Archdiocese of Washington Welcomes St. Luke’s Community

Former Episcopal Parish to be Received into the Catholic Church

October 05, 2011

After several years of discernment and prayer, the rector and members of St. Luke’s Community in Bladensburg, Maryland will be received into the Catholic Church on Sunday, October 9. The Mass and Rite of Reception into full communion will be celebrated by Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington.

Sunday, October 9, 2011
9:30 a.m.
Crypt Church
Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
400 Michigan Avenue, NE
Washington, DC

In June 2011, the former Episcopal parish announced their decision to seek entry into the Roman Catholic Church through a new structure approved by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009 called an ordinariate, a geographic region similar to a diocese, though typically national in scope. Once an ordinariate has been established in the United States, it will allow a way for Anglicans to enter the Catholic Church as a group or community, while also retaining some of their Anglican heritage and liturgical practices.

St. Luke’s is the first former Episcopal parish in the United States to take this step, and the community intends to become part of an ordinariate when one is established by the Vatican in the United States. Until that time, St. Luke’s will come under the care of the Archdiocese of Washington.

Approximately 80 members of St. Luke’s who will be received into the Catholic Church have been studying the United States Catholic Catechism for Adults (the official teachings of the Catholic Church) over the summer in preparation.

In another historic event for St. Luke’s, on October 16 at 10:00 a.m., the first Mass will be celebrated by Monsignor Keith Newton, the first ordinary of The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the United Kingdom, which is the first ordinariate established after Pope Benedict XVI’s apostolic constitution, Anglicanorum coetibus, was issued.

Both Masses are open to the public and all are welcome to attend. Members of the media are asked to contact the Office of Communications for the Archdiocese of Washington as media space is limited.

Chieko Noguchi
Office of Communications
[email protected]