From Bladensburg to Shaw

Adapted from a news release by St. Luke’s Catholic Community

St. Luke’s Catholic Community, formerly a congregation of the Episcopal Church that entered the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter in 2011, is moving from Bladensburg, Maryland, to the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in the Washington, D.C., neighborhood of Shaw.

St. Luke’s will offer a Mass at 8:30 a.m. each Sunday at Immaculate Conception Church, followed by a coffee hour. The Rev. Mark Lewis, who led St. Luke’s in its transition from the Episcopal Church to the Ordinariate, also will celebrate an Ordinariate-use Mass at Immaculate Conception at 8:30 a.m. on weekdays.

The Vatican-approved liturgy used by the St. Luke Community is partly derived from a number of Anglican and Episcopal sources, including the English prayer books of 1549 and 1662.

The move “positions the Ordinariate in a more centralized location, easily accessible to all in the D.C. metro area,” said the Rev. Mark Lewis, pastor of St. Luke’s. “The shared arrangement worked out with the Archdiocese of Washington enables us to accomplish one of the primary goals of the Ordinariate: to deepen the ties of the communion with the local Catholic Church.”

The Rev. Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson, Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, is coming to Washington for St. Luke’s first Sunday Mass at Immaculate Conception on September 7.

Image of Immaculate Conception Church by AgnosticPreachersKid at en.wikipedia [CC-BY-SA-3.0 or GFDL, via Wikimedia Commons

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