We’re moving! Here’s why

The Anglicanorum Coetibus Society blog is moving to a new home at the Society’s website that has undergone a thorough renewal.

The official launch for the new site is Aug. 22, the Feast of the Queenship of Mary, but you can have a peek now if you like!

Our webmaster Peter Jesserer Smith has led the exciting transformation. I sent him some questions regarding the changes

Why is the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society revamping its website?

The board approved a proposal to transform our website, so we could become the destination for people wanting to learn about the Anglican tradition in the Catholic Church, the broader English Christian patrimony, the Ordinariates, and our mission to evangelize and make disciples of Jesus Christ.

We’ve been thinking about how to fulfill our mission better, and had made our journal Shared Treasure available for print and Kindle via a new Amazon store. So the board saw a website revamp as a key next step to advance our mission, and eCatholic provided us the solutions we were looking for.

The board saw eCatholic’s powerful web tools as precisely what we needed, particularly in integrating our blog content with the rest of our website’s multimedia resources. The website is easy for an administrator to maintain and update, and has the benefit of highly responsive customer service that shares our Catholic faith and evangelical missions. Altogether, the new upgraded website will free the ACS to focus on other important projects, which we’re excited to roll out in the months and years ahead.

What is behind the new look?

Well, the mission of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society is to promote the Anglican tradition and common identity within the Catholic Church in order to share the Gospel, educate men and women in the beauty of the Catholic faith, and form disciples of Jesus Christ for the glory of God. So we wanted to upgrade our website to enable us to better carry out our mission.

So on the new website itself, you’re seeing the Ordinariate’s Anglican tradition beautifully displayed in a clip of the Solemn Mass, according to our missal Divine Worship, that was offered at our recent Toronto Conference on the Catholic Church’s Anglican tradition. This was for the 10th anniversary year of Benedict XVI’s founding of the Catholic Church’s personal ordinariates for the Anglican tradition with Anglicanorum coetibus.

The website has now beautiful photos and videos throughout that invite people to engage our resources (we feature both ACS original content as well as Ordinariate-related content), discover our Conferences, and become supporters of the Society. What you see here is made possible only by our ACS supporters who have confidence the Ordinariates are a critical part of advancing the Church’s mission inviting men and women into lifelong discipleship of Jesus Christ, who then go out and invite other men and women to know, love, and follow the Lord.

That’s what our whole Anglican patrimony is here for in the first place, and particularly why Benedict XVI saw this as a “treasure to be shared” with the whole of Christ’s Catholic Church.

So we aim the website to be a place where this treasure may be shared abundantly. So the home page prominently features our latest ACS blog and Ordinariate News content, our latest podcasts, and the ACS map of Pre-Ordinariate and Ordinariate communities all over the globe. We also know many people are struggling with going to Mass during COVID-19 pandemic, so we created a place on the homepage that features a livestreamed Sunday Divine Worship Mass. That way people can virtually unite themselves at Sunday Mass, and experience the Ordinariate’s liturgical life in a particular locale, which may be different week to week.

Why is the blog moving to the website?

The ACS’s new eCatholic website allows us to resolve a problem the board recognized, where our blog and website were on two different platforms. The board recognized people may visit the website, but not engage with the blog, or people may visit the blog, but miss the larger resources available on the website.

So the board recognized the time had come to bring those platforms together, and eCatholic gave us the opportunity to bring all these resources onto a single platform. So for example, if you read the ACS’s Ordinariate Newsletter, and something peaks your interest about the Ordinariate or a particular community — you can now stay on the website to learn more.

Additionally, the eCatholic features allow us to feature not only ACS original content, discussions, and contributions but also it allows us to quickly link to the excellent news about the Ordinariate that is being published by Catholic news outlets all over the world. So, if you visit our site, we’ll take you right there.

Additionally, all this information is archived on our blog. We have also created a news archive, which we’re steadily adding to, so people who are new to the Ordinariates and the Anglican tradition in the Catholic Church, will have a solid stable of the best news articles to consult.  

Where does the ACS hope to go with this newly launched website?

We’re really only at the beginning of this new adventure, and the new eCatholic website opens a wide vista of possibilities toward which the ACS can chart a course, both for the wider public and our subscribing members. 
So we’ll be building on the content that’s we’ve got there, particularly in strengthening the Ordinariate-related video content, publications, and the news archive. There’s a lot of content out there we want to pull together for people. We’re looking forward to providing more Prayer Book resources as the Ordinariates publish their Divine Office books. So we’ll feature the St. Gregory’s Prayer Book, a devotional primer the ACS had a hand in developing, alongside the office books. The Ordinariate’s Anglican tradition emphasizes the laity and the clergy both praying the office — that was an insight reflected in the Book of Common Prayer tradition, and later affirmed for all Catholics in Sacrosanctum Concilium, the sacred constitution on the liturgy at the Second Vatican Council. We very much want to make sure that we support that.   

We’ve made it easy for people to find out how they can purchase print or Kindle editions of our journal Shared Treasure. Subscribing members have full access to our digital archives, but the board will be discussing proposals for more exclusive subscriber-only content. 
We’re going to be looking very closely at how to create intentional content that equips people to better evangelists in their own community and put the Ordinariate’s Anglican tradition to work spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ. A rising tide lifts all boats, and we believe the success of Ordinariate communities can be an inspiration to all Catholic churches that Christ’s Gospel has power to transform all men and women it reaches. 
The ACS board is discussing new projects, which we hope to showcase on our website. While it’s premature to say more about them now, we invite people to join us in our mission by becoming regular donors, and subscribing members. We’ve got a great network of talented people who are looking to build up the Ordinariate, and grow the Catholic Church by evangelizing through our beautiful Anglican tradition. So the new website is a start, and ultimately, we hope this is the first step to making the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society the place people seek out for anything related to the Ordinariates, our Anglican patrimony, and how we can go forth and make disciples of Jesus Christ.

3 thoughts on “We’re moving! Here’s why

  1. Great idea to jazz up the ACS site. The new site design looks great on my phone, but on my large desktop monitor I have to zoom out to see all the elements on the home page, and the video at the top looks very grainy. Maybe those are things you can have tweaked before the Grand Opening?


  2. The new web site is definitely a step in the right direction. Aside from Lisa’s comment about needing to zoom out to make the content fit one’s browser (which I second), it looks awesome!

    That said, I did notice a couple glitches in my (relatively quick) perusal.

    >> 1. Although the posts on this blog appear on the front page, the comments on this blog don’t so the articles that received comments here show up with no comments there. Many of the posts on this blog generated a lot of healthy discussion, with comments containing significant supplemental information. It really would be good to move the comments from this blog to the new web site along with the respective blog posts.

    >> 2. The map of ordinariate communities needs some work . It currently shows only communities of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross, and not all of them (zooming in, it becomes pretty obvious that the congregation on Dauan Island in the Torres Strait is missing when I zoomed in; I did not check for others). The communities of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham and the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter also need to be added.

    >> 3. Also on the map of ordinariate communities, it would be helpful to use three different symbols or colors to show the canonical status of each community (that is, parish, quasi-parish (“mission”), and “community in formation”), if this is not too difficult. It also would be useful to include clergy and contact information for each community in the information box that appears when one clicks on a symbol. I looked at a few of the symbols and noted that some identify clergy and supply contact information while others don’t.

    But overall, this clearly is moving in the right direction. Well done!



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