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Former Episcopal bishop named Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter in Houston

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On New Years Day 2012 Pope Benedict XVI named Reverend Jeffrey N. Steenson as the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter based in the Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, Houston, Texas.

The Ordinariate has been established to welcome groups of ex-Anglicans in America who wish to become Catholics. Fr. Steenson, a married former Episcopal bishop and father of three, was ordained a Catholic priest in 2009.

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo will hold a press conference today, January 2, 2012 at Our Lady of Walsingham church to make the formal announcement.Fr. Steenson is a Oxford-trained scholar and has been serving until now as a professor at Houston's St. Mary's Seminary and University of St. Thomas.

Our Lady Of Walsingham parish is the second-oldest Anglican Use community in the nation. The parish has over 300 families. The parishes accepted into the new ordinariate will be fully Catholic but will be allowed to retain elements of their Anglican heritage and traditions, particularly in the liturgy.

From the website of the parish of Our Lady of Walsingham Houston, "We rejoice in the generous invitation of Pope benedict XVI to secure a permanent place for our Anglican Patrimony and to help others reconcile with Holy Mother Church."

According to an article reported in The Catholic Herald, UK by Nancy Frazier OBrien, January 1, 2012, more than 100 former Anglican priests have applied to become Catholic priests in the Ordinariate and 1,400 individuals from 22 communities have expressed interest in joining.

See announcement at the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston official website here

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