This call to make disciples of Christ at The Atonement Academy first started with Fr. Christopher Phillips’ call home to the Roman Catholic Church. In August of 1980, Pope John Paul II issued the Pastoral Provision which allowed Anglican clergymen to become Catholic priests. In January 1982, Fr. Phillips resigned from the Anglican ministry and moved with his family to San Antonio, Texas, at the invitation of a small group of people who had left the Episcopal Church with the intention of becoming Roman Catholics.
"On July 9, 1983, Father Phillips received permission from Saint Pope John Paull II to be ordained to the Catholic priesthood and was ordained by Archbishop Patrick Flores on August 15, 1983 in the Cathedral of San Fernando."
On the very day the parish was established, Fr. Phillips told his small congregation that in ten years he envisioned that our parish would found a Catholic school… His vision became a reality in August of 1994. Following the tenth anniversary celebration of the parish the previous year, it was determined in October of 1993 that the work of establishing a school would start – initially a small one – to begin the following year.
The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter is equivalent to a Diocese, created by the Vatican in 2012 for people nurtured in the Anglican tradition who wish to become Catholic.
Parishes and communities in the Ordinariates are fully Roman Catholic, but retain elements of Anglican traditions in their liturgy, hospitality, and ministries.
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Safe Environment: The Catholic Church of Our Lady of the Atonement and the entire Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter is committed to providing a safe environment for all our parishioners - from the youngest to the oldest. As a part of that effort, the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter has instituted a robust Safe Environment program. The parish of Our Lady of The Atonement participates fully in that program. We provide mandatory training (including detailed background checks) for all volunteers who work with children. We also provide parents with materials to use in discussing safe environment issues with their own children. If you would like to read about the Ordinariate's Safe Environment Policy in detail, please Click Here. If you have any questions about the safe environment program and its implementation at OLA, or if you would like to begin the safe environment process, please contact the Parish Office