News & Events
May 12, 2017
Bishop Steven J. Lopes to visit Victoria
by Connie Dunwoody
UPDATE: This visit has been cancelled due to the death of Bishop Lopes' stepfather. Your prayers for the repose of the soul of ABILIO DIAS are much appreciated. We will advise when the visit is rescheduled.
On Saturday, May 20, 2017, at 9:30 am, His Excellency Steven J. Lopes, first Bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter (photo, right), will preside at Mass for the Ordinariate in Victoria, BC. Mass will be preceded by Mattins at 8:45 am. The Fellowship of the Blessed Henry Newman wishes to extend a cordial invitation for all to attend this Mass with Bishop Lopes at Our Lady of Fatima Parish.
The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter is equivalent to a diocese for Roman Catholics who were nurtured in the Anglican tradition. The Ordinariate was created by the Vatican on January 1, 2012.
In 2012, a group comprising six clergy and 18 – 20 lay people and religious formed the Fellowship of the Blessed Henry Newman, applied for, and were granted Ordinariate Status. They were received into the Catholic Church on Sunday, April 15, 2012, at St. Andrew’s Cathedral.
On November 24, 2015, Pope Francis named the Rev. Monsignor Steven J. Lopes to be the first bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Bishop Lopes was the first bishop to be named for any of the three Personal Ordinariates in the world: Our Lady of Walsingham in the United Kingdom; the Chair of Saint Peter in the United States and Canada; and Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia.
Bishop Lopes was born in 1975 in Fremont, California. The only child to two educators, he was formed and educated by Catholic schools. In high school, he began to discern the possibility of a vocation to the priesthood, and with the encouragement of his family, entered St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California, for one year, then completed his seminary education at the Pontifical North American College in Rome.
He studied philosophy and liturgy at the University of Innsbruck. He then earned three degrees—including a doctorate—in sacred theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, where he has also served as an adjunct faculty member.
On June 23, 2001, he was ordained to the priesthood for the Archdiocese of San Francisco by Cardinal William J. Levada (then Archbishop Levada).
In 2005, he was named an official of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith, the Vatican office responsible for promoting and preserving Catholic teaching. For seven of his 10-plus years at the Vatican, he served as secretary to the Cardinal Prefect. He was named a monsignor in 2010.
Pope Francis named him the Bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter on Nov. 24, 2015. He succeeded Msgr. Jeffrey N. Steenson as leader of the Ordinariate on February 2, 2016.
Bishop Lopes is a chaplain to the Order of Malta and remains deeply committed to the Order’s service to the sick and the poor.
As a bishop, he is a full member of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Learn more about the Ordinariate at www.ordinariate.net.