Christian Clay Columba Campbell
Christian Clay Columba Campbell is a Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use. As Senior Warden of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), he organized the process by which the parish accepted the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, petitioning to join the Catholic Church.
He is also the CEO of Three Fish Consulting, LLC, an Information Technology consultancy based in Orlando, FL. He can be reached via email at ccampbell at threefishgroup dot com.
Father Samuel L. Edwards
Fr. Samuel L. Edwards has recently established The Pondering Heart, which can be briefly, if inadequately, described as "An Ecumenical Catholic Apostolate" that grew out of what began as a private project to create a vade mecum for use with the Holy Rosary.
He is a native of Waynesville, North Carolina and recently has returned there. An honors graduate of Brevard College, The American University (Washington, DC), and Nashotah House Seminary (Wisconsin), he has served churches in north central Texas, southern Maryland and central Alabama. For seven years he was the Executive Director of Forward in Faith, North America, then the largest organization of traditional Anglicans in The Episcopal Church, during which he traveled and spoke widely, both in the United States and abroad.
After 29 years in The Episcopal Church (23 of them as a member of the clergy), he became part of the Continuing Anglican movement in 2002. He was Vicar of Saint Peter’s Church in Waynesville until the end of 2010, at which time he stepped down to prepare for entry into the Catholic Church, preferably through the hoped-for Ordinariate for the United States. Presently he is a member of the Pro-diocese of the Holy Family in the TAC’s Patrimony of the Primate.
Fr. Edwards’ ministry always has had a strong focus on teaching. He is the author of numerous articles on religious, social, historical and political topics, both in church publications and secular newspapers. He has also written two books (neither published as yet) – Constitution and Institution on the renewal of ecclesiology (the doctrine about the Church) and The Pondering Heart: A Rosary for all Christians. He is also engaged in a long and intermittent project of organizing his instructional material into another book with the working title, The Great Belonging: Basics of Christian Teaching and Practice.
Fr. Edwards was a contender for a seat in the North Carolina General Assembly’s House of Representatives in the General Election of 2010, and though he was not elected, he turned in a strong showing against a well-financed incumbent, garnering more than 45% of the vote.
Fr. Edwards and his wife, Kay, have been married for over 30 years. They have two adopted children. David, the elder, is a Private in the North Carolina Army National Guard, and recently returned from a deployment to Iraq. Rachel, the younger, lives nearby and is carrying a baby boy, due to debut in late June.
Father Michael Gollop
His father a churchwarden in the family's local parish for twenty years, Fr. Michael Gollop, SSC, the parish priest of St. Arvans in Monmouthshire, was raised in the Anglican Church. He has a degree in law from Oxford University (Keble College) and a degree in theology from the University of Wales. Following his university studies, he trained for the priesthood at St. Michael's College, Llandaff in Cardiff.
He first encountered Anglo-Catholicism as a young teenager, and, despite a period where he consciously rejected it, he returned to the Faith at university, having undergone what might be described as a "conversion experience" which swept away all of his previous doubts.
He was ordained a priest in the Church in Wales in 1986 and has served in various — and varied — communities in South-East Wales. For the last sixteen years, he has been the parish priest of four quite diverse rural parishes in the Wye Valley of Monmouthshire.
Fr. Gollop's wife Kate is a solo 'cellist and together they are slowly restoring a farmhouse in the Vendee department of France which they, one day, hope to make their permanent home.
Fr. Gollop has a personal blog called Let Nothing You Dismay, which he refers to, only half-jokingly, as "the confessions of a recovering liberal," inasmuch as his experience of parish ministry, and perhaps of life itself, has been a quest for the recovery of an orthodox Catholic faith and for a true ecclesial authority which reflects that of the Lord Himself.
In addition to matters ecclesiastical, his interests include classical music, gardening (in two climates), and a St. Bernard dog who is a large presence in more ways than one.
I invite our readers to welcome Fr. Gollop as a contributor to The Anglo-Catholic. We are honored to have him on the team!
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.
Father Seán Finnegan
Born in 1961, Fr. Seán Finnegan studied at the University of St. Andrews and St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England. He was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Arundel and Brighton on September 24, 1989 where he has spent the majority of his priesthood, apart from a few years in the Oratories of Oxford and London. He is presently the Parish Priest of the Parish of Our Lady, Queen of Peace, Adur Valley, which is on the South Coast of England, not far from Brighton. Fr. Finnegan is the author of the exceptional blog Valle Adurni (the ancient Roman name for Shoreham, the main town of Fr. Finnegan’s parish, is supposed to have been Portus Adurni). He also teaches Early Church History at St. John’s Seminary.
Father William P. "Doc" Holiday
At the behest of my very good friend Mr. Campbell, I have been given the great honor of being allowed to participate in this endeavor that is The Anglo-Catholic. Christian has asked that my initial post be of an introductory nature. So, without any further ado, I beg your forbearance.
My name is Fr. William P. “Doc” Holiday. The nickname is the result of my last name and American western history, not earned by way of the academy. I serve as a curate at the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL), ACA/TAC, and have been so blessed since Advent season of 2007. I am a Cooperator with the Priestly Society of the Holy Cross, an association of clergy intrinsically united with Opus Dei, and it is my fervent hope that once the Ordinariate is established that I will be able to enter this Society as a full member. I entered the ACA/TAC by way of another “Continuing” Anglican jurisdiction (you will become aware in short order that I in no way appreciate the moniker “Continuum” in the context of current Anglican affairs), and I entered Anglicanism via the Orthodox Presbyterian Church, via the Presbyterian Church in America, via the Baptist church, via being eye brow deep in the temporal. Consequently, I approach things theological, and all the associated “logics”, from the perspective of one who has walked a very circuitous journey. My worldview has run the gamut from paganism, broad evangelicalism, foaming-at-the-mouth rabid Calvinism (my M. Div. is from Reformed Theological Seminary), latitudinarian Anglicanism, to Catholicism, and by that I mean real Catholic, capital “C” Catholic, Pope Catholic. I came to this point by way of much prayer, study, and spiritual direction, and am happy to be here because I know I don’t need to search anymore. Mother Church has opened her doors to me and my brothers and sisters and now we merely wait to step through. Actually, when I came into the ACA/TAC, I was contemplating going directly to Rome, but being aware of the TAC’s overtures toward the Holy See I decided that if I could in any way assist in the effort to bring tens of thousands into the Church, as opposed to just me, I should put forth the effort. Additionally, there exists in true Anglicanism a depth and richness of spirituality, a glory in liturgy, and a desire for the maintenance of Catholic tradition, that is not to be found in many Latin Rite parishes. This is the Anglican patrimony of which so many speak in the context of Anglicanorum Coetibus, the patrimony we desire to bring into the Church of which we were once part.
Another facet of my life that lends to a somewhat unique perspective regarding my take on things, and my presentation as well, is my secular background. After graduating high school in Kenton County, KY., I enlisted in the U. S. Marine Corps (a belated happy birthday to all you Devil Dogs [It's a Marine thing you others wouldn't understand]) where I served for over four years. After my discharge I entered a career in law enforcement. I am currently in my 25th year of service in that capacity. Yes, you read right, still active. By God’s grace I was able to segue my affinity with police officers into my priesthood by serving as a Chaplain for the Orange County (FL) Sheriff’s Office, a very large agency that serves the metro Orlando area. During my tenure in law enforcement I served in Patrol, Street Crimes, Traffic, Aviation, and for most of the time in my love of loves, SWAT. As you can well imagine, that gives me a sort of “rubber-meets-the-road” perspective of ministry, and an ability to talk about guns if any of you so desire.
I pray that my role here will be to engage in a practical theological approach to many of the matters discussed. I have a very distinct desire to overcome the prevalent, “Can’t see the forest for the trees,” paradigm so evidently displayed by so many self-proclaimed authorities in the matter of reunion before us. Unfortunately, there are so many who conjecture concerning the meaning of something they read, or hear, and then by way of that conjecture parse the matter to what they present as logical consistency, when in fact their initial perception was flawed consequently making all they say about the matter at hand invalid, and I would submit quite often ridiculous. In short, we need to address matters Anglo-Catholic objectively, parsing information of which we are sure, and letting things yet to be determined rest until they are determined.
I pray this was not burdensome, and I also beg your forgiveness if at times I become a bit edgy in my zeal to address issues that are so very dear to my heart, and there is nothing closer to my heart than the desire to see the fruition of the gracious work of the Holy Father in paving a way for us to come home.
Your servant in our Lord Jesus Christ and His most blessed and ever-virgin Mother,
Mr. Johnston has been a member of the Anglican Use parish of Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio, TX since 2004. Formerly a museum director, he now serves as headmaster of The Atonement Academy, the PK-12 parish school of Our Lady of the Atonement, and, to date, the only school in the Pastoral Provision and future Ordinariate community. Like many other cradle Catholics worshiping in Pastoral Provision congregations, he has developed an attachment to the Anglican forms of devotion. He has attended Anglican Use Conferences in prior years and is a member of the Anglican Use Society.
In Rome with an Atonement pilgrimage group when Anglicanorum Coetibus was published, he was the first individual to file a petition with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith to establish an Ordinariate for the United States under the Apostolic Constitution. He was a contributor at the Anglicanorum Coetibus Information Day in San Antonio on December 12 of last year, and he has followed recent events closely. Mr. Johnston holds an MPPM from Yale University and a Certificate in Catholic School Leadership from the University of Dallas.
Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Fr. Dwight Longenecker is an American who has spent most of his life living and working in England. After graduating from the fundamentalist Bob Jones University with a degree in Speech and English, he went to study theology at Oxford University. He was eventually ordained as an Anglican priest and served as a curate, a school chaplain in Cambridge and a country parson on the Isle of Wight.
Realizing that he and the Anglican Church were on divergent paths, in 1995 Fr. Dwight and his family were received into the Catholic Church. He spent the next ten years working as a freelance Catholic writer, contributing to over twenty-five magazines, papers and journals in Britain, Ireland and the USA.
Fr. Dwight is the editor of a best-selling book of English conversion stories called The Path to Rome — Modern Journeys to the Catholic Faith. He has written Listen My Son — a daily Benedictine devotional book which applies the Rule of St Benedict to the task of modern parenting. St Benedict and St Thérèse is a study of the lives and thought of two of the most popular saints. In the field of Catholic apologetics, Fr. Dwight wrote Challenging Catholics with John Martin, the former editor of the Church of England Newspaper. More Christianity is a straightforward and popular explanation of the Catholic faith for Evangelical Christians. Friendly and non-confrontational, it invites the reader to move from 'Mere Christianity' to 'More Christianity'. Mary-A Catholic Evangelical Debate is a debate with an old Bob Jones friend David Gustafson who is now an Evangelical Episcopalian. Fr. Dwight’s Adventures in Orthodoxy is described as ‘a Chestertonian romp through the Apostles’ Creed.’ He wrote Christianity Pure&Simple which was published by the Catholic Truth Society in England and Sophia Institute Press in the USA. He has also published How to Be an Ordinary Hero and his book Praying the Rosary for Inner Healing was published by Our Sunday Visitor in May 2008. His latest books are, The Gargoyle Code — a book in the tradition of Screwtape Letters — and a book of poems called A Sudden Certainty. His book The Romance of Religion will be published in 2012 along with a new edition of Adventures in Orthodoxy.
In 2006 Fr. Dwight accepted an invitation from the Bishop of Charleston to serve as Chaplain to St Joseph’s Catholic School in Greenville, South Carolina. This brought him and his family back, not only to his hometown, but also to the American Bible Belt, and hometown of Bob Jones University. In December 2006 he was ordained as a Catholic priest under the special pastoral provision for married former Anglican clergy. He is now parish priest of Our Lady of the Rosary parish in Greenville.
Fr. Dwight enjoys movies, blogging, books, and visiting Benedictine monasteries. He’s married to Alison. They have four children, named Benedict, Madeleine, Theodore and Elias.
Father 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 twenty-seven 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 nearly forty years. They have five children and one grandchild.
Fr. Phillips also blogs independently at AtonementOnline.
Father Giles Pinnock
Fr. Pinnock currently serves as Vicar of St. Mary-the-Virgin, Kenton, a Forward in Faith parish in northwest London under care of the Bishop of Fulham. An American citizen born in the Unites States of British parents, he received his theological training at St. Stephen's House, Oxford, and was ordained to the diaconate and the priesthood by the Bishop of Ebbfleet. He served his title at St. Mary & St. Giles, Stony Stratford before taking up his present ministry at St.Mary-the-Virgin, where has has labored for nearly four years.
Fr. Pinnock is already well-known in the Anglo-Catholic blogosphere as the author ofonetimothyfour.
Dr. William Tighe
Dr. Tighe is Associate Professor of History at Muhlenberg College in Allentown, Pennsylvania. His papers have been published in numerous scholarly journals and his work has been featured in popular publications such as Touchstone and New Oxford Review. Dr. Tighe has provided the following biographical sketch for our readers.
I was born May 5, 1952 in Lowell, Massachusetts, and since 1990 have been married to the former Silvija G. Sterns. We have three children, Augustine Leo Tighe (b. 1992), Kirill Alexander Tighe (b. 1995) and Aija Theodoti Tighe (b. 2001).
I was born and bred a Roman Catholic, but as a graduate student at Yale drifted away and began to attend Episcopalian services. Had it not been for the decision of the Episcopal Church in 1976 to approve the ordination of women, I would most likely have become an Episcopalian, but that decision gave me pause, although not enough to drive me away from Anglicanism. When I left Yale (and America) for Cambridge (I lived in the UK from 1978 to 1986), I was able to cultivate an acquaintance with the late Anglo-Catholic theologian Eric Mascall (1905-1993), whose works I had discovered on my own as an undergraduate in the early 1970s and whom I had met in New York City on Good Friday 1977, and as a result of conversations with him, as well as with other new English Christian friends, I came to the conclusion that I could not justify formally becoming an Anglican, but, rather, should return to the practice of the Catholic Faith in the Catholic Church, which I did. Shortly after taking up my present position at Muhlenberg College in 1986, I began to attend the local Ukrainian Catholic parish, and in 1995 petitioned for, and received, a formal “transfer of rite” to become, with my children, a member of the ecclesia sui juris Ukrainian Catholic Church. I will acknowledge as well that I have been influenced by the admirable writings of Fr. Aidan Nichols, OP, whom I am pleased and honored to count as a friend.
My academic interests include the English Reformation (and its long-term “working out”) as well as the Reformation in the Scandinavian realms, and, additionally, the Orthodox Church and its relations with the West. I teach courses on various aspects of European history between the Renaissance and the French Revolution, as well as one on (Eastern) Orthodox Christianity.
Father Ed Tomlinson
The son of an Anglican clergyman, Fr. Edward Tomlinson was born in Wigan before moving to Santiago, Chile as a baby where his father worked as a missionary with SAMS. He returned to England in time for schooling and spent those formative years in Norfolk attending the Cathedral school. He then moved to Homerton College, Cambridge before working as a primary school teacher in Colchester, Essex.
It was here that the boy raised as an Evangelical (for which he gives thanks) encountered Anglo Catholic devotion for the first time. This soon led him to Westcott House in Cambridge to train for the priesthood. At Westcott the joy of encountering Anglo-Catholicism was dampened however by the horror of encountering liberal theology! The reason for his calling came into sharp focus as he avowed to stand up for the orthodox faith with every fibre of his being.
A happy curacy at S. Thomas of Canterbury church in Brentwood prepared him for his current post as vicar of S. Barnabas’, Royal Tunbridge Wells.
He writes a regular column for New Directions, the magazine of Forward in Faith and is also editor of the The Church Observer, a Church Union journal. In addition he writes a daily blog which, much to his surprise, continues to gain a loyal following. He is married to Hayley, a painting conservator at the National Gallery, and has two young children Jemima and Benedict.
Br. Stephen Treat, O.Cist. (Former Contributor)
Br. Stephen Treat, O.Cist. is a monk of the Cistercian Abbey of Our Lady of Spring Bank in Sparta, WI. Like many others, his path led from an evangelical childhood in the South to Anglicanism and into the Roman Catholic Church. He was received from Anglicanism in 2006 at the Church of Our Lady of Lourdes in Philadelphia. He studied religion and public policy in graduate school, writing his thesis on the social politics of the 19th Century Anglican Customaries and earned his living in the NGO world working in public policy, fundraising and communications in Boston and Philadelphia until entering Our Lady of Spring Bank in the summer of 2008.
Our Lady of Spring Bank is a small Abbey of the Order of Cistercians, generally known as the “Common Cistercians,” located on 600 acres near La Crosse, Wisconsin. The monks of Spring Bank divide their day between prayer, study, and manual labor, going to the oratory seven times each day to sing the Divine Office in Latin with English translations that would be familiar to most Anglicans. The Abbey supports itself throughLaserMonks.com, a leading provider of computer printer ink and toner cartridges and reseller of monastic products from around the world. LaserMonks has received significant attention in the US press both as an entrepreneurial success story and as a pioneer in the area of socially responsible business practice.
At the Abbey, Br. Stephen is the assistant to the Conventual Prior, a student for Holy Orders, and drives a mean snowplow during Wisconsin’s long winters. His interests include apologetics, Cistercian history, and the re-enchantment of culture. He blogs atSub Tuum and has been a supporter of the Apostolic Constitution since its announcement. As someone who still has a great love for the Anglican Patrimony, he agrees with the great 19th Century convert, Fr. Basil Maturin, that our goal should be “to hold on to all that was good and true in the past, and to engraft the new upon the old."