The Inimitable John Hunwicke

It's audio only, but well worth a listen, beginning at about the 8-minute mark.

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.

6 thoughts on “The Inimitable John Hunwicke”

  1. What a delightful, humorous but erudite talk. Well worth listening to a second time, maybe even a third.

    Msgr. Keith Newton's talk was also great to hear. What a charming and bright man. I look forward to when we are all in Ordinariates together.

    Thanks so much for ensuring we got to see and hear what is going on at the Anglican Use Conference, Fr. Phillips.


  2. Dear "Mr." Hunwicke,
    I've enjoyed for years your previously active blog. You are in my prayers daily, that you will soon receive that call that you so fervently desire.

  3. I think that it is significant that so few have responded to the recording of John Hunwicke's entertaining speech. Despite the occasional bursts of laughter, I suspect that few of the Americans present understood its references or subtlety. It was a quintessentially English address demonstrating the dryness of quintessentially English humour. A cultural chasm exists between America and England which not even the most Anglo-American enthusiast entirely understand. Humour is its greatest test.

    1. I suppose that might be true; however, as I was sitting in the audience during Fr. Hunwicke's talk, it was obvious that people were indeed "getting it." In fact, on the recording you can hear the laughter at all the right places, even if the smiles and the nodding of heads in agreement couldn't come through on a recording.

      Another possible explanation of the absence of comments is that Fr. Hunwicke was so spot-on, there's nothing much left to say. In fact, I've listened to it a few more times, and I find myself nodding and smiling throughout. When he finished, there really wasn't anything I could add in the way of a comment.

  4. We had the blessing of having him travel to San Antonio after the conference, and he spent three days with us at Our Lady of the Atonement. He's one of the most delightful, holy — and brilliant — men I've ever met. I've extracted a promise from him that he'll return when he's an Ordinariate priest. May it be soon.

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