Divine Worship Mass in Wisconsin

According to various sources, including the diocesan newspaper of the Diocese of Madison, WI, the “Catholic Herald“, Ordinariate Use Mass was celebrated at Pine Bluff, WI, for the Solemnity of the Annunciation with 34 people present.

Fr. Steve Petrica, an Anglican convert and now a priest of the Diocese of Madison, celebrated this Eucharist at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 4, at St. Mary Church, Pine Bluff.

P.S. This blog is not aware of the exact circumstances of this exceptional public celebration of a Divine Worship Mass by a diocesan priest, albeit a former Anglican, outside of the Ordinariate context, which was also not listed on St. Mary’s Parish Bulletin on April 3 (!). The policy for allowing such celebrations is normally very restrictive.

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3 Responses to Divine Worship Mass in Wisconsin

  1. EPMS says:

    St Mary’s, Pine Bluff, apparently likes to push the envelope: http://benyanke.com/2013/03/catholic-disneyland-st-marys-pine-bluff/

  2. EPMS says:

    According to the policy stated in “FAQs on Divine Worship” on the OCSP website, any diocesan priest can celebrate DW “for members of the Ordinariate who request it” in the absence of an Ordinariate priest. Presumably any ex-Anglican Catholic in an area not served by an Ordinariate community could join the Ordinariate and then request a celebration of DW; indeed I have seen this suggested on blogs of conservative liturgical interest.

    • Rev22:17 says:


      Each diocesan bishop has very broad authority to regulate the public celebration of the liturgy within his diocese, except for celebrations of a personal jurisdiction such as an ordinariate. This authority extends to permitting the celebration of the liturgy according to any valid form or rite, including Divine Worship, whenever he deems such celebrations to be appropriate.


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