• The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

      On January 1, 2012, Pope Benedict XVI established the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter for those groups of Anglicans in the United States who seek to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. 

      This is the second Ordinariate created in light of the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, the first having been created for England and Wales on Jan. 15, 2011. 

      Pope Benedict's gracious response represents an important and exciting new step along the difficult path toward Christian unity.

    • Ordinary's Easter Letter, 2014
      Easter Letter 2014
      Dear People and Friends of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter,
      Please allow me to convey to you and your families my blessing and good wishes in this holy season when we celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord, the first-born, who has primacy over everything (Col. 1:18).  Easter is a feast of truly universal proportions.  For “God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil. 2:9-11).  
    • Ordinary's Lent Letter, 2014
      A Lenten message from Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson

      Read here.
    • Pope Francis Greets Ordinariate Pilgrimage Group
      At the General Audience on February 26, 2014, the Holy Father greeted the pilgrimage group from the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.  The group was privileged to have front row seats for the audience after which the Pope came down and greeted members of the Ordinariate.

      The Holy Father and Msgr. Steenson
    • Archbishop Di Noia's Homily on Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

      Feast of the Chair of St. Peter 2014

      S. Maria in Traspontina / Pilgrimage of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

      Archbishop J. Augustine Di Noia, O.P.

    • David Wagner Ordained to Priesthood


      Newly ordained priest Father David Wagner blesses fellow Ordinariate priest Father Mark Cannady moments after Fr. Wagner's ordination to the priesthood on August 24.

      His Excellency Gustavo Garcia-Siller, M.Sp.S., archbishop of San Antonio, ordained Fr. Wagner to the priesthood in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter and the Archdiocese of 
      San Antonio at 3 p.m. on Sunday, August 24, at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church in Boerne, Texas.

      Fr. Wagner, a former priest in the Episcopal Church, served as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Kewanee, IL, from 2005 to 2008. He and his wife Carol and their two children – Joseph, 13, and Natalie, 8 – converted to the Catholic Church in June of 2008 and moved to Boerne, Texas. He grew up in Northeast Ohio and graduated from Revere Senior High School in Richfield, Ohio, in 1976.

      He currently serves at St. Gilbert’s Ordinariate community in Boerne and at St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Church.

    • Death of Dr. Antonio Contreras
      It is with great sadness that we report the death of our dear brother Dr. Antonio Contreras, 45, a candidate for ordination to the priesthood in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter.  Dr. Contreras, who formerly served as an Episcopal Priest in the Diocese of Long Island, was on tour of India and Sri Lanka when he apparently suffered a fatal heart attack in early August.

      This past spring, Dr. Contreras led a group of his former parishioners into the Catholic Church, and they were worshiping at St. Michael's Parish in Flushing, NY.

      Arrangements are pending.

      He was born in Puerto Rico on August 21, 1968, and was ordained an Episcopal priest in 2005.  He served the San Jorge, Flushing, and La Santa Cruz, Brooklyn, neighborhoods.  He also worked as a school psychologist in Yonkers.

      Please keep his family and parishioners in your prayers.
    • Clergy Retreat 2013
      Our clergy have been on retreat this week. Go check out the pictures in our photo album in "News"!
    • Quo Vadis: Notes from the Ordinary
      Have you seen Msgr. Steenson's new Blog Quo Vadis: Notes from the Ordinary? You can reach it by clicking on the box above entitled Notes from the Ordinary, or you can reach it directly at http://chairofpeter.org. Go check it out!
    • Calendar
      2014 theme focuses on ‘Freedom to Serve’ poor, vulnerable
      Baltimore, Washington Masses to Bookend two-week celebration of religious freedom
      USCCB-sponsored materials include guides to prayer services, other parish activities

      WASHINGTON—Catholic dioceses and parishes across the United States are once again encouraged to raise awareness for domestic and international religious freedom concerns during the third annual Fortnight for Freedom, June 21-July 4. The two-week celebration will focus on the theme, “Freedom to Serve,” emphasizing the link between religious liberty and service to the poor and vulnerable.

      “During the Fortnight, our liturgical calendar celebrates great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More, John the Baptist, Peter and Paul and the first martyrs of the Church of Rome,” said Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). “This is a time when Catholics can unite themselves in prayer to the men and women throughout history who spread the Gospel and lived out Jesus’ call to serve the ‘least of these’ in even the direst of circumstances.”

      Two nationally televised Masses will bookend the Fortnight. Archbishop Lori will celebrate Mass at the Baltimore Basilica on June 21, at 5:30 p.m. EDT. Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington will celebrate Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington on July 4, at noon EDT. USCCB President Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, will be the homilist at the July 4 Mass. 

      USCCB has prepared materials to help dioceses and parishes participate in the Fortnight, including templates and guides for special prayer services, a list of frequently asked questions about religious liberty, one-page fact sheets on current threats to religious freedom in the U.S. and around the world, and a study guide on Dignitatis Humanae, the Second Vatican Council’s Declaration on Religious Freedom.

      These materials and more information on the Fortnight and related issues can be found online at www.fortnight4freedom.org and www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/religious-liberty/.