The Episcopal Consecration of The Rev James Randall Hiles

UPDATE:  Bishop Chandler Holder Jones has posted the Consecration and I LINK TO HIS BLOG:

The Right Reverend James Randall Hiles was consecrated Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of the Northeast  of the Anglican Church in America on Saturday, April 27th 2013 at Saint Paul’s Church, Brockton, Massachusetts.

The Most Reverend Brian R. Marsh, Presiding Bishop of the ACA and Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the Northeast, was Chief Consecrator.

The seven Co-Consecrators were:

The Right Reverend Stephen D. Strawn, Bishop Ordinary, Diocese of the Missouri Valley, ACA
The Most Reverend Walter H. Grundorf, Presiding Bishop of the Anglican Province of America, and Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of the Eastern United States, APA
The Right Reverend John Vaughan, Bishop Ordinary, Diocese of the Eastern United States, ACA
The Right Reverend Michael Gill, Bishop Ordinary, Diocese of Pretoria, Anglican Church of Southern Africa
The Right Reverend Edward H. Macburney, retired Bishop Ordinary of the Diocese of Quincy, The Episcopal Church
The Right Reverend Juan Garcia, Bishop Ordinary, Diocese of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean, ACA
The Right Reverend George D. Langberg, retired Bishop Ordinary, Diocese of the Northeast, ACA



Bishop Chandler Holder Jones, please would you be so good as to put up a post covering Bishop James Randall Hiles’s recent Consecration on your blog (like you did on Sunday with Bishop Owen Rhys Williams), so that I can report on it by reposting from your blog and thereby avoid linking to the Anglican Church in America (TAC) Diocese of the Northeast website? (I’m not allowed to link to the ACA.)

For those of you who can’t wait,  all you have to do is Google your way to the above mentioned website where you will find a report (freely available) on the event with some great photos as well. It seems to have been a most blessed day.

BTW. this is still a busy and well read blog.

With most of our faithful readers residing in America… The land of the free.



Point of Clarification… New ACA Bishops

Good people. Yes, I am well aware of the Consecration of Bishops taking place in the Anglican Church in America this week – thanks for the e-mails and notes sent in this regard! Joyful occasions. The Church is growing. Reproducing. New shepherds. Added protection.

So why no word here yet?

Well the truth be told, basically, Bishop Brian Marsh has – and let me make sure I use the correct word here – ‘asked’ (?) that I make no mention of the Anglican Church in America on the blog. Why? I’m not sure. The idiom, ‘your guess  is a good as mine,’ does come to mind (my mind at least).

Some of you have already noticed the trend and asked about the ongoing omission of the ACA. So now you know.

[But] at the risk of again incuring the good Most Reverend’s wrath – and given that it’s Freedom Day here in South Africa (the day we get to commemorate, celebrate and reflect on the sacrifices made by those who fought for democracy and freedom of speech and expression in our land) anyway – the men are:

The Rev Dr James Randall Hiles

Saturday, April 27, 2013       10:30 a.m.

Saint Paul’s Parish       701 Pleasant Street, Brockton, Massachusetts

And a couple of days ago:

The Rev Owen R. Williams

Thursday, April 25, 2013       5:30 p.m.

Trinity Pro Cathedral      180 Rochester Hill Road Rochester, New Hampshire

There is a photo of this Consecration here.

Do say a prayer for Bishop Marsh, and the two men Consecrated.

We need strong and saintly Bishops who are overflowing with heroic virtue so as to shepherd us through these dark days and to stand boldly against the Devil and the world.

Almighty God, who by thy Son Jesus Christ didst give to thy holy Apostles many excellent gifts, and didst charge them to feed thy flock: Give grace, we beseech thee, to all Bishops, the Pastors of thy Church, that they may diligently preach thy Word, and duly administer the godly discipline thereof; and grant to the people, that they may obediently follow the same; that all may receive the crown of everlasting glory; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

St Paul’s Brockton has a nifty website here.

The purpose of the Church is God’s purpose.



Bishop Brian Marsh on Portsmouth Petition, the Apostolic Constitution and the Ordinariates

I find myself linking to Fr Anthony Chadwick for the third time today (previous posts here and here). In this post, he questions Bishop Brian Marsh of the Anglican Church in America (TAC) as follows re. the Portsmouth Petition:

It would be very useful for me to be able to publish a testimony in retrospect about what the TAC bishops understood when they (I think you were not among them at the time) when they went up and signed the books and the letter.

The good Bishop replied and emphasised that he is giving his personal reflection, and others may take issue with him.

Well, this is his response, which I simply repost here without comment.

Thank you for your good email; I am pleased that you are attempting to discuss the issues of the Portsmouth Petition, the Apostolic Constitution and the Ordinariates in a reasoned manner. A full understanding of this aspect of the church’s history will need the gift of time. Until then, however, we can – and should – offer our provisional understandings of the events that have unfolded since the Portsmouth Petition of 2007, just over five years ago. I would emphasize that this is a personal reflection and represents my own views on the matter. Many of these thoughts have been published elsewhere.

Portsmouth Petition. Although I was not present at the signing of the Portsmouth Petition, Bishops Langberg and Williams signed for the ACA. The text of the petition was not publicized until months later. I did not know of the contents of that petition until it was delivered orally by Archbishop Falk at a meeting of several ACA bishops in 2008. That meeting was held in Fort Worth. Also present were bishops Iker and Wantland of The Episcopal Church. Upon hearing the text, it was my impression that the petition sought “organic unity” with the Roman Catholic Church on a corporate basis. Indeed, that is what I and others had been led to believe was in fact on the table. Archbishop Hepworth had encouraged the belief that the Traditional Anglican Communion would remain intact and that the various national churches would maintain their corporate identities.

The Portsmouth Petition was just that – a petition. To suggest that it was a contract of any kind would be to misrepresent the intent of the document. The Portsmouth Petition was a request on the part of some members of the College of Bishops, a request for a means whereby the TAC might enter into unity with the RC Church.

The fact that members of the TAC College of Bishops signed the catechism of the Roman Catholic Church has caused many to believe that the bishops present were ready to enter the Church of Rome. This is not the case. The signing of the Roman Catholic Catechism as the most complete statement of the catholic faith was simply a statement of fact. The subsequent statement that the bishops aspired to teach that catechism in no way implied their full acceptance of the catechism nor their intent or desire to become members of the Roman Catholic Church. While there were undoubtedly some bishops present who wished to do just that, the simple signing of the catechism does not imply their wish to become Roman Catholics.

Apostolic Constitution. The issuance of Anglicanorum coetibus in 2009 was greeted initially with great rejoicing on the part of many within the TAC. It seemed that our dream of organic unity would be realized. Indeed, Archbishop Hepworth declared that it was a direct response to the Portsmouth Petition and that the TAC should move immediately to accept it. He lobbied extensively for the acceptance of the Apostolic Constitution.

While there are many threads in this part of the story, it became clear to several of us that the Apostolic Constitution did not offer the kind of organic union we had hoped for. Indeed, the Apostolic Constitution offered individual conversion. The corporate integrity of the TAC would not be a consideration. This was not what the Portsmouth petition had requested in its perhaps naive request for corporate unity.

The College of Bishops of the TAC needed to discuss and debate the matter of the Apostolic Constitution. As the highest legislative body of the TAC, such discussion and debate would be required before the AC could be acted upon. Archbishop Hepworth did not immediately call such a meeting. When he did plan a meeting for 2011, he abruptly cancelled it. Finally, in February, 2012, a majority of members of the College of Bishops met in Johannesburg South Africa. By unanimous vote, the TAC College of Bishops rejected the Apostolic Constitution. A petition had been sent to Rome. Rome responded. The response was not accepted.

Ordinariates. Ordinariates were established in the UK in 2011. On January 1, 2012, an Ordinariate was established in the United States. A few hundred “former Anglicans” have entered the Ordinariate established here, along with some former Episcopalians.

The Anglican Church in America has continued as an orthodox Anglican body. It has developed strong relationships with other continuing church jurisdictions and has entered into an agreement of reconciliation with the Anglican Province of America.

Although individuals are welcome to seek membership in the Ordinariates, until now few have chosen to do so. We certainly wish those who have entered Ordinariates godspeed! We pray that they will be happy with the choices they have made. We believe God has called us to labor in another part of the vineyard and we will attempt to do so as best we can.

Again, please know that this is a personal reflection. Others may well take issue with what I have written.

+Brian Marsh


Coming ACA (TAC) Episcopal Consecrations

In Bishop Brian Marsh’s Christmas Newsletter:

EPISCOPAL CONSECRATIONS Save the dates. Episcopal consecrations for Bishop-elect Owen Rhys Williams and James Randal Hiles have now been set. The two bishops-elect will be consecrated following the April meeting of the House of Bishops/Executive Council. The dates are as follows:

April 25. The Consecration of Owen Rhys Williams will be held at Trinity Pro Cathedral in Rochester, New Hampshire in the early evening of April 25.

April 27. The Consecration of James Randall Hiles will be held at St. Paul’s Parish on Saturday morning, April 27.

Many details have yet to be worked out, but it is expected that these consecrations will involve bishops from various Anglican jurisdictions. In addition, a series of special events will be held for bishops and members of the Executive Council who plan to attend both consecrations.

The rest of his newsletter is here.

Look, I’ll be honest, I bemoaned this idea of using Bishops from different Anglican jurisdictions in Consecrations before. It is a doctrinal and theological anomaly, highly, highly unusual, but seems to be an Americanism of sorts. There would be nothing wrong in inviting the Bishops of ‘various Anglican jurisdictions’ to be guests at such an occasion, but for them to be directly involved, participating, actually laying on hands? What are the ontological implications of this course of action?


The Trinity Pro-Cathedral (ACA) where Rev Owen R Williams is Rector is here.

Then,  the St Paul’s Parish, where Fr Dr James R Hiles is the Rector, is here. Virtue Online has a history of the Parish here.



Newsletter from Bishop Brian Marsh (November)

Is here.

My blessings for a Happy Thanksgiving and a Blessed Advent!

It has been an extremely busy month and I give thanks for that. It indicates that our church and diocese are growing quite substantially.

Of greater interest in it:


Bishop Langberg chairs a committee of ACA and APA clergy who are planning for our full reconciliation. A meeting of the committee was held recently in Atlanta. The work of this committee has been enormously rewarding. Currently, plans are being readied for a joint national synod, whereby our two jurisdictions will hold separate business meetings, but join together for common worship and fellowship. This is an exciting and indeed historic opportunity for us all. The House of Bishops has commended Bishop Langberg for his leadership of this important committee.

Rest here.

Wikipedia has more on the Anglican Province of America here.