Catholic Register Reports on Reception of Oshawa Parish by Bishop Nguyen

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OSHAWA, Ont. – On the third Sunday of Easter inside the walls of St. Gregory’s Catholic Church 12 new brothers and sisters, all former Anglicans, were welcomed into the Roman Catholic faith.

“The Lord receives you into the Catholic Church,” said Bishop Vincent Nguyen, marking the end of each conversion as the converts knelt before the altar after taking their final steps as Anglicans. With gentle hands Nguyen placed the seal of the Lord on the converts who then rose as Catholics.

“It’s quite an honour to receive these brothers and sister into communion with our Church,” said Nguyen after the hour and 45 minute Mass under the new “Anglican use” liturgy approved by the Vatican. “I could hear them a little bit crying at some points through the Mass so it’s really emotional.”

Among those received were former Anglican priests Fr. James Tilley and Fr. David Garrett, who assisted the bishop during Mass. The converts will belong to a congregation known as the Sodality of the Good Shepherd.

“It feels wonderful for this was a long journey for me particularly,” said Arthur Bousfield, who began his transition in 1979 when his parents left the Anglican Church to join the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada. “We were hoping, even then, that one day there would be a way for us to come into communion with the Holy See.”

Bousfield, 68, and the others from the Sodality of the Good Shepherd will continue to attend Mass that employs the Anglican use liturgy.

It will be said by Fr. Eric Rodrigues until the ordination of a former Anglican priest.

Author: Deborah Gyapong

Deborah Gyapong is a member of the Sodality of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary ( in Ottawa, a former parish of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (Traditional Anglican Communion) whose members were received individually and corporately into the Roman Catholic Church on April 15, 2012 by Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast at St. Patrick’s Basilica. Under the provisions of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, the community will celebrate an approved Anglican Use liturgy and hopes to soon join with other sodalities across Canada to form the Canadian Deanery of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter under Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, Ordinary. As we wait for our priest(s) to be ordained as Catholic priests, God willing, Archbishop Prendergast will provide priests to celebrate our Sunday Eucharist according to the Anglican Use. Deborah is a journalist who covers religion and politics in Canada’s national capital, writing primarily for Roman Catholic newspapers since 2004. Her novel The Defilers, published in 2006, was not a best seller, alas. She spent 17 years at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in news and current affairs, including 12 years as a television producer.

7 thoughts on “Catholic Register Reports on Reception of Oshawa Parish by Bishop Nguyen”

  1. Not related, but does anyone know where I could find preferably for free) the score of "little" Pelham Humfrey's Communion Service? It's delightful and very baroque, yet singable by a congregation…
    If someone wants to send a scan of it to me:

    + PAX et BONUM

  2. Yes, these people are from a former Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (TAC) parish in Oshawa. Another parish was received last Sunday, Christ the King of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory. I hope someone took pictures and will send me a report!

  3. The description of this event in the Register would have one believe that they are converts from the Anglican Church of Canada.

  4. Welcome, Mr. Bousfield, into the Holy Catholic Church. You may not remember me but I was active in the Monarchist League in Toronto (and now am in Victoria) and I remember you and Mr. Toffoli and Prof. Toporoski very well. You three, in my view, have long been the leading lights in the League. I had heard many years ago that you had become affiliated with an A.C.C.C. group some years ago but I never followed up on this. It is so wonderful to be in communion with you! I have enormous numbers of relatives in Toronto and environs, so I would love one day to attend your Mass at Oshawa, although that's some distance from the City.

    Peter Karl T. Perkins
    Victoria, B.C.

  5. I'm a bit curious about the Tyendinaga group. Does anyone know how many from there were received? While the numbers of TAC incomers is small, they are golden. Quality is more important than quantity!


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