More News From Canada

This news release popped into my mailbox this morning. To which I say, Alleluia!
Also this weekend, I believe our Vancouver and Edmonton Anglican Catholic Church of Canada groups will be received into the Catholic Church with their clergy.

Former Anglican Priests Make Catholic History in Canada
Two Calgary men become first ordained for Catholic Ordinariate in Canada

Former Anglican priests Lee Kenyon of Calgary and John Wright of Chestermere will make history when they are ordained Catholic priests by Bishop Frederick Henry of Calgary:

Saturday, June 30, 2012, 11 a.m.
St. Mary’s Cathedral
219 – 18th Avenue SW, Calgary, Alberta

The men are members of the first ordination class for the new Catholic Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. Equivalent to a diocese, but national in scope, the U.S.-based ordinariate was created earlier this year by Pope Benedict XVI for Anglican groups and clergy seeking to become Catholic while retaining elements of their Anglican heritage.

These will be the first men to be ordained priests for the Ordinariate in Canada. Three ordinariates exist in the world, in the United States, United Kingdom and, as of June 15, Australia. The U.S. ordinariate is led by a former Episcopal bishop, Monsignor Jeffrey N. Steenson of Houston, Texas.

In speaking about the ordinations across North America, Msgr. Steenson said, “These ordinations mark a significant moment in the history of Catholic unity. Our expedited formation program, approved by the Holy See, has been a wonderful testimony to the deep respect that the Catholic Church has for the former Anglican ministries of these men.”

Kenyon’s parish community, Church of St. John the Evangelist, was the second oldest Anglican parish in Calgary, until being received into the Catholic Church in December 2011. The parish community remained at its property through a lease/purchase agreement with the Anglican Diocese of Calgary.

Kenyon noted, “We are full of hope and joy that we will be able to enjoy this fullness of communion without losing that which has been so precious and nourishing to us as Anglicans.”

Profiles of the New Priests

Lee Kenyon, 34, born and raised in England, was ordained an Anglican priest in 2006 after completing his undergraduate studies at the University of Lancaster, graduate studies at the University of Leeds, and seminary studies at The College of the Resurrection, Mirfield. He was assistant curate in the Diocese of Blackburn from 2005-2009, before becoming priest-in-charge of the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Calgary. He and his wife, Elizabeth, have three young children.

John Wright, 58, was ordained an Anglican priest in 1988. He received his undergraduate degree from Notre Dame University in Nelson, British Columbia and a diploma in agricultural management from the British Columbia Institute of Technology. He attended seminary at Emmanuel and St. Chad’s in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Recently he has been working toward a doctorate in religious studies. Wright served parishes in Southern Alberta and in Calgary. He also was a member of the Naval Reserve for almost 41 years and a chaplain for 21 of those years. He was trained in the Canadian Forces Chaplaincy, taking numerous courses and serving on a number of bases. He was received into the Catholic Church in December 2011. He and his wife, Ruth, have been married for 26 years and have three children.

Special permission has been given for these former Anglican priests, who are married, to be ordained Catholic priests.

Online:
· Ordinariate (includes Q&A abou the ordinariate): usordinariate.org and facebook.com/CSPOrdinariate
· St. John the Evangelist Ordinariate Community: calgaryordinariate.com

Author: Deborah Gyapong

Deborah Gyapong is a member of the Sodality of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (www.annunciationofthebvm.org) 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.

2 thoughts on “More News From Canada”

  1. I converted to Catholicism ten years ago after practicing in the United Church for several years. The United Church I belonged to had issues a minister divorcing, and having an affair with a married member of the congregation .
    An attraction of the Catholic faith is the focus priests have, to concentrate on their church family. A disappointment has been the fact that priests are assigned and moved by the Bishop. I do not understand how the Anglican congregations who convert en mass have the opportunity to choose to retain their Anglican/Catholic priest. Also, as there are some members of the Catholic congregation who would like to see more liberal approaches to some issues, I wonder," What is the motivation for the Anglican converted to Catholicism members? Are they a narrow minded group who find Anglicanism too liberal?" If that is the case, I am not excited to have converts who wish to retain bits and pieces of their old church while maintaining the less liberal and less progressive aspects of the Catholic religion.

  2. In due course, Ordinariate priests will be moved around like other Catholic priests. In the UK, where there are more priests than Ordinariate groups, they are already serving in their local dioceses as needed. In the meantime, most AC congregations in Canada are being served by Catholic priests who have been assigned there, and could be reassigned at any time. Congregationalism is never going to be practised in the Catholic church.

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