Anglican Use Conference

Events will stream live from the Anglican Use Conference in Arlington, Texas, July 7th through 9th on the Anglicanorum Channel.

The July 7 events will be:

Solemn Evensong and Benediction, St. Mary the Virgin Catholic Church, 5:30 p.m.

First Conference Session, Fr. Larry Covington, 8:00 p.m.

All times are Central Daylight Time (GMT -5). Live streamed events will be recorded for future playback.

The full schedule is available here.

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WASHINGTON, DC (Catholic Online) – The 2011 National Conference of the Anglican Use Society begins Thursday evening in Arlington, Texas at Church of St. Mary the Virgin. The general theme for the conference, which runs through noon on Saturday, July 9th, is "Our Patrimony."

This year, the Society welcomes the Ordinary for the newly formed Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in England & Wales, Msgr. Keith Newton, and John Hunwicke, formerly parish priest of St. Thomas the Martyr Church in Oxford and now a member of the Ordinariate in England, as presenters.

Other speakers include Fr. David Jaeger, OFM, of the Antonianum Pontifical University in Rome; Fr. Larry Covington, Pastor of St. Louis the King Church in Austin, Texas; and Dr. William Tighe, Associate Professor of History at Muhlenberg College.

The Most Reverend Kevin W. Vann, Bishop of Fort Worth, will be the principal celebrant and preacher at the conference Solemn Mass on July 8. Bishop Vann serves as an adviser to Cardinal Wuerl for the formation of the Ordinariate in the U.S.

In addition to Catholics, attendees for annual event come from a variety of traditions, including Anglican, Lutheran and other Protestant denominations.

With the beginning of the U.S. Anglican Ordinariate anticipated for the near future, attendees will be eager to hear the latest news on its establishment.

The original purpose of the Anglican Use Society, established in 2003, was to promote the usage of the liturgical practices contained in The Book of Divine Worship and evangelical outreach to members of the Anglican Communion seeking union with the Roman Catholic Church and to promote an understanding of the special pastoral provision initiated by Pope John Paul II.

The Anglican Ordinariate, which was authorized in November 2009, through the apostolic constitution "Anglicanorum Coetibus," expanded the work of the society. They are now cooperating with the initiatives being formulated to address the needs of the new wave of pilgrims currently on the journey into the Church.

Information about the Anglican Use Society and the conference can be found at The conference can be viewed there in streaming video.

Author: Fr. Christopher Phillips

Fr. Christopher G. Phillips is the pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church in San Antonio, Texas, where he has served for the past twenty-eight years. He is the founding pastor of the first Anglican Use parish, erected in 1983 under the terms of the Pastoral Provision. Fr. Phillips was ordained as an Anglican for the Diocese of Bristol, England, in 1975. After serving as Curate for three years at St. Stephen Southmead, he returned to the United States and served in two Episcopal parishes in the Diocese of Rhode Island. In 1981 he left the Episcopal Church and moved with his family to Texas, where he was subsequently ordained as a Catholic priest in 1983. Fr. Phillips and his wife, JoAnn, have been married for forty years. They have five children, all grown and married, and three grandchildren.

26 thoughts on “Anglican Use Conference”

  1. When is Fr. Hunwicke speaking? Since the Catholic authorities encouraged him to cease blogging, I have missed his words of wisdom and I want to make sure I do not miss them. Thank you.

    1. Are you and others so certain it was the Catholic authorities who asked him to cease blogging? Who is not to say that the Ordinary was the one who recommended him to stop for now? That perhaps Mgr Keith Newton thought it was in the best interest of the fledgling Ordinariate that he stop? Sheesh, you people can't wait to appropriate blame, can you?

  2. The following is from the Quo Vadis Blog and has been mentioned by Ruth Gledhill. Is there any response to this here?

    The CBS Affair
    A (formerly) Anglican organisation called The Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament has made a donation of £1 million to the Ordinariate.

    One might think that that was a generous gesture but I am given to understand that five of the six Trustees of the Confraternity have left the Church of England to join the Ordinariate and are now priests in the Ordinariate.The donation was made after a formal application by the Rt Revd Keith Newton, then Bishop of Richborough, in December last year. (Bishop Newton, now Mgr Newton was, of course, appointed Ordinary of the Ordinariate in the following month).

    That the five Trustees were still in office even though they had left the Church of England is because a change had been made to the Constitution which allowed Roman Catholics to be members. That change was made in April 2010.

    As you can imagine, many members of the Confraternity are NOT happy.

    For my part, I believe that this is both plain wrong and amazingly stupid.

    I understand that the Trustees of the CBS took legal advice and so I am absolutely sure that they believe that they have done nothing wrong. I believe that their motive was to do good. I am sure that they believed that they were acting wholly in accordance with the Constitution of the Confraternity and that they were doing what they did in order to advance “the catholic faith in the Anglican Tradition.”

    But they are wrong. They are wrong because many members of the Confraternity – I would guess the vast majority who remain in the Church of England – will doubt that this money is being spent on a project which is within “the Anglican Tradition”. They are wrong because they have not considered how this will appear: Whatever their motives, this will look like they raided Church of England funds before leaving. One million pounds, I understand, represents half the total assets of the Confraternity. I would very much like to know what proportion of the membership of CBS is now in the Ordinariate. I would be very surprised if it were anything like a half. They are wrong too because, as I understand it, they failed to consult the membership.

    And it is very stupid because this could cause such an enormous scandal before the Ordinariate has even got off the ground. Right or wrong, the press will have a field day with this and the Catholic Church will be hugely embarrassed. That embarrassment is not worth one million pounds.

    I cannot believe that the Roman Catholic authorities would knowingly allow these men to remain members – let alone Trustees – of the CBS. How could they, having accepted priestly Orders in the Roman Church, believe that the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ are made truly present on Anglican Altars? To put it very simply, how can a Roman Catholic member of CBS attend Benediction given at an Anglican Ward meeting? If that RC member is the Superior General the difficulties are multiplied. Will he have to bring the Blessed Sacrament with him?

    I have held back from publishing this post until I was sure that allegations were "facts". Todays publication in the Times and on Ruth Gledhill's Blog of various documents has assured me that we are in the realm of fact.

    Here is a fact: this is plain wrong! The authorities of the Catholic Church must now put every pressure on the Ordinariate to return the money and on Catholic priests to resign their membership of CBS.

    1. "How could they, having accepted priestly Orders in the Roman Church, believe that the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ are made truly present on Anglican Altars?"
      That is another subject. You were doing all right up to this point.

    2. Is it wrong? or just the way things are done in merry ole England? Seems a certain king back in the 1530's did almost the exact same thing! Kettle calling pot black is it? Where is the call for Anglican authorities to return stolen church property?……..wait there it is….no just a cricket. Still waiting.

      The above paragraph is humor, sarcasm what ever, tongue in check. As an American I wonder about this, how it looks. Appears to be legal, ethical? We on this side of the pond can not pass judgement on it. Our own government, businesses and yes some churches, do the exact same thing. Here it is legal and acceptable for local parishes to lose everything to a non-existent "national" church. While I have my difficulties with it, it sadly appears to be just the culture and climate of today. When I see Anglicans taking the high road and returning what they have taken (stolen though legally) I may have more interest in this event. By taken and stolen I do not mean just from the Church, but from those Anglican groups like the ACNA.

      But before we grab our pitchforks, torches, tar and feathers and shout huummphf huummphf….let us hear from all parites involved, not just the Times and Ms Gledhill. I will wait for Mgr Newton or other Church authorities to speak on the subject.

      This seems to be taken on the aspects of the Corpi affair here in the States. And we all know how that is turning into a three ring circus with he said, she said, they said, you said, lawyers saids, maid said, newspaper said, blog site said, blog site condemned, internet condemned, newspapers condemn…..and all the facts are not out there yet if they ever will be.

      Probably not what you were hoping for, or just what were you hoping for?

      1. Peculiar sub-thread. Adam above was presumably quoting the entire Peter Bolton entry at that blog – I think I recognize it – but forgot to use the quotation marks. The comment by Mark Brown is in the same vein as those anti-Catholic ones that appear with increasing frequency beneath certain posts on Titus 1:9 (otherwise usually a respectful place to stay current on Anglican developments). There is other clarifying material online such as Ordinariate Portal on this precise topic, that those interested should research before just debouching at a random cyber-location.

        The talks available through the Anglicanorum streaming have been a delight to hear and watch, for which I thank all who made it possible! Learning from William Tighe 'in person' was a great treat.

    3. A delightful instance of "despoiling the Egyptians" — or, rather, of some sensible Egyptians despoiling themselves for the Israelites.


      1. Just so! Allow me also to thank you, Professor Tighe, for your interesting talk which I watched last night (and thank you to those who put the AU talks online). I was one conference room away from you, I believe, at the SCSC meeting in Montreal and meant to come and meet you, but it was a pleasure to hear you speak in this way as well.

    4. The fact of the donation is unquestioned. It is reported on the Ordinariate's own web site.

      CBS is no longer a purely Anglican charity – it is now open to all those who profess the catholic faith in the Anglican tradition. A majority but not all of the CBS Trustees are ordinariate priests. My information is that the Trustees' decision was unanimous and made after advice from leading Counsel that it was in accordance with the Charity's objectives.

      The complaint to the Charity Commission was made by a CofE clergyman who has brought so many hopeless lawsuits against the CofE, that the Court of Appeal has declared him a "vexatious litigant" and barred him from commencing any further civil actions without first obtaining the permission of the Court.

      BTW those lawsuits had the perhaps unintended consequence of making it plain beyond peradventure that the ultimate authority in matters of doctrine and order in the CofE – the English "church by law established" is in fact Parliament and not the faithful, the clergy or the bishops.

      Given that one of the principal objectives of the CBS has always been the honouring and protection of the Real Presence in the Blessed Sacrament, it seems to me that it was entirely proper for the trustees to conclude that the best safe haven was the Ordinariate.

      I suggest that the view of Father Gollop SSC – still an Anglican – on the "Let Nothing You Dismay" blog is worthy of note:-

      "So perhaps we should ask a few questions of those who think the C.B.S. Trustees' decision to contribute to the funds of the Ordinariate is "an outstanding disgrace."
      In whose best interests is it that the Ordinariate should not receive financial support in this way?
      It is still the most likely outcome, given recent history, that the attempt to establish any kind of long-term and enduring episcopal provision for 'orthodox' Anglo-Catholics within the Church of England will fail.
      Even if a compromise is reached, what will be the prospects of the long war of attrition in which we have been involved – on the losing side – for a generation, actually coming to a peaceful resolution?
      It is simply not realistic even to hope that anything other than a temporary truce will be reached with those who are intent on driving Anglicanism in an ever more liberal protestant direction.
      What then will happen to the assets of the Confraternity? Is it desirable that they should fall into the hands of Affirming Catholicism and its allies within the Church of England?

      Many of us now believe that only through the Ordinariate – only through full communion with the Successor of Peter – will it be possible to safeguard the aims and objectives of C.B.S. and indeed, any orthodox Anglo-Catholic tradition at all. The sceptics choose to ignore, when they doubt the possibility of a repatriated Anglican or Anglo-Catholic tradition within the Catholic Church, the fact that this 'distinctive patrimony' will almost certainly have ceased to exist within Anglicanism itself within a generation.
      If we are inclined to question that, we only need to visit (if you can get past the locked doors) any of the large and increasing number of former Anglo-Catholic parish churches up and down the country whose tabernacles and aumbries stand empty, whose lamps have been extinguished, their eucharistic vestments unused.
      And that's not to mention those places where, courtesy of the synodical process in which some are still inclined to place their trust, sacramental uncertainty is now the order of the day.
      Perhaps it's time for those who seem to be suffering from a particularly unpleasant kind of visceral anti-Romanism to wake up and smell the coffee; or, at the very least, to spell out some realistic plans and hopes for the future that are not dependent for their success on the shifting sands of contemporary Anglican theological fashion. "

      I wish there had been more consultation with the membership. I understand the matter was not discussed only within the meeting of the Trustees but also more widely with the wider representative institutions of the CBS but there is a valid case for saying that perhaps the general body of members should been asked to give their opinion – even though in law that could not bind the Trustees.

      Trustees are not delegates. They have a duty to act as they are advised is in the best interest of the charitable objectives for which the trust is established. Whether they have in fact done so is a matter which may have to be tested in Court. I hope the issue does not come to that, but it might.

  3. Why have you posted the URL of my blog? I sort of pleased but cannot imagine that it has anything to do with this conference.

  4. Sorry about my sparse presence here, but the Conference is keeping us occupied from morning till night… and then, of course, there are the all-important "hotel room parties" when we have the chance to chew over what we've heard and discussed during the day!

  5. Anglican Journal: Vatican sees no future for married clergy

    Diana Swift writes:

    Married priests will be only a temporary aberration within the Anglican Ordinariate, says Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican’s secretary of state. Speaking in an interview in the Vatican newspaper, L’Osservatore Romano, and in recently published extracts from his forthcoming book, A Great Heart: Homage to John Paul II, Bertone said that although already married Anglican priests will be acceptable under the ordinariate, “the enduring value of celibacy will be reaffirmed, necessitating that for the future, unmarried priests will be the norm in such ordinariates.” Until then, the procedures developed by Pope John Paul II for the reception of already married Anglican clergy will apply.

    Cardinal Bertone added that Anglican clergy seeking full communion with the church of Rome should undergo training with “other diocesan seminarians, thereby ensuing them serious academic, pastoral and spiritual preparation. The acceptance of these Anglicans will be considered in the context of their allegiance to the doctrine and practices of the Catholic church.”

    1. Fortunately, cardinal Bertone is not pope. He has a habit of putting his foot in his mouth. He's done it this time too. So, I wouldn't sell the family jewels and place a bet that his prediction comes true.

    2. As I hope Mgr Newton made clear, the UK expectation is most certainly that that who aspire to the priesthood among Ordinariate laity will indeed go to the same seminaries as their diocesan colleagues. I understand one is already en route.

      As for a celibate priesthood, that is certainly still the aspiration, but dispensations for Anglican clergy crossing the Tiber have been pretty freely given for some time.

      More generally, the shortage of vocations to priesthood is causing something of a crisis in Western Europe. Here, may would be already deprived of a Sunday Mass were it not for priests from other countries on loan from their home dioceses. How long the situation can be sustained in that way is questionable. Who knows how the Church will seek to resolve that problem in the future?

  6. Has there been any discussion of a publication date for a revised BDW or other edition of an Anglican Use liturgy? I am surprised that there has been so little discussion, here or elsewhere, about the need for a new and portable office book for the Ordinariates.

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