Pope Paul VI to the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Michael Ramsey

"(B)y entering into our house, you are entering your own house, we are happy to open our door and heart to you." - Pope Paul VI to Dr Michael Ramsey, Archbishop of Canterbury.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Anglican Use Philippines Chapter meets at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice

The Anglican Use Chapter of the Philippines met at the Parish of the Holy Sacrifice, Sunday, 12 September 2010 at University of the Philippines (UP) Diliman, Quezon City. In the picture are from left to right, Mr Bruce Hall, lecturer of history at the UP Visayas in Iloilo, the Rev Father Joseph P Frary of the Episcopal Church of the Philippines and professor of systematic theology at St Andrew's Theological Seminary, the Rev Father Raymond Arre, Parish Priest of Holy Sacrifice, UP Diliman, Mr Ren Aguila MA, of Ateneo de Manila University, and yours truly, Dr Ben Vallejo Jr of the UP College of Science.

The meeting begins the task of organizing the AU Philippines Chapter in pastoral, liturgical, organizational and financial matters. The tasks ahead include organizing the AU Evening Prayers, getting the local Catholic bishop's endorsement and getting funding support for AU Philippines activities.

We would like to thank all the people who have remembered our intentions in their prayers. The following have to be mentioned, our respective families, the Rev. Father Nonong Belarmino of the Opus Dei, Mr Pinoy Catholic, friends from the Ateneo de Manila, friends from the Episcopal and Anglican Churches in the Philippines and overseas, Mr Joe Blake, President of the Anglican Use Society, USA, the Rev Father Eric Bergman, chaplain of the AU Society in the USA, the Rev Father Christopher Phillips and the Parish of Our Lady of the Atonement, San Antonio, Texas and Mr Christian Campbell. If we forgot someone, we ask for your dispensation.

The work still has a long way to go. We still ask readers for your prayers. We are only five workers in the vineyard but the harvest is great!

Our Lady under the titles of the Philippines and Walsingham

Pray for us

Sts Thomas More and John Fisher

Pray for us

St Thomas Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury

Pray for us

St Lorenzo Ruiz of Manila and Blessed Pedro Calungsod, Laymen-Missionaries and Martyrs

Pray for us

Blessed John Henry Cardinal Newman, Theologian

Pray for us

Blessed John XXIII, Pope

Pray for us



  1. Thank you for letting us know, Dr Vallejo (saw your comment on The Anglo Catholic). We eagerly, eagerly await your arrival at the altar of the Lord! May God bless you in every way as you journey toward unity.

    Pax Christi,

  2. Greg, many thanks and please remember the AU Philippines in your prayers

  3. Way to go Ben! That's the "Springfield Spirit," as Father Longenecker once put it. Our prayers continue to be with you Ben. Starting something from scratch is a real challenge. Be prepared for highs and lows with a lot of slow periods in between. Consistency and patience are the only things that gets you through it. I suspect a few more groups in various places will be forming from scratch in the months ahead thanks to your fine example.

  4. You've misspelled Father Christopher Phillips' name. It's two l's and one p.

  5. Hello Revs.! My name is Gino Paradela, a 3rd year college student. I had plans to convert to Episcopalianism but was hesitant since there is no union with Rome. I pray that the Anglican use will truly be here in the Philippines! Count me in your advocacy!


    Thank you!

    I hope to see the Anglican Use soon!

  6. I forgot to say:

    Thanks for the correction. We did correct Fr. Phillips's name.

    Gino, thank you too for your comment and your good wishes. I hope to meet you soon.


  7. Greetings!

    I'm surprised and excited to know that there's an Anglican Use church here in the Philippines!

    Where is this located?


  8. It's not yet a church but a small group. As we are spread out over the Philippines, we meet "on line" and at a few times at the University of the Philippines

  9. Hello Ben,

    I'm confused. In the picture i saw Father Frary, a current member of the ECP (i understand that the ECP is a province of the Anglican communion). Does this mean they have plans of joining the Catholic Church as an ordinariate?

  10. Fr Frary has no plans of joining a future Ordinariate. I do not know of any group of Filipino Episcopalians who are considering joining but I do know that there are quite a number of Episcopalians who support what the Ordinariate is all about.



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