Under a huge dome with images of winged angels, six former Fort Worth-area Episcopal clergymen — including a father and son — lay facedown at a marble altar Saturday and were ordained as priests in the Roman Catholic Church.
In what officials called a historic moment, Fort Worth Catholic Bishop Kevin Vann and other white-robed priests in the diocese laid hands on the priests at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Keller to welcome them.
The first of the new ordinariate. Their wives took part in the service. Standing ovation from 1,000 in attendance. “Catholics now with an Anglican heritage,” says one of the newly ordained, whose son was ordained too.
“The six are among 35 Episcopal priests to be ordained this summer,” said a Roman Catholic monsignor, formerly Episcopal. Sixty are to be ordained by year’s end, An ordinariate is like a diocese as to jurisdiction but territorially not: This one “stretches from Newfoundland to Hawaii and from the Rio Grande to the Arctic Circle,” said the monsignor, who heads it.
Personal note: I dote on the Book of Common Prayer, take mine to mass for reference to the Psalms etc., though frankly the Ronald Knox translation serves best for the New Testament, in my opinion.