A Personal Ordinariate Parish Will Be Established in Toronto

The first outside the UK?

Fr Bill Foote, appointed by Archbishop Collins to visit and mentor groups of Anglicans and Catholics who wish to enter the Ordinariate, visited the Toronto Group on 29 May. As Fr Foote put it, in guiding groups of Anglicans toward entering into the full communion of the Catholic Church, his job is to be “the horse’s mouth.” Here is what we heard from the horse’s mouth:

Anglicanorum Coetibusdoes not propose to establish a kind of uniate structure, where entire jurisdictions “unite” with Rome. Rather, the Apostolic Constitution provides a bridge or doorway, so that individuals and groups may journey together to enter into the Catholic Church, and find room within the Latin rite for former Anglicans, now Catholic, to preserve their liturgical, spiritual and pastoral traditions, a gift for the whole Church.

Fr Foote emphasized the necessity of personal choice and commitment.  To enter into the full communion of the Catholic Church – to become Catholics – each person must make a profession of faith, to the effect that he or she believes everything that the Catholic Church believes and teaches.  If an individual is already baptized, he or she will then be confirmed.

The Toronto Group is relatively small.  Our contact list extends to about 30 people, but it is unclear how many have sent letters to Archbishop Collins, and therefore how many are prepared, at present, to be received into the Catholic Church, or (if already Catholic) to enter the Ordinariate. However, Fr Foote stated that very few are needed to constitute a viable worshipping community. Jesus said, “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them” (Matt 18.20). The 14 people we had gathered to hear Fr Foote on Sunday would be enough to provide the basis for building a parish.  (With reference to numbers, Fr Phillips has provided a reflection on little acorns.)

Accordingly, an Ordinariate parish in Toronto will be established.

The rest here.

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