Saint Bede the Venerable is a mission parish of The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Constituted initially as a society, Saint Bede the Venerable was one of the first Ordinariate communities founded after Pope Benedict XVI promulgated the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Ceotibus on November 4th, 2009. Anglicanorum Ceotibus provides a means for Anglican communities to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church while retaining some of their Anglican tradition and liturgy. The society celebrated it's first Mass on Sunday, November 14, 2010, on the campus of Saint John's University in Collegeville, Minnesota. Over the course of the next few years, the society celebrated Mass and hosted Choral Evensong on various occasions.
In order to meet the pastoral needs of the society, in the Fall of 2014, Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson, then the Ordinary of The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, met with Vaughn Treco, a convert to the Catholic Faith and former Anglican priest, expressing his desire to seek Pope Francis's approval for his ordination to the priesthood. His Holiness approved the request and granted the rescript permitting the ordination. On Sunday, May 3rd, 2015, Bishop Andrew Cozzens, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, ordained Vaughn Treco to the priesthood of Jesus Christ for The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter. After his ordination, Fr. Vaughn Treco, was appointed as the chaplain for the society. He served in that capacity until December of 2015, when the society’s new status as a mission parish of the Ordinariate was affirmed by Monsignor Steenson. Fr. Vaughn Treco now serves as Saint Bede the Venerable's parish priest.
The Church of Saint Bede the Venerable seeks to bear faithful witness to the Gospel entrusted to the Apostles, and to do so as it maintains "the liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions of the Anglican Communion within the Catholic Church" (AC, III). It is "a precious gift nourishing the faith of the members of the Ordinariate and as a treasure to be shared" (AC, III). Through “Divine Worship: The Missal”, the Church of Saint Bede the Venerable shares in the Ordinariates’ distinctive mission of praising God in the eloquence of the Anglican liturgical patrimony and Prayer Book English.
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