Great interview with a soon-to-be Ordinariate priest in Australia

It’s been awfully quiet from Australia lately so I was most delighted to get a tip from one of my readers that this interview with Deacon Stephen Hill, who will be ordained a Catholic priest on March 1, appeared in The Record.  Here’s the link and an excerpt:

What was your journey to Anglican priesthood?

I was in the Anglican Church for a number of years, then a TAC Brisbane parish was started and a bunch of us joined.

I had been discerning a little before that and started seriously discerning at that time.

I was ordained a deacon in 2007 and then a priest in 2008 for the TAC. I was full-time in my day job [as an electronic engineer] during the week and [ministered] during the weekends.

And then you applied to join the Ordinariate and the Catholic Church.

A lot of this journey happened in the shadow of what had been going on with Rome … The serious talk has only gone back around five years.

That shadow was setting a character to this particular journey… knowing that quest for unity with the Catholic Church was part of the deal.

There are many types of Anglo-Catholics … I would see myself as the type of Anglo-Catholic who would say that unity is something we must search for, and I guess we really see ourselves as the spiritual children of [Blessed] John Henry Newman.

He became Catholic under circumstances that were a lot more difficult than the circumstances we face in our own time …

 

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4 Responses to Great interview with a soon-to-be Ordinariate priest in Australia

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  2. Continental Catholic says:

    Though there has been no news or photos on the OLSC Ordinariate’s website, I’ve found the following indication that Fr Owen Buckton’s ordination did go on schedule:
    “On the first day of February, we celebrated a unique moment in the life of our Diocese, with the Ordination to the Priesthood of Father Owen Buckton of the Traditional Anglican Communion. Father Owen, together with the members of the Rockhampton Traditional Anglican Communion, had been received into the Catholic Church and Pope Benedict had given his permission for Father Owen to be ordained a Catholic Priest. They will form part of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, the equivalent of a diocese which embraces similar communities throughout Australia. The Leader of the New Ordinariate is the Very Reverend Harry Entwistle who resides in Perth. We welcome Father Owen and his parish community and wish God’s blessing upon them as we share this new journey together.”
    http://www.rok.catholic.net.au/thereview/2013/01_2013_Feb/0113_article01.html

  3. Rev22:17 says:

    Continental Catholic,

    You wrote: Though there has been no news or photos on the OLSC Ordinariate’s website, I’ve found the following indication that Fr Owen Buckton’s ordination did go on schedule…

    That’s certainly great news! I’m rather disappointed that the process of receiving congregations and ordaining clergy is progressing so slowly in Australia, but at least it is moving forward.

    As I noted in another thread, there is serious possibility that Pope Benedict’s abdication could delay some ordinations. Any rescripts not signed before his resignation takes effect on Thursday afternoon will have to await the election of a new pope. As we saw with the ordination of Fr. Carl Reid in Ottawa, the plans for the respective masses of ordination cannot go forward until the rescripts are signed. Thus, ordinations of the second class of candidates for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, anticipated to occur “around Easter” in the United States and Canada, might be delayed, as might some of the ordinations for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross.

    Norm.

    • Rev22:17 says:

      Continental Catholic,

      I wrote: As I noted in another thread, there is serious possibility that Pope Benedict’s abdication could delay some ordinations. Any rescripts not signed before his resignation takes effect on Thursday afternoon will have to await the election of a new pope. As we saw with the ordination of Fr. Carl Reid in Ottawa, the plans for the respective masses of ordination cannot go forward until the rescripts are signed. Thus, ordinations of the second class of candidates for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, anticipated to occur “around Easter” in the United States and Canada, might be delayed, as might some of the ordinations for the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross.

      Or perhaps the impact won’t be as bad as I thought.

      According to today’s bulletin from the Vatican Information Service (VIS), Pope Benedict XVI signed a motu proprio last Friday, giving it immediate effect upon publication, that makes a few modifications to law governing the election of a new pope. The revised law stipulates that the cardinal electors must wait at least fifteen, but no more than twenty, days for the arrival of cardinal electors who are not in Rome when the see falls vacant before starting the conclave, but it authorizes the cardinal electors to start the conclave earlier if all of the cardinal electors are present in Rome.

      I suspect that nearly all of the cardinal electors will be in Rome for the Pope’s farewell meeting with the cardinals on Friday afternoon, and that they will proceed into the conclave fairly expeditiously thereafter. This means that we could have a new pope as early as the end of next week.

      There’s obviously some possiblity that they will have to wait the full fifteen days if one of the cardinal electors is unable to travel to Rome due to illness or political detention, but I doubt that the Vatican would have bothered to issue this document if they foresaw such issues.

      Norm.

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