Oblations to Take Place 16 September

Oblations of the second group of St. John’s Oblates of the St. Benet Biscop Chapter will take place 16 September at St. John’s Abbey. Several oblate-candidates who cannot join us at St. John’s will make their acts of oblation as well but in other locations. Joining us will be Bishop Steven Lopes of the Personal…

Crossing the Tiber

I’m delighted to announce that Stephen Aethelwold Hilgendorf, Obl.S.B., and his family plan to be received into full communion in the Catholic Church, via the Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter, on 17 September. Also being received that day will be Peter Vanderwaal, who has served as our organist for St. Benet Biscop Chapter…

St. Benedict’s Rule and the Anglican Patrimony

Blessings on this feast of St. Benedict! Thanks to Father Matthew Dallman for sending the following: “A blessed feast day of Saint Benedict! “This morning I shared on social media the following bits from Martin Thornton: “’Saint Benedict’s most vital message to the Church today: that loyalty to the basic threefold Rule—Mass-Office-Devotion—is always the prior…

Bishop Lopes’s Hillenbrand Lecture

On 21 June, Bishop Lopes delivered the Hillenbrand Lecture at the Liturgical Institute at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois. The full lecture can be found here and is well worth reading. His comments provide a helpful reminder that the Ordinariate Form of the Latin Rite is not a mish-mash of…

St. Charles Lwanga & Companions

This feast day is especially worthy of our prayerful reflection.  As Bd. Paul VI wondered in 1964, “[w]ho could have predicted to the famous African confessors and martyrs such as Cyprian, Felicity, Perpetua and – the greatest of all – Augustine, that we would one day add names so dear to us as Charles Lwanga…

Bishop Lopes on the Anglican Patrimony

[An interview with Bishop Steven Lopes, bishop of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, is published in the May edition of Inside the Vatican. (Click here for the link to the full interview.)  An excerpt is provided below. Bishop Lopes’s comments are excellent for several reasons. In the first place, the way he…

Prayer for the St. Benet Biscop Oblates

[A prayer by Jason John Edwards, Obl.S.B., for the St. Benet Biscop Chapter of St. John’s Oblates] Eternal Father, bless and guide thy people in the St. Benet Biscop Chapter of St. John’s Oblates; teach us thy ways and sustain us in living thy will in our lives.  Help us to follow the Gospel, especially…

St. Augustine of Canterbury and Divine Worship: The Missal

[Hood-doff to Clint Brand for pointing out that in addition to being the “Memorial of St. Augustine of Canterbury (per the modern General Roman Calendar and the Particular Calendar of the Ordinariates), [today] also happens to be the second anniversary of the promulgation of Divine Worship: The Missal.  Therein we may rejoice!   The text of…

_The Oblate_, June 2017

The Saint Benet Biscop Chapter is mentioned (pp. 6-7) in the June 2017 edition of The Oblate, the news magazine of the Oblates of Saint John’s Abbey.  To find it online, click here.

St. Augustine of Canterbury and Intersecting the Timeless

[Hood-doff to Fr. Hunwicke for the following quote from Dom Gregory Anglican-Patrimony Dix, which mentions tomorrow’s (27 May) saint, Augustine of Canterbury, monk and “Apostle to the English.” Another hood-doff to Brian McCord for sending the biography of St. Augustine of Canterbury, attached below, from today’s Matins readings.  And name-day blessings to Fr. Don Augustine…

Ascension & St. Bede

Blessings on this double feast day on which the feast of St. Bede the Venerable coincides with the Ascension … which happened also in 735, on the day St. Bede was gathered to his heavenly home. (Northumbria at this time of year is a splendid reflection of heaven, I’m sure.)  Here is a link to an article…

Aldersgate Day (24 May)

   Thoughts on Aldersgate Day, which celebrates the day, 24 May 1738, when John Wesley attended a group meeting in Aldersgate, London, and experienced a conversion in the form of an assurance of his salvation. I confess that my own bias leans away from interpreting the “Anglican patrimony” of Anglicanorum coetibus as being broad enough…