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Ordinariate Community in Washington, D.C.

September 16th, 2014, Promulgated by Bernie

From the National Catholic Register

By Charlotte Hays 9-12-2014


Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, celebrated Mass Sept. 7 at Immaculate Conception Church in Washington, D.C.
– Elza Daniel

WASHINGTON — A formerly Episcopal community that entered the Catholic Church in 2011 marked a historic moment in their journey to Rome when they gathered on Sept. 7 in downtown Washington for their first regularly scheduled Sunday Mass in the nation’s capital.

St. Luke’s at Immaculate Conception — as the community will now be known — offered its first Mass at Immaculate Conception Church in downtown Washington after its move from its former home in a small, rented church in Bladensburg, Md.

St. Luke’s made headlines in 2011 when it became the first Episcopal church in the Washington, D.C., area and the second in the state of Maryland to come into the Catholic Church under the provisions of Pope Benedict XVI’s Anglicanorum Coetibus. Anglicanorum Coetibus is an apostolic constitution that makes it possible for groups of Anglican congregations to enter the Catholic Church, while maintaining distinctive elements of their spiritual, pastoral, and liturgical patrimony.

The Vatican-approved Mass used by the St. Luke’s Community makes use of prayers from a number of Anglican and Episcopal sources, including the Anglican Books of Common Prayer from 1549 and 1662. The Mass fulfills the Sunday obligation… MORE

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Our own Roman Catholic Ordinariate Community here in Rochester (Henrietta) is the Fellowship of Saint Alban which offers the Anglican Use Mass every Sunday at 12:30 P.M. in the Church of the Good Shepherd, 3318 E Henrietta Rd, Henrietta. The Ordinariate Roman Catholic Mass fulfills your Sunday obligation.

The website for St. Alban is

The Mass at Saint Alban is celebrated “ad orientum”. The website for St. Alban is

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5 Responses to “Ordinariate Community in Washington, D.C.”

  1. Richard Thomas says:

    I have a question. Under whose authority is the Community under. Is it the local bishop? Thank you and God bless

  2. TD says:

    They are part of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter. The Ordinariate is roughly comparable to a diocese, and they have their own ordinary, Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson. While parishes in the Ordinariate do share in some ways with the local diocese, they exist under the authority of their ordinary.

  3. Bernie says:

    The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter is, like all Roman Catholics, answerable to the pope.

  4. Richard Thomas says:

    Thanks all

  5. christian says:

    Richard Thomas – In addition to the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter and the Roman Catholic Church (Latin Rite), there are other rites under the Pope. Here is an article in the Catholic News Agency with information:

    There are many different type of Christian rites/churches under the Pope, Bishop of Rome.
    My sister while doing missionary work in India, encountered St. Thomas Christians (Malabar Rite) in India.

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