Replying to our request for more information about the St. Margaret Catholic Church project in Northwest Houston, Fr. Steve Sellers, the new group’s pastor, has written us the following:
At present we are gathering our community of St. Margaret. I was rector of a fairly large Episcopal Church in Northwest Houston in the 1990’s, and many of our families knew Dixie (my wife) and me from those years. Since we have been back in Houston, after I resigned my orders in the Episcopal Church as dean of the cathedral in North Dakota (2011), we have been making contact with many of our former parishioners who have left Anglicanism behind, or who are searching. I have an initial group of about 200 families that I have contacted in the Northwest part of Houston. We are very early in this process, but I hope to begin the process of catechesis during the season of Lent. Our first meetings will be early in March. Msgr. Steenson and Cardinal DiNardo are guiding this missionary work, and we are excited about what the Holy Spirit is doing around here!
As you know, many of us in the Ordinariate left much behind when we arrived in the Catholic priesthood, so we are doing many other things while we are building our communities within the Ordinariate. I teach full-time at a Catholic school in the Fifth Ward of Houston, as well as a college adjunct position in comparative religion. And, obviously, my “real” office is in our new Chancery as director of communication. God is doing amazing things all around us, and I know I speak for my brother priests in the Ordinariate when I say that we are all tremendously, eternally, and unapologetically grateful and thankful to the Lord and to the Holy Father for bringing us into the fold of St. Peter.
We are still very, very early in gathering the community of St. Margaret, but this gives you an overview of where we are!
Blessings to you!
Fr. Steve Sellers