Wednesday, January 4, 2012

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton & the New U.S. Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter

Okay class,

It's most fitting for Mr. P.'s Classroom to honor a Catholic school saint.

She was an devout Episcopalian convert to Catholicism, after her husband died.  Episcopalians are really offshoots of the Church of England....or the Church of Anglan....or the Anglican Church....or as some Catholics like to refer to it the Anglican Communion.

She is most fitting to mention considering that the U.S. has a new personal ordinariate, which is similar to a national diocese, for Anglicans in the U.S. to come in to full communion with the Catholic Church.

So on this occasion of this saint, this is once more a friendly invitation yet again for the millions of Anglicans and Episcopalians to once again come home to the Catholic Church.  We invite you to take another look WITHOUT losing your Anglican patrimony.  In fact, bring them all in.  Y'all come, now!!!  Y'all are welcome, you hear?!  Come with love!  Come with the open arms of Holy Mother Church!  Come home and share the same Bread of Life with us once more.

If there was another saint, other than St. John Henry Cardinal Newman, to whom I would trust this cause it would be St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.  She's probably had a big hand in this happening from heaven.  She knows and understands the intricacies of coming to the Catholic Church.

But I can see why the Chair of St. Peter became the name of the Ordinariate in the U.S. instead of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton.  The times call for an emphasis on the role of the Chair of St. Peter.  Peter and his successors play a vital -- an essential role -- in Christianity.  Peter is the sign of unity. 

St. Elizabeth lived the reality of coming to the Catholic Church in her day.  For you, dear reader, then, who is considering becoming Catholic, ask this beautiful saint what do to.  She'll help you.  For you widows, she's a great patroness.  If you're a teaching Sister, she's a great patroness.  If you're sending your kid to a Catholic school, she's a great patroness, too. 

After all, she also established a Catholic school in Baltimore in 1808, and founded a religious community of teaching sisters in 1809.

In our time when Catholic school closures are becoming more common, let us once again renew our commitment to the New Evangelization.  We must find new ways of servicing the young who had the unfortunate happenstance of their Catholic school closing.

For now, let us pray.  Mr. P.'s classroom, in a way, is a bit of a virtual Catholic school, but without the walls and every traditional way of looking at a school.

Learn her life, dear class.  May there be more American saints in the future to come.

St. Elizabeth Seton, pray for us!

St. John Henry Newman, pray for us!

HW: Study the lives of these two saints.

Class dismissed.

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