St. George's Anglican Church in Rogers, Arkansas, a mission of the ACA's Diocese of the Missouri Valley, has resolved to seek entrance into the Catholic Church via the anticipated personal ordinariate to be erected in the United States.
The mission has also decided to temporarily seek haven in the Patrimony of the Primate, the provision recently extended by Archbishop Hepworth to those communities and clergy which find themselves now estranged from diocesan bishops who have betrayed the doctrinal and ecumenical commitments of the Traditional Anglican Communion.
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ST. GEORGE ANGLICAN CHURCH
2710 Rife Medical Lane
Rogers, AR 72758
WHEREAS, The Bishops of the Traditional Anglican Church in October 2007, while assembled in Plenary Session at Portsmouth England did draft a petition to the Holy See asking for guidance in coming into full communion with the Catholic Church, yet retaining our rich Anglican Traditions and Liturgy.
WHEREAS, The Bishops of the Traditional Anglican Church did unanimously accept the petition and each did affix their signatures to said document thus accepting the leadership of the Chair of Peter and the Catechism of the Catholic Church as our full expression of faith.
WHEREAS, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI did most graciously respond to our request in his Apostolic Constitution (ANGLICANORUM COETIBUS) issued in November 2009, thus providing the mechanism whereby Anglicans may once again enter in to the fold of the Catholic Church while retaining all those distinctive forms of Liturgy and Traditions that make us uniquely Anglicans.
WHEREAS, The Anglican Community of Saint George in a duly called parish meeting held on October 10, 2010 and being conducted in accordance with the bylaws of this parish, did by a majority vote of the eligible communicants elect to submit a petition for admission into the Anglican Ordinariate of the Catholic Church.
- RESOLVED, The Pastor of this Parish with the Secretary of the Vestry prepares and submits through the appropriate channels a request to enter into the Anglican Ordinariate of the Catholic Church.
- RESOLVED, The Parish submits a request through the appropriate channels to be placed under the Patrimony of The Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion until such time it fully enters into the Anglican Ordinariate of the Catholic Church.
In witness whereof I do affix my Name as Secretary of the Vestry and Parish.
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Below is the resolution's cover letter, addressed to Bishop David Moyer who has been appointed to coordinate the Patrimony of the Primate in the territory of the Anglican Church in America.
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October 11, 2010
The Rt. Rev. David L. Moyer
Lancaster & Rosemont Ave
Rosemont, PA 19010
Dear Bishop Moyer:
This is to inform you that the Anglican Community of St. George on October 10, 2010 while assembled in a duly called Special Parish Meeting, did with those communicants qualified voting, elect to petition for admission into the Anglican Ordinariate of the Catholic Church. This vote was in the affirmative of all present with one abstention.
At the same meeting the decision was made to request to be placed under the Patrimony of the Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion. A resolution addressing those decisions has been included in this communication.
It is with great joy that we make this first step in returning to that Blessed Communion from whence we came, bringing with us our Traditions and Liturgy.
Please accept this letter and the enclosed Resolution as our formal petition to be received as a mission into the Ordinariate. We eagerly await instructions from your office as to the next steps to be undertaken as we move into full communion with the Catholic Church.
Your humble servant in Christ,
The Rev. Bobby C. Hall, SSM
Cc: The Rt. Rev. Stephen D. Strawn, Bishop Ordinary, Dioceses of the Missouri Valley
Cc: The Most Rev. Louis W. Falk, President of the ACA House of Bishops
Cc: The Most Rev. Donald W. Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington
Cc: The Most Rev. Anthony B. Taylor, Bishop of Little Rock
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