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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Australia: Conference on Ordinariate set for Feb 1 to 3

Progress is being made on establishing Anglican ordinariates especially in the UK, the US and Australia. In every country, conferences of various sizes have been held to bring together the various Anglicans and Catholics who are interested. From noon on Tuesday February 1 to 2:00 P.M. on Thursday, February 3, there will be such a conference in Australia entitled "A Festival introducing the Anglican Ordinariate for Australia" at Saint Stephen’s College, Reserve Road, Coomera (Gold Coast) Queensland. Interestingly it is being hosted jointedly by Bishop Peter Elliott, who is the delegate of the Holy See for the Australian Ordinariate (i.e. the Catholic Bishop overseeing the Catholic side) and Australia-based Archbishop John Hepworth, who is the Primate of the Traditional Anglican Communion, a worldwide communion of Continuing Anglican churches. It is advertised as being "for Anglicans and Catholics (i)nterested in the Ordinariate, (i)ntending to join the Ordinariate, (or) (w)anting to support the Ordinariate." More information can be found on Friends of the Anglican Ordinariate (ht The Anglican Use of the Roman Rite)

This conference comes on the heels of the announcement of the formation of the Australian Ordinariate Implementation Committee (news here). An article on the website of the Catholic Archdiocese of Melbourne had more details about the Implementation Committee and the conferences:

Reflecting on the historic announcement of the Australian Ordinariate Implementation Committee formation on 16 December, Bishop Elliott said once the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has determined and decreed that an Ordinariate be established in Australia, it will be inaugurated through public Eucharistic celebrations. “These events will happen around the country,” he said. “But people do not have to enter at that time. The Ordinariates will always remain open to welcome new members and friends. Once the Ordinariate is established, any Catholic will be able to receive the sacraments in an Ordinariate church.”...

Bishop Elliott said membership of the Australian Ordinariate Implementation Committee was still being finalised but it will include representatives from the Anglican Church of Australia, the Anglican Catholic Church of Australia (Traditional Anglican Communion) and the Catholic Church. The committee will take up practical issues, including the timing of the reconciliation of lay faithful, how best this can be achieved in accord with the Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus and local conditions....

Bishop Elliot said the national gathering in Coomera, Queensland in February 2011 would be an opportunity for interested Anglicans and Catholics to come together, to get to know one another and to discover more about the ways the new faith community will form and grow.
So, if you are in Australia and are interested in or just curious about the Ordinariate, attend the conference. Stay tuned for more information.

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