By now we have become quite used to Mr. Shane Schaetzel being the lone Ordinariate Catholic in the Ozarks.
The website tells the following story:
Our particular community was initiated in 2010 by Mr. Shane Schaetzel, a convert to the Catholic Church from Anglicanism, with the approval and blessing of Bishop James V. Johnston. Evening Prayer (according to Divine Worship) began at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Springfield that year with the assistance of Mr. Kevin Combs, a cradle Catholic with a special attachment to the Anglican Patrimony. On June 12, 2012, Father Lewis Hejna welcomed our us to Immaculate Conception Church for regular prayer meetings. In 2014 our community was formerly incorporated into the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter. That same year we began quarterly celebration of mass according to Divine Worship. In June of 2015 our community was formally named Saint George and we began catechesis for those seeking full communion with the Catholic Church. In May of 2016 we will be established as a regular Catholic Church in Republic, Missouri, just outside of Springfield.
On March 14th a special Divine Worship Mass was celebrated by Fr. Chori Seraiah at Immaculate Conception Church in Springfield, Missouri. This reception service included multiple baptisms and confirmations.
Here are some photos of the reception mass:
Fr. Chori has now been appointed pastor to St. George’s and he will be moving to the area with his family this May. At that time they will begin weekly mass.