Overview

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church is a formerly Anglican, now fully Catholic parish in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter. The Ordinariate is the North American diocese created by Benedict XVI for formerly Anglican parishes like ours. We are obedient to the Vicar of Christ, Pope Francis, and to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church in all things. Our beautiful and traditional liturgy, which seeks to preserve elements of Anglicanism within the Catholic Church, is approved by the Vatican for use in the Ordinariate. We are located in Bridgeport, PA and serve the Philadelphia area.


Our Mission

Above all, we seek to glorify God by practicing the catholic and apostolic faith. Our hope is to be a haven of orthodoxy where Episcopalians, Anglicans, other Protestants, and all who seek God may encounter Jesus Christ and enter into the life of His mystical body, the Catholic Church. Roman Catholics and all those in full communion with the Catholic Church are welcome to receive Communion with us.

We believe that Jesus is the incarnate Son of God who died for our sins, and through whom we are reconciled to God and offered a place in heaven. We regard Scripture as God's word, containing all things necessary to salvation and to be understood within the Tradition and the teaching of the Magisterium.

In the midst of all the confusion in the world today, St. John's tries to help people come to God and his Church with all the assistance of the rich Anglican tradition. The faith which has been handed down to us from the apostles is a priceless treasure. We are determined to uphold it, practice it as best we can, and pass it unimpaired to our children.


Our worship

The parish uses Divine Worship (a missal completed by the Vatican in 2015 for use in the Ordinariates) and the Hymnal 1940. Missalettes are available in the pews.

The altar is at the center of parish life. We celebrate Rites with traditional ceremonies which set forth in action the belief that our Lord is really here present. The sacrament is perpetually reserved in the Oratory at the rectory for devotion and for the communion of the sick.

For answers to some common general questions about our liturgy, see our liturgy FAQs. For more detailed information specifically about our Missal, see missal FAQs.


Our history

The Blessed John Henry Newman Fellowship and the Church of Saint Michael the Archangel were Anglican communities that entered the Ordinariate in 2014 and 2012, respectively. The two communities merged during Advent 2015. We are extremely grateful to Our Lady of the Assumption (Strafford) and Holy Cross (Mt. Airy), which warmly welcomed us into the Catholic Church and were our homes until we merged and found a permanent home in Bridgeport, PA.


Our priest

Fr. David Ousley has been a priest in the Philadelphia area since 1983, having previously served parishes in New York and Connecticut. He attended Yale College and Nashotah House Theological Seminary, and holds a Ph.D. in historical theology from the University of Chicago. His publications include Pilgrimage: A Newsletter of Christian Spirituality, The Way of Holiness (published by Latimer House in England), and articles in various magazines, including Touchstone, The Evangelical Catholic, The Church Times, etc. The rectory household includes his wife and, sporadically, his three grown children.

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