I am, these days, especially happy to read good news. A kind reader let me in on this fine development, made possible by the Pope of Christian Unity, Benedict XVI.
There is an Anglican//Episcopalian parish, St. Luke’s, in Bladensburg, Maryland, which I am guessing is geographically in the Archdiocese of Washington DC.
Here is the index page of St. Luke’s (at the time of this writing), with my emphases.
We Are Ordinariate Bound!
+Welcome to St. Luke’s Ordinariate Catholic Community website! It is with great joy St. Luke’s announces its intention to join the Personal Ordinariate of the Roman Catholic Church. We have been discerning the leading of the Holy Spirit since the Holy Father’s announcement of Anglicanorum coetibus in October of 2009. Since that time we have been in close dialogue with both the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and the Archdiocese Washington.
Over the next few months the people of St. Luke’s Ordinariate Catholic Community will undergo formal preparation to become Roman Catholics. This formal preparation will take place at St. Luke’s primarily on Sunday’s at 9:00am, and on Thursday evenings at 7:00pm. If you are interested in joining the people of St. Luke’s on this journey you are encouraged and welcomed to attend.
We are deeply grateful to Cardinal Wuerl and to Bishop Chane for their support throughout this discernment. We look forward to continuing to worship in the Anglican tradition, while at the same time being in full communion with the Holy See of Peter.
These are exciting times! We will endeavor to keep you up to date with any information concerning our community and with the Ordinariate. Please browse through our website for the latest information.
Almighty and everlasting God, who dost govern all things in heaven and earth, mercifully hear the supplications of thy servants, and grant unto this parish family all things necessary for its spiritual welfare: schools to train up thy people in thy faith and fear, ministers to labor in this portion of thy vineyard, a church restored and maintained in the beauty of holiness. Strengthen and increase the faithful; visit and relieve the sick; turn and soften the wicked; rouse the careless; recover the fallen; restore the penitent; remove all hindrances to the advancement of thy truth; and bring us all to be of one heart and mind within the fold of thy Holy Catholic Church; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Ghost liveth and reigneth one God, world without end. Amen.
Nice prayer! That could be used in any parish.
WDTPRS KUDOS to people of St. Luke’s.