Sunday, October 05, 2008
The ACC and me
On Wednesday October 1, 2008, during a noon celebration of Holy Communion at St. Andrew and St. Margaret of Scotland in Alexandria, Virginia, with the full permission and blessing of Bishop Joel Johnson (who was present himself for the occasion) I was received into the Anglican Catholic Church by the Rt. Rev. William McClean, Bishop of the Diocese of the Mid-Atlantic States. And, as Bishop Joel was generous in giving this priest and his ministry to the ACC, so Bishop McClean returned the generosity by allowing me to serve as needed with Bishop Johnson while making myself available to churches in the ACC. No doubt this will be the case unless and until such time as I may find myself serving as a curate, rector or vicar to an ACC congregation.
It is also an example, I hope, to others that these two bishops are able and willing to agree on a course of action that speaks of the love, trust and unity of our common faith.
Also received that day by Bishop McClean was Fr. Peter Weaver, a priest who was ordained in the Roman Catholic Church, and who brings a lot of minsterial experience.
I want to thank certain people. First of all, Bishop Joel Johnson for teaching me and ordaining me (beginning over eleven years ago), and for receiving my family back in Easton, Maryland when we left Arizona last year; and also for being a very dear friend as well. I want to thank Bishop McClean for making a way for this to happen. In addition, there are others who helped me see the ACC in a clear and positive light: Archbishop Mark Haverland, Fr. John Hollister, Fr. Laurence Wells, and Fr. Rob Whitaker.
I remain commited to the goal of this blog in the effort of helping to unify the jurisdictions of the Continuum; so, I will continue to be "robust if polite" in what I have to say.
Signing a few official documents. To my left is Fr. Weaver