Lately on The Anglo-Catholic there have been more and more accounts of groups being received into full communion with the Catholic Church, and there are lots more to come. Many of them are folks that I’ve come to know pretty well, ever since the original Becoming One gathering we had in November, 2010. Some great friendships were established at that time, and those relationships have been strengthened as more gatherings were organized, along with regular contact by email and telephone. Now, seeing the reports of so many being received into full communion, and sensing the excitement of the clergy preparing to enter the formation program, I’ve got to admit that it’s downright inspiring!
We’re on the eve of the formal beginning of the Ordinariate in the United States. It’s been “in the future” for so long…and now, here it is. I want to express my gratitude to so many of you who have allowed me – in a very informal way – to accompany you on the way. After more than twenty-eight years as a Catholic priest, my contact with real live Anglicans had been pretty limited, other than with those who were coming into the Church through our parish. But having met so many of you who are on the journey into the Ordinariate, I must say that my circle of friends is much richer than it has ever been.
It has been a privilege to have been able to give some encouragement, or to share a bit of practical advice, with so many of you. I’ve lost count of the conversations we’ve had in which I’d say, “When we have an Ordinary appointed, he’ll be able to answer that.” Well, in less than two weeks there will be an Ordinary, and it will be a great pleasure to be able to say, “Let’s contact the Ordinary about that!”
January 1st will be a watershed date for us in the United States. It’s been a wonderful trip so far, with very agreeable travelling companions. When permission is finally given for the parish of Our Lady of the Atonement and its clergy to transfer into the jurisdiction of the Ordinariate, our journey together will continue…and quite honestly, I can hardly wait!