On Tuesday, September 6, 2011, Fr. Christopher Phillips, of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church (Anglican Use), was the guest homilist for the annual celebration of the Red Mass at St. Matthew Catholic Church, Monroe, LA. That evening, Fr. Phillips and the St. Matthew Choir led worshippers in a celebration of Choral Evensong. Finally, following a reception in Fr. Phillips’ honor, about thirty individuals gathered to learn more about the future for Anglicans coming into communion with the Catholic Church through Anglican Ordinariates. We are thankful that Fr. Phillips was able to take time out of his busy ministry schedule to be with us in Monroe for this special occasion.
In fidelity to the Holy Father and his desire that the Anglican Patrimony be preserved within the Catholic Church, it is my privilege to announce to you, on this the feast day of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, that an Anglican Ordinariate Community is being established in Monroe, Louisiana. The purpose of this community is to gather interested persons together for worship and formation, in anticipation of being received into the Anglican Ordinariate as a parish once the Anglican Ordinariate for the United States is established. We desire that a priest will be appointed for our sacramental care as soon as possible following the establishment of the personal ordinariate in the Unites States.
If you are interested in participating in the establishment of the Anglican Ordinariate Community of Monroe, Louisiana, then you are invited to attend an organizational meeting on Saturday, November 5, 2011 from 1:00 P.M. until 3:00 P.M. in Marsh Hall, adjacent to St. Matthew Catholic Church (121 Jackson Street, Monroe). Please spread the word to your interested friends and let them know they are welcome to attend. If you cannot attend but wish to be part of this community, please contact me and let me know of your desire. Anyone who desires to be involved is welcome!
Thank you for your time and your prayerful consideration of this matter. May the Immaculate Conception and St. Thomas of Canterbury intercede for us!
Anglican Ordinariate Community of Monroe, Louisiana