News Flash: Episcopal Parish Mount Calvary, Baltimore, Maryland, Enters Ordinariate


From The Living Church Foundation

Posted on: January 19, 2012

The Rev. Jeffrey Steenson, newly appointed ordinary of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, will receive members of Mount Calvary Church, Baltimore, on Sunday morning.

Mount Calvary was the first congregation of the Episcopal Church to announce its pilgrimage to the Ordinariate in October 2010. The congregation’s reception into the Ordinariate was delayed by property negotiations with the Diocese of Maryland.

The diocese announced Wednesday that it had reached a property settlement with Mount Calvary and with Joseph Richey Hospice.

The hospice property “will be permanently deeded to Joseph Richey House along with the parking lot shared by the congregation and Joseph Richey House,” a diocesan statement said. “The Anglican Use Congregation will be deeded the church building, adjacent offices, and rectory, will keep all furnishings and personal property, and will retain the right to use the parking lot shared with Joseph Richey House. The Episcopal Diocese of Maryland will receive a monetary sum as part of the settlement, and will retain first right of refusal if the congregation vacates the property.”

“Our brothers and sisters at Mount Calvary have not ‘converted’ to Roman Catholicism,” said the Rt. Rev. Eugene Sutton, Bishop of Maryland, in a letter to members of the diocese. “They have chosen to walk with different friends in the same one, holy, catholic and apostolic church of which they have always been a part. Let us pray for them on their journey. Let us hope that their work in the future will continue to seek and serve Christ in all persons, to respect the dignity of every human being, and help build up the Kingdom of God here on earth.”

Mount Calvary also will commemorate its transition with a service of Solemn Evensong at 4:30 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Dwight Longnecker, a former Episcopal priest who is now a Roman Catholic priest in Greenville, South Carolina, will preach.

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3 Responses to News Flash: Episcopal Parish Mount Calvary, Baltimore, Maryland, Enters Ordinariate

  1. Dorian Borsella says:

    In point of fact, it seems that the priests and parish members of Mt. Calvary have indeed converted to Roman Catholicism, (capital C) just as John Henry Newman did over 150 years ago. I would not diminish their courageous decision by semantics, as Bishop Sutton seems to have done.

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  2. slangwhang says:

    The Episcopal Bishop and the Church has maintained it’s graciousness during this period. They have allowed this priest and congregants “Go in Peace,” and provided a way for them to do so.
    The Episcopal Diocese, could of deposed this priest and replaced him at any time. Instead, we chose to accept God’s journey for all concerned, including the 4 who remained Episcopalians. The Bishop could of closed this church at his will. Unlike John Henry Newman, who joined to Anglican church, and later tried to convert it back to Rome. After 10 years he gave up, and had a quiet conversion. He later helped convert other Anglicans to Catechism. I give high regards to The Roman Catholic Church, in the fact it wanted nothing to do with these negotiations on the property. Mount Calvary and it’s small 34 (at last count) members, have quiet a struggle on their hands. Both spiritually and financially. As for statistics there was a view at the time of this schism, that membership would increase, as a result of this. I hope Roman Catholics do support this church, and it will remain, with all other downtown churches who struggle for membership everyday.

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  3. slangwhang says:

    Ops! * quite 🙂

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