Q: Who can be a member of the Catholic community in Oakwood, GA?
A: Any Catholic looking for a parish home or anyone looking to become Catholic.
Q: What Diocese is the community in?
A: The Oakwood Catholic Community is in The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter (POCSP), a non-geographical diocese whose Cathedral, Our Lady of Walsingham, is located in Houston, Texas.
Q: What is The Ordinariate?
A: Our diocese was created by Pope Benedict XVI in the document Anglicanorum Coetibus. It was created to help former Anglicans become Roman Catholic but our diocese also has a mission to share its particular liturgical, pastoral, and spiritual tradition with all Catholics.
Q: Is the Ordinariate Catholic?
A: Yes, the Pope created The Ordinariate. It is part of the Roman/Latin Rite.
Q: Who is your Bishop?
A: The Most Reverend Stephen J. Lopes. He worked for the Congregation or the Doctrine of Faith (CDF) for ten years before being ordained a Bishop in 2016 to serve the POCSP.
Q: Why would I want to join The Ordinariate?
A: If our mission to (1) evangelize to help Protestants come into full communion with Rome through a particular English-speaking Christian tradition & (2) share our Patrimony: the way we do liturgy, fellowship, and spirituality inspires and reinvigorates your faith, and you want to make our mission your mission, then you should consider joining. Likewise, if you want Bishop Lopes to be your Bishop and your tithe to go to a diocese that focuses on evangelization through reverent liturgy, orthodox teaching, fellowship, and the spiritual life.
Q: Can I join the Oakwood Catholic Community without joining the Ordinariate?
A: Yes. Any Catholic is welcome to become a member while remaining in their current diocese.
Q: What is the Patrimony your diocese is charged to share?
A: The Anglican Patrimony in the Catholic Church. It is an exercise of Peter’s authority over the churches which recognizes the authentic Faith of The Church expressed in an Anglican form, confirms that expression as a patrimony or treasure for the whole Church, and which then orders that expression in such a way to favor the pastoral good of the community and its desire for communion.
The two original sources of the patrimony are the King James Bible & The Book of Common Prayer. This Patrimony also has specific traditions which come from Pre-Reformation Catholicism in England as well as the development of that tradition within Anglicanism that kept some essentially Catholic practices. In a manner, we are charged to heal the English Reformation and to graft back onto the Catholic Church what was lost and what was worth keeping. This means a unique form of English speaking Catholicism as having its own culture and traditions can be restored and enriched. For more on our emphases see below, but more than this, come see what we’re about in person.