Groups in Canada Waiting to Be Received

I heard that two weeks ago or so, two more groups formerly of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (ACCC) were received into the Catholic Church — a group led by (Fr.) Michael Shier in Vancouver, and a group led by (Fr.) David Skelton in Edmonton.

I have not heard for sure whether this happened — anyone from Vancouver want to get in touch with us?  And I hear Edmonton is still waiting.  Here's a link to a story about the Edmonton group in Western Catholic Reporter:

EDMONTON – Six Anglicans from Edmonton want to join the Roman Catholic Church under special provisions handed down by the pope two years ago.

In 1976, about 700 Anglicans met in St. Louis, Mo., and decided to establish a new church that would uphold the traditional teachings of the Anglican Church, particularly in regards to apostolic succession. The new church adopted the name, "Anglican Catholic Church."

The Rev. David Skelton, a local Anglican priest, said those with "Catholic leanings" wanted to eventually seek full communion with the See of Peter. He referred to this long process as one of "prayerful waiting."


I believe there is still a group in formation to be received in Montreal.

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.

9 thoughts on “Groups in Canada Waiting to Be Received”

    1. Thank you, Fr. Marriott. The article mentions Fr. David Skelton and his wife, and also Fr. Bryan Donnegan, and three others, but no date of reception has been set yet! I love this! How Roman. In Rome, it takes a day to sneeze and a week to tie your shoes. I remember the TAC petition for corporate reunion. A letter was sent to Rome. About two years later, a reply was received in Australia. The reply said, in essence: We have received your letter!

      Does anyone out there know the expected date of arrival of these good people? Judging from the photograph in the article, not all of them will have another twenty years to wait to be received. I mention this figure because that is how long it has taken Rome to decertify a 'Catholic' university in Peru, announced just today. The curia told this University to stop preaching heresy or she would tell them to stop preaching heresy again, and again, and again. By the time of decertification as Catholic, nobody who attends there is Catholic anyway.


  1. An ACC clergyman is to be received at St John's Calgary (from its newsletter):
    and Peggy Gibson takes place this Wednesday 18th July at the 10.30 a.m. Low Mass. Jonathan was Rector of St Augustine’s, Ogden, in the Anglican Diocese of Calgary, for seventeen years. He latterly served as the Rector of Grace Anglican, Ogden. A reception will be held in the Cross Hall following Mass. Please make every effort to attend and support the Gibsons as they enter the Catholic Church, through the provision of the Ordinariate."

  2. "All 40 TAC bishops met in Port Smith, England. " It is unfortunate that both articles were apparently written by journalists who were simply recording the spokesmen's account of events, without any research or personal knowledge to give them more meaningful context.

      1. The TAC CoB met in Portsmouth, England in October 2007
        and next in Johannesburg, South Africa during February/March 2012.

  3. What of Montreal? I've heard conflicting reports but mostly only the sound of the cricket. Fr. Oswald Slattery? Fr. Douglas Nicholson? Numbers? I've heard that some are in an Evangelium programme there but others are not. Comments?


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