Monday, December 14, 2009

Fr. Phillips Reports on the Anglicanorum Coetibus Information Day at Our Lady of the Atonement

The venerable flagship parish of the Anglican Use of the Roman Rite, Our Lady of the Atonement in San Antonio, Texas, hosted an information day this last Saturday, the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, on the nature and future of the Anglican Ordinariates within the Catholic Church. Shawn has already mentioned this event before, as well as the webcasts Fr. Phillips was kind enough to post, but just in case you missed them, here they are again:

Solemn High Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe according to the Book of Divine Worship

Session I: Fr. Phillips, Ralph Johnston and Mike Dunnigan.
Session II: Duane Galles
Session III: Questions and Answers

Fr. Phillips has this comment:

Our meeting this past Saturday provided an opportunity for new friendships to be forged. In fact, with several Anglican clergy there, it was as though we were able to reestablish contact with our extended family. And this is important. As members of various Anglican groups move closer to being part of the future Ordinariate, we'll be living in the same house. For a whole generation it's just been the parishes and communities of the Pastoral Provision who've been holding up the flag within the Catholic Church, and it was easy to think we were on our own. But the steady progress of other groups, like the Traditional Anglican Communion, is bearing fruit.

I'm excited that we'll be moving in together, to take up residence in this wonderful new structure being given to us by our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI. I'm glad I had the opportunity to make new friends, and to rediscover spiritual brothers, and I'm looking forward to strengthening family ties. (Source).
It is important to recall that not only are the Anglican Ordinariates are of considerable significance both for the unity of all orthodox Christians, but it also represents the return of a valuable and significant fragment of English-speaking culture to the Church, which is certainly of interest to Catholics in the United States, Canada, Australia and other nations with a cultural link to Great Britain. Please pray for these good people.

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