News from Edmonton

Just got word that the Edmonton group will be received on Sunday, July 29th, this weekend.

Here is the email that was forwarded me from former Anglican Catholic Church of Canada priest David Skelton.

 'I am truly delighted to be able to tell you that we now have a firm date for our reception. This is July 29th at 10. 00 a.m. at the Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Edmonton. We will be received by our new Auxiliary Bishop, Geoffrey Bittman. Archbishop Smith was very sorry not to be able to officiate himself, but like us, he was anxious to proceed as quickly as possible. Please keep our little ‘Group of Seven’ in your prayers."

Finally!  I hope someone will take lots of photographs and send us a report!

I stayed with then Fr. David Skelton and his lovely wife Mary when I spoke at a writers' conference in Edmonton back in 2005 or thereabouts.  They have a lovely chapel in their home where we prayed Mattins and Evensong together while I was there.

There are others who are already Catholic who will be part of this Ordinariate-bound group.

Please keep them in your prayers!

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.

3 thoughts on “News from Edmonton”

  1. I wish Fr. Skelton, his wife Mary and the others in Edmonton well and keep them in my prayers. When I lived in Edmonton, Fr. David was my confessor and spiritual director, and he was my predessor as Regional Dean. He and his wife were our dear friends. I sincerely hope that they and the others find the peace and joy they are looking for in the Roman Catholic Church; I did not.

  2. This is superb news. Congratulations to Fr. and Mrs. Skelton, Fr. Donnegan and all the others in this group. The number may be small but it will grow. I hope that the Archbishop of Edmonton will provide for them with a Chaplain. Edmonton is a major Canadian City and it is very good that there will be an Anglican Use group there. I intend to have the news of their reception announced from the pulpit at my Latin Mass this coming Sunday. That will enable us to pray for them as a community only two or three hours after their reception. Finally, some great news to report!

    As far as I know, the only remaining TAC group to cross here in Canada is the one in Montreal. If anyone know more about the details for that group, please let us know. In most of these cities (e.g. Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Ottawa), there have been groups which are being received and groups staying in the TAC. I also wish well the stay-ons in the TAC. Many of them would have crossed with the others, I think, if Rome had handled this situation better. Still, this is good news and better provisions can come gradually from these good people, who have a true sensus catholicus and also a true and heartfelt adherence tradition.

    Peter Karl T. Perkins
    Victoria, B.C., Canada

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