Bright Lights: BJHN Fellowship, Victoria, BC

 Bright lights don’t have to be big lights. Have a look at the Blessed John Henry Newman Fellowship in Victoria, BC. The Fellowship describes itself as “an Anglican Use Group within the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria, BC seeking to move to the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter under Anglicanorum Coetibus.” It was created in December 2011 and its members were received into the Roman Catholic Church at St. Andrew’s Cathedral, Victoria on Sunday, April 15th 2012.

On the home page of their website, there is a simple note which says, “Lay Administrator: Peter Wilkinson.” Unless one already knows, there is no hint that this refers to the venerable former metropolitan of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada, Bishop Peter Wilkinson – truly, one of the godliest men I have met. He is one of the TAC bishops who followed through on his word by bringing as many of his people as possible into full communion with the Holy See, and he now awaits the decision which will determine if he will be able to carry on a priestly ministry in the Catholic Church.

The membership of the Blessed John Henry Newman Fellowship is not large, but a quick look around their website shows their commitment to the fullness of the Catholic Faith, including taking an active part in pro-life activities and having a zeal for the cause of Christian Unity as it is envisioned by the Holy Father.

The members of the Fellowship are able to carry on a Catholic sacramental life through the generosity of Bishop Richard Gagnon of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Victoria, who has assigned Father John Laszczyk to see to their pastoral care for the time being. Fr. Laszczyk celebrates a Sung Anglican Use Mass on Sundays at 12:30 PM at St. Jean Baptiste Roman Catholic Church, 311 Richmond Ave., Victoria, BC V8S 3Y2.

The website of the Fellowship is here. Their Facebook page is here. Take a look, and keep them in your prayers.

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.

4 thoughts on “Bright Lights: BJHN Fellowship, Victoria, BC”

  1. As an RC that's what I want to see, a married Anglican woman dressing up to look like a traditional Catholic nun being received into the Ordinariate. Sure, that really drives home your credibility!!!

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