"Mission is at once a passion for Jesus
and a passion for his people."
Father in St. Anne's Shell Chapel, Sisters of Providence, Indiana
Celebrating the Sacrament of Marriage in God's Creation
Chicago Theological Seminary Commencement 2018 Benediction
Dear Siblings in Christ and Children of Mary:
The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ,
and the love of God,
and the communion of the Holy Spirit
be with you all!
I am so very honored and humbled that you have taken the time to visit Holy Name of Mary Catholic Chapel's online presence. The visitors and faithful of the Chapel meet every Saturday at 4:30PM for Holy Mass and fellowship in the facilities of Church of the Savior, Cedar Park, greater Austin area. We joyfully thank them for their sacred hospitality to offer the services of the Chapel in an accessible, modern, and safe building with ample parking. Deo gratias!
As pastor of this newly blossoming faith community, I am here to serve you and your families at weekly Mass and during your times of joy, difficulty, and sorrow. We want to be sure you and yours receive your Holy Sacraments with practical Catholic education in an inclusive and safe surrounding. If you seek Christ, join us in our mission for:
WE ARE THE DIVERSE PILGRIM PEOPLE OF GOD WALKING IN THE AFFIRMING LOVE OF THE FRUIT OF MARY'S WOMB, JESUS CHRIST.
We invite you to explore the Catholic faith from a perspective of inclusion, grace, mercy, and affirmation. We are a creedal community, anchored on the Incarnation and sacrificial life of Christ as proclaimed in the Scripture, Nicene Creed, and Catechism; yet, we also embrace the scientific and human realities of our modern age and the God-given right to freedom of a well-formed conscience. We unhesitatingly support and welcome Catholics and all faith-seekers who may feel unwelcome, in certain parishes or Catholic jurisdictions, due to their life journey, personal relationships, philosophical outlook, or personal style of expression. We welcome all types of families, recognizing the ancient tradition of the Church which reveals a very modern Holy Family complete with a drastic age difference in spouses, step-children, and unexpected forms of intimacy.
Put simply, we believe, as a community, we must say, "Yes," to God and offer the world the inclusive Catholic faith, found in the person of Christ, just as Our Lady first did over two-thousand years ago. In doing so, the pilgrim people of Holy Name of Mary Catholic Chapel unite themselves to Jesus and Mary in order to fulfill their miraculous mission as taught by Saint Peter, the rock of the Church:
"...you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
a people of his own, so that you may announce the praises of him
who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light."
I Peter 2:9 NAB
Why do we honor the Blessed Mother in our pursuit of Christ? Pope John Paul II explains it beautifully with his pastoral insight:
"She who brought the eternal Son of God to humanity can never be separated from Him who is found at the center of the divine plan."
We believe God has a divine plan for our community and we warmly invite you to join us as we seek to be faithful to the will of Our Lord through the intercessions of His Mother. However, don't come just to see me or the beautiful community. Come to behold the Blessed Mother offering you her Son, in the Most Holy Eucharist, for the healing of your soul and body and that of the whole world.
God loves you. Jesus loves you. Mary loves you. The Southeast Diocese of the Synodal Catholic Communion loves you. We love you. Come and experience the promise of the Psalmist, "how good and how pleasant it is, when siblings dwell together as one." Please don't hesitate reaching out to me with your pastoral needs, questions, or to schedule a Sacrament. In sharing our joys and sufferings together, we will grow in the love of God.
Walk in peace, knowing you are God's beloved child,
Father Daniel +
St. Cuthbert Chapel, The Holy Island of Lindisfarne
The Reverend Father Daniel Storrs, MA, SoM, is a trained pastoral counselor, spiritual director, and graduate of Chicago Theological Seminary. Born in the Appalachian Mountains of Pennsylvanian, the oldest of nine, and the son of faithful Christians, the call of God was present from an early age. His younger years were spent as an evangelist, church planter, and, in time, a minor cleric in the Orthodox Church. He was ordained to the Catholic diaconate in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity in Castle Douglas, Scotland and priesthood in 2013 on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne, United Kingdom, in St. Cuthbert Chapel. He holds priestly faculties, Catholic orders to celebrate the Sacraments, with the Diocese of the Southeast of the Synodal Catholic Communion. Father Daniel is a member of the devotional Society of Mary, London, and the academic Mariological Society of America, University of Dayton. He has previously ministered in diverse parishes, Protestant, Eastern Orthodox, and Catholic, in Pennsylvania, New York, Kentucky, and Indiana, with over eighteen years of Christian ministry experience. Father Daniel's priesthood is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary, the first priest, who gave her flesh to Incarnate God for the salvation of the world.
Father Daniel is proud to now call breathtaking Avery Ranch, Austin, Texas home, with his spouse, Dr. Anthony Almond, Research Scientist at MediaScience, and their teenage son, Dan, student at Vista Ridge High School and basketball lover. Fr. Daniel, when not ministering, can be found antiquing, visiting art museums, attending the opera, decorating, cleaning, or preparing a formal dinner.