“Ecumenism in the Front Row”

Recently I ran across the expression, “Ecumenism in the front row” as a descriptor of the Anglicanorum coetibus ordinariates.  A quick search produced what I assume was the first public use of the term by then-Monsignor Lopes in 2014.  (Click here for the report of the 2014 statement.)  I take this expression to mean that…

Mass & Evensong at St. John’s Abbey – December 4, 2016

Sunday, December 4, 2016 – St. John’s, Collegeville, MN, Emmaus Hall (27 on this map.) 1:30 p.m., Mass (Divine Worship Missal) ca. 2:45 p.m., Evensong (followed by coffee/tea in Emmaus Dining Hall) Tea  & scones afterwards  

Something Greater than Anglophila

“The Hispanic members of the Atonement congregation seemed as enthusiastic about the fare they were receiving as did the Anglo-Saxons; they were clearly going to Mass there because they sensed that it provided them with something hard-wired into their genes. … The Ordinariate form of Mass manifestly has a much broader appeal than merely to…

Receiving Ministries, Anglican and Roman Catholic

[Copied below is an article from _The Living Church_ on the gestures and symbols of the recent meeting between Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby.  A mere glance at the history of ecumenism counsels against assuming there will be sudden and dramatic changes in the near future.  But at a minimum, the recent meeting firmly states that…

Anglican-patrimonial Benedictine Oblates

Those drawn to Benedictine spirituality and to its role in developing the Anglican patrimony are invited to consider joining the St. Benet Biscop Chapter of St. John’s Abbey Oblates (SBBC). As the inaugural group of oblate candidates makes its way towards final oblation in January, the SBBC welcomes those interested in forming the next group…

Bishop Smith at St. Paul’s, Jarrow

Sharing a couple of photos from Bishop Michael Smith’s recent pilgrimage to England, which included a trip to St. Paul’s, Jarrow. Modern Jarrow is an industrial suburb of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne. So, coming upon St. Paul’s CofE Church, tucked away between a terminal (for shipping from the Tyne River) and a Department of Transport facility is like…

Common Declaration of Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin Welby

Text of the Common Declaration of Pope Francis and the Archbishop of Canterbury. Pope Francis joined the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, in calling for Christian unity during a Vespers service on Wednesday at Rome’s church of St Gregory. They the following joint declaration… Fifty years ago our predecessors, Pope Paul VI and Archbishop Michael Ramsey met in this city…