The archdiocesan newspaper of St Paul and Minneapolis, The Catholic Spirit, has published the following article about the new deacon and priest, Rev. Vaughn Treco: (second hattip to EPMS):
Former Anglican priest to be ordained a Catholic priest
Bob Zyskowski | May 1, 2015
Vaughn Treco, a married man, grandfather of two and former Anglican priest, has received the approval of Pope Francis to be ordained to the Catholic diaconate and priesthood in early May.
His ordination as a Catholic priest who is married is allowed as an exception to the normal requirement for celibacy.
Upon ordination, Treco will serve within the geographic boundaries of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis as a member of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter as the priest for a community of former Anglicans.
The small community of 10 people worships on Sundays at Holy Family Church in St. Louis Park. Called the Society of St. Bede the Venerable, they have been under the care of Benedictine Brother John-Bede Pauley of St. John’s Abbey in Collegeville.
“They’ve been functioning as a society,” Treco told The Catholic Spirit, “and my task is to grow it into a parish.
“I love church planting,” he added. “I’ve done this work before.”
Treco, 52, will be ordained to the transitional diaconate with other transitional deacons from the St. Paul Seminary by Archbishop John Nienstedt at 10 a.m. May 2 at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. Bishop Andrew Cozzens will ordain Deacon Treco to the Catholic priesthood at 1:30 p.m. May 3, at Holy Family.
Rich church background
Treco “comes to us with a rich theological background as a former director of formation for his Anglican diocese,” Bishop Cozzens noted. “He finished all the requirements for ordination to the priesthood in the Catholic Church some years ago, and has been awaiting the right place for his service to the Church.”
Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, the ordinary of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter in the United States, approached Treco in 2014 about the need for a priest to serve the small ordinariate community in Minnesota.
“Since the community existed within the boundaries of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Msgr. Steenson and I opened a conversation about Mr. Treco’s ordination for service to that community,” Bishop Cozzens wrote. “With the archbishop’s permission, I have been working with Msgr. Steenson on this for the past year, and now the final hurdle has been crossed.”
After his ordination, Treco may, at the archbishop’s discretion and with the permission of his ordinary, also serve in other capacities within the archdiocese, Bishop Cozzens explained. “For example, he could be a parochial vicar at one of our parishes as well. This is all yet to be determined by the archbishop.”
Treco became a Catholic in 2000.
“The more closely I read Scripture, the more it seemed that Catholic Church teaching cohered to Scripture,” he explained.
Born in Nassau in the Bahamas and raised in a deeply religious Plymouth Brethren family, Treco attended an Evangelical seminary in Illinois and graduated with a masters in divinity.
After discovering what he described as discrepancies in Plymouth Brethren teaching, Vaughn and his wife, Norma, joined the Charismatic Episcopal Church. In 1991 he launched and developed the New Covenant Community Church in the Bahamas, an Evangelical church with a mission focused on attracting young, college-educated people to an updated Christian community.
He served on the staff of the Cathedral Church of the King in Olathe, Kansas, where he was ordained in 1997. He was the Charismatic Episcopal Church archbishop’s theologian and director of the seminary until he listened to audio tapes by Scott Hahn, “Answers to Common Objections.”
In an interview on EWTN, he said that after listening to the tapes over a weekend, he asked himself, “If I believe all of these things, why am I not Roman Catholic?”
Nine months later, in 1999, he began the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults and became a Catholic in 2000.
Since then he has served in Catholic pastoral ministry as program director for marriage preparation and enrichment in the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia; as a parish youth minister, and established “parishREACH,” a program that trains and equips Catholics for the ministry of evangelizing.
For three years he did Catholic graduate theological studies in Arlington and completed another six-month program in Catholic theology in Houston, Texas, in 2013.
Lyrical, poetic worship
The Divine Worship of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter — what was formerly called the “Anglican-use” Mass — “harkens back to a Tridentine kind of complexity,” Treco explained.
“The chief difference is that the liturgy takes its linguistic cues and traditions from the Anglican Communion,” Treco said.
Catholics used to the Roman Rite that is regularly celebrated at parishes across the archdiocese would find the Ordinariate’s Divine Worship lyrical, he said, and would sense a poetic character to the prayer that Treco described as “more penetrating.”