Sep 13, 2013
A recent trip to the State of Texas allowed me to visit Our Lady of Walsingham Parish, home of the North American Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. It was a great joy for me to be able to include this side excursion while I was on my way to San Antonio for the Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus.
The Archdiocese of Houston assisted the Ordinariate by gifting this beautiful Parish and Church complex; there will soon be a new Chancery built on the same property.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Norfolk, England has been a centre of English Catholicism going back to its beginnings in 1061. It suffered destruction under the persecutions during the time of Henry VIII but has been revived in the 20th century.
Our link to the Ordinariate is that a Deanery of the Ordinariate has been established in Canada for Anglican Catholics who recently entered the Catholic Church. Within the Diocese of Victoria, they now worship in St. Columba of Iona Church in Saanich.
The tour of the Church and related buildings also gave me an opportunity to visit the very beautiful St. Mary’s Seminary, home of many Texan seminarians and the location of a very well developed “distance learning” centre used by students living far away as well as the former Anglican Clergy studying for the Catholic Priesthood, including the recently ordained priests in the Diocese of Victoria.
Inside Our Lady of Walsingham Church