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First (Anglican Use) Mass of Fr. Cornelius

January 28th, 2013, Promulgated by Bernie

Click HERE to view clips from the first Mass of Father John D. Cornelius of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter.


Father Cornelius’ first Roman Catholic Mass in the tradition of Anglican worship was celebrated by the Fellowship of Saint Alban and friends in the old Church of the Good Shepherd in Henrietta yesterday, January 26. John Cornelius was ordained a priest of the Roman Catholic Church the previous day at Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, New York (Diocese of Buffalo).

The Anglican Use Mass was approved by Pope Benedict XVI especially for those former traditional Anglicans and Episcopalians who wish to reconcile with the Catholic Church but desire to worship according to the their previous tradition. Any Roman Catholic, however, may attend the Anglican Use Mass and receive the Eucharist; there are no restrictions other than the communicant must be a Roman Catholic and in a state of grace as well as having observed a fast for at least one hour before receiving.

The Anglican Use Mass will be celebrated every Sunday at 3 P.M. beginning Sunday February 10. (Evensong will be celebrated February 3 as Father Cornelius will be unavailable.)

It is best to check the Fellowship’s website if you decide to attend Mass some Sunday: Website Link


Father John D. Cornelius

January 27th, 2013, Promulgated by Bernie

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Deacon John Cornelius is now Father John Cornelius, ordained yesterday by Buffalo’s Bishop Richard Malone in beautiful Immaculate Conception Church in Wellsville, New York.

HERE is a brief (2 minutes) clip of scenes from the ordination.

Father’s first Mass will be celebrated to at 3 P.M. at the (old) Church of the Good Shepherd in Henrietta. SEE DETAILS HERE.

No Ordinary Year for the U.S. Anglican Ordinariate

January 10th, 2013, Promulgated by Bernie
Good Shepherd church, Henrietta

Local Ordinariate’s Fellowship of Saint Alban worships in the old Church of the Good Shepherd in Henrietta.

The local church of the Ordinariate in Rochester is the Fellowship of Saint Alban located at the Church of the Good Shepherd (Saint Marianne Cope Parish) in Henrietta. (Map)

WASHINGTON — When Father Scott Hurd, vicar general of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter — a home in the Catholic Church for former Episcopalians and Traditional Anglicans — reflects back on 2012, he points to a period of rapid and exciting growth marking its first year of existence.

On New Year’s Day 2012, Pope Benedict XVI erected the Ordinariate, which allows former Anglicans to retain certain treasured traditions within the Catholic Church. It was created in accord with Anglicanorum Coetibus, the Pope’s apostolic constitution permitting former Anglicans to come into the Church corporately instead of as individuals…

…Newspapers have since featured stories of former Episcopal churches being received into the Catholic Church as groups in beautiful Masses that included Vatican-approved prayers that they had long cherished from the Anglican Book of Common Prayer, a landmark of the English language…

…As of late December, the Ordinariate included 1,600 laypeople, 28 priests and 36 communities. There are 69 additional applications from men who hope to become Catholic priests of the Ordinariate…

Read the whole article HERE.

No Evensong This Sunday

December 12th, 2012, Promulgated by Bernie

The Fellowship of Saint Alban will not be praying Evensong this coming Sunday, December 16. Some in the Fellowship will be traveling north to Canada for events of the Ordinariate being held in Toronto.

Evensong, in the Anglican tradition, will resume the following Sunday, December 23, at 3 P.M.

Deacon Cornelius has a radio series

December 9th, 2012, Promulgated by Bernie

Previous posts concerning the Fellowship of Saint Alban: Here and Here

Deacon John Cornelius, the leader of the Fellowship of Saint Alban of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter (former Traditional Anglicans, now Roman Catholics), is now on radio station WLEA/WCKR offering a series of 15 minute sermons entitled Magnify the Lord. The series interlaces preaching with Marian hymns and anthems.

Here is a link to a page on the Fellowship’s website from which you can download the audio file of the first sermon which discusses the Immaculate Conception.

The Fellowship worships in the Anglican tradition at the Church of the Good Shepherd (Saint Marianne Cope Parish) in Henrietta on Sundays at 3 P.M.. Between now and January 26th the worship consists of Evensong but after Deacon Cornelius’s  priestly ordination on January 26, the Fellowship will worship with the Anglican Use (Roman Catholic) Mass. All Catholics may participate in both Evensong and the Anglican Use Mass. Keep in mind that you can fulfill your Sunday ‘obligation’ to attend Mass by attending the Anglican Use Mass –beginning January 27.

Lessons and Carols at St. Thomas the Apostle – Friday, December 14, 7:00 PM

December 6th, 2012, Promulgated by Gen


Next Friday, December 14th, at 7:00 PM, there will be a candlelight Service of Lessons and Carols at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, part of the St. Kateri Tekakwitha Parish. Fr. Frank Lioi will be presiding over the ceremony, which was a tremendous success last year. The organizers of the event have included with the lessons and carols several Gregorian Chants and Renaissance motets which capture and convey the beauty of the Advent and Christmas Seasons.

The Anglican Ordinariate community in Rochester, the Fellowship of St. Alban, will be assisting with the liturgy, along with members from several area parishes. Readers for the service include Classical 91.5 afternoon host Mona Seghatoleslami, Hon. William Polito, Dcn. John Cornelius of St. Alban’s, and Art Harris, State Deputy of the Knights of Columbus for New York.

The Diocesan website has publicized the event, as quoted below:

The Msgr. Burns Knights of Columbus Council are sponsoring Lessons and Carols on Friday, December 14 at 7 p.m. at St. Kateri Tekakwitha at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 4536 St. Paul Blvd.  

This beautiful service of Scripture and song dates back to the late 19th century.  Nine Scripture lessons recount the Fall, the promise of a Messiah, the Incarnation, and the Great Commission to preach the Good News. Each lesson is followed by a carol or other song that reflects on the lesson’s message.
Light refreshments will follow.

Please do your best to attend what is bound to be a beautiful evening of sacred song and Scripture! Eastman musicians will be joining with members of several local choirs to offer such beautiful carols as “Once in Royal David’s City,” “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming,” and “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing,” along with Victoria’s “Ave Maria” and Hans Leo Hassler’s “Dixit Maria.”

St. Alban’s John Cornelius Ordained a Deacon

November 25th, 2012, Promulgated by Bernie

Previously on the Anglican Use Mass and Fellowship of St. Alban’s.

John Cornelius, the leader of the recently established St. Alban’s Fellowship of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, was ordained a deacon of the Roman Catholic Church November 17 in Wellsville (Church of the Immaculate Conception) by the Most Rev. Edward M. Grosz, D.D., auxiliary bishop of Buffalo. Deacon Cornelius ministers in Allegany county but also acts as the administrator of the Fellowship of St. Alban’s which worships using the Anglican Use Liturgy at The Church of the Good Shepherd in Henrietta (Saint Marianne Cope Parish).

Deacon Cornelius is a former Episcopalian priest. The Fellowship consists of former Traditional Anglican Church members who have become Roman Catholics but are allowed to continue using  –according to the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus—  the liturgical ceremonials from their beautifully rich Anglican tradition.

Deacon Cornelius will be ordained a Roman Catholic priest on January 16, 2013, in Wellsville, and will offer his first Mass for the Fellowship the next day at the (from-then-on) weekly Anglican Use Mass at 3 P.M. at The Church of the Good Shepherd on East Henrietta Road (location). Until then, the members of the Fellowship celebrate Evensong, with Deacon Cornelius presiding, every Sunday at 3 P.M. at the Church.

More on this story here.

More pictures of the Ordination here.

Fellowship of St. Alban’s website here.

Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter website here

Crossing the Tiber in the Genesee Valley

October 29th, 2012, Promulgated by Bernie

Website for The Fellowship of Saint Alban

(The pictures for this post are very low resolution because they are single frames taken from video clips. A camera that is not a true digital video camera was used to make the clips so please forgive the roughness of the images. As usual, click on the images to see a slightly better picture.)

Some former Episcopalians –but most recently from the Traditional Anglican Communion– have crossed the Tiber River (joining the Roman Catholic Church) and have established a community in the Rochester area. Dr. K of Cleansing Fire posted a story previously about this community (see here).

Fr. Scott Hurd, Vicar General of the Personal Ordinariate, celebrated the Eucharist at the Confirmation Mass October 21 in Henrietta.

Fr. Hurd reads the Gospel at the Confirmation Mass, October 21.

The community is called the Fellowship of Saint Alban and consists of mostly folks from the Traditional Anglican Communion who have reconciled with the Roman Catholic Church and are allowed to continue worshiping according to traditional Anglican ceremonial. The Fellowship of Saint Alban is under the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter and is part of the policy established by Pope Benedict XVI in Anglicanorum Coetibus.

There are some friends of the Fellowship who are Anglican. They are welcome to worship with the Saint Alban community but are unable to receive the sacraments without formally joining the Catholic Church.

The Ordinariate’s Vicar General delivers the sermon at the October 21 Mass.

The procession of the Book of the Gospels to the center of the nave.

The fellowship held its first Anglican Use Mass on Sunday, October 21 at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Henrietta (location here). During the Mass six members were confirmed and received into the Roman Catholic Church. The eventual ‘administrator’ -the group is too small so far to form a parish- will be John Cornelius, a former Episcopal priest of many years. He is presently the groups ‘leader’ and will be ordained a Catholic priest January 26, 2013, in Wellsville, NY (Buffalo Diocese).

The confirmation of Christopher Bayer.

Andrew Jordan (he was confirmed at the Mass) is the one who seems to have provided the lay leadership to make this happen although he is quick to mention that nothing would have materialized without the patience and faithfulness of the other members of the Fellowship. With the help of Rev. Daniel Condon, Chancellor and Director, Legal Services, Rochester Catholic Diocese, he approached the Diocese in 2010 about beginning a local community in light of  Anglicanorum Coetibus.  Many in the group had wanted to pursue establishing a local group since 2009 when the Apostolic Constitution was first announced. The delay in creating the Fellowship was due to the fact that the Holy See did not create the United States Ordinariate until January of 2012. All along the Rochester Catholic Diocese has been receptive.

“The Diocese of Rochester has been truly wonderful to us, and we are deeply grateful for their help, and welcome. In particular, Fr. Daniel Condon has been unfailingly kind through this long process. Fr. Joseph Hart has also been a great help to us. This would not have happened without them, and the hospitality of Good Shepherd church in the parish of St. Marianne Cope,” Jordan said.

The Fellowship of Saint Alban is the only such group in New York State so far. Many similar groups in the United States and Canada are still waiting to be received into the Ordinariate.

Andrew Jordan served as the Thurifer for the Confirmation Mass.

The priest is incensed at the preparation of the gifts.

Incensing the faithful after the preparation of the gifts.

John Cornelius welcomes Fr. Hurd to the Fellowship’s Confirmation Mass, October 21.

The Anglican Use Mass looks and feels very much like the Traditional Latin Mass (Extraordinary Form) except it is usually completely in traditional or ‘hieratic’ English; Latin, however, is possible for the Canon and Greek for the Kyrie. The congregational hymns are traditional classical hymns. Jordan expects the Fellowship to eventually use some Gregorian chant as well as Anglican chant.

Helen Scott, confirmed during the Mass, receives the Precious Blood at the Communion of the Faithful.

The Elevation of the Precious Blood of Christ at the Consecration.

Until January 26 when John Cornelius will be ordained, the Fellowship is meeting at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Henrietta for Evensong at 3 p.m. every Sunday. The group extends a warm invitation to their fellow Catholics to join them for the Sunday afternoon Anglican heritage version of Vespers.

Starting January 27 the Fellowship will offer the Anglican Use Mass, also at Good Shepherd and also at 3 p.m. every Sunday. Good Shepherd (the older building on East Henrietta Road, facing the road) will be the Fellowship’s home. Many Catholics, especially to the south of the city in places like Henrietta, Rush, and Pittsford may want to experience the Anglican Use Massfor something different and, yet, the same.

A social was held after the Confirmation Mass.

You can see video excerpts from the Confirmation Mass of the local community on October 21 on the Fellowship’s website. The group is small and just getting underway and so the Liturgy and its environment are not quite as richly elaborated as we associate with Anglican worship. “We have plans,” Jordan says.

The Catholic Courier will be including a story on the Fellowship in one of its upcoming issues.

Take a Sunday and visit the Fellowship for Evensong, 3:00 p.m. at the Church of the Good Shepherd, 3318 East Henrietta Rd. (14467). Then participate in an Anglican Use Mass there (same time) after January 26, 2013.

I appreciate Andrew Jordan taking the time to explain everything to me and for proofing and correcting the content of this post.


(see here).