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Retreat Master:  Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson

Ordinary Emeritus of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter

 

 

Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, P.A., was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI to be the first Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter on Jan. 1, 2012.  The Ordinariate is a jurisdiction established by the Holy Father for groups coming from the Anglican tradition who are seeking full communion with the Catholic Church.  Msgr. Steenson handed this work over to the Ordinariate’s first bishop in 2015 and subsequently serves as Priest Scholar in Residence in the School of Divinity at St. Paul Seminary and a seminary formator.

Msgr. Steenson previously taught patristics at the University of St. Thomas School of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary, Houston, from 2009 to 2015.  He has an M.A. in church history from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a D.Phil. in patristic theology from the University of Oxford in 1983.  For next twenty-five years in the Anglican ministry, both as a priest and a bishop, the Fathers of the Church continued to be his inspiration and guide and were instrumental in his decision to come into full communion with the Catholic Church in 2007, together with his wife Debra.  Married for 43 years, they have three adult children and two grandsons.  Through the Pastoral Provision created by Pope John Paul II, he was ordained to the priesthood in the Archdiocese of Santa Fe on Feb. 21, 2009.  He is an aviation enthusiast, a licensed pilot and a member of the National Association of Priest Pilots.