The Roman Catholic Church is reaching out to Episcopalians who don't align with their denomination's decision to allow gay and female clergy.
The Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter will conduct a mass that can include sections from the Book of Common Prayer and other Anglican liturgies.
About 100 former Episcopal priests have applied to become Roman Catholic priests in the ordinariate.
Six congregations are looking to join the Roman Catholic Church under this provision.
The ordinariate will be led by Jeffrey N. Steenson, a former Episcopal bishop of New Mexico, who was ordained a Roman Catholic priest in 2009.