I got back from a quick weekend in England for our Council of Advice to which I have been nominated. It took six hours door-to-door from my house, to check-in at the port, the sea crossing and the drive up to London. I camped in my little van, which would have saved me perhaps a hundred pounds in hotel costs for each of the two nights.
We began at noon on Saturday in a small room in Westminster Central Hall and were is session for several hours. Two of the most significant subjects (not confidential because they are discussed by my Bishop on Facebook) were the use of the Internet for representing our Church (both “marketing” and educational) and the training of new priests given the many constraints. Fr Jonathan Munn and I will be increasingly responsible for helping candidates for ordination choose the right material to read, verify their progress and work above all on practical, human and spiritual aspects. This will supplement the precious work of our present Board for Ministry in the able hands of Canon Don Walker.
After spending a very pleasant evening with an old friend, I drove to Canterbury and played the organ at the Sunday Mass at St Augustine’s celebrated by our Bishop, at which he received the Revd Dr Miles Edward Maylor into the full communion of the Anglican Catholic Church. Fr Maylor is our first ‘Welsh’ Priest having been ordained in the Church in Wales and will oversee our work in South Wales. Deacon James Rundle assisted our Bishop at Mass and it was good to keep my hand in as a church organist.
I am encouraged by the steps forward made by our Diocese and our quiet approach in serving souls and going ahead, unswayed by those who find us too small, too marginal, too lacking in “official status” – or simply those who deny that we are a Catholic Church in which the Universal Church fully subsists as in all other Catholic and Orthodox Churches.
We go and persevere, because it is our vocation and the best way we know of serving God. Pray for us…