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Annual Conference

Conference on the Anglican Tradition 2019

Celebrating the 10th anniversary of
Anglicanorum Coetibus

The Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown, a nice hotel centrally located, is offering us an excellent rate of $169 per night ($128 USD) for Nov. 15 & 16. To reserve from the block of rooms at this special rate, please see their dedicated page for our conference. Reservations can also be made by calling 1-800-847-5075 and referencing the code SAF. It’s about a 15 minute walk from the Cathedral. This block of rooms will be released on Nov. 5, so please make your reservation ASAP.

The Anglicanorum Coetibus Society presents our 2019 Conference on the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church, in Toronto, Canada

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI's apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus, creating personal ordinariates for Catholics of the Anglican patrimony, the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society is pleased to present our 2019 Conference on the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church, taking place in Toronto, Canada.

Sessions will be hosted at St. Michael's Choir School, and will feature multiple speakers on the Anglican patrimonial tradition and community in the Catholic Church, including Bishop Steven Lopes of the ordinariate, writer and former Anglican David Warren, Fr Jack Barker, and Fr Derek Cross of the Oratory. These talks will focus on the history of our community, what Pope Benedict XVI did for us a decade ago, and what the future holds in store for us.

The conference will be anchored by three solemn choral liturgies, taking place at St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica of the Archdiocese of Toronto: a Solemn Mass & Te Deum, Choral Mattins, and Evensong & Benediction. At the close of the weekend, we will join Toronto's Ordinariate parish, St. Thomas More, for their 12:30pm Sunday Mass. (Those who need to leave earlier to make it back home by Sunday morning will want to do so after the conclusion of Evensong & Benediction at 5 pm on Saturday.)

 

This is a historic occasion to meet and reconnect with fellow Catholics and Anglicans and to celebrate what God has given us through Anglicanorum Coetibus. Register now at

anglicantradition2019.eventbrite.com 

Announcement of the 2019 Conference

The Anglican Use Society held eight annual conferences between the years 2005–2012 in Scranton (2005 & 2006), Washington DC (2007), San Antonio (2008), Houston (2009), Newark (2010), Arlington, Texas (2011), & Kansas City, Missouri (2012). These Anglican Use Conferences were of great importance for the Anglican tradition movement in the Catholic Church, attracting some very high profile speakers, contributing to a shared sense of community and identity amongst Catholics of the Anglican tradition, and encouraging numerous Anglicans along their path to becoming Catholic.

The first, held in Scranton on April 29th, 2005, attracted about fifty clergy and laity from multiple states and three countries. About this successful first conference, Anglican Embers later reported “The society recently held an Anglican Use Conference in Scranton, PA. The conference took place at St. Clare Church which is where the Society of St. Thomas More holds services. This is the most recent Anglican congregation to seek union with the Holy See together with their Rector, The Revd. Eric Bergman. Two principal speakers made presentations at Scranton. Father Aidan Nichols, O.P. spoke on the possibility of an Anglican Use Rite in the Catholic Church, and Dr. Alexander J. Burke spoke on John Henry Cardinal Newman.” Both papers were published in subsequent issues of our journal, and some of the non-Catholic attendees were encouraged towards their receptions into the Catholic Church by the conference.

 

These Anglican Use Conferences were an important occasion in the life of the Church. They were a key occasion for fellowship for Catholics of the Anglican tradition (belonging first to the Pastoral Provision parishes and later the ordinariate), as well as Anglicans who were interested in the Catholic faith or in learning more about the Catholic aspect of their own tradition. Of course, they always featured patrimonial worship. Praising our liturgy at the 2009 conference, Cardinal DiNardo said “The Anglican Use Mass is an intense liturgy of beauty, with the beauty of the Eternal Liturgy.” He added, “Anglican Use is not just the icing on the cake, it is part of the batter. It is of substance.” Finally, the conferences also helped build up the Catholic Church. Fr Eric Bergman has said “Through these conferences we won many vocations for the Church and even helped some communities like ours to be formed.” A full rundown of the eight Anglican Use Conferences held between 2005 and 2012 can be found in Anglican Embers Vol. IV No. 2.

 

In 2013, however, because of various factors, the Anglican Use Society decided to indefinitely postpone plans for forthcoming conferences, and since November 2012, members of the Society have met principally on occasions brought about by external events.

 

Now, after a hiatus of a few years, as we approach the 10th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Constitution that created the Personal Ordinariates for Catholics of the Anglican patrimony, it is time to gather once again, both to carry on the tradition of worshipping together and to mark in a particular way this occasion for thanksgiving. The ordinariates have been an answer to generations of prayer, and it would be remiss were we to let this anniversary pass us by without a proper celebration.

Therefore, we are delighted to announce that our ninth conference, focussing on the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church, will be held in Toronto, Ontario on November 15th and 16th, 2019. It will feature choral liturgies in the best tradition of the Anglican patrimony, including Mass, Mattins, and Choral Evensong and Benediction. Further details will be announced in due course, but please mark the dates on your calendars now and we look forward to seeing everyone in Toronto this fall.