Following our recent report that Father John Cornelius of the Rochester, New York, Fellowship of Saint Alban planned to retire next spring we have now received the following eMail announcing his immediate departure for health reasons:
To the St. Alban Fellowship and friends,
A blessed All Saints Day to you.
I am afraid that I have some sad news to relate to you. I received a note earlier this week from Fr. Cornelius about his health. I have since had a chance to speak with Fr. Hough, our Vicar General, and Fr. Cornelius directly. Fr. C asked me to send a note out to the group:
He is suffering from two different health problems:
1) He needs to have hand surgery because of tendon problems – even driving is currently painful.
2) He has started to experience spells of disorientation, including forgetting where he is. His doctors have advised him this could be related to a kind of stroke.
Consequently, after a period of discernment and conversations with Fr. Hough and Msgr. Steenson, he has decided to resign his position as our pastor, effective immediately because of these health problems.
At the instruction of Fr. Hough, I have written to the diocese asking if there is a priest who would be interested in saying mass for us as a stop-gap measure. Msgr. Steenson has indicated that he will happily give faculties to any priest here willing to celebrate the Anglican Ordinariate Use.
Msgr. Steenson has communicated to us that they are actively looking for a successor to Fr. Cornelius, and have tentatively identified a candidate. However, it will take some time to make the replacement.
Fr. Cornelius has told me that he intends to come back up to Rochester when he returns to the area to come and say his farewells as our pastor.
I will keep you posted as events unfold.
Please keep Fr. Cornelius and his family in prayer.
Andrew, for the FSA
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Father Cornelius, also on the recent passing of his mother.