The Society’s board is internationalised

No, not “The Society under the patronage of Saint Wilfrid and Saint Hilda” but our own “Society”, until now known as the “Anglican Use Society” (AUS) – cf. the report of the Board meeting in May.

The latest announcement on the AUS website and facebook page reports the expansion of the Board of Directors from five to nine members (with a possible further expansion to 15) following the recent Board meeting:

New Board Members Appointed

Anglican Use CrossAt its board meeting on June 15, 2015, the Board amended the by-laws to allow up to 15 members on the Board of Directors. Invitations were issued subsequent to the meeting and we are pleased to announce that the following have agreed to join the AUS Board to assist us in our renewal and extension of service to the Ordinariates. The four new members are:

  • Ms. Deborah Gyapong, journalist from Ottawa, Canada, who blogs at “Foolishness to the World“;
  • Professor Hans-Jürgen Feulner, author, lecturer and professor of liturgics at the University of Vienna and member of the Anglicanae Traditiones commission;
  • Mr. David Murphy, webmaster of the “Ordinariate Expats” blog;
  • Ms. Antonia Lynn, a former deacon in the Church of England, who is a frequent contributor to The Portal magazine, and who blogs at “The Love That Moves the Sun“.

These new members from Canada, the UK and Europe have considerably diversified the Board. Geographically Australia is now the only Ordinariate country not represented on the Board. The new intake also means a feminisation, an increase in the academic element, and a noticeable shift from clergy to laity (3:6). This last ratio will need to be put back into balance when more British and Australian members are added in future.

It is important to remember that the Society, whose new name will be debated and fixed fairly soon, is an independent, voluntary support organisation for the Ordinariate and Pastoral Provision movement, so the Board members are not official representatives of any particular community. They do, however, come from two Ordinariates including the Canadian Deanery, the Pastoral Provision and friends of the movement.

The next months will see a complete revision of the mission and aims of the Society but the basic aim mentioned on the AUS website will remain the most important:

  • To increase knowledge and understanding of the Personal Ordinariates erected under the terms of Anglicanorum coetibus and the Pastoral Provision, and support their mission of gathering Anglicans into communion with the Holy See.

For details of the developments as they take place, you should follow this site and the AUS websites mentioned above. But it already makes sense to join the Society, so that you can play your part in determining its future direction. To become a member and/or to make a financial donation, please follow this link to the AUS website.

P.S. I would also invite you to (re)read my reflections on a possible future role for the Society.

David Murphy

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5 Responses to The Society’s board is internationalised

  1. Antonia says:

    Thank you, David, you’ve shamed me into reviving my blog (having not posted anything since January)!

  2. Joseph Golightly says:

    Why has it become “international” Surely it’s only North America that has this or am I missing something?

    • Rev22:17 says:


      Why has it become “international” Surely it’s only North America that has this or am I missing something?

      Well, even “North America” is international, as the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter encompasses two countries — the United States and Canada.

      But yes, you are missing something: both the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham in the United Kingdom and the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia (which encompasses an extraterritorial congregation in Japan).

      With the expansion of the Anglican Use Society (AUS), it is serving all three ordinariates in addition to the diocesan “Anglican Use” parishes established under the so-called “pastoral provision” here in the States. The diversification of its board reflects this expansion, adding members from each of the ordinariates.


  3. The Ordinariate movement (for want of a shorthand expression) or the striving to bring the treasures of the Anglican patrimony into the Catholic Church and to provide a jurisdiction for former Anglicans to be received into the Catholic Church in groups and continue to live this patrimony as Catholics did begin in the United States with the Pastoral Provision and what was called the “Anglican Use”.

    With the advent of the Personal Ordinariates this movement became international with communities in the territories of six Bishops’ Conferences so far. The Anglican Use Society, which supported the Pastoral Provision communities, has been expanding to embrace the Ordinariates ever since the Apostolic Constitution “Anglicanorum Coetibus” was promulgated in November 2009. After a Sleeping Beauty slumber of about two years it was felt by AUS members and some Ordinariate members worldwide that the Society should be revived and should now embrace the whole of the international movement. In the Ordinariates and Pastoral Provision communities we now share a liturgy (“Divine Worship”), our aims are the same, although there may be some nuances in the methods we use (because of the differing cultural and ecclesiastical environments in which the various communities live and function). The resources we need are the same in most cases, the spirituality from the English (and Anglican) tradition is shared by us all, our theological reflections go in the same direction. So it makes a lot of sense to get together to think, to study, to act, to be creative and, not least, to pray together. And in any case strength is in numbers.

    Or did I perhaps misunderstand your question?

    David Murphy

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