Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, statement on ordinations to the priesthood for The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

June 23, 2012

“It is with great joy that I offer my prayerful congratulations to the new priests ordained for The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

It was just over a year ago, that the St. Luke Community in Bladensburg, Maryland announced their intention to become Catholic, and last October, I had the pleasure of receiving the community of approximately 80 into the Church along with their pastor, Mark Lewis. Today, I am pleased to welcome Father Mark Lewis as a priest in The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

Father Richard Kramer serves as the Associate Director for Evangelization and Family Life for the Archdiocese of Washington, where his work includes developing leaders for parish ministry; overseeing marriage preparation programs and natural family planning; and initiatives that strengthen family life.

Ordained today alongside Father Lewis and Father Kramer is Father Ed Meeks, pastor of Christ the King in Towson, a former Anglican community that will be welcomed into the ordinariate tomorrow.

The ordination of these new priests is not only a sign that the ordinariate is flourishing, but it is also a significant step towards greater Christian unity and is further recognition of our shared beliefs on matters of faith.”

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