Deborah Gyapong: So it's Fr. Jeffrey Steenson for U.S. Ordinary?

So it's Fr. Jeffrey Steenson for U.S. Ordinary?

"It must be true because it is in Virtueonline," I say with a hint of sarcasm.  However, this freelance reporter Mary Ann Mueller is not vitriolic towards the Roman Catholic Church or the ordinariate project.

Here's an excerpt:

Former Episcopal Bishop of the Rio Grande, Jeffery Steenson, is to be named the Ordinary when the Anglican Ordinariate is erected on January 1, 2012, sources tell VOL.
Word seeped out from the Vatican late last week that Steenson -- who left The Episcopal Church in 2007 over TEC's polity - has been tapped for the new post as the Ordinariate gets its first foothold in the United States. 
Steenson's Anglo-Catholic pedigree comes from being an Episcopal priest for 24 years including stints as the curate and rector at two Pennsylvania parishes -- All Saints' Church in Wynnewood, and Church of the Good Shepherd in Rosemont, before going on to St. Andrew's in Fort Worth, Texas. From there he was elected, in 2004, to be bishop coadjutor for the Episcopal Diocese of the Rio Grande under Bishop Terence Kelshaw. The former Rio Grande bishop has the distinction of being the 1000th Episcopal Church bishop consecrated with his "lappets" stretching all the way back to the first Bishop of Connecticut, Samuel Seabury who was consecrated in 1784. Steenson's consecrators included then Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold, his predecessor Bishop Terence Kelshaw, Anglo-Catholic Bishop Clarence Pope, indigenous Bishop Mark McDonald, and ecumenical Bishop Anthony Burton from the Anglican Church of Canada. Steenson became the eighth diocesan bishop in 2005. He was an Episcopal bishop for two short years before swimming the Tiber.

Well, I recall hearing rumors back in the spring or summer 2010 that Steenson had been invited to Rome and told that he would be the first ordinary.

 I wish Fr. Steenson well if this is true, and we hope he will take us under his wing.



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