Cardinal Collins to be honoured at conference reception Nov. 15

DSC02569 (2)Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, will be joining us at St Michael’s Cathedral Basilica — his cathedral — at the reception following the Mass of Thanksgiving and Solemn Te Deum November 15th, in conjunction with the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church Conference being held by the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society November 15th and 16th.

It’s great news that the Cardinal will honour us with his presence!

Cardinal Collins was the episcopal delegate for the implementation of Anglicanorum coetibus in Canada and oversaw the reception of our far-flung communities into the Catholic Church. He also helped with the processes that led to the ordination of our former Anglican clergy as Catholic priests.

As Archbishop of the largest Catholic diocese in Canada in terms of the number of Catholics it serves — 1.6 million — he carried out this additional responsibility on top of an already incredibly workload. Thanks to his efforts, we in Canada are part of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, but with our own Deanery of St John the Baptist.

The Anglicanorum Coetibus Society will present the Cardinal with a gift to express our thanks for the role he played in helping to make our entry into the Catholic Church possible.

Conference accommodation and other details

download (1)The Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church conference will take place at St. Michael’s Cathedral, 65 Bond St. in downtown Toronto.  The conference begins with a thanksgiving Votive Mass to the Holy Spirit at 7 pm. followed by a reception in the cathedral atrium.

We will have a special guest at this reception!  Details soon.   The talks and luncheon will take place at St. Michael’s Choir School across the street, with Choral Mattins, Evensong and Benediction in the cathedral on Saturday.

The Courtyard by Marriott Toronto Downtown, a nice hotel in the heart of downtown, is offering us an excellent rate of $169.00 per night ($128 USD) for Nov. 15 & 16. To reserve from the block of rooms at this special rate, please see their dedicated page for our conference. Reservations can also be made by calling 1-800-847-5075 and referencing the code SAF. It’s about a 15 minute walk from the Cathedral. This block of rooms will be released on Nov. 5, so please make your reservation ASAP.

Go to Google Maps   

Many of us are using AirBnB or to find even less expensive accommodation in the city, but that hotel rate is really good.

The Cathedral is a six minute walk from the Queen subway station, which is one stop from Union station where the big train station is located.   This map is only a portion of the subway system, showing what serves the downtown.

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Cabs are plentiful in the city and can be hailed from the street.  Toronto is a relatively safe city and so is its transit system.  It’s also pretty reliable even on weekends.  There are streetcars and buses in addition to the subway.

There are two airports—-the big one Toronto Pearson  is a bit outside the centre city, but it is possible to take public transit from there to downtown.   There’s an express train from Pearson to Union Station for $12.50 one way.   It’s also possible to fly into Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport which puts you right near the downtown.

Toronto driving is not that bad, except for terrible traffic congestion, lots of lights and parking can be really expensive.  I generally use cabs or public transportation when in the downtown area.

David Warren will be a highlight of our Toronto conference

downloadWe are delighted that David Warren will be speaking at our Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church Conference Nov. 15-16 in Toronto, marking the 10th Anniversary of Anglicanorum coetibus.

A former Anglican who has often written about what he still misses about Anglican patrimony since becoming Catholic, Warren is well-known in Catholic circles as a courageous,  literate, witty and idiosyncratic observer of the political and cultural scene.

Take this delicious article entitled “A Rant.”

Two things I miss from my Anglican days: the King James Version, and the Book of Common Prayer. My friends who remained Anglican also miss them, for both have been removed from church services by the Anglican bureaucracy. As the priest who received me into the Roman Church said, Anglicans make ideal converts. We already know at first hand what happens when liturgical, scriptural, and other received norms are “progressively” abandoned: the church itself disintegrates.


But returning to my topic, it was the beauty and poetry, the precision of phrase in the named works that appealed to me. Stable, as they had been for so many generations, and breathing elevation, it was possible to memorize extensive passages; to absorb something timeless, in its nature and in its aspirations. Almost every phrase in KJV and BCP could be read and prayed as catholic. One was drawn out of oneself; lifted. One learnt the language with the gestures, and in the dance of tradition, did not have to think where to step. For the dancer who must think is always stepping on one’s toes.

The (characteristically glib and fatuous) argument of the progressives was that the KJV translation had, in the course of three or four centuries, gone out of date. Many words had changed in meaning. (A good example is “temptation,” as in the Lord’s Prayer. It meant a testing then, as Jesus in the desert; it means a chocolate cake now.) And scholarship was marching. New manuscripts, fragments and palimpsests continued to emerge from obscure monastic archives and the sands of Egypt.

I first came across David Warren in the early 1990s, through The Idler, a most unusual and always thought-provoking magazine that he edited.  David Warren is quoted in the National Post (via Wikipedia) in an article about the magazine’s 1993 demise.

“we struck the pose of 18th-century gentlemen and gentlewomen, and used sentences that had subordinate clauses. We reviewed heavy books, devoted long articles to subjects such as birdwatching in Kenya or the anthropic cosmological principle, and we printed mottoes in Latin or German without translating them. This left our natural ideological adversaries scratching their heads.”

For several years, he wrote a great column for the Ottawa Citizen, one that was unabashedly Catholic and socially conservative and always original.

Register for the Conference here.  And even if you can’t attend the talks, do come enjoy our marvelous liturgies on the weekend, that are open to the general public.

Friday Nov. 15 6:45 PMSt. Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, 65 Bond St. Toronto
Sat  Nov. 16 9:45 AMToronto, Ontario
Sat  Nov. 16 3:15 PMToronto, Ontario

Bishop Lopes to speak at conference

SJL_Portrait_lo_resWe are delighted to announce today that Bishop Steven Lopes, bishop of the North American Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, will be one of our speakers at the upcoming 2019 Conference on the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church, being held in Toronto on November 15th & 16th.

His Grace will be the first speaker of the day on Saturday, November 16th, and his talk will be immediately followed by Choral Mattins in St Michael’s Cathedral. He will also be joining us for our Mass and Solemn Te Deum on Friday evening.

Bishop Lopes needs little introduction, having been the first bishop for Catholics of the Anglican tradition since his consecration at Candlemas 2016, and having worked in the Roman Curia in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith since 2005, where he worked on ordinariate-related matters. We are most excited to have him join us, and we encourage everyone to register now.

Plenary Indulgence on Nov. 3!


The Major Penitentiary of the Holy Roman Church, Cardinal Piacenza, has confirmed the grant of a plenary indulgence requested by Bishop Steven Lopes to mark the 10th Anniversary of Anglicanorum coetibus, published Nov. 4, 2009.

There are two ways to obtain this plenary indulgence:

  • Participate in Mass and the singing of the solemn Te Deum in an Ordinariate parish or parochial community on Sunday, Nov. 3.


  • Make a pilgrimage to the Cathedral and Shrine of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, Texas from Nov. 3, 2009 until Sept. 27, 2020, the Patronal Feast of Our Lady of Walsingham.

Here are some further details from the message sent to priests of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church which, as the minister of redemption, dispenses and applies with authority the treasury of the satisfactions of Christ and the saints (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1471).  The Indulgence for a visit to the Shrine during the Jubilee year may be obtained daily for one’s self, or, as an act of supreme charity, the person making the pious visit may receive the Indulgence on behalf of a member of Christ’s faithful who has died.  The conditions for obtaining the Plenary Indulgence, both on November 3 or by making a pious visit to the Cathedral and Shrine during the Jubilee year, indicate that the faithful Christian:

  • have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin;
  • have sacramentally confessed his/her sins within 20 days of receiving the Indulgence;
  • receive the Holy Eucharist, preferably on the day receiving the Indulgence;
  • pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.

This is great news!

Our parish will celebrate a Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit followed by a Solemn Te Deum on Sunday at 10:00.  (Mattins at 9:20).

And in a little more than two weeks, we will have a Thanksgiving Mass and Solemn Te Deum at St. Michael’s Cathedral in Toronto on Nov. 15, followed by a reception.  On Nov. 16, we will have our Anglicanorum Coetibus Society conference, as well as choral Mattins and Evensong.   Come celebrate with us in Toronto.

Don’t forget to register! 


Meet our new Canadian Dean!

20191027_104947Fr. Doug Hayman, pastor of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ottawa, has been named Dean of the Canadian Deanery of St. John the Baptist of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.

This is great news for the Canadian deanery!

Fr. Hayman said he was “deeply humbled” by the call.

“On one hand, I was a little daunted by the invitation; on the other, it really stirred my heart, because I have been moved a lot lately to think and pray about how we — and I in particular — ought to be more deliberate about pastoral care, communication and encouragement within this rather far-flung Canadian Deanery,” he said.  “It seemed to be the Lord calling me through the Bishop to that for which He has been preparing me over the last few months.”

Fr. Hayman said he hopes to bring: “a willing heart; a tangible pastoral presence for my brethren in ministry across this country; an attentive ear, and a commitment to try to communicate well with and between Canadian communities, but also across our international border; prayer; encouragement.”

“I would really like to find some ways to help us to feel more like we are in this together — not just as clergy, but with our communities,” he said.  “Further, I hope to bring hope: hope in the Gospel, with a conviction that God has not called us in vain, but has begun a good work — a great work — which He will carry through to completion — an end beyond all that we can imagine — if we would just be faithful — disciples whose eyes, hearts, minds and wills stay fixed on Jesus.”

Born in Toronto, but raised in Ottawa where his family moved in 1962 when he was six years old, Fr. Hayman was ordained as an Anglican deacon in the Anglican Church of Canada on May 7, 1986 and as priest Dec. 4 of that year for the Diocese of Ottawa.

He served as an Anglican priest in downtown Ottawa, then in Western Quebec. In 1995, the Ontario Diocese invited him to take a parish near the St. Lawrence.

in 2004,  Fr. Hayman and his family left the Anglican Church to serve within the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada, part of the Traditional Anglican Communion.

He was received into the fullness of the Catholic Church in April 2012, and ordained as a Catholic deacon on Nov. 30 and as a priest on Dec. 14.

After Easter in 2014, he assumed his present position as Parochial Administrator of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

20191026_103057Fr. Hayman has been married to Carolyn since 1988 and they have three adult children:  Tim, Katie and John, and a Sheltie named Lucy.

Not only does he have a sensitive pastor’s heart,  Fr. Hayman is an excellent teacher and homilist.  This new role for our pastor might mean a sacrifice for us, as he is likely to be doing more traveling to visit our far-flung Deanery communities.

Congratulations, Fr. Hayman!

Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church Conference Nov. 15-16 in Toronto

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We have people coming from Texas, from Southern California, from Pennsylvania and New York, to say nothing of cities in Canada within driving distance of Toronto.  We are pleased with the turn out so far.

Spaces are limited for the conference, so please sign up as soon as possible at 

Do come, especially if you were unable to make it to Rome for the canonization of St. John Henry Newman and  Symposium 2019: 10 Years after Anglicanorum coetibus.

Of course all the liturgies at St. Michael’s Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Toronto are open to the general public and please help us spread the word.  They will be magnificent.

Our chief celebrant for all the liturgies will be Fr. Lee Kenyon, the former Dean of the St. John the Baptist Deanery of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter.   Peter Mahon will direct the sacred music from Anglican tradition for the glory of God, and conference speakers will highlight aspects of the history of our movement and the importance of Anglican patrimony not only for the ordinariates but also as an underpinning of  the Christian culture of the English-speaking world.

IMG_0156Fr. Jack Barker, our keynote speaker, a pioneer of the Pastoral Provision of St. John Paul II that first made a place for Anglican tradition and common identity in the Catholic Church, will give an overview of how far we have come, revealing information that has never been made public before.

David Warren, a popular Catholic writer and speaker, former columnist with the Ottawa Citizen and former Anglican will write about the beauties of the patrimony he grew up with and it’s importance to the western world.

Fr. Derek Cross, an Oratorian priest who teaches at St. Philips Seminary in Toronto, will speak on the importance of the canonization of  St. John Henry Cardinal Newman’s and where the new saint fits in Anglican patrimony.

ThiAUC 2019 poster 3s will be a beautiful way to fellowship and celebrate 10 years since the publication of Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum coetibus that created ordinariates —personal particular churches–for Catholics of Anglican patrimony.

We will also have a special guest at the reception following the Friday evening Mass. Stay tuned!

See you in Toronto on Nov. 15!


Symposium 2019 examined the amazing progress in “realized ecumenism” in 10 years

DSC08560Symposium 2019 on the historical, canonical, liturgical and ecumenical implications of Anglicanorum coetibus on its 10th anniversary took place on Oct. 15 in the aula magna of the Pontifical Gregorian University, co-hosted by the university’s canon law department and the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).

What an amazing event it was.  Its aim was to better acquaint the universities in Rome with the reality of the personal ordinariates for Catholics of Anglican patrimony.  Many seminarians and canon law students from around the world participated.  But for the many ordinariate priests and faithful from the United Kingdom,  the United States, Australia and Canada, the experience gave us an opportunity to see the uniqueness of this “realized ecumenism” in the history of the Church and to rejoice in how far we have come in what is, in terms of Church history, a very short time.

20191015_172335Cardinal Luis Ladaria, SJ, Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith  welcomed the approximately 150 participants, describing how the recently canonized St. John Henry Newman’s journey from Anglicanism to the Catholic Church influenced the development of Anglicanorum coetibus.

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John Henry Newman, a saint of the Anglican family

John Henry Newman, the world-renowned convert from Anglicanism and founder of the Oxford Movement, was declared a saint today by Pope Francis in Rome. He is now the first non-martyr Englishman to be canonized since the Reformation. Not only is he a confessor, he may well one day even be declared a Doctor of the Church.

6F60FE0E-5F72-4D83-B113-631D280934CDToday is a day of celebration by both Anglicans and Catholics. Prince Charles has written an article in Osservatore Romano, which was published in abbreviated form in the Times as well. As His Royal Highness writes, “As we mark the life of this great Briton, this great churchman and, as we can now say, this great saint, who bridges the divisions between traditions, it is surely right that we give thanks for the friendship which, despite the parting, has not merely endured, but has strengthened.”

Jacob Rees Mogg has an article of his own on Cardinal Newman out today, writing “The creation of a new saint is important because it keeps alive the hope of salva­tion for all.”

4A6E0DF7-0580-49C0-941D-5F3E100D9689Much has been and will be written about the life and legacy of John Henry Newman, but suffice it to say here that, for those of us Catholics of the Anglican tradition, today is a day of rejoicing as a member of our Anglican family – and patron of our cherished ordinariates through which we have become Catholic – is recognized by the Catholic Church as a saint, interceding for us in Heaven.

As Newman wrote in response to a proposal by Ambrose Philip de Lisle for an Anglican Uniate Church (akin to the Anglican ordinariates that Providence held in store), “Nothing will rejoice me more than to find that the Holy See considers it safe and promising to sanction some such plan….” Thanks be to God for the life, ministry, and ongoing influence of John Henry Newman.

St. John Henry Newman pray for us!

DSC08531A beautiful canonization Mass today in St. Peter’s Square.  What I especially loved were the long periods of silence.  Tens of thousands of people silent in communion before God, with God, in St. Peter’s Square.  Amazing.



Here’s Bishop Steven Lopes as he processed from St. Peter’s.

St. John Henry Newman, pray for us.  I imagine I will have much to say about Newman and the development of doctrine, on conscience, and on education in the coming days, but right now I want to upload some photos, both of the canonization and some of our ordinariate folks in Rome right now.   I have more pictures on my phone, so more later.


Msgr. Robert Mercer has a policy of never smiling in photos, but I think I did get some.  Above he is shown with Fr. Bernard Sixtus, an ordinariate priest in South Wales and a member of the board of directors of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society.

I met Msgr. Mercer this morning at 8 a.m. at the priests’ residence where he is staying and we walked together to the Hotel Michelangelo where we met Msgr. Carl Reid, Msgr. Entwistle, Nigel McBain, a seminarian from Australia, and Fr. Tad Oxley of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

DSC08511Fr. Oxley greeted Bishop Lopes as we got to the area outside the sacristy of  St. Peter’s.

DSC08510We also got a chance to say hello to Bishop Robert Barron.