Church of England says Sunday mornings are “inconvenient”, midweek services more popular

All this religion stuff is just so gosh-darn hard. It is worth noting: no one is saying—at least, not yet— that the C of E is doing away with Sunday services. But the leadership is noting a trend—and, let’s face it, the C of E is nothing if not adaptable.  We’ll see where this goes. Unfortunately, it [Read More...]

Cardinal to lead requiem Mass for reinterment of Richard III

Details:  The head of the Catholic church in England and the Archbishop of Canterbury will both have roles in the reinterment of King Richard III at Leicester Cathedral, it has been revealed. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the leader of the Roman Catholic faith in this country, will lead a requiem mass at Holy Cross church, in [Read More...]

Behind every great married clergyman…

…is a woman like Mary Alma Parker. She helped make history. She is remembered this day by Fr. Dwight: On Tuesday Mrs Longenecker and I traveled to Charleston for the funeral of Mary Alma Parker. Mary Alma was the wife of Fr James Parker–the first Episcopal priest to be ordained under the Pastoral Provision in the [Read More...]

“We live out our awareness that we are called to be the Body of Christ”

A friend sent this my way, from an Anglo-Catholic parish, St. Paul’s, in the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, DC. They’re looking for a new rector, and have published a Rector Qualification Sheet, which describes the parish, its mission, and what it seeks for the new boss. I like how the parish describes itself: In our [Read More...]

Church of England votes to admit female bishops

Details:  The Church of England voted Monday to admit female bishops for the first time in its history. A move by clergy in 2012 to approve similar legislation to allow women to become bishops was backed by many in the church but ultimately blocked by traditionalists. The church first ordained female priests in 1994. “Today [Read More...]

Church of England bracing for sex abuse claims

From the BBC:  Fresh allegations of child sex abuse against the Church of England (CofE) are likely to surface, the Archbishop of Canterbury has warned. The Most Rev Justin Welby said he was braced for an abuse inquiry to reveal “bad stories” about the Church. He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that he dealt [Read More...]

Why not “Ashes to Go”?

Our Anglican siblings have been promoting this idea for a few years: On Ash Wednesday 2010, three Chicago-area Episcopal congregations independently took ashes and prayer to suburban train stations, Prayer on the street cornerand discovered commuters hungry for a moment of prayer, renewal and grace. Those who had no time to attend services or had [Read More...]

New priest in Florida celebrates first Mass on his wedding anniversary

From Florida comes the story of Miami’s first priest for the Anglican ordinariate:  It’s a claim very few newly-ordained Catholic priests can make: They celebrated their first Mass on their wedding anniversary. But that is just what Father Pedro Toledo did Feb. 16 at St. Louis Church in Pinecrest, celebrating his first Mass on his 34th wedding [Read More...]

In Canada, former Anglican takes “leap of faith” in ordination as Catholic deacon

From The B.C. Catholic in Vancouver: The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity began with a joyous occasion for the Archdiocese of Vancouver. In the presence of 100 parishioners and his fellow converts to Catholicism, Michael Shier was ordained a deacon Jan. 18. Archbishop J. Michael Miller, CSB, celebrated the ordination Mass at Holy Rosary [Read More...]

And now the “Les Mis Mass”

From our Church of England siblings in the Diocese of York in the U.K. comes this press release:  A communion service set to the music of Les Miserables will be held at York Minster at 7.30pm on Sunday 19th January. Led by Transcendence, a team which holds a regular Multimedia Eucharist at York Minster, this [Read More...]