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October 02 2012 By virtueonline MOUNT AIRY, MD: Former Mount Airy Anglican congregation joins Catholic Church

Father R. Scott Hurd, the ordinariate's vicar general and a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington, received the congregation's members into the church on behalf of Father Jeffrey N. Steenson, who leads the ordinariate but was unable to attend. Baltimore auxiliary Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski presided over the Mass, which was concelebrated by local priests of the ordinariate.

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September 29 2012 By virtueonline Some Reflections on the Status Quo of the TAC

I think we can fairly say that the first and major wave of TAC receptions into the Catholic Church is coming to a close. The current number of former Anglican Communion bishops (Monsignori Newton, Burnham, Broadhurst, Barnes and Silk) and former TAC bishops (Fr. Entwistle, Mgr. Mercer, Messrs. Reid, Wilkinson and Campese) who have joined Rome since Anglicanorum Coetibus has now reached a par at 5 to 5 (Msgr. Steenson from the Anglican Communion swam the Tiber several years previously).

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September 18 2012 By virtueonline St. Mary the Virgin Parish in Arlington, Texas to Become Part of New Ordinariate

On January 1, 2012, in response to repeated requests from Anglican clergy and groups seeking to become Catholic, Pope Benedict XVI broadened the opportunity for them to do so by creating the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. The ordinariate is equivalent to a diocese, though national in scope. Its communities, while fully Catholic, retain elements of their Anglican heritage and traditions, particularly in the liturgy.

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September 13 2012 By virtueonline Anglican Parish in Orlando to Become Catholic on Sept. 16

Incarnation is the first parish community in Florida to become Catholic as part of the Ordinariate. Equivalent to a diocese, though national in scope, the Ordinariate was established by Pope Benedict XVI earlier this year for Anglican groups and clergy seeking to become Catholic as a group, while retaining elements of the Anglican heritage and liturgy. There are only three Ordinariates in the world, in the US/Canada, the United Kingdom and Australia.

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August 16 2012 By virtueonline First wave of priests trade their Episcopal collar for a Catholic collar

Sitting inside St. Margaret's on Friday, still wearing his Episcopal priest collar, [Rev. Jurgen] Liias said, "I feel like this is what God wants me to do."

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July 05 2012 By virtueonline HOUSTON, TX: An Episcopal priest's first Catholic Mass

The entrance procession included several acolytes - torch bearers, a crucifer, a thurifer - two deacons and two priests, all in matching vestments, as well as the Ordinary of the Ordinariate wearing his golden-colored mitre. The orders of clergy processed in to the lusty singing of Hosanna to the Living Lord.

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July 04 2012 By virtueonline Westminster Abbey Choir brings Anglican Patrimony to the Vatican

Vatican Radio reports that the Pope in issuing the invitation to the Abbey Choir did so because he stressed that "such an event may serve to encourage the enriching mutual exchange of gifts between the two liturgical and cultural traditions."

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July 01 2012 By virtueonline FT. WORTH: Bishop Kevin Vann to Ordain Six Former Episcopalians

The new pastor of Our Lady of Walsingham Church will be the Charles Hough IV, one of the men being ordained. His father, the Charles Hough III, will also be ordained in the same ceremony. There have been only a few father-son priests in the history of the United States.

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June 25 2012 By virtueonline MARYLAND: Anglican parish in Towson switches to Catholicism

"We're just overjoyed by this," said the Rev. Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, who heads the U.S. ordinariate, the equivalent of a diocese but national in scope. As parishioners of all ages scurried past to take their seats for the Mass, he added, "It's such a healthy community - you can see it's full of children."

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June 22 2012 By virtueonline Former Anglican Bishops Honoured by Pope Benedict XVI

In every possible way he has sought to recognise the fruitful Anglican ministry which we undertook before entering the Catholic Church; this honour for these three distinguished men is a further sign of our Holy Father's love and warmth toward this project".

The announcement was made on Thursday morning as the clergy and the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham met for their summer plenary at Allen Hall, the diocesan seminary of the Archdiocese of Westminster.

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