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The Saint Augustine of Canterbury Community was formed in September 2010, with the ultimate goal of joining the Roman Catholic Church. The small, yet faithful, community of about 50 individuals began to worship in a small and spiritually accommodating chapel at the Christian Healing Center in northeast Vista for close to two years.

On January 1, 2012, the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God, the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter was established.  Equivalent to a diocese, the Ordinariate is composed of parishes, groups, religious communities, and individuals of the Anglican heritage gathered around the Ordinary.  The Ordinary serves under the direct authority of the Pope, in partnership with the bishops of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, to build up the Church through mutual mission and ministry while retaining elements of the Anglican patrimony. Pope Benedict XVI appointed Rev. Jeffrey N. Steenson as the first Ordinary of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter. At this time, the priests, vestry, and majority of the community elected to pursue joining the Ordinariate.

On July 3, 2012, Fr. George Ortiz-Guzman and 34 members of Saint Augustine's were confirmed into the Roman Catholic Church by Bishop Cirilo Flores, at the Basilica of San Juan Capistrano. The community then began worshipping at Saint Margaret's Catholic Parish in Oceanside, under the leadership of George Ortiz-Guzman. Fr. Cavana Wallace of Saint Margaret's was assigned by Bishop Robert H. Brom to be the Priest-in-Charge of the community until the time its own clergy could be ordained. During this period of spiritual preparation, the members of Saint Augustine's attended Morning Prayer services together each Sunday, and would then attend Holy Eucharist Masses at Saint Margaret's or another Roman Catholic Church of their choice.

On June 19, 2013, George Ortiz-Guzman was ordained as a Transitional Deacon in the Diocese of San Diego. On June 26, 2013 Deacon Ortiz-Guzman was ordained to the Roman Catholic priesthood by Bishop Cirilo Flores. On June 27, 2013, Father George Ortiz-Guzman and the members of Saint Augustine's celebrated their first traditional Anglican Mass in the Roman Catholic Church.

On January 4, 2015, Saint Augustine’s moved from its temporary worship location at Saint Margaret’s Parish and began celebrating the Holy Mass in the Chapel at Saint Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church in La Costa, California.

On November 24, 2015, Pope Francis named Msgr. Steven J Lopes to be the first Bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter. He was installed as the Bishop of the Ordinariate on February 2, 2016.

On June 26, 2016 Fr. Glenn Baaten became the second pastoral leader for Saint Augustine of Canterbury Catholic Church. Fr. Glenn, a former Anglican priest, and his wife Cathy were received into the Catholic Church on December 24, 2013. At that time, they became members of Blessed John Henry Newman Catholic Church, and he eventually began his journey towards becoming a priest in the Catholic Church. Glenn was ordained to the Diaconate on May 31, 2016, at the Cathedral for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, in Houston, Texas, by Bishop Steven J. Lopes. Deacon Glenn was then ordained to the Priesthood on June 24, 2016, in San Diego, California, by Bishop Robert McElroy.

On January 8, 2016, Saint Augustine’s again relocated from Saint Elizabeth Seton Catholic Church to its present location and began celebrating the Holy Mass in the St. Therese Chapel at Cathedral Catholic High School in Del Mar, California.

Each Sunday, the Saint Augustine community gathers to celebrate the Mass according to its Anglican Tradition, as developed for use by all members of the Ordinariate around the world. Visitors are welcome to attend all services. Those Anglicans interested in becoming members of Saint Augustine's or the Ordinariate need only talk with Father Baaten to begin your journey home.