In February we reported that Dr. Clinton Brand of Houston, Texas, had been knighted by Pope Francis for his outstanding work on the Anglicanae Traditiones commission, which has the task of developing the Ordinariate Use liturgy known as “Divine Worship”.
On the same day, 29th December 2014, the Holy Father also elevated our own Professor Dr. Hans-Jürgen Feulner of the University of Vienna, Austria, to the same dignity (Eques Ordinis Sancti Gregorii Magni) for his contribution to the same liturgical commission.
Yesterday, on Monday 4th May, the Feast of the English Martyrs, Professor Feulner was ceremoniously invested with the Order at the Papal Nunciature in Vienna. The award was presented, as on 1st February to Dr. Brand in Houston, by Monsignor Steven Lopes of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Yesterday I was officially bestowed with the knighthood in the Nunciature by parchment certificate of appointment and received also the Papal Order of St. Gregory the Great.
It was an impressive ceremony, nice words from the Nuncio, and Mgr. Lopes from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith read a letter of Cardinal-Prefect Müller and he also pinned the Order on my jacket.
The little group of guests comprised representatives from the university, city of Vienna, the German embassy and others.
Thanks for your prayers and good wishes, and this coming weekend I will visit my home village in Upper Franconia (North Bavaria) and personally present the award to my parents on their grave.
Professor Feulner was one of the first friends of Ordinariate Expats in Europe and he has been one of our trustiest members, regularly keeping us in the loop regarding the progress in the work on the liturgy.
Hans-Jürgen Feulner, born on 22.02.1965 in Kronach, Germany, attained a first class Licenciate of Theology degree from the University of Munich in 1992. His highly regarded and published thesis was on the Anglican Ordinal. He immediately began an academic career at the University of Tübingen, where he obtained his Doctorate in 1998 on “The Armenian Athanasius-Anaphora”.
He has been Professor of Liturgy and Sacramental Theology in the Catholic Theological Faculty of the University of Vienna since September 2002. From the beginning Professor Feulner has enjoyed international renown, not least because of his Licentiate thesis. Owing to his expertise in the field of Anglican Ordination Liturgy he was even appointed an extraordinary member of the Liturgical Commission of the Church of England for the revision of the Ordination rite.
Professor Feulner has been a good friend of the Anglican Use for many years, and has visited the United States and elsewhere frequently to speak at conferences and seminars and to encourage the former Anglican communities before and especially since the establishment of the Ordinariate.
His enthusiasm for and commitment to the Anglican Use led to his appointment as a cradle Catholic with a profound knowledge of Anglican liturgy to the Anglicanae Traditiones commission, where he has been working tirelessly to develop the Ordinariate Use “Divine Worship”, which he believes should still properly be called the Anglican Use liturgy.
You can read his authoritative article on <“Anglican Use of the Roman Rite”? The Unity of the Liturgy in the Diversity of its Rites and Forms> from the journal Antiphon 17.1 (2013) by clicking here.
We offer Sir Hans-Jürgen our most sincere congratulations as well as our thanks and wish him God’s abundant blessings.