2012-12-06 L’Osservatore Romano
Washington, 5. Growth continues for the ordinariate created to receive former Anglican faithful in the United States. Thanks to an anonymous donation – as the press release states on the official website of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter – it was possible t acquire the real estate on which the first chancery will be built, announced Mons. Jeffrey N. Steenson, the Ordinary. The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter was created on 1 January 2012 through a decree of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, in accord with the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus of 4 November 2009, by which Benedict XVI established such personal ordinariates, canonically equivalent to a diocese, through which Anglicans, of every category and condition of life “can enter, also collectively, into full communion with the Catholic Church”.
The land given is located in Houston, Texas, where the Ordinariate is already situated. Mons. Steenson expressed his “deepest gratitude” for the “very generous gift from an anonymous donor” to the shrine Our Lady of Walsingham. This land, covering 5 acres and purchased at the price of 5 million dollars, immediately behind the Church: “This will be the future home of the chancery of the Ordinariate,” the Ordinary said, “as well as serve future expansion needs of this wonderful, growing parish”.