The Franciscan Connection to the Ordinariate

As Minister of the Fraternity of St. Angela Merici, here in Oshawa, I may be the only Roman Catholic of the Anglican Use Secular Franciscan in our region. My fraternity has been most supportive of the endeavours of the Oshawa Sodality for the past three years. Mr. James Tilley, former ACCC priest and, hopefully, a candidate for ordination in the Catholic Church, has also maintained an association with us over the past few years. This has included attending and taking part in our yearly Transitus Service and attending our Days of Reflection, on occasion.

It is my hope to bring the Franciscan Secular experience into the Ordinariate and, perhaps, work toward the development of a distinctive Anglican Use Fraternity or, perhaps, something modelled on the Anglican Third Order Society of St. Francis. My Regional Minister has also been most supportive of this concept.This could be a considerable way down the road in that our primary focus must now be on the Sodality entering the Ordinariate and, hopefully, the ordination of our former clergymen.

In any case, the Sodality of the Good Shepherd can be assured of the continuing prayerful support of the Fraternity of St. Angela Merici in the coming days.

I have provided the following link to our blog, should anyone wish to learn more about us.

Pax et bonum

Paul Nicholls ofs



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