Posted on the 5th Jun 2017 in the category News
A group of representatives of The Society, led by the Bishops of Ebbsfleet, Fulham and Richborough, have held a seminar in Rome. Its purpose was to present and explain to an invited audience both the official provisions put in place to enable Anglican Catholics and Conservative Evangelicals to flourish within the Church of England following the ordination of women as bishops (notably in the House of Bishops’ Declaration) and The Society as the anglo-catholic structure which builds on those provisions. The group also included Dr Colin Podmore (Secretary of the Council of Bishops of The Society) and the Revd Ian McCormack.
The seminar was held at the Anglican Centre in Rome by kind permission of its Director, Archbishop David Moxon, who participated in the seminar with the Associate Director and the Director-designate, Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi. The British Ambassador to the Holy See was also present. The Roman Catholic participants included staff members of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and other dicasteries of the Holy See, together with a number of Roman Catholics prominent in Anglican - Roman Catholic relations.
In addition to presentations by the members of the group and responses by Roman Catholic participants, the seminar also included a presentation by the Revd Alexander McGregor, Deputy Legal Adviser to the General Synod, on the legislation and the House of Bishops’ Declaration.
The Bishop of Ebbsfleet, the Rt Revd Jonathan Goodall, said, ‘The seminar has been a very positive experience, and warmly received. It has given us a valuable opportunity to set out for our friends and colleagues in Rome how The Society is responding, in an anomalous situation, to the challenges, on the one hand, of obedience to an ancient common ecclesiology we share with Roman Catholics, and on the other of confidence in those aspects of mutual recognition and witness we have with our fellow Anglicans. We are very grateful to the Anglican Centre for making it possible.’
Posted on the 15th Jan 2017 in the category News
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Posted on the 9th Dec 2016 in the category News
At the 2016 Forward in Faith National Assembly the Right Revd Philip North, Bishop of Burnley spoke about The Future of Catholic Life in the Church of England and began a consultation on the Mission Priorities of The Society for the next five years. The proposed Mission Priorities can be read here.
What Do You Think?
We now need your views on these six priorities. You might like to think about the following questions:
It would be good for parishes to have this conversation at a PCC meeting, and then return a Parish response. Alternatively, you could send in your own personal reflections. All feedback will be very much valued. Please send responses to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 27 January 2017.
Posted on the 14th Nov 2016 in the category News
Last weekend, 11-14 November 2016, some 30 women of different ages, about half of them from Sweden, met for a retreat at Walsingham, with the theme 'Trusting Jesus'. The weekend was organised as an opportunity to continue to forge ecumenical links between Societas Sanctae Birgittae (SSB), which is a catholic devotional Society within the Church of Sweden, and those who belong to our own Society. Several of our bishops have been visiting SSB's annual general chapter at Vadstena, Sweden and in return SSB have been sending many priests and young people to visit Walsingham for pilgrimages and other ecumenical encounters. This time the sisters of SSB had a chance to visit under the leadership of their Mother Superior Anna Greek, who together with Mrs Sarah Goodall took the initiative for this joint pilgrimage. The retreat addresses, on the healing miracles in St Luke's Gospel, were delivered by the Bishop of Ebbsfleet.
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Posted on the 4th Oct 2016 in the category News