Another Week of Grace

This was yet another week of good news.

Shane Schaetzel of the St. Augustine of Canterbury Anglican Use Society in Springfield, Missouri, has taken it upon himself to become the cartographer of the American Ordinariate, creating a Google map showing groups that have stated their intention to enter the Ordinariate.  As of this week, the U.S. count stands at 19.

On Sunday, 85% of the members of Mount Calvary, Baltimore, voted to seek entry into the Catholic Church as an Anglican Use parish.

Earlier that morning, the Bishop of Fulham was interviewed on the BBC’s “Sunday” program, reiterating his commitment to enter the Ordinariate.

That same day, the ACCC Cathedral of the Annunciation in Ottawa followed up on the previous week’s baptisms with a round of confirmations.

On Sunday evening, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, around 30 people gathered for an Anglican Use Evensong at St. Bede’s Church authorized by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

In Scotland, a group of Episcopal priests had a very positive meeting with the Bishop of Paisley to discuss prospects for the formation of a Scottish Ordinariate.

Fr. Phillips reported later in the week that more than 70 people have already registered for the November gathering in San Antonio.

Harvest Festival at St. John's, Calgary

The Our Lady of Martyrs Anglican Use group in Nashville has produced its first newsletter following its inaugural Evensong and Benediction.

Fr. David Elliott of Holy Trinity, Reading, wrote an excellent reflection on finding the honorable path forward for those in the Church of England.

The TAC Cathedral of the Incarnation in Orlando announced a special parish assembly for November 7 to discuss moving forward to full, visible communion with the Holy See.

Near the end of the week, TTAC held its Synod in Portsmouth, England affirming its decision to move forward and expressing its desire for closer ties with those exploring Anglicanorum Coetibus in the Church of England.

Finally, we received news that the vestry of St. John the Evangelist, Calgary, of the Anglican Church of Canada, has voted unanimously to enter the Canadian Ordinariate when it is formed.  A parish meeting and vote will follow at the end of November.

Keep the good news and the prayers coming!

Author: Br. Stephen Treat, O.Cist

Br. Stephen Treat, O.Cist. is a monk of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank. Like many others, his path led from an evangelical childhood in the South to Anglicanism and into the Roman Catholic Church. Our Lady of Spring Bank is a small Abbey of the Order of Cistercians, generally known as the Common Cistercians, located on 600 acres near La Crosse, Wisconsin.

22 thoughts on “Another Week of Grace”

  1. Thank you brother Stephen for your weekly updates, they really do keep things in focus and provide a welcome opportunity to take stock in a period of very intense activity.

  2. The map is fantastic. How about expanding it to cover the countries of the world ?

    Thank you to all of you who offered prayers for the group which met yesterday in Glasgow.

    1. In Canada, unlike in the United States, the TAC national church – The Anglican Catholic Church of Canada – applied to the CDF as one corporate body on behalf of all its parishes (except for those which left over the decision). With the addition of the application by St John the Evangelist in Calgary from the Anglican Church, I believe the total number of parishes and missions incorporated in the current applications for the Canadian Ordinariate is now 32 – 6 in British Columbia, 6 in Alberta, 1 in Saskatchewan, 6 in Ontario, 1 in Quebec, 3 in New Brunswick, 1 in Prince Edward Island, 5 in Nova Scotia and 3 in Newfoundland and Labrador. The number of clergy I believe is 50 plus.

      1. Dear Mr. Toffoli:

        I did a count yesterday and I believe the TAC lists sixty priests at present. I did notice, however, that some old names have disappeared.

        In terms of parishes, there seems to be a reduction in Ontario. Fr. Ivey died, may he rest in peace. He was the A.C.C. priest at Chapleau. They also seem to have lost their parish at Thunder Bay.

        Apart from Ontario, all the parishes are apparently intact. I think that the TAC's losses in Canada will be small.


  3. "The map is fantastic. How about expanding it to cover the countries of the world ?"

    From the UK – I back Fr Crosbie on this one.

  4. I thought that one more parish, St. Columba's in Fernley, NV, a parish of the Episcopal Missionary Church had announced for the ordinariate.

  5. This map is a *very* useful guide. Thanks so much for it.

    I am pleased to see an ordinariate-bound parish in Nashville. This is a place where supporters of the Traditional Latin Mass have been treated especially badly. They have no Mass on first Sundays, Mass at 6.00 a.m. at Columbia on second Sundays, Mass at Nashville at 10.00 a.m. on third Sundays, and Mass on fourth Sundays back at Columbia but this time at 3.00 p.m.. To negotiate this schedule, it helps if you own a helicopter.

    I imagine that the Latin Mass supporters in Nashville might very well come to support the new ordinariate parish there. Just a thought.


    P.S. It's good to see Mr. Toffoli commenting here. *Very* long time since I spoke to him at meetings of the Monarchist League of Canada back in Toronto. I probably have not seen him in person in about 28 years. It is indeed a small world!

  6. Thank you all for your encouragement. I have some major updates and revisions to do to the map and I'm hoping to add some contact information for each pin. Please bear with me, as this is a work in progress and I'm having to juggle it with many other pressing matters. With any luck I should have a major improvement up by the end of the week.

  7. The map of the United States ordinariate is all I can handle. Even adding Canada may be overwhelming. However, Google allows people to collaborate on the maps. So if some others are willing to take up other countries we can actually merge the maps together at some point.

    1. Shane,

      I couldn't get in using my google account. It wouldn't take my password to leave a comment.

      Wonderful map and it is very encouraging.

  8. It is quite likely that there will be an Ordinariate community developing in the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois at some point. The Episcopal Diocese of Quincy (based in Peoria) experienced a large schism 3 years ago, as well, exacerbating the discontent with existing Episcopalian shortcomings. Perhaps neighboring Springfield, IL as well?

  9. While the situation in the A.C.C.C. is generally good, it does seem to have suffered some losses in Ontario. I have recently visited its webpage and notice the sudden disappearance of parishes at Thunder Bay, Chapleau and Parry Sound. There are also no longer TAC parishes at London, Brockville, Richards Landing or Stratford. In the case of Chapleau, it is a matter of the priest there having died. But what of the others?

    About fifteen years ago, the A.C.C.C. had sixteen priests working in Ontario, whether licenced or employed under other arrangements. Today, there are but seven. Of those seven, the only priests from that time who remain TAC priests are Fr. Kipling Cooper and Bishop Carl Reid. What ever happened to Frs. Phythian, McGibbon, Walsh, Goddard, Brazill, McLenaghan, Mansfield (he's been there for ages but is now apparently gone), Dixon, Logan, Braby, Inshaw and Garrett? Where did they all go? It seems like quite an enormous turn-over.

    I have also noticed that the TAC monastery (two priests and one brother) at Spryville, N.S., has disappeared entirely from the listings, and two of the three TAC priests in the Lower Mainland (Vancouver area) have apparently departed, leaving Fr. Michael Shier as the only TAC priest for the entire area. In British Columiba, I am wondering what happened to Frs. Jacobs, Stackpole, Kimber and Corps. We all know that Fr. Stanley Sinclair left rather publicly.

    The TAC parishes seem to be secure in Alberta, Saskatchewan and mostly in Atlantic Canada and at Montreal, and they all remain there in B.C., although I'm not sure how Fr. Shier can manage three or four parishes all by himself. There will be bumps along this road.

  10. Fr. David Walsh is still with us in Ottawa, but retired. The other names I don't recognize, except Mansfield, and he had left to join the new Traditional Anglican Church of Canada.

    We have Fr. Jim Tilley in Oshawa and Fr. Doug Hayman in Spencerville in addition to Fr. Cooper in Barrhaven.

  11. Thunder Bay, Parry Sound, Walkerville, and Roslin/Belleville have joined other "Continuing" bodies not planning to take up the Pope's offer. The other Ontario cities you mention have not had TAC parishes for many years. The newsletter for the new "Traditional Anglican Parish of St Bride" operating out of the same building as the TAC parish of St Patrick in BC shows 10 former TAC parishes as members of the "Traditional Anglican Church of Canada."

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