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Welcome to the Western Rite Vicariate, a part of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese in America. Effective May 18, 2012, by appointment of His Eminence Metropolitan Philip of Blessed Memory, His Grace Bishop John serves as the only Auxiliary Bishop to oversee the Western Rite Vicariate. Assisting His Grace is the V. Rev. Edward Hughes, Vicar General of the Western Rite Vicariate. The Vicariate includes more than 20 churches and missions located throughout the United States.

The Western Rite Vicariate announces the publication of ORDO 2016. This booklet is the official liturgical guide for all Western Rite parishes in the Vicariate. It contains directions for reciting the Divine Office and celebrating the Mass according to the calendar and use of the Western Rite Vicariate of the Antiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America. It contains rubrics for both the Rite of St. Gregory with the Monastic Diurnal, and the Rite of St. Tikhon with The English Office.

The ORDO 2016 is available in both print and electronic formats. Copies may be purchased at the St. Luke's Priory Press Store on Lulu: www.lulu.com/spotlight/frfenton

Bishop John Visits St. Michael Church in Whittier, CA

The visit of a Bishop is a very important and special event in the life of a parish. This is not because of the personality of the man, or the fact that he holds a position of authority in the organizational structure of the church. Rather, Bishops are successors of the Apostles. In other words, they are very much like "direct descendants" of the men who were specifically chosen and sent by Our Lord Jesus Christ to go forth in His Name. Furthermore, it is their faithfulness to the teachings of those first Apostles which constitute the unity of the Church.

This was most certainly the case when Bishop John, the Vicar Bishop for Western Rite Vicariate parishes, visited St Michael's Church in Whittier, California March 11-13. His Grace met with all the clergy, the members of the Parish Council, the Antiochian Women of St Michael, and the youth. His Grace also spent an entire morning with the Society of St Benedict, which is a prayer society committed to the principles in the Rule of St Benedict.

Bishop John Visits Holy Trinity in Lynchburg, VA

Bishop John with Holy Trinity clergyBishop John with Holy Trinity clergyHis Grace Bishop John visited Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Lynchburg, Virginia on the weekend of December 11–13, 2015. He first visited Fr. Alban Waggener's secular employment, Givens Books and Little Dickens, where Fr. Alban manages the used book department during the week. Holiday retail was in full swing. Father Alban then took His Grace for a look at the facility that Holy Trinity is currently leasing, the former Tabor Retreat Center. Bishop John had supper with Fr. Alban and Kh. Helen on Friday evening and an early retirement, in preparation for a full weekend.

On Saturday, His Grace and Fr. Alban had lunch at a local Jordanian restaurant and then walked the property and brainstormed about future possibilities. Bishop John was formally received at Vespers, and then dinner followed at the Waggeners for His Grace and some of the parish leadership.

Newly Ordained Western Rite Priest

On Sunday January 3, 2016, the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus in the Western tradition, Deacon Peter Andrew Kavanaugh was ordained to the holy priesthood by Bishop John, Auxiliary Bishop for parishes in the Western Rite Vicariate.  The ordination occurred at Saint Patrick's Western Rite Orthodox Parish in Bealeton, Virginia, where Father Peter was serving as Deacon.

Father Peter is a graduate of Holy Cross Seminary. He married Zoe Doss on May 7, 2014 at Saint Ignatius Orthodox Church in Franklin, Tennessee. On October 31, 2015 their twins (Kevin and Eva) were born.

Effective January 15, Father Peter will be the new Pastor of Saint of Nursia Church, a Western Rite parish in Wichita Falls Texas. The Very Reverend James Rooney, who has been the pastor of St. Benedict since its founding in 1994, is retiring.

May God grant Father Peter and Archpriest James many years!

Dept. of Western Rite News Archive