New website for the mission community in Bath, Pennsylvania

St Thomas More, Scranton, has announced the inauguration of the website of their mission in the Lehigh Valley, Blessed John Henry Newman Society, Bath, PA.

To view the new site just click on the banner heading below:

website BJHN Bath, PA

The new community is introduced with the following words:

The Blessed John Henry Newman Society was founded in 2014 by permission of Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, in consultation with The Most Reverend John O. Barres, Bishop of Allentown, as a pastoral response to a group of Anglican Christians in the region seeking to be reconciled to the Catholic Church, as well as former Anglicans already within the Catholic fold. While erected with a special mission to welcome our separated Anglican brethren home to the Catholic Church, persons of all back-grounds and walks of life are most welcome to participate fully in the worship and ministries of this community, whether lifelong Catholics, Christians of other Protestant backgrounds, lapsed Catholics rediscovering the Church, or non-Christians wanting to learn more about Jesus.

Though hosted by Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish in Bath, this congregation is a mission of St. Thomas More Catholic Parish in Scranton, which was founded as a similar Society in 2005 and has since become a Parish of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, a kind of nationwide diocese comprised of other Parishes and communities of former Anglicans who have come home to the Catholic Church as intact congregations. In addition to serving as Pastor of St. Thomas More in Scranton, Fr. Eric Bergman – with the kind consent of Msgr. Francis Nave, Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, and with staff support from St. Thomas More – ministers to this mission congregation here in Bath on the first and third Sundays of each month at 5:00 p.m.

We wish this budding Ordinariate community good luck, prosperity and Godspeed on their way.


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4 Responses to New website for the mission community in Bath, Pennsylvania

  1. godfrey1099 says:

    Another interesting piece of news in St Thomas More’s newsletter is about intended formal establishment of five or so parishes within the CSP Ordinariate, so that the respective pastors will not have to be referred as “administrators” any more. It will certainly add to the feeling that the Ordinariate is anything but transitory.
    In the Church, official developments are also very important.

  2. EPMS says:

    Does this change of status require a certain number of parishioners? a certain budget? q

    • Rev22:17 says:


      You asked: Does this change of status require a certain number of parishioners? a certain budget?

      Basically, no. A parishioner is a parishioner either way — in this case, a Roman Catholic and a member of the ordinariate. A parish, however, is normally expected to be financially self-supporting whereas a mission may depend upon external financial assistance to close a budgetary gap.


      • EPMS says:

        Further research on this subject suggests that the key to parish or quasi-parish status is “stability”. I take this to mean that the group is of a size and age range which would lead competent authorities to believe that it can be sustained, financially and numerically, over the long term.

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