29 November 2010

"Reflections on Becoming One"


Fr. William "Doc" Holiday posted a terrific article titled "Reflections on Becoming One" over on The Anglo-Catholic blog.  You can read it here.

28 November 2010

Advent


Almighty God, give us grace that we may cast away the works of darkness, and put upon us the armor of light, now in the time of this mortal life in which thy Son Jesus Christ came to visit us in great humility; that in the last day, when he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge both the quick and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Ghost, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

27 November 2010

Pray for the Unborn

Monstrance in the Sacred Heart Chapel, with the Host

The Holy Father has asked all Catholics to pray, especially today on the Vigil of the beginning of Advent, for all infants in the womb.  He refers to "nascent life," indicating that even at the moment of conception, there is a new human life -- a child of God -- who is to be protected and prayed for.

Offer your rosary prayers today for this intention, and in union with the Pope.  It's especially effective to pray before the Blessed Sacrament.  There are many Adoration Chapels, including our own Sacred Heart Chapel, where the Lord Jesus Christ is waiting for us to come for adoration and prayer.

25 November 2010

Thanksgiving Day


On this day when our nation has paused to give thanks to our gracious God, we should hear the words of President Abraham Lincoln which he spoke in 1863, in his now-famous Thanksgiving Proclamation, the proclamation which made this a national day of thanksgiving. His words about the suffering caused by war, and the terrible cost of war, are as immediate to us as they were then; his call for national unity are as necessary for us today as they were then; his call for us to remember God and the blessings we receive from him are more appropriate than ever:

“The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequalled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union. Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle, or the ship; the axe had enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverances and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to his tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquility and Union.”
Those are the words of one of our greatest presidents. May we, on this day, be thankful – but not just “generally thankful.” Let’s be thankful to Almighty God, who has given us the benefit of His love, and His grace, and may his blessing be with you and with your families.

24 November 2010

"Becoming One" Report from Canada


The following report was sent by Canon Richard Harris, an Anglican (TAC) priest in Canada, describing his experience at the recent "Becoming One" gathering in San Antonio. Perhaps his enthusiasm is contagious, and we'll hear of other such gatherings being organized in other places…?

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“Becoming One”
Our Lady of the Atonement Parish
San Antonio, Texas
November 16-18, 2010

I have to begin by saying that if someone had told me what I was to encounter at Our Lady of the Atonement it could not have prepared me for what I actually experienced. Yes, it is the most robust parish of the US Pastoral Provision parishes, but. . .! This parish that began in 1983 with eighteen parishioners, one priest and no building is now a thriving institution with four Masses on a Sunday, daily Masses, an incredible campus, and a top-rated day school of 550 students in pre-K to grade 12. The school (Atonement Academy) deserves a write-up of its own.

This conference was billed as an opportunity for those in the US who are interested to learn more about what Pope Benedict’s Apostolic Constitution has to offer to those in the various Anglican bodies there. Everyone was welcomed, whether in the Traditional Anglican Communion, another of the Continuing Anglican bodies, The Episcopal Church, or the US Pastoral Provision Parishes. When Bishop Botterill and I (Canon Richard Harris) decided to attend we knew that, as Canadians, we’d be the odd ducks there. But we were welcomed with open arms even though we were not the specific target of the conference.

There were three basic aspects of the conference: worship, presentations by some of the Pastoral Provision clergy and Fr. Scott Hurd, the official representative of Cardinal Wuerl, who is in turn the CDF’s designated liaison in the US, and fellowship. On “the way forward” we heard how the C.D.F., with input from those raised in the Anglican tradition, are putting the final touches on the “crash courses” that will be offered to the Anglican laity and clergy who wish to join the Ordinariates when they are established. As announced by the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales the English Ordinariate will be established in a few short months and we will benefit from their experience as they break new ground. The formation programme for laity will involve study at the parish level of some aspects of the Catechism of the Catholic Church that Anglicans may not have been exposed to, and the “intensive” study programme being prepared for the clergy will ensure that they are ready for ordination as Catholic priests in a matter of weeks rather than years. Follow up reading programmes for the Ordinariate clergy will complete their academic formation.

Worship at Our Lady of the Atonement was in every way as Anglican as you could ask for. While the building that houses OLA is of recent vintage, it is what any Anglo-Catholic parish would hope for. There are pictures and all sorts of information on their web site. The liturgy was in every respect appropriate and executed in a way that caught one up into the presence of the heavenly kingdom. The schedule included everything: Low Mass, the Offices, a Mass for those of us who are yet to be one with the wider Catholic Church, a High Mass in Latin, with music provided by the very large, award-winning school choir. All was done in decency and order. The High Mass is a daily event for the Academy, but because of the large contingent from the conference not all of the students who are ordinarily present could attend. A special service was laid on for the others in one of the chapels in the extensive buildings. The students took our presence in stride, with almost unbelievable order, silence and reverence. We were very much their guests, in their space, for their service!

The presentations were enthusiastic and encouraging. They came from priests who were former Episcopalians who had made the transition to the Pastoral Provision. The exceptions were Bishop Moyer of our TAC and of course Fr. Hurd, who also began his ministry as an Episcopal Church priest. It was Fr. Hurd who provided most of the information we needed to hear, most importantly a time line for the implementation of the Ordinariates. He was able also to clarify some of the confusion as to who is in charge and what the responsibilities of the various players actually are. Without going into endless detail, suffice it to say that those who spoke left me with the sense that things are indeed happening and that the end product will be very much what we have hoped for. Bishop Botterill was even given the opportunity to address the gathered throng at our last dinner together. One comment from our host, Fr.Christopher Phillips, was very encouraging to me. He reported that for the students and anybody else who has been worshipping at OLA for any length of time, our beloved Prayer of Humble Access is considered simply a part of the Catholic Mass. “We pray that prayer. Doesn’t everyone?” That prayer aside, not everything in the Pastoral Provision rite was as felicitously worded as our Book of Common Prayer, but there was little if anything to find serious fault with. For anyone who has worried that Anglicans may lose their “identity” as part of the much larger Catholic Church, spending time with Fr. Phillips, who has now spent thirty years as one of a small handful of Anglican priests who joined the Anglican Use of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, that worry quickly disappears. He and his parish are much more “Anglican” in their charism and identity than any of the Forward in Faith parishes in the Church of England.

Fellowship was part and parcel of the whole event. From the drivers who ferried us from airport to motel or from the motel to OLA and back again, from the other participants, from the students, from the Academy staff, from some who were there for no apparent reason, there was always a warm and welcome interchange. I had the privilege of conversing with Jeff, the first van driver, a remarried widower with (now) seventeen children, also with an unmarried US Army officer, as well as the headmaster and staff of the Academy, two honour students who were there to pass out and collect the various service booklets, a Vietnamese priest from San Diego whose parish had just voted to leave the Episcopal church and join the TAC, the lovely priest and his family from Indianapolis who had driven two days to be in San Antonio, the other Canadians (from Calgary and Toronto) who were present, other TAC bishops whose names I’ve often heard mentioned, including Archbishop Falk, five nuns of Mother Anglica’s order (the Poor Clares of Perpetual Adoration) who have started a new work in San Antonio, and finally many other clergy and lay folks there. It was fellowship in worship, learning and common cause through and through!

One last observation: I don’t think I’ve ever attended an event where everything went so smoothly. If it was announced that someone would meet us or drive us or feed us or speak to us, that person was always there on time and ready to accommodate.

Do check out the OLA web site, both church and school. They’ve left me eager to get on with the implementation of Anglicanorum Coetibus without delay! If the purpose of the Conference was to fire up interest in the Ordinariate, they succeeded.

23 November 2010

Welcome, Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller


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The Archbishop preaching at his Mass of Installation

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ALMIGHTY God, and most merciful Father, who, of thine infinite goodness, hast given thy only and dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ, to be our Redeemer, and the Author of everlasting life; who, after that he had made perfect our redemption by his death, and was ascended into heaven, poured down his gifts abundantly upon men, making some Apostles, some Prophets, some Evangelists, some Pastors and Doctors, to the edifying and making perfect his Church; Grant, we beseech thee, to thy servant Gustavo, such grace, that he may evermore be ready to spread abroad thy Gospel, the glad tidings of reconciliation with thee; and use the authority given him, not to destruction, but to salvation; not to hurt, but to help: so that, as a wise and faithful servant, giving to thy family their portion in due season, he may at last be received into everlasting joy; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who, with thee and the Holy Ghost, liveth and reigneth, one God, world without end. Amen.

21 November 2010

Another article on "Becoming One"

This article appeared on VirtueOnline:

SAN ANTONIO, TX: Ordinariate-bound Anglicans meet in Texas
Mary Ann Mueller in San Antonio
Special Correspondent
http://www.virtueonline.org/
November 20, 2010

A year ago Pope Benedict XVI unveiled Anglicanorum Coetibus opening wide the doors of the Catholic Church to allow Anglicans, world wide, to freely enter and embrace the fullness of their Catholicity while maintaining cherished elements of their own Anglican heritage and spirituality in unique Anglican ordinariates scattered around the world.

Little by little, isolated pockets of Anglicans started to communicate with the Vatican. They became headline news as they sought come into full communion with Rome. When Anglicanorum Coetibus was promulgated, the Anglican Use parishes were the first to line up seeking entry into the Pope's promised Anglican Ordinariate. They were followed by the bishops of the Anglican Church in America –the US branch of the Traditional Anglican Communion. Religious communities, such as the Episcopal All Saints Sisters of the Poor, and individual Anglo-Catholic congregations, such as Mount Calvary in Baltimore, and St. Barnabas in Omaha also inched their way toward Rome and the Ordinariate.

Seeing all these various Episcopal and Anglican groups being identified, the Rev. Christopher Phillips, the founding pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement Anglican Use Catholic Church in San Antonio, wondered if he invited everyone who was eventually headed into the US Anglican Ordinariate to a special gathering ... would anyone come? He thought perhaps 20 to 25 and maybe even 30.

So an invitation was issued to all groups and individuals to come to Texas and get to know each other because, eventually, they would become one Roman Catholic family with Benedict XVI as their Holy Father.

And they came ... bishops, priests, deacons, seminarians, abbots, monks, nuns, hermits, vestry members and the faithful. Inside their breasts beats an Anglican heart, but for their soul's sake they find themselves swimming the Tiber to live out their catholicity within the Bark of Peter.

And they came ... from Texas, California, Florida, Wisconsin, Indiana, Virginia, Nevada, Kentucky, Arkansas, the Carolinas, Tennessee, New Jersey, Washington, Illinois, Arizona, and Nova Scotia.

They came to pray and to have fellowship, to break bread together, to listen and to learn, to ask questions and be encouraged, to hear words of wisdom from the trailblazers, to find like-mindedness and a commonality in faith and practice, to come together as one in Christ and to begin to become one spiritual family within the Roman Catholic Church.

More than 125 responded to Fr. Phillips' invitation to come to the "Becoming One" gathering.

Nearly 100 clergy - deacons, priests and bishops - filled the various rooms at Atonement Academy and spilled into the halls. Most priests were wearing their black clerical suits: some priests were comfortable in their cassocks, which is Fr. Phillips' normal attire. He made his commanding presence known as he mingled among his honored guests and visitors, many of whom he had never met before.

Telltale flashes of purple identified the bishops in the group. All deacons, priests and bishops were male. The women in ministry were represented by fully-habited Poor Claire nuns, other Religious Sisters, and veiled hermitesses. Several male Religious, also in their long flowing habits, were part of the Becoming One gathering.

Unified prayer was ultimately the central focus of the three-day event. Several times throughout each day the Opus Dei - the work of God - called all to prayer. Simultaneous services of Holy Communion were held in the church and chapel to accommodate the students and guests, whose numbers were greater than could be seated at one time in the main sanctuary. Morning Prayer, Evensong and Compline were also prayerfully celebrated as a unified corporate voice was lifted in joint prayer and praise to God.

They found hope when they realized theirs is not a unique story and that they are not alone in their struggle to remain committed to the uncompromising faith once delivered unto the Saints. They found that as their prayer was unified, their struggle to remain faithful was also unified.

---Mary Ann Mueller is a journalist living in Texas. She is a regular contributor to VirtueOnline
 You can read the original here.

Christ the King


The Lord Jesus Christ, the King of the Universe, was dragged before a minor earthly ruler, Pilate, and was asked the question, “Are you a king, then?”  Such a simple question it was, and yet so fertile; as a seed bursting with the beginning of life when it falls into good soil is able to produce a harvest beyond imagining, so Christ’s answer to Pilate's question (if it had been met with some glimmer of grace, some hint of human charity) might have lifted the life of that petty potentate into the upper reaches of God’s glory, for our Lord told him “My kingdom is not of this world...”  But that, Pilate could not grasp, and so instead has been immortalized with the phrase, “...suffered under Pontius Pilate...” which describes the death of the King he could never understand.  We, however, have been given to know that kingdom “not of this world,” and so have been spared the blindness which afflicted Pilate.  In the cross we see a throne; in the thorns we see a crown; in the wounded side we see a gateway to Christ’s kingdom, which is eternal.

20 November 2010

More on "Becoming One"


This link will take you to The Anglo-Catholic blog, and there are more links within the article, along with more pictures.

19 November 2010

Can we be far behind?

This wonderful news was published today:

Implementation of the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus
The Establishment of a Personal Ordinariate in England and Wales

Much has been achieved over many years as a result of the dialogue and the fruitful ecumenical relations which have developed between the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion. Obedient to the prayer of the Lord Jesus Christ to His Heavenly Father, the unity of the Church remains a constant desire in the vision and life of Anglicans and Catholics. The prayer for Christian Unity is the prayer for the gift of full communion with each other. We must never tire of praying and working for this goal.

During his visit to the United Kingdom in September, His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI was therefore keen to stress that the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus: "…should be seen as a prophetic gesture that can contribute positively to the developing relations between Anglicans and Catholics. It helps us to set our sights on the ultimate goal of all ecumenical activity: the restoration of full ecclesial communion in the context of which the mutual exchange of gifts from our respective spiritual patrimonies serves as an enrichment to us all."i

It is now just over one year since the Apostolic Constitution was published. The Pope’s initiative provided for the establishment of personal Ordinariates as one of the ways in which members of the Anglican tradition may seek to enter into full communion with the Catholic Church. As the Holy Father stated at that time, he was responding to petitions received "repeatedly and insistently"ii by him from groups of Anglicans wishing "to be received into full communion individually as well as corporately."iii Since then, it has become clear that a number of Anglican clergy and their faithful do indeed wish to bring their desire for full ecclesial communion with the Catholic Church to realisation within an Ordinariate structure.

In collaboration with the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) in Rome, the Bishops of England and Wales have been preparing for the establishment of an Ordinariate early in January 2011. Although there may be practical difficulties in the months ahead, the Bishops are working to address these at a national and local level.

Five Anglican Bishops who currently intend to enter the Ordinariate have already announced their decision to resign from pastoral ministry in the Church of England with effect from 31 December 2010. They will enter into full communion with the Catholic Church early in January 2011. During the same month, it is expected that the Decree establishing the Ordinariate will be issued and the name of the Ordinary to be appointed announced. Soon afterwards, those non-retired former Anglican Bishops whose petitions to be ordained are accepted by the CDF, will be ordained to the Catholic Diaconate and Priesthood for service in the Ordinariate.

It is expected that the retired former Anglican Bishops whose petitions to be ordained are accepted by the CDF, will be ordained to the Catholic Diaconate and Priesthood prior to Lent. This will enable them, together with the Ordinary and the other former Anglican Bishops, to assist with the preparation and reception of former Anglican clergy and their faithful into full communion with the Catholic Church during Holy Week.

Before the beginning of Lent, those Anglican clergy with groups of faithful who have decided to enter the Ordinariate will then begin a period of intense formation for ordination as Catholic priests.

At the beginning of Lent, the groups of faithful together with their pastors will be enrolled as candidates for the Ordinariate. Then, at a date to be agreed between the Ordinary and the local diocesan Bishop, they will be received into the Catholic Church and confirmed. This will probably take place either during Holy Week, at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday or during the Easter Vigil. The period of formation for the faithful and their pastors will continue to Pentecost. Until then, these communities will be cared for sacramentally by local clergy as arranged by the diocesan Bishop and the Ordinary.

Around Pentecost, those former Anglican priests whose petitions for ordination have been accepted by the CDF will be ordained to the Catholic Priesthood. Ordination to the Diaconate will precede this at some point during Eastertide. Formation in Catholic theology and pastoral practice will continue for an appropriate amount of time after ordination.

In responding generously and offering a warm welcome to those seeking full ecclesial communion with the Catholic Church within the Ordinariate, the Bishops know that the clergy and faithful who are on that journey of faith will bring their own spiritual treasures which will further enrich the spiritual life of the Catholic Church in England and Wales. The Bishops will do all they can to ensure that there is effective and close collaboration with the Ordinariate both at diocesan and parish levels.

Finally, with the blessings and encouragement they have received from Pope Benedict’s recent Visit, the Catholic Bishops of England and Wales are resolved to continue their dialogue with other Christian Churches and Ecclesial Communities on that journey towards the communion in faith and the fullness of unity for which Christ prayed.


Footnotes

i Oscott College, 19 September 2010
ii Apostolic Constitution 'Anglicanorum Coetibus', 4 November 2009
iii ibid

18 November 2010

We had an amazing three days...


We just finished our "Becoming One" gathering, which brought together Anglicans and Catholics from all over the country -- people who are dedicated to being part of the Ordinariate when it's established for this country.

I don't know how to thank, in any adequate way, all those from the parish who worked tirelessly to make this an wonderful experience for everyone.

I posted several pictures over on The Anglo-Catholic blog, and I'm too lazy to post them here right now.  If you'd like to see them, go here.  I have more, and will get them posted when I catch up on all things I haven't done over these past three days.

15 November 2010

What's wrong with this picture?


Call me crazy, but has it come to this?  An airport security guard wearing a hijab, searching a Catholic nun...? 

Albertus Magnus


St. Albertus Magnus, also known as Albert the Great and "the teacher of everything there is to know" can be characterized as a "renaissance man" even before there was such a word. He was a grand thinker, prolific writer and distinguished philosopher during the period of the Middle Ages. One of his pupils was another brilliant mind, St. Thomas Aquinas. The topics that were influenced by him are incredibly diverse and include psychology, logic, metaphysics, meteorology, mineralogy and zoology.

O God, who gavest grace unto blessed Albert, thy bishop and doctor, to become great because of his subjection of this world’s wisdom to a childlike faith in thee: Grant us, we beseech thee; in such wise to follow his doctrine that finally we may enjoy the fullness of thy light in heaven; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

12 November 2010

Interview with Fr. Scott Hurd

Fr. Hurd has been appointed to assist Cardinal-designate Wuerl in preparing for the establishment of an Ordinariate in the United States.  He was interviewed by Raymond Arroyo on The World Over, and you can hear the interview by starting at the 11-minute point.

Next week's gathering...


We're looking forward to our "Becoming One" gathering next week.  Inquiries are still coming in, and the attendance seems to increase each day.  Of course, we're happy to welcome everyone who wants to come, although I want to emphasize that the primary purpose of the gathering is so that those who are committed to entering the Ordinariate can get to know one another better (thus the title "Becoming One").  We're not going to be debating the merits of the Ordinariate, so if anyone is coming for that purpose, don't bother.  You might as well save the plane fare.

Here's the schedule:

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 16

4:00-5:50pm - Hospitality time (snacks & soft drinks)
6:00pm - Evening Prayer
6:30pm - Reception (wine and refreshments)
7:00pm - Buffet supper
8:00pm - Greetings from various participants
9:00pm - Compline

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 17

There will be coffee and light snacks available throughout the morning; however, a Continental breakfast is available at the Comfort Inn for those who are staying there.

7:00am - Low Mass according to the Anglican Use
7:30am - Anglican Liturgy
8:15am - Morning Prayer
9:15am - Sung Mass (with the Academy faculty and students)
10:30am - Coffee and continental breakfast
11:00am - Session I – “The Road Taken: How We Arrived at the Threshold”
Noon - Lunch
1:00pm - Session II – “The Destination in Sight: Knock and It Shall Be Opened”
2:15pm - Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament
3:00pm – Break for afternoon refreshments
3:40pm - Session III – “Just Around the Corner: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful”
5:00pm - Solemn Evensong
5:45pm - Reception (wine and refreshments)
6:45pm - Dinner
7:45pm - After dinner talk
8:45pm - Compline

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18

There will be coffee and light snacks available throughout the morning; however, a Continental breakfast is available at the Comfort Inn for those who are staying there.

7:00am - Low Mass according to the Anglican Use
7:30am - Anglican Liturgy
8:15am - Morning Prayer
9:15am - Sung Mass (with Academy faculty and students)
10:30am - Coffee and continental breakfast
11:00am - Follow-up discussion and farewell

11 November 2010

Back home...

Just got back in San Antonio.

It's been a terrific trip -- a successful time at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Orlando, and several wonderful days with the students in Washington. We celebrated Mass this morning in one of the chapels in the crypt of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, then we spent some time at the National Gallery of Art. All the students decided they wanted to go to the top of the Washington Monument -- Deacon Orr and I decided lunch had a higher priority. We had a few hours left, so we wandered around the Air and Space Museum, the wonderful I. M. Pei building, and all the beauty that's found in Washington in the fall season.

Now it's back to work.  We've got a big meeting here next week...

09 November 2010

A great time with the students...


I'm so glad to be taking some time with our students, sharing the experience of being in Washington, D.C. together, celebrating Mass with them, and getting to know them is a setting so different from our day to day life at the school.

We saw lots of Capitol Hill today.  What an inspiring place, with its sense of history and importance.  Of course, Deacon Orr and I commented to one another that we felt particular relieved and safe since Congress isn't in session, and the President is out of the country!


We celebrated Mass at old St. Patrick's Church, which is the oldest Catholic parish in Washington, founded in the 1790's.

The afternoon was spent in and around Arlington Cemetery -- sobering and very moving.

I'll have access to pictures after I return to San Antonio, and I'll post a selection of them so you can see our terrific students having a great time in our nation's capitol.

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.

05 November 2010

On the go...


Tomorrow morning (Saturday, November 6th) I'll be flying to Orlando, where I'll be spending a couple of days with the folks at the Anglican Cathedral of the Incarnation.  I'm scheduled to preach at their morning service, and then speak to those who will be attending a parish meeting which is preparatory to their decision about becoming part of the Ordinariate when it is established. 

Late in the afternoon on Sunday, I'll be flying from Orlando to Washington, D.C., where I'll join several of our students who will have already arrived there.  We'll be visiting the great sites of national importance, of course, but this is also a pilgrimage and we will be spending time in the many places of importance to us as Catholics.

I'll be back home in the parish Thursday night.

01 November 2010

A Prayer for our Country


Almighty God, who hast given us this good land for our heritage; We humbly beseech thee that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of thy favour and glad to do thy will. Bless our land with honourable industry, sound learning, and pure manners. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogancy, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought hither out of many kindreds and tongues. Endue with the spirit of wisdom those to whom in thy Name we entrust the authority of government, that there may be justice and peace at home, and that, through obedience to thy law, we may show forth thy praise among the nations of the earth. In the time of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in the day of trouble, suffer not our trust in thee to fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

All Souls


O God, whose mercies cannot be numbered: Accept our prayers on behalf of thy servants departed, and grant them an entrance into the land of light and joy, in the fellowship of thy saints; through Jesus Christ thy Son our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

All Saints

The Pantheon, built originally in 27 B.C. and rebuilt by the Emperor Hadrian c. 126 A.D. to honor pagan Roman gods, was consecrated by Pope Boniface VI and dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary and All Martyrs ca. 609, thus beginning the commemoration of All Saints.

O Almighty God, who hast knit together thine elect in one communion and fellowship in the mystical body of thy Son Christ our Lord: Grant us grace so to follow thy blessed saints in all virtuous and godly living, that we may come to those ineffable joys which thou hast prepared for those who unfeignedly love thee; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord, who with thee and the Holy Spirit liveth and reigneth, one God, in glory everlasting.   Amen.