On January 1, 2012, the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter was established by Pope Benedict XVI. Equivalent to a diocese, the Ordinariate is composed of parishes, groups, religious communities, and individuals of the Anglican heritage gathered around the Ordinary. Our first Ordinary -- Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson -- served under the direct authority of the Pope, in partnerships with the bishops of the United States and Catholic Conferences of Bishops, to build up the Church through mutual mission and ministry while retaining elements of the Anglican patrimony. Our first bishop, the Most Rev. Steven Lopes, was given to us by Pope Francis in the Fall of 2015 and is our second Ordinary.
The members of the Ordinariate include "those faithful, of every category or state of life, who, originally having belonged to the Anglican Communion, are now in full communion with the Catholic Church, or who have received the sacraments of initiation within the jurisdiction of the Ordinariate itself, or who are received into it because they are part of a family belonging to the Ordinariate." Joining the new pilgrims may also be the clergy, their spouses, and people of the Anglican Use parishes.
The key to understanding the essential purpose of the Ordinariate is to be found in the preface to Anglicanorum coetibus, the papal constitution which established us. In the opening paragraphs, there are no fewer than nine references to the Vatican II document Lumen Gentium, the Dogmatic Constitution on the Church. Here the one Church of Jesus Christ is said to subsist in the Catholic Church: although many elements of sanctification and of truth are found outside of its visible struce, these elements, as gifts belong to the Church of Christ, are forces impelling toward catholic unity.
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