The Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter

The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter is equivalent to a diocese for Roman Catholics who were nurtured in the Anglican tradition or whose faith has been renewed by the Ordinariate’s liturgy and evangelizing mission.

The Ordinariate was created by the Vatican on Jan. 1, 2012, and has its Chancery in Houston, Texas.



The Ordinariate exists for those who are and who will be coming into full communion with the Catholic Church. Through the reverence and beauty of our worship, the study of Sacred Scripture, and charity for those in need, we desire to share the joy of being Roman Catholic!

We wish to build bridges with all our brothers and sisters who are drawn to the Catholic Church so that we might build up the one Body of Christ.


Instruments of Christian Unity

In the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism (Unitatis redintegatio), the Catholic Church specified what it would look like to bring all Christians together into communion. The Council said Christian groups would bring their own distinctive traditions to the Catholic Church; they would not be suppressed or absorbed. The Vatican’s generous expression of care in establishing the Ordinariates affirms the Catholic Church’s vision for Christian unity, in which diverse expressions of one faith are joined together in the Church.

Masses in the Ordinariate

The mission of the Ordinariate is particularly experienced in the reverence and beauty of our worship, which features Anglican traditions of worship while conforming to Catholic doctrinal, sacramental and liturgical standards.

Through Divine Worship: The Missal — the liturgy that unites the Ordinariates throughout the English-speaking world — we share our distinctive commitment to praising God in the eloquence of the Anglican liturgical patrimony and Prayer Book English.

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Saint Timothy Ordinariate Catholic Church holds Mass at the Historic Saint Joseph Catholic Community in Downtown Sykesville every Sunday at 10:00 am and Wednesday evenings at 6:30 pm.