In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI created the Ordinariate to the Chair of St. Peter through the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus. In this constitution, the Pope permitted Anglican & Episcopalian individuals or communities to enter into full communion with Rome while maintaining their beautiful spirituality, worship and traditions, such as Morning & Evening Prayer, choral Evensong, and the eloquence of the Anglican liturgical patrimony and Prayer Book English. In addition, the Ordinariate seeks “to model what the future reconciliation of separated Christian communities could be…” and “for Christian unity, in which diverse expressions of one faith are joined together in the Church.” The spirituality of the Companions stems from the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church, and we invite all Catholics to experience the beauty of the Ordinariate form of the Mass. Most Catholics are used to the Ordinary or Extraordinary forms of the Mass, but now there is a 3rd form of the Roman Rite. Watch the helpful video below of our Bishop, his Excellency Steven J. Lopes, share the mission and purpose of the Ordinariate.