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The Saint Augustine of Canterbury Community was formed in September 2010 with an 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 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, and continue to celebrate the Mass each Sunday.
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 any service. Those Anglicans interested in becoming members of Saint Augustine's or the Ordinariate need only talk with Father Ortiz-Guzman to begin your journey home.