Interregnum at St. Alban’s Fellowship, Rochester, NY

Logo St Alban's RochesterSince the retirement of Fr. John Cornelius, the Ordinariate Fellowship of St. Alban in Rochester has been without a pastor for four months now. Although St. Thomas the Apostle Church was officially designated as temporary mass site for the interregnum, the group has still had a full, mainly lay-led, schedule.

Some examples of the various events are:

  • Evensong on Nov 23, Dec 28, Feb 8
  • Lessons and Carols on Jan 11
  • Attendance at the reception and confirmation of a Group member in Auburn
  • Attendance at an Extraordinary Form Mass in East Bloomfield
  • Ordinariate Mass with guest celebrant, Fr. Jason Catania from Kitchener, ON
  • Pub night on Dec 4
  • Christmas Party on Dec 28
  • Barbecue on Feb 28
  • Visit from Evan Simington, who is preparing for the priesthood in the Ordinariate, from April 10 – 13

Now the Fellowship have noted on their website that a priest has offered to celebrate several of the Easter Triduum services with them, which is a wonderful piece of news:

Holy Week and Easter at St. Alban’s

The St. Alban fellowship will celebrate Holy Week and Easter services this year.

We are pleased to announce that the new judicial vicar for the Ordinariate, Fr. Becket Soule OP, will be paying us a visit during Holy Week, and saying the services for us. This is a wonderful opportunity for our group. Fr. Soule is a professor at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio, where he holds the Bishop James A. Griffin Chair of Canon Law. He is also a Dominican. His visit will be from March 31 to April 6.

Importantly, many of the services we will be using are newly approved Ordinariate Holy Week services, drawing from the same well of sources as our office and Mass.

We will have the following services at Good Shepherd Church:

Wednesday, 1 April
7:30 pm Tenebrae
8:30 pm – 9:00 pm Confessions

Friday, 3 April [Good Friday]
12:00 noon Celebration of the Passion, Solemn Collects, Veneration of the Cross, Holy Communion
1:30 pm (or at the conclusion of the service) – 2:00 pm Confessions

Saturday, 4 April [Holy Saturday]
10:00 am Morning Prayer [and Blessing of Easter Baskets]
10:30 am – 11:00 am Confessions

Sunday, 5 April [Easter Day]
3:00 pm Mass

Note: The Tenebrae ceremony is the gradual extinguishing of candles upon a stand in the sanctuary called a hearse. Eventually, the Roman Rite settled on fifteen candles, one of which is extinguished after each of the nine psalms of Matins and the five of Lauds, gradually reducing the lighting throughout the service. The six altar candles are put out during the Benedictus, and then any remaining lights in the church. The last candle is hidden beneath the altar, ending the service in total darkness. The strepitus (Latin for “great noise”), made by slamming a book shut, banging a hymnal or breviary against the pew, or stomping on the floor, symbolizes the earthquake that followed Christ’s death, although it may have originated as a simple signal to depart. After the candle has been shown to the people, it is extinguished, and then put “on the credence table,” or simply taken to the sacristy. All rise and then leave in silence.(Adrian Fortescue, The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described, 1917, page 288).

We congratulate the Fellowship of St. Alban on their initiative and perseverance during this Interregnum and hope and pray that it will not be long before they are able to welcome their new permanent pastor.

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7 Responses to Interregnum at St. Alban’s Fellowship, Rochester, NY

  1. Rev22:17 says:


    From the article: ◾Visit from Evan Simington, who is preparing for the priesthood in the Ordinariate, from April 10 – 13

    I realize that there is no official announcement as yet, but it sounds like he might be going to that community after his ordination.

    You wrote: We congratulate the Fellowship of St. Alban on their initiative and perseverance during this Interregnum and hope and pray that it will not be long before they are able to welcome their new permanent pastor.


    But this is also a time that is bearing great fruit.

    >> 1. The bonds formed by the members who are working through this together will be far stronger because of the difficulties than they would have been otherwise.

    >> 2. And at the same time, this community is pioneering methods of bonding and of preserving and sharing their patrimony in the absence of clergy that other communities, similarly situated, will be able to adopt or to adapt to their own circumstances.

    In the end, this will strengthen both the community and the ordinariates.


  2. godfrey1099 says:

    1. Evan Simington’s story is remarkable. Having graduated from prestigious Nashotah House, he decided not to pursue a seemingly obvious path to TEC ordination. Instead, he came to full communion with the Church through the Ordinariate community of St. Anzelm’s Greenville in Oct 2014.
    Since then, he has been very active in the local youth apostolate (Lucis Via):
    and has been a staff member in the local Catholic parish and shool
    2. Elsewhere on the net, Mr Andrew Jordan, who is leading St. Alban’s Fellowship with such dedication, has recently stated the following:
    “As for [Fr. Cornelius’] replacement, we should have an announcement concerning that soon on our website.”
    The whole letter by Mr Jordan is worth reading:
    3. David, thanks for keeping those communities without a priest on our prayer list every month. Let’s hope, and pray even more, that St. Alban’s Fellowship be no longer one of them soon.

  3. TACit no more says:

    WIth a hat-tip to godfrey1099 for his point 2. it needs to be said for the record how much the FSA owes its gratitude especially to Dr. Andrew Jordan, who has for several years now worked most diligently and faithfully to bring the Fellowship into being and then help sustain it, as we pass through our early formational stages.

  4. EPMS says:

    Good news for the Fellowship of St Alban, Rochester:

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