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 …