In the fall of 2009, Pope Benedict XVI issued an apostolic constitution called “Anglicanorum coetibus” to provide a means for entire Anglican parishes or groups to become Catholic while retaining some of their Anglican heritage and liturgical practice.
That document “opened up a door that had previously been closed,” said the Rev. Mark Lewis, rector of St. Luke Episcopal Parish in Bladensburg. At that same time, he had been studying a book on Catholicism and Anglicanism.
After a long period of discernment, the Maryland congregation announced June 6 that it would seek entry into the Catholic Church.