The long-awaited and yearned for event is happening on Sunday. Here's a picture of the rehearsal of the liturgy taken last night at St. Patrick's Basilica
ARCHBISHOP PRENDERGAST WILL RECEIVE
MEMBERS OF THE ANGLICAN CATHOLIC CHURCH OF CANADA INTO THE ROMAN CATHOLIC
The Most Reverend Terrence Prendergast, S.J., Archbishop of Ottawa will
receive some 40 members of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada’s Ottawa
Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary into the Roman
Catholic Church on Divine Mercy Sunday, April 15, 2012 at 3:00 pm at St.
Patrick’s Basilica – 281 Nepean Street, Ottawa. Archbishop Prendergast will
celebrate the Anglican Use Mass, approved for use in the Catholic Church. The
parish-in-waiting will eventually join the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of
St. Peter under Msgr. Jeffrey Steenson, as part of a Canadian Deanery of St.
John the Baptist. All are welcome.
“April 15, 2012 is a date for us to remember for posterity, the day of
our individual and collective reception into the Catholic Church,” said the
Right Reverend Carl Reid, Auxiliary Bishop of the Pro-Diocese of Our Lady of
Walsingham. “And not only us from the Annunciation, but also from several other
parishes and fellowships across the country,” he added. “Initially, we shall be
a ‘sodality,’ which would best be described as a ‘parish in waiting.’”
“I am honoured to receive members of the Anglican Catholic Church into
full communion with the Roman Catholic Church,” said Archbishop Terrence
The Cathedral of the Annunciation is part of the Anglican Catholic
Church of Canada. It was founded in 1977 by conservative Anglicans opposed to
the ordination of women, and other reforms introduced by the Anglican Church of
The Pope's overture, Reid said, is, in part, a response to a petition
made in October 2009 by the 400,000 member Traditional Anglican Communion, of
which the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada forms part.
It's expected that
the Vatican will permit these new Catholics from the Anglican heritage to
continue to use approved parts of the Book of Common Prayer, and to preserve
other aspects of their traditions including, on a case-by-case basis, married
In late February, the Right Reverend Bishop Wilkinson, Diocesan Bishop
of the Pro-Diocese of Our Lady of Walsingham met with Msgr. Steenson, the
Ordinary of the Ordinariate in the United States. Msgr. Steenson agrees that
all of the Canadian sodalities, present and future, should be gathered as
parishes into a Canadian Deanery of the American Ordinariate of the Chair of
St. Peter. He also happily concurs the Anglican Catholics’ choice of St. John
the Baptist, with profound historical meaning for Canadians, is an ideal choice
for their patronage.
The pictures were taking during and after a rehearsal at St. Patrick's Basilica last night.