On Thursday I got an email from a Catholic priest who just moved to Richmond Hill. He is a Major in the Army and is the new Chaplain for Fort Stewart about 20 miles from Richmond Hill.
He told me he just got here and would like to introduce himself to me. Today, Sunday, he is concelebrating our 10:30 AM Mass with our brand parochial vicar, newly ordained, celebrating and preaching his first 10:30 AM High Mass.
Oh, by the way, he is a married Catholic priest and has six children the youngest 21 years old.
Yes, he is a former Episcopal/Anglican priest ordained a Catholic priest in 2013 thanks be to God because of Pope Benedict’s splendid ecumenism.
He is the second married army chaplain/priest in Richmond Hill, the other transferred away before I got here. And of course I had a married priest as my parochial vicar at the Church of the Most Holy Trinity the entire 14 years I was there and there were two others in Augusta as well, once a former Protestant Episcopal Church bishop.
Yes indeed, we are the Amazon of the USA and did not even have a synod to make way for married priests!