6) seems a good time to post this video by then Father, now Bishop, Robert Barron (of the excellent CATHOLICISM television series). He talks about his favorite film, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS: the… Read More

The Seven Promises of a Member of Saint Gregory…

During this year's annual Community Retreat, just ended, one of the major points under consideration was making serious plans for providing for Father Liias' replacement, our next Priest. Saint Gregory the Great requires ONE thing to be a Catholic, Eucharistic community: a Priest; without one, we can be no more than a pious fellowship. To do so… Read More

Bishop Lopes’ Pastoral Letter — THE HOLY EUCHARIST : The Mystery of Faith

Our Bishop has produced a Pastoral Letter for Corpus Christi on the Eucharist which is wide-ranging; deeply Catholic; and learned regarding the history and Patrimony of Anglicanism: while ascending to the Heavens, our Bishop also takes time to praise his flock for their fortitude in entering full communion and urges them to continue in their… Read More

Summer Bible Study on the Holy Spirit

A Friday night series on the Holy Spirit will be led by Corrine and Ev starting on June 10th at the McDermott's and run for six to eight weeks.  The recommended book is Your Life in the Holy Spirit: What Every Catholic Needs to Know and Experience by Alan Schreck. Please let Corrine (email) or Ev (email) know if you will be coming to… Read More

Sunday Morning Catechesis and Morning Prayer

"Working His Purpose Out" is the subject for our Adult Sunday Morning Catechesis. The first part, "Just Who Is This Man Jesus: The Early Councils," will take place over five Sundays in May and June to be followed by Morning Prayer. John Covert, assisted by Ed Finglas, will begin offering short catechetical lectures and discussions… Read More

Looking for a good book or two? Look no further!

Our good friend Leila Lawler’s blog LIKE MOTHER LIKE DAUGHTER is always a good read — and today’s post is on “good reads” — how to decide which Catholic books might be…well, just that: "It's all a matter of trust, and why would I trust just any old book to be my spiritual reading? After… Read More

Pope Benedict’s THE SPIRIT OF THE LITURGY…with our friend Leila!

Our dear friend Leila Lawler is continuing her "internet book club" reading, going from Romano Guardini's book of the same title — which they read during Lent, and whose posts you can "binge read" on her wonderful blog LIKE MOTHER LIKE DAUGHTER — and starting the future Pope Benedict XVI's THE SPIRIT OF THE LITURGY… Read More