The Decree by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith that established the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter on January 1, 2012 also named Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, Texas as its Principal Church. With the installation of Bishop Lopes as the first bishop of the Ordinariate, Our Lady of Walsingham officially became a cathedral on Feb. 7, 2016.
The Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham has a distinctive and treasured history within the expression of the Anglican Patrimony in the Roman Catholic Church. Established in 1984 as a personal parish of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, the parish was established only four years after the creation of the Anglican Use and the Pastoral Provision in 1984. Fathers James Moore and James Ramsey were pioneers of the Anglican Use and the founding co-pastors of Our Lady of Walsingham. In 1987, the first deacon of the Anglican Use — Deacon James Barnett — was ordained, and the following year saw the first priestly vocation ordained from the parish.
In 1992, the parish purchased its current land and built a new church, now St. Jude Hall. Over the years a new church has been built, along with a complex of offices, classrooms and a Shrine to Our Lady of Walsingham, which was consecrated by Daniel Cardinal DiNardo in May 2011.
Fr. Charles Hough IV is the Rector of the
Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham