Skip to comments.Bishop Vann given key role in forming former Episcopal priests
Posted on 11/17/2011 1:40:04 PM PST by NYer
Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Fort Worth will be in charge of welcoming and forming Episcopal priests who wish to become Catholic priests under the recently announced U.S. Anglican ordinariate.
The appointment, which was made by the Vaticans Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, was announced on Nov. 15 by Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington at the U.S. bishops fall general assembly in Baltimore.
Cardinal Wuerl also announced that an Anglican ordinariate will be established in the U.S. on Jan. 1, 2012.
The ordinariate will allow entire Anglican communities, which belong to the Episcopal Church in the U.S., to enter the Catholic Church while keeping certain elements of their heritage and liturgical practices.
Episcopal priests who enter the Catholic Church as part of a community under the ordinariate can go through a newly-developed priestly formation program based out of St. Marys Seminary in Houston.
However, individual Episcopal clergy who choose to enter the Catholic Church can become priests in existing Catholic dioceses through the pastoral provision.
The Holy See established the pastoral provision in 1980. Approximately 100 men have been ordained since the provision was implemented.
In taking on the new role, Bishop Vann succeeds Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark, who has served in the position since 2003.
As pastoral provision delegate for the U.S., Bishop Vann will work with former Anglican clergy who have entered the Catholic Church and wish to pursue a call to the priesthood.
He will administer efforts to gather and submit information about each candidate for priesthood to the Holy See.
He will also ensure that the candidates receive adequate theological, spiritual and pastoral formation as they prepare for ordination. Those efforts will be overseen by a panel of theologians that Bishop Vann will create to provide academic assessment and certification of the candidates.
Bishop Vann has several years of experience working with the pastoral provision.
Not long after his appointment to Fort Worth in 2005, he was appointed as vice delegate for the pastoral provision with special responsibility for Texas.
In that role, he saw how the pastoral provision helped foster a strong fraternal relationship between the Catholic and Episcopal Churches.
I can personally testify to the blessings that the pastoral provision has brought to the Diocese of Fort Worth, he said.
In September, 24 Episcopalians from four parishes in the greater Fort Worth area entered the Catholic Church at a Mass that Bishop Vann presided over.
The bishop said that he is grateful to serve the Church in his new role.
He explained that although the ordinariate and the pastoral provision function separately and do distinct work, they will complement each other and cooperate to assist Anglicans in entering the Church.
Working together, he said, they will strive to achieve Christs desire that all may be one.
Bump to the top yipee. Have a friend, estranged Catholic, now Episcopalian, tried to go to seminary, jumped through all hoops, denied due to political roadblock. Has some graduate seminary training. Has learned a lot of Greek. Married, two kids. I’m dying for him to come home and be a priest under the pastoral provision, ooops, Anglican Ordinariate. I don’t think it would have been possible under the PP of Dear Lamented and Venerable John Paul II, Magnus.
I grew up hearing NOTHING but how the Catholic Church was losing members. But now? Amazing.
Im dying for him to come home and be a priest under the pastoral provision, ooops, Anglican Ordinariate.
Ain't gonna happen.