Nippon Kirisuto Seikoukai

Perhaps someone would be able to answer the following question, received from a reader after an appeal by Fr J.P.Y. on the blog today?

… could you give us any information about the Nippon Kirisuto Seikoukai? Are there any plan to join the Australian Ordinariate for instance?


I suspect the Ordinary of the Australian Ordinariate, the Very Rev Harry Entwistle, however would be the best person to ask (and answer). Zenit (Jan 2011):

The new ordinariate will include a group of former Anglicans in Japan who are led by a retired prelate.

Or perhaps Fr Lawrence Wheeler, come to think of it?

So was the Nippon Kirisuto Seikoukai not once (or still) part of the The Traditional Anglican Communion in Japan?

Well, I had to go back into the mouldy archives (also 2011) of (the now defunct) The Anglo-Catholic blog to jolt the memory. (Go down to the comments section.) But still, I’m none the wiser… 


Priest who Saved Souls on Titanic

Father Thomas Byles

(Leamington Courier) Sir Frank Whittle was just one of the interesting characters who went   to school at Binswood Hall, currently being transformed into an Audley  retirement village.
Former pupils of Leamington College included a priest, Father Thomas Rousell Davids Byles (1870-1912). Father  Thomas read maths, modern history and theology at Oxford University and  then trained as a Catholic priest. When his younger brother who was  living in America asked him to officiate at his wedding ceremony he  jumped at the chance and made arrangements to travel to New York.

He  was scheduled to travel on another White Star liner, but switched at  the last minute to the Titanic. He is widely reported as having held a  mass prayer for passengers aboard the ship as it went down, offering  solace to passengers, hearing confessions and giving absolution…

Link:  Priest who saved souls on Titanic