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