This means, amongst other things, that a very large parish with three schools, outreach ministry and an excellent musical tradition will be added to the North American Ordinariate, a body which is designed to welcome Anglicans and others into the full communion of the Catholic Church.
Kudos to Fr. Christopher Phillips who has led this parish through long days in the desert (in the early 1980s) as the first Anglican Use Parish. They were, for over 30 years, under the jurisdiction of the Archdiocese of San Antonio. Now joined to the Ordinariate which has its own bishop, constitution and seminary programme, the parish can secure the future of Anglican patrimony within the protective embrace of the Holy See.
This dramatic move has just been approved by Rome and adds strength to the growing number of parishes in the Ordinariate which now numbers its first bishop (Steven Lopes) some 60 priests, a dozen or so deacons, and a score of former Anglican (Episcopal) priests and seminarians in various stages of preparation to celebrate their priesthood in full Catholic communion.
Joined by dozens of recently Instituted Acolytes (subdeacons in Anglo-Catholic parlance) they serve several thousand laity from Victoria to Halifax and from Toronto to Corpus Christi, TX -- some fifty communities both small and very large (Houston and San Antonio numbering hundreds of families).
Here is the official announcement.