08 November 2010

Meeting in Orlando

I'm writing from Washington, D.C. — well, actually from Alexandria, Virginia, where our hotel is — because I'm here with a group of Middle School students from the parish. I came here last night, directly from Orlando, Florida. I'd spent a couple of days with the very fine clergy and delightful people of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (ACA). It was my privilege to preach at their Sunday morning Mass, and then I was given the opportunity to speak at the parish meeting which followed. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss Anglicanorum coetibus, and what it means for the future of their parish. There were lots of good questions, great interest, and some real excitement as they get closer to their vote, which will be taking place in not very many weeks.

I think it was helpful for them to hear about the experiences of those of us in the Anglican Use, as we've been living out our Anglican patrimony in the Catholic Church for nearly thirty years. Of course, there are always a few who are looking for the "downside" of things, but the overwhelming response I heard was positive and thankful.

Please do keep the clergy and people of the Cathedral of the Incarnation in your prayers, as they prepare not only for their parish's vote, but more importantly, for their parish's future.