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Fr. Joshua Whitfield – Former Episcopal Priest

November 20, 2018 No Comments

Fr. Joshua Whitfield grew up generally Christian, but an encounter with high Anglican liturgy in his teens got him hooked on making reverence and beauty a priority in his relationship with Christ. He went on to become an Anglo-Catholic priest, convinced that he was fully Catholic even though he wasn’t in communion with Rome. However, a series of experiences, as well as a growing identification with Bl. John Henry Newman, began to convict him that he needed to become Catholic in the fullest sense. He did so, understanding that he might never be a Catholic priest; but was fortunate enough to enter the Church in Dallas in 2009, when a number of events, including the establishment of the Personal Ordinariate, were making the transition from Anglican to Catholic priesthood more feasible. He has now been a Catholic diocesan priest for nearly a decade.