Published on Oct 29, 2014

Father Phillips was raised in Connecticut by Methodist parents. The Last Supper always played an important role in his faith life. In college he married and soon entered the Episcopal Church, attended seminary in England and was ordained an Episcopal priest. He was received into the Catholic Church in the early 1980’s and later ordained a priest under the Pastoral Provision. Father Phillips is the pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement (Anglican Use) Parish, in San Antonio, Texas.

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I know that this is old news from 2012, but it is an interesting read nonetheless.

Even though he has been a Catholic priest for only about three years, Steenson was Pope Benedict XVI’s pick to lead a brand-new structure for Catholic converts from Anglican churches, a position he officially takes this weekend in Houston. The ordinariate consists of Catholic parishes that maintain some traditional Anglican prayers and music in services. Catholics hope their Episcopal neighbors see the initiative positively, as an unprecedented way of honoring the Anglican tradition and its core liturgy, in the Book of Common Prayer, by officially making a place for it in the Catholic Church. The formation of the ordinariate is the latest move by Benedict — who took the second-ever papal trip to England in 2010 — to reach out to disaffected Anglicans who may feel connected to Catholic theology and practice. “While the words of the church sounded Protestant, it always looked very Catholic,” said Aysha Pollnitz, a lecturer in early modern British history at Rice University. Through the Anglican Use parishes, the Catholic Church lets ex-Episcopalians keep worshipping from the Book of Common Prayer, the quintessential and beloved Anglican text that lays out the forms of service and worship, plus gives them a sense of fellowship with other parishioners and clergy who came from Anglicanism. The basic elements of Mass are the same, Hurd said, and a majority of his parishioners have thought and prayed through issues such as papal authority, devotion to Mary and other theological differences before coming into the Catholic Church.

Source: Ex-Anglican Catholics to welcome new leader – San Antonio Express-News