Cycle of Prayer for June 2016

cycle_of_prayer_button_webWe invite you to join our international praying community again this month by using the intentions from our Cycle of Prayer in your personal prayers (just click on the link below). The Pope’s Prayer Intentions and a selection of prayers on the theme of the Sacred Heart are included on the second page.

Ordinariate Expats Cycle of Prayer – 201606

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Ordinariate Benedictine Oblates lead Morning Prayer in Orange County

The Blessed John Henry Newman Community of the St Benet Biscop Benedictine Oblates will be leading Morning Prayer or Mattins at Our Lady, Queen of Peace Chapel in Irvine, California. Mattins will be sung between the two Sunday Masses at 10.00 a.m.

Anglican Use Morning Prayer in Irvine

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“The Mystery of Faith: A Pastoral Letter on the Holy Eucharist.” – the first pastoral letter from Bishop Steven Lopes.

To read Bishop Lopes’ pastoral letter issued on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi, click on the banner heading below:

The Mystery of Faith

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Lecture on Recusant Catholic music in New York City

Our readers in the NYC area might be interested in this concert + lecture + Mass + Reception on the musical life of Recusant Catholics:

A special evening this Friday, May 27, sponsored by The Society of St. Hugh of Cluny:

“Like the octave of some great feast”
Perspectives on the life of English Catholics under Elizabeth
at the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Ave. Manhattan.


Lecture at 5:30 pm by Samuel Schmitt, Ph.D., with live musical examples provided by Grant and Priscilla Herreid and Charles Weaver

Solemn Mass in the traditional Dominican rite at 7 pm, featuring the Missa Regali of Robert Fayrfax performed by the Schola of St. Hugh under the direction of Charles Weaver

A festive reception will follow mass.

Explore the riches of English Catholic musical and religious culture under the Tudor persecutions. A lecture by Dr. Samuel Schmitt explores the musical and cultural life of recusant Catholics in the time of Elizabeth, with live examples from the Paston manuscripts provided by Grant and Priscilla Herreid and Charles Weaver. The Mass which follows, in the traditional Dominican Rite, features the Missa Regali of Robert Fayrfax, essentially in its original liturgical context, in the English Gothic Revival setting of the Church of St. Vincent Ferrer. The contrast in musical styles will highlight what was lost and what was gained in sacred music in the tumultuous passing from the age of Fayrfax to that of Byrd.

This event is free and open to the public.

To view the flyer, just click here.

Further information:

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Dame Joanna Bogle reports on St. Osmund’s, Gainford

More signs of hope for the UK ordinariate
For the various ordinariate groups in the UK, arrival into full communion with Rome has been joyful—but it hasn’t been plain sailing along the way.

Joanna Bogle May 04, 2016

The entrance to St. Osmund's Church, Gainford

The entrance to St. Osmund’s Church, Gainford

I had never sung “Rose of England” before. But then I had never been to a St. George’s Day dinner in the part of England where North Yorkshire meets County Durham. Nor, indeed, one organized by the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham—Anglicans who have come into full communion with the Catholic Church. It opened with a recitation of Henry V’s speech before Harfleur (Shakespeare’s 400th anniversary being marked nationwide) and concluded with a rousing rendition of the National Anthem (Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday was also being celebrated).

I suspect that one reason for the invitation may have been that members of the Darlington ordinariate community had become very slightly tired of reading reports, from this London-based writer, of ordinariate activities in the capital. At any rate, they wanted to show something of events beyond the Thames. And so here we were in a village hall decked with bunting, cheering the arrival of St. George in full armor, sitting down to roast beef and Yorkshire pudding, singing traditional songs—and raising well over £1,000 for ordinariate funds. Continue reading

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Webinar Symposium on British Saints and Martyrs by Fr. Eric Bergman

Institute of Catholic Culture - logoWe have just been informed by Heide Seward of St. Luke’s, Washington D.C. of a Symposium offered by the Institute of Catholic Culture. Registering for this symposium demands immediate action, since registration closes tomorrow, May 24th (I am assuming that means midnight, Eastern time). The symposium will be broadcast via webinar on Thursdays, June 9th – July 21st, from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. ET (i.e. 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in California; midnight to 2:00 a.m. on Fridays in London, England; 7:00  to 9:00 a.m. Fridays in Perth, Australia and 9.00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Fridays in Sydney). Here is the information from the Institute of Catholic Culture website:

Sophia Symposium: Speaking Truth to Power: The Martyrs & Saints of the British Isles
with Rev. Eric Bergman

Thursdays, June 9 – July 21, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. ET

Registration required on the ICC website; limited spaces are available.
Applications due by Tuesday, May 24.
Notification of acceptance: Wednesday, June 1.

This course will be offered via live webinar.

About the Course

This course will examine the lives and deaths of some of the great Saints of the British Isles, as well as those that persecuted them.

“Where are now the kings and princes that once reigned over all the world, whose glory and triumph were lifted up above the earth? . . . Where are they now whom we have known and seen in our days in such great wealth and glory that it was thought by many they would never have died, never have been forgotten? Are they not gone and wasted like smoke?” ~ Saint John Fisher ~

About the Instructor

Fr. Eric BergmanFr. Eric Bergman is a Catholic priest of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. He serves in Scranton as the Pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic Church, a parish of converts to Catholicism who have retained certain elements of their Anglican heritage, most notably in the celebration of the Divine Worship Mass. Formerly he served as the Chaplain at Mercy Hospital in Scranton and for one year as Chaplain at Holy Cross High School, the only diocesan Catholic high school in Lackawanna County. Formerly a clergyman of the Episcopal Church and a convert to Catholicism himself, Fr. Bergman was ordained to the priesthood in 2007 through the Pastoral Provision of Pope John Paul II. In addition Fr. Bergman serves as Chaplain and Interim Vice-Chairman of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society (the former Anglican Use Society), a Catholic organization dedicated to increasing awareness of the 2009 Apostolic Constitution of Pope Benedict XVI, Anglicanorum coetibus, and the Pastoral Provision. His articles have been published in Anglican Embers, This Rock, and Catholic Men’s Quarterly, and he has spoken across the United States about the work of the St. Thomas More Society. He and his wife, Kristina, reside in Scranton, PA with their nine young children.

Before You Apply:

As with any educational program, attendance is a requirement for continued enrollment. Enrolled students are expected to attend all classes. If a student misses more than three classes per course, future eligibility for enrollment will be reviewed. An absent student is expected to listen to the recording of the entire missed class prior to the next class offered. Roll will be taken at the beginning of each class.

This course will be offered via live webinar. Please ensure that you have a reliable and consistent internet connection before submitting your application. To watch our webinar tutorial video, click here.

Course Requirements
In addition to regular attendance, occasional reasonable reading assignments may be required.

In accord with the Institute of Catholic Culture’s mission, there is no charge to register for this course.

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Board Meeting of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society

anglican-use-society crossFor a few months now there has been little or no news from the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society (the former Anglican Use Society) because unfortunately for reasons of health and other personal reasons, three of our directors have had to resign, including the President, Stephen Cavanaugh, and the Vice-President, Father Allan Hawkins, both of whom we should like to thank from the bottom of our hearts for the generous and important work they have done for the Society over many years.

Unfortunately their retirement meant that the work of the ACS came more or less to a halt for several months. At our Skype board meeting on 2oth May (which is 21st May in Australia) we “met” over four time zones, from 3 pm Central North American time to 6 am the next morning Eastern Australian time. I was appointed interim chairman, Fr. Eric Bergman of Scranton, PA, was named interim vice-chairman and a procedure was put in place to recruit new board members by the next board meeting in five weeks’ time.

The board unanimously accepted a new Mission Statement for the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society, which you can read by clicking here.

Plans were concretised to organise a conference in the USA next year on “What is the Anglican Patrimony to the Catholic Church?”. The possibility of organising parallel events in other countries which can be linked with the main conference by electronic media is being examined.

The first issue of our new journal “Shared Treasure” on the nature and role of the Anglican Patrimony is to appear later this year, and the project to update the Anglican Use Gradual after the publication of the Divine Worship Missal is already well in hand and can most likely be finished this year.

Those interested in joining the Society or assisting us in any way are welcome to contact me at

David Murphy
Interim Chairman, Anglicanorum Coetibus Society

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