Yesterday, as I was doing my day job as a journalist covering the National March for Life in Ottawa, my friend Christopher Mahon, perhaps the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society’s first paid up “life member,” was acting as unofficial ambassador for the Society and Anglican Patrimony by attending an event hosted by Anglicans for Life Canada on the eve of the May 11 March.
OTTAWA – The NATIONAL MARCH FOR LIFE
“AN EVENING FOR THE VOICELESS”
Anglicans For Life Canada
WEDNESDAY MAY 10, 2017
5:30 PM (DOORS OPEN AT 5:15 PM)
Hosted by Church of the Messiah
The Church of the Messiah is an Anglican Network in Canada (ANiC) parish and the Anglican Network is a diocese of the Anglican Church in North America (ANCA)—a body from separated from both the Anglican Church of Canada and the Episcopal Church but still in communion with Canterbury.
Christopher and I had recently gone to the installation of the new rector of St. Peter and St. Paul’s, another ANiC parish to build bridges, and welcome the new rector Canon Brent Stiller and his family to Ottawa.
At the reception prior to the Rose Dinner last night, Christopher introduced me to Rev. Vicky Hedelius, the national director of Anglicans for Life Canada, who is based in Burlington, Ontario. It was a delight to meet her!
And it was great to see the Bishop Charlie Masters of ANiC on Parliament Hill, along with the ANCA Archbishop’s Canon Jack Lumanog, who came up from the United States to take part. They are shown below alongside some of the eight Catholic bishops who came to the March. You can see in this photo Ottawa Archbishop Terrence Prendergast in the ball cap; behind him the president of Campaign Life Coalition Jim Hughes, the Apostolic Nuncio to Canada Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi who is behind the Cardinal-Archbishop of Toronto Thomas Collins and the Kingston Archbishop Brendan O’Brien.
ANiC Anglicans tend to be more low church, evangelical and charismatic than we were before entering the Catholic Church, but what we share with them is a love of God, joy in living out the call of the Gospel, and a reverence for Scripture. I always enjoy being with them. They are alive in Christ.