A Quick Hop to England

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.

coa-0714We 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…

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6 Responses to A Quick Hop to England

  1. Jim of Olym says:

    I do pray for you and you all! If I were not EO I would hope to be part of your part of the Church.

    Unfortunately the ACC is sparse in the Pacific Northwest here. God bless your efforts.

    Incidentally, from your pic, your hair is looking better. Are you going to go ‘pigtailing’?

    • Good to hear from you again. In about 6 months, I should be able to tie up my hair into a ponytail to keep it neat and “professional”.

      • bledloe says:

        Or queue, then we’ll have a Sarum mandarin. 🙂 Mandarin, actually, derives from the sanskrit word for minister – so we’re not off the mark.

      • You have a point as I have recently discovered whilst reading about historical men’s hairstyles. The term is the queue, pronounced “cue” in English but the term is actually French meaning tail or a line of people waiting for something in turn. In French it is pronounced “kueh”.

        It can only be worn neatly when all the hair is at equal length. If you grow your hair from being very short as I did, the back gets long, leaving the rest in “layers” because of the shape of the head. Two ways, keep the back short until the rest has caught up, or let the hair grow in a “layered” way until the back is well down the back. Then it is a half-inch equalising trim per month until the shorter hair has caught up. The process usually takes about two years.

        However, whilst waiting for the hair to equalise (with the necessary trims), a man can have a decent queue from about 18 months with all hair reaching the tail point except the top of the head hair and the frontal hair. I have opted for the second way, because results are quicker, but my wife doesn’t like layered hair on a man – she has to be patient. I will only start trimming in about a year’s time.

        Long hair is a choice you have to assume, with regular washing and grooming. We also have to take criticism and dirty looks, because long hair on men is not in fashion (fashions are currently like the 1930’s and 1950’s). However, it goes with the more independent self-image of the person. Most male longhairs are former hippies or into Heavy Metal. My own notion is a return to the ways of before the mid nineteenth century and the short hair of the twentieth largely because of the two World Wars.

        See Vestri Capilli Capitis and Growing and Flowing.

      • Dale says:

        My son’s hair is very, very long…he is into Ralph Vaughn Williams and spends hours playing his works on the violin.

  2. Thanks for the report Father , I had seen most of this on Facebook as well. I would be quite honest in saying that one follows the developments , the work , the Mission of the ACC/OP in England , that you have a made a good move across. God bless.

    Father Ed Bakker

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