A Message from Most Rev. Bishop Kevin Vann

Dear Friends of the Lord,

Welcome to the new and recently refurbished web site for the Pastoral Provision. I hope that this newly updated website will help anyone seeking answers to questions about the Pastoral Provision. As many of you may not know, the origins of the Pastoral Provision is attributed to the vision of Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman and his foresight towards complete unity by Anglicans with the Church. It is also a fruit of the Second Vatican Council and the Pontificates of Pope Paul VI and Blessed John Paul II. The Pastoral Provision has over a thirty year history of assisting individual Episcopal priests answer the call to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church, and as part of that journey, to priestly ministry in the Church.

The Links in this site includes a PDF version of the Pastoral Provision Manual entitled: “Into Full Communion;” informative articles by faculty, and staff on the Pastoral Provision and the Ordinariate such as Msgr. Robert Wister-Chair of the Theological Faculty for the Pastoral Provision, members of the Theological faculty and the Pastoral Provision staff. The goal is to keep this site updated on a regular basis.

I would like to thank everyone, who has been involved in this process from the very beginning, assisting in this pioneering and historical step in the Lord’s will that “All May Be One.” In particular, I sincerely thank Msgr. William Stetson, then Bishop Bernard Law of Springfield Cape-Girardeau, Missouri, Arch Bishop John Meyers of Newark, New Jersey and the late Msgr. James Sheehan.

God Bless you always.

+ Kevin W. Vann
Bishop of Orange
Ecclesiastical Delegate for the Pastoral Provision

The Pastoral Provision

In 1980 the Holy See, in response to requests from priests and laity of the Episcopal Church who were seeking full communion with the Catholic Church, created a pastoral provision to provide them with special pastoral attention. The Pastoral Provision is under the jurisdiction of the Sacred Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith whose Delegate directs the working of the Provision.

Under the Provision the ordination of married Episcopal priests was made possible. It also authorized the establishment of personal parishes in dioceses of the United States in response to the request of former faithful of the Episcopal Church in which they may retain certain liturgical elements proper to the Anglican tradition. The special liturgy was subsequently approved by the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Committee for the Liturgy of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.

The Pastoral Provision is a service rendered to the bishops of the United States by which former Episcopal ministers who have been accepted as candidates for priestly ordination receive theological, spiritual, and pastoral preparation for ministry in the Catholic Church. It is to prepare former Episcopal priests for service in Catholic Dioceses of the United States.

Since 1983 more than 100 men have been ordained for priestly ministry in Catholic dioceses of the United States; three personal parishes have been established and the Book of Divine Worship has been authorized.

Even with the establishment of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, the Pastoral Provision remains available for individuals and married former Episcopalian priests to become Catholic priests in a diocese.

Correspondence concerning the Pastoral Provision can be addressed to:


Most Rev. Kevin W. Vann J.D.C., D.D
The Pastoral Provision Office
Diocese of Orange
2811 E. Villa Real Dr.
Orange, CA. 92867

Rev. Quan D. Tran, S.T.L.
Secretary to Pastoral Provision Office
(714) 282-3049
fr.qtran@rcbo.org

History

In July 1980 the President of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops, Archbishop John Quinn, received a letter from the Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cardinal Franjo Seper, indicating that the Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, responding to requests received from some priests and laity formerly or actually belonging to the Episcopal Church in the United States, had decided to make a special pastoral provision for their reception into full communion with the Catholic Church...

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Links

Most Rev. Kevin W. Vann J.D.C., D.D
Rev. Quan D. Tran, S.T.L.