During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast ordained Carl Reid, a former Anglican Catholic Church of Canada (ACCC) bishop to the priesthood.
“Carl, my son, your life up to now has been one of profound commitment and witness,” said Archbishop Prendergast at the opening of the ordination Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral Jan. 26. “Your formation and ministry within the Anglican tradition have provided you solid spiritual bedrock.”
“You have been a bold witness to Christ and to the truths of Catholic Christianity–often at great cost to yourself,” the archbishop said.
Father Reid is the second bishop from the small traditional Anglican denomination to be ordained to serve in the Canadian Deanery of St. John the Baptist of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter (POCSP), a structure for former Anglicans erected Jan. 1, 2012. Father Peter Wilkinson, the former ACCC Metropolitan Bishop, was ordained in Victoria, B.C. on Dec. 8 last year and attended Father Reid’s ordination.
“Coming into communion with the Catholic Church through the Ordinariate, you bring with you the rich spiritual patrimony of the Anglican Church,” said Archbishop Prendergast. “Now, your ministry of bridge-building extends to creating bonds of friendship and communion between the Catholic Church and ecclesial communities of the Anglican and other Christian traditions. We ask God’s blessing on you and your ministry.”
The Ordinariates are special structures set up by Pope Benedict XVI for groups of former Anglicans that allow them to preserve aspects of their patrimony, including an approved Anglican Use liturgy. Under the Pope’s Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus, three Ordinariates have been established, in England and Wales, the United States and Canada, and Australia.
“Healthy Christian churches were never meant to be isolated and cut off from the main body of Catholic Christianity,” said Houston-based POCSP Ordinary Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson, who preached at Reid’s ordination. “In this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which commenced yesterday on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul, it is surely right to emphasize this.” He noted the Paul and Timothy clearly saw their role as delivering or handing on the authoritative teachings, the dogma “of the Apostles to observe and keep.”
“There is no question that Paul was setting up churches that would live under authority, not self-governing, independent congregations,” he said.