Vatican Radio reports on this historic event for us

Anglicans received into full communion

In Canada, this Divine Mercy Sunday sees two former Anglican bishops, Peter Wilkinson and Carl Reid received, with members of their congregations, into full communion with the Catholic Church, in accordance with Pope Benedict XVI’s 2009 Apostolic ConstitutionAnglicanorum coetibus, which provides a structure for welcoming Anglicans into the Catholic Church. The ceremonies of reception will be held at special Masses, one in Ottawa, the nation’s capital; the other in Victoria on Canada’s west coast.

“We’ve tried to respond to a request from a certain group of Anglicans, who wish for full communion now,” said Catholic Archbishop Terrence Prendergast of Ottawa. “And we also realize that we have to continue to work for the full unity of the Church in whatever way Christ would like that to be, however He wants to bring it about with the remaining Anglicans.”

Archbishop Prendergast spoke about Sunday’s liturgy: “I’ve learned how to celebrate Mass in the Anglican tradition that’s been approved for this group of Anglicans to come over, and I’ll be celebrating their liturgy on Sunday afternoon. And the priest who’s has been working with them has also learned their liturgy as well, so I think that will encourage them and comfort them.”

He also put the event into a larger, ecumenical context: “I think anything that will strengthen unity among Christians is going to be a positive sign for others. One of the great scandals, of course, in our world is that there are so many Christians who believe in Jesus Christ and all that He has brought to us and yet that we go about it in such different ways. Our disunity is a countersign to the evangelisation of our world, and I think anything that will bring us closer together that recognises unity in diversity is going to be rich blessing for us and a help to evangelisation.”

Listen to the full interview of Archbishop Terrence Prendergast with Christopher Wells: RealAudioMP3 

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5 Responses to Vatican Radio reports on this historic event for us

  1. Colin Kerr says:

    Wonderful! Yeah, welcome!

  2. May the Lord be praised, and may he grant you peace, grace and every happiness!

  3. Clive says:

    Many congratulations and welcome home. I was at the Mass with my two kids; couldn’t stay for the bunfight. But a very happy occasion and brought back memories of my own crossing in 2000 – I got to be thurifer at the Easter Vigil when I was received by Fr. Joe at Blessed Sacrament.

    I hope to be able to come to a few AU Masses at the former Cathedral.

    Welcome home!

  4. Stephen Hill says:


    Having being received myself in January, I know what a wonderful day this must have been for you and the congregation. So I join in wishing you welcome!

    You are blessed to have been able to enter as a group.

    My former ACCA parish remains in preparation for the day when it will enter. I was asked to leave earlier so that I could commence seminary formation, but I hope and pray that they will be able to follow soon.

    The regathering of our Anglican family is continuing apace!

    With easter joy!

  5. Fr. Dr. Waldemar Labusga says:

    Sincere congratulations and Easter greetings from Argentina.

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