Newest priest for Ordinariate ordained in Houston June 29
July 12, 2016
HOUSTON — Deacon Luke Reese was ordained to the priesthood on Wednesday, June 29, at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston. He was ordained by Bishop Steven J. Lopes, Bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.
Father Reese, 47, began his journey to the Church long before becoming Catholic in April 2012. In 2007, after prior years of prayer, he and his family discerned a call to become Catholic. At the time, as members of the Anglican Church of America, the Reeses were part of an 18-member congregation that was privately meeting to consider converting to Catholicism. In 2009, Pope Benedict XVI promulgated the apostolic constitution, Anglicanorum coetibus, which formally provided a way for Anglican communities to be received into the Catholic Church.
Deacon Reese — then an Anglican priest — contacted the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to discuss his congregation’s desire to be received as a group into the Church. He and the other members of his faith community became Catholic at the Easter Vigil at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Indianapolis in 2012.
Fittingly, Father Reese was ordained a priest on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul in Houston. He will serve as a priest of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter: a structure equivalent to a diocese for Roman Catholics across the United States and Canada who were previously Anglican. Ordinariate parishes and communities are fully Roman Catholic, while retaining elements of Anglican heritage in the celebration of Mass and in their parish ministries.
“I sometimes find myself overcome with gratitude towards the Holy Father for the gift he gave us in the elegant words of Anglicanorum coetibus,” Father Reese said. “The humility and kindness he showed to us, who were not even directly of his fold, showed him to be a shepherd in imitation of his Lord, the Good Shepherd.”
He will be assigned to serve at St. Joseph of Arimathea, the Ordinariate’s sole community in Indianapolis. The Ordinariate community has Mass at Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Indianapolis, where Ordinariate members are also involved with the local parish’s music program, Knights of Columbus chapter and parish council.
Father Reese currently serves as music director and assistant to the pastor at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from Butler University and recently completed a Master’s in Pastoral Theology from Saint Meinrad Seminary in Indiana.
Father Reese and his wife, Gina, have been married 24 years and have seven children.