The St Benedict Edmonton community was formed for the charitable purpose of the advancement of religion, both to the adherents of the Faith and to the general public through the public worship of Almighty God. Our Community celebrates Mass so as to maintain the liturgical, spiritual, and pastoral traditions of the Anglican Communion within the Catholic Church. The celebration of the Holy Eucharist, the other Sacraments, and other liturgical celebrations are advanced as a precious gift nourishing the faith of the members of the Ordinariate and as a treasure to be shared.
St Benedict Edmonton was incorporated under the Government of Alberta Religious Societies Land Act in December of 2012 in the province of Alberta, Canada. We originally chose our name as The Fellowship of Blessed John Henry Newman and later, in August of 2013, changed it to St Benedict The Public Association of the Faithful.
Our community began with a group of former Anglicans in Edmonton who sought unity with the Roman Catholic Church under the terms of Pope Benedict’s Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus and it continues to celebrate the Divine Worship Liturgy every Sunday. We belong to the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, in Houston, Texas, and serve under his excellency Bishop Stephen Lopes. All Roman Catholics are permitted to receive Holy Communion at our Masses, and are most welcome to attend.
Similar to a territorial diocese, but with a special purpose, an ordinariate covers a large geographical area, and has a canonical structure comparable to the local diocese. Membership in one of the three Personal Ordinariates is available to anyone either wishing to come into full communion with the Catholic Church, or returning to the practice of the faith through the evangelizing activity of the Ordinariate.
The ordinariates authorized by Anglicanorum Coetibus are called “personal” because they comprise parish communities which share a common liturgical, pastoral, and theological heritage of English Catholicism, wherever they find themselves. By retaining elements of English worship traditions and spiritual heritage in union with the Catholic Church, personal ordinariates were created to provide a path for groups of Anglicans to become fully Roman Catholic.
There are three Personal Ordinariates worldwide:
The United States and Canada – The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter
England & Wales – The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham
Australia – The Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross.