Staff of the Ordinariate
Vicar General: Fr. Scott Hurd
Reverend R. Scott Hurd is a priest of the Archdiocese of Washington and will serve as vicar general of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter for a three-year period, with the approval of Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington.
A native of Alexandria, Virginia, he was baptized and raised in The Episcopal Church. He has degrees from the University of Richmond and Oxford University, where he attended Saint Stephen’s House, a theological college of the Church of England.
He was ordained as an Episcopal priest in 1993. He served as curate of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Grand Prairie, Texas, and as rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Weatherford, Texas. In 1996, he entered the Catholic Church, and was ordained a priest in 2000 under the Pastoral Provision, which permits married former Anglican clergy to be ordained Catholic priests.
After ordination, he served in the Office for Religious Education of the Archdiocese of Washington until 2005, when he was appointed executive director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate. In addition, Father Hurd has assisted at St. Hugh of Grenoble parish in Greenbelt, Maryland for the past 11 years.
In June 2010, he was appointed liaison to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ ad hoc Committee for the Implementation of Anglicanorum coetibus. In October 2011, he also became chaplain to St. Luke’s Catholic Ordinariate Community after the former Episcopal parish was received into the Catholic Church.
Father Hurd’s first book, Forgiveness: A Catholic Approach, was published by Pauline Books and Media in September 2011. Father Hurd and his wife Stephanie live in Virginia with their three children.
Vicar for Clergy: Fr. Charles Hough III
As Vicar for Clergy, Fr. Hough will be responsible for personnel matters and continuing formation for the Ordinariate’s clergy, will serve as the liaison for religious of the Ordinariate or providing ministry for the Ordinariate, and will assist those seeking vocations to the priesthood, permanent diaconate or religious life.
Rev. Charles Hough, III, 57, was an Episcopal priest for 31 years, including 18 years as Canon to the Ordinary of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth before he stepped down in September 2011 to become Catholic. A graduate of the University of Texas and Nashotah House Seminary, he was rector of two parishes in the Fort Worth area from 1982 to 1993. He is pastor of the St. John Vianney Catholic Ordinariate Community, which meets at St. Frances Cabrini Catholic Church in Granbury (stjohnvianneycleburne.com). He and his wife, Marilyn, have two children and two grandchildren.
Chancellor: Margaret Poll Chalmers, J.D., Ph.D., J.C.D.
As Chancellor, Dr. Chalmers advises the Ordinary on the range of canonical issues affecting the creation of the Ordinariate and its development in accord with canon law.
She holds her undergraduate degree from Spring Hill College in Mobile, Alabama, her civil law degree from Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia, and her canon law degrees from St. Paul University and Ottawa University in Ottawa, Ontario. Dr. Chalmers works with Canon Law Professionals and has over ten years experience working in Diocesan tribunals as judge, defender of the bond, procurator/advocate, and auditor. She is a member of the Board of Governors of the Canon Law Society of American and the Alabama State Bar. Her publications in both Studia Canonica and CLSA Proceedings include a particular emphasis on the remedy of harm.
Dr. Chalmers lives in Greenville, South Carolina with her husband, Fr. Jon Chalmers, and their two boys.
Executive Assistant to the Ordinary: Barbara Jonte
Barbara Jonte was received into the Catholic Church in 1992 as a convert from the Episcopal Church. In 1997, she completed her MA in Philosophy and her MA in Theological Studies from the University of St. Thomas in Houston. Since then she has served in many capacities at the parish level, including teaching and serving as the director of RCIA. She also teaches as adjunct faculty in the theology department at the University of St. Thomas. Barbara comes to the ordinariate from serving for over 10 years in the registrar’s office of the University of St. Thomas.
Assistant to the Ordinary: Mrs. Margaret Pichon
Margaret Pichon is a member of Our Lady of Walsingham Church. As an Episcopalian she was received into the Catholic Church in 1999 and since that time she has served in many ministries at the parish including webmaster, newsletter editor, part-time parish secretary/office staff, member of the Pastoral Council, and hospitality and altar guild member. She volunteered her time as the assistant to the secretary of the Pastoral Provision office when it was moved to Houston in 2007 and stayed on to help part time in the office for two years. She has served on the board of the Anglican Use Society and coordinated the logistics for AU Conference in Houston in 2009. Margaret has a B.A. in History from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She and her husband lived in Norway and France before moving to Texas. They have four children.
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