Deaneries established in the US

This is something which I missed.

St Luke’s Ordinariate Community in Washington, D.C. posted on their facebook page on March 29 that:

During the (Palm Sunday) Mass, Monsignor Steenson announced that our Pastor, Father Mark Lewis, has been appointed by him as Dean (Vicar Forane) of the Eastern Deanery of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter.

This is interesting news, which would seem to suggest that the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter no longer has only one Deanery, namely in Canada, but that the territory of the United States has also been divided into Deaneries.

Congratulations are due to Fr. Lewis and to those of his confreres who have also been appointed Dean.

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8 Responses to Deaneries established in the US

  1. EPMS says:

    The clergyman who has been appointed VF is also the person who told his parishioners that they were obliged to attend Mass on Ascension Thursday even if that meant attending at another Catholic parish where the feast was not being observed. So I hope he had it right.

  2. Rev22:17 says:

    David,

    You wrote: This is interesting news, which would seem to suggest that the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter no longer has only one Deanery, namely in Canada, but that the territory of the United States has also been divided into Deaneries.

    Or at least is in process. There’s nothing about this on the ordinariate’s web site as yet, so it’s certainly plausible that the parish bulletin jumped the gun and spilled the beans by publishing this item.

    That said, I’m not really surprised. Many of the congregations of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter are in de facto geographical clusters, so it makes sense to set up an administrative structure that follows the geographical clustering. It seemed most likely that it was only a matter of time until a geographical administrative structure — that is, territorial deaneries — came into being within the States.

    Norm.

  3. EPMS says:

    Are we to also assume that the Fellowship of Bl John Henry Newman still worships in Fullerton,CA because that’s what it says on the OCSP list of communities? If we regarded the presence or absence of something on the OCSP website as some kind of official statement we would know very little for sure about the OCSP other than that it has a Chancery.

  4. Fr. Steve Sellers, the Communications Director of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, has informed me that he is nearing the end of his preparations for the next issue of the “Ordinariate Observer”, which will hopefully be published by June 1st and will include all the information about clergy and community changes/movements, etc. which we are impatient to learn about. Fr. Steve, who is a third-generation journalist, explains that the Ordinariate has no policy to withhold information but that everyone is so busy in their various parish and diocesan jobs that internal communication is difficult and information is not being exchanged as efficiently as one might hope.

    • Rev22:17 says:

      David,

      You wrote: Fr. Steve, who is a third-generation journalist, explains that the Ordinariate has no policy to withhold information but that everyone is so busy in their various parish and diocesan jobs that internal communication is difficult and information is not being exchanged as efficiently as one might hope.

      If so, this is a fundamental organizational problem that needs to be solved sooner rather than later. In particular, the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter needs to give priority to keeping its web site current. It should not take more than a few minutes to update the listing of a community or to add a listing of a new community.

      Norm.

  5. EPMS says:

    Charity is one of your most conspicuous qualities, Mr Murphy, so I am not surprised that you have published Fr Sellers’ explanation without further comment.

  6. EPMS says:

    Fr Sellers is taking on the duties of school chaplain at John XXIII School in Houston next month. As of July 1 he has turned over the responsibilities of Director Of Communication to a new OCSP staff member.

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