The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter and SMV
“[A] treasure to be shared.”
-Pope Benedict XVI
Along with the other parishes of the Anglican Use, St. Mary the Virgin was a forerunner of a much larger movement of the Holy Spirit, a movement which now includes Anglican converts to Catholicism as well as cradle Catholics from all over the world. Erected as a Catholic parish in 1994, St. Mary's was the first Episcopal parish in the world to come into full communion with the Catholic Church as a whole. That move, however, was only one event within a much broader work of the Holy Spirit. Now, thanks to the work of many people from across the globe and especially thanks to the vision of Pope Benedict XVI, what was accomplished here is now possible for Anglican communities everywhere.
The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter is a juridical structure like a diocese, but which covers the whole of North America. The Ordinariate was erected by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and is designed to welcome former Anglicans into the full communion of the Catholic Church while at the same time allowing them to retain the treasures of the Anglican patrimony—those elements of the Anglican tradition such as liturgical texts, sacred music, and customs of pastoral care. The Ordinariate is also welcome to all Catholics who have found their way back into the communion of the Church through the traditions and ministry of Anglicanism. Through the Ordinariate many Catholics have come home to the Church of their baptism.
As a Catholic parish for twenty years, our parish has a unique role within the Ordinariate and within the wider Catholic Church. It is our vocation to show everyone the joy of coming into the communion of the Catholic Church, that the practice of our faith is the source of immeasurable blessing! Serving within the Ordinariate we will continue to be instruments of the Holy Spirit in his continuing work of uniting all Christian people. Jesus prayed to his Father that we all may be one. At St. Mary the Virgin, we strive to be faithful to this prayer; and within the Ordinariate, we will continue to work for the unity of the Church.
Ut unum sint!
How can you help the Ordinariate?
Please take some time to explore the Ordinariate. There are a few relevant links on this page which will help you learn more. The Ordinariate needs your help! First, pray. This is the work of God, so we need to draw near to him in prayer in order to be faithful and successful in this endeavor. Second, contribute. The Ordinariate is a missionary endeavor and needs financial support as well as logistical support. If you feel you can contribute, contact the Ordinariate right away.
If you have any questions regarding the Ordinariate, don’t hesitate to contact us or the Ordinariate directly. This is the work of the Holy Spirit! Pray and take part.