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Where Do Episcopalians Go From Here?

When I tell other Catholics that I am part of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, I get some inquisitive looks. When I explain that it is a provision within the Roman Rite that allows Anglican converts to govern ourselves, using our own liturgy and customs, that inquisitive look turns confused. It's to be expected really. Most Roman Catholics are still unfamiliar with the Anglican Patrimony within the Roman Catholic Church, and so when you present it to them, it often results in confusion.

Lately, I've tried a slightly different method of explaining this. Instead of using the word Anglican up front, I'll throw out the word English, and for some reason, this seems to get through a little better. I'll tell them I'm part of a special jurisdiction within the Roman Catholic Church that puts an emphasis on traditional English Catholic heritage.

POW! That nails it!

All of a sudden they get it, and that inquisitive look turns into curiosity. I then go on …