Pray for Priests…

Thanks to Fr Christopher Phillips for this prayer posted today:

…and not just generally, but pray specifically for particular priests by name. Here’s a brief prayer to help you:

O Lord Jesus Christ, great High Priest and gracious Shepherd; bless thy servant N., whom thou hast consecrated to minister unto thee in holy things; and grant him such purity of heart and life, and such zeal for souls, that he may bring many into union with thee, and fulfill his ministry in holiness to thy glory, our Lord and Saviour; who livest and reignest in the unity of the Father and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.



500% Increase

Psallite Sapienter with more details on the men preparing for ordination in the Australian Ordinariate:

On Our Lady’s Birthday, the 8th of September, His Grace the Archbishop of Melbourne will ordain eight men, four of whom will be ordained for the Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross: 

  • James Grant,
  • Neil Fryer,
  • Ramsay Williams, and
  • Christopher Seton.

Their ordination (just over a month away) will extend the Australian Ordinariate from Western Australia to Victoria, and quintuple its number of priests. No doubt their ordination, consequent upon formal reception into full communion, will be paralleled by the reception also of many of their parishioners, resulting in much good for souls.

Now, who are these good men? For a start, they are all from the mainstream Anglican Church in Australia…

There is a James Grant who is a retired Anglican bishop, but I suspect he’s not the one making the jump! I find a newspaper article (available online) quite critical of compromised modern Anglicanism by one James Grant, “departing priest of Jika Jika” in Melbourne’s northern suburbs… is this the one who will soon be part of the Ordinariate’s clerical ranks? The website of his (former?) parish – last updated in February – talks of its worship being in the tradition of the Catholic revival, with vestments, candles, even incense… This same James Grant is described as “ordinariate-bound” in an article by Bp Robarts posted on the website of Fr Stephen Smuts (a TAC priest in South Africa).

As for the others, a comment on Smuts’ blog reveals them to be: Fr Neil Freyer, retired priest from All Saints, East Saint Kilda (the last true Anglo-Catholic church in Melbourne, as the commenter described it); Fr Ramsay Williams, former Parish Priest also from All Saints, East St Kilda; and Father Christoper Seton, Parish Priest of All Saints Kooyong (and a leading member of Forward in Faith Australia) – the latter has been forcefully in favour of accepting the Papal invitation for years, and, one prays, will be bringing many with him: he certainly will, if his reported comments from 2009 about his parishioners badgering him to lead them home to Rome prove fruitful.

I find also that Neil Fryer was received into the Church on the 2nd of April this year, as a handy online parish bulletin notes – as it says it was “through the ‘Personal Ordinariate’” he has the rare distinction of joining it before it had even been established!

Eureka! On the excellent Melbourne Archdiocese website, I find an account about Ramsay Williams: he was first a journalist, then for 38 years an Anglican priest, and was received into the Catholic Church last year; happily, he has been part of the Mentone parish, whose priest, Fr Walshe, is an excellent mentor and a model pastor.

God bless these men as they prepare for ordination and priestly service in Our Lady’s Australian Ordinariate: as they are to be ordained on her Nativity, well may we regard them as a birthday gift to her – and from her, for all her spiritual children. Our Lady of the Southern Cross, pray for them.



‘The Blog of Father Stephen Smuts’

Writes Fr Ed Bakker, a regular visitor to this blog:

Dear Fathers, Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The Lord be with you !

I read the blog of Father Stephens Smuts from the TAC in South Africa, I was also indicating on my blog that I was following it. See

Whilst I support Father Stephen in His Ministry in the TAC, I just find that the blog is favouring the Ordinariate too much. I am on the other side of the spectrum, I have chosen to remain an Anglican Catholic Priest. I respect the decision of all those who have chosen to cross the Tiber as Anglicans and have become Roman Catholic Catholics. In return I would be overjoyed if these Clergy would respect my decision and that of many of my collegues in the Contiuum.

Have a blessed evening,

Father Ed Bakker
Anglican Catholic Church

To which, I responded:

Father, thank you for this post.

First, I am a TAC Priest. There is at present no Ordinariate here in South Africa.

Second, there is far more Ordinariate ‘news’ out there to blog on. Almost daily, there is some posting or new information/discussion on the Ordinariate as it continues to unfold. On the other hand, there has been no TAC news on the internet for quite some time now, bar the sad passing of Mr Howard Hecht, the St Mary of the Angels Hollywood fiasco, and the ‘sacramental servicing’ of the SSJC which, when the truth be told, was announced by the SSJC. Not a word from the TAC side via any internet (or other) source. So obviously then, blogging would appear to be one ‘sided’.      

On the blog, over the above, you’ll find the occasional mention of Anglican and Catholic news greater, and other religious reporting. The ‘falleness’ of man is often before my eyes too.

I regularly post on Biblical Archaeology. As Murphy-O’Conner once put it: ‘Archaeology in Israel never stops’. Such an exciting field, it was the original intent behind starting a blog. I’ve often thought it (safer) to go back to Bib Arch as a sole subject here. But the blog has become very popular. I basically of late get 2000+ visits daily. And I’m always conscious of Pope Benedict XVI who took the initative and encouraged all priests to start a blog, and ‘give the Internet a soul’. Leading fallen man to Christ is our greatest calling.        

And, for the record Father, what I ‘favour’ is Christian Unity. That is Biblically mandated (St John 17:20-23). There is simply no getting around our Lord’s words, as much as we would try…

And the Lord said: Simon, Simon, behold Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat:

But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and thou, being once converted, confirm thy brethren.

– St Luke 22:31-32



House Built for Jesus Christ for Sale

The Chapel Hill Mansion in Riverdale, N.Y. has hit the market for $13.588 million.

The home, built in 1928, has seven bedrooms and eight bathrooms.

The head of the New York Theological Society commissioned the house for the preparation of the “second coming of Jesus Christ,” according to The Real Deal.

The home would house “the Christian savior once he returned to earth to judge the living and the dead,” listing broker Sean McPeak of Prudential Douglas Elliman, told The Real Deal.

The 15,000-square-foot house sits on 2.3 acres of land.

Manhattan College previously owned the property, and had planned to use it as dormitories or a seminary, but is now in the hands of a private owner who is an attorney, The Real Deal reported.

There are more photos of the house here. Almost unbelievable!

HTAd Orientem