Jonathan Erdman – pastor of Our Lady and St John in Louisville

from Our Lady and St John’s website:

fr-jonathan-erdmanJonathan Mark Erdman was an ordained Episcopal priest for twelve years before he and his family converted to the Catholic Church in July of 2016. They came to Louisville in July of 2010. Father Erdman and his wife, Andrea, and their two children, Sarah and Joseph, came to Louisville from New York City, where Father Erdman served as Curate and Youth Minister at Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue. From 2010 to early 2016 he served at Calvary Episcopal Church in Louisville.

Born in Mahoning Township, Pennsylvania in 1978, he is the son of an Episcopal Priest. Father Erdman received his B.A. in Psychology from the University of Missouri – Rolla in 2000, and his MDiv from Yale University Divinity School in 2004.

our-lady-and-st-john-louisville-fr-jonathan-erdmanIn 2002 Jonathan married Andrea Lea Benson at Christ Church, Rolla, Missouri. They have four children. Sarah and Joseph were both born in New York City in 2007 and 2010, and their twins, Gabriel and Naomi, were born in Louisville in 2013. Andrea has served as Director of Volunteers for Episcopal Social Services of New York, and has a Master of Social Work Degree from Saint Louis University.

Jonathan is passionate about preaching and teaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ. He is committed to pastoral ministry and worship, and in making the riches of the traditions of the Church available, especially the patrimony of the Anglican tradition. He is dedicated to faithful liturgy, and making the love of Christ known in worship and in the outreach of the church.

Click here to access an article about Fr Jonathan’s resignation from The Episcopal Church because of his refusal to perform gay weddings.

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7 Responses to Jonathan Erdman – pastor of Our Lady and St John in Louisville

  1. godfrey1099 says:

    And this is, inter alia, what the Ordinariates are for. In the past, Anglicans who could not in their conscience accept liberal doctrinal innovations had nowhere to go. They created various continuing denominations, but that was a kind of half-measure. Now, people have a viable alternative: not only in the US, but also in the UK (and it is only a matter of time when similar bullying over gay pseudo-marriages happens in Britain).
    The Ordinariates are really a “prophetic gesture” and will continue to grow.

  2. EPMS says:

    I cannot agree that the Catholic church has not always been a “viable alternative” for those Anglicans who “could not in their conscience accept liberal doctrinal innovations” or simply came to be convinced of the Petrine claims. And this is a good thing, at least in the US, because 81 of the 100 largest US cities do not have an OCSP community. Do Anglicans there have “nowhere to go”? In 2010, before the Ordinariates were erected, over 70,000 previously baptized adults were received into the Church in the US, many former Episcopalians among them, I have no doubt.

    • Rev22:17 says:


      One does not have to live near an ordinariate community to enroll in the ordinariate. Rather, any former Anglican simply must “manifest the desire in writing” (apostolic constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, Title IX).

      And where enough former Anglicans do so, the ordinariate can gather them into communities.


  3. godfrey1099 says:

    Perhaps “viable” is not not the most suitable choice of word (and you, EPMS, will always have the advantage over me of being a native speaker).
    Yet the general sense is that Anglicans now have an option to remain Anglican in many ways when joining the Catholic Church, which they did not have in the past.
    And you can become an Ordinariate member (and even be a very active one), even if there is no community in your city, of which our host is the best example.

  4. EPMS says:

    Yes, you can join the Ordianariate no matter where you live. But I do not think that following Ordinariate news online or making an occasional trek from, say, New York City to Boston or San Francisco to Irvine satisfies most people’s idea of active parish involvement. Our host became a Catholic many years before the first Ordinariate was erected and his labours and journeys are not only the “best example” but virtually unique, understandably.

  5. EPMS says:

    This article in The Living Church mentions that Jonathan Erdman is currently in formation for the priesthood.

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