An anonymous donor has purchased five acres of land adjacent to the flagship church of the U.S. Anglican Ordinariate and donated it for building a chancery.
“This will be the future home of the chancery of the Ordinariate as well as serve future expansion needs of this wonderful, growing parish. It is an incredible blessing, and I know you all will want to say with me: To God be the glory,” Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson, the ordinary of the structure, said on Dec. 2 during a Mass at the parish.
The property, which cost the donors $5 million, will allow the ordinariate to move its office from St. Mary's Seminary in Houston and consolidate its staff which is spread across the United States.
Planning for the chancery will begin later in December, and donors for the construction of the building will be sought out.
Ordinariates are an ecclesial structure set up by Pope Benedict XVI for former Anglicans wishing to enter full communion with the Catholic Church as groups. They are able to retain elements of their patrimony from Anglicanism while becoming Catholics.
The Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter was established on Jan. 1, 2012, and already includes 1,500 members, 35 communities, and 24 priests.
The first structure of this kind was created in England and Wales, and is called the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham. The creation of the American group was followed in June by the establishment of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia.