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The American Ordinariate has been given its first bishop, the first for any of the Ordinariates around the world.
After consultation with the governing council of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, Pope Francis named Mgr Steven Lopes to be the first bishop of the ordinariate, which serves former Anglicans living in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church.
The appointment of the 40-year-old Bishop-designate Lopes was announced by the Vatican today along with the announcement that Pope Francis had accepted the resignation of Mgr Jeffrey Steenson, 63, who had led the Ordinariate since its establishment by Pope Benedict XVI on January 1, 2012.
“This is the happy outcome of much careful consultation with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, to whom I first made this request almost a year ago,” Mgr Steenson said in a statement posted on the ordinariate’s website. “I welcome this news with all my heart, for the ordinariate has now progressed to the point where a bishop is much needed for our life and mission.”
The personal ordinariate serves parishes in the United States and Canada, with its offices in Houston, Texas.
Bishop-designate Lopes was born April 22, 1975, in Fremont, California. He studied philosophy at the University of San Francisco and at Leopold-Franzens University in Innsbruck. He did his seminary studies at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California, and in Rome at the Pontifical North American College. He holds a doctorate in theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University.Thanks be to God for the work and example of Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson!
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