My dear people and friends of the Newman Fellowship,
I should have written in the June 6th midweek message that we’ll be taking a summer break from the midweek message to the Fellowship until the fall. I want to express my sincere thanks to all of you who wrote such illuminating “Personal Reflections.”
Also, I want to express my joy, thanksgiving, and satisfaction for the men who have been ordained and will be ordained for the Personal Ordinariates in the US, England, and Australia. There was much work over a number of years by Archbishop Hepworth, Archbishop Falk, and many bishops of the Church of England in whom I count as dear friends in fostering what we are now see coming to fruition. How vivid in my memory are the trips to Rome and England, and the conversations there and in other places, leading to Pope Benedict’s gift.
I remember when Fr. Steenson stated (much before he was named by the Holy Father as Ordinary for the US) at the Anglican Use Conference in Newark, NJ in May, 2010 how the Traditional Anglican Communion was a “key player” in effecting the gift of Anglicanorum Coetibus. It is wonderful to see many clergymen and their people reaping the benefits of such prayer and labors. Praise God!
May God bless these men and their people in the present and future for the greater unity of the Church of Christ, and for the preservation and growth of the Anglican Patrimony in the Catholic Church.