Randall Fogle of St Michael and All Angels, Denison, Texas, to be ordained at end of August

Sorry about this awful photo. The newspaper article which you can access by clicking on the photo is also very difficult to read (but do try – it is worth it):

St Michael and All Angels, DenisonThe facebook page of St Michael & All Angels Ordinariate community have now announced:

Father Randall FogleOrdinations for Fr. Randall are scheduled for Saturday August 29 at 11:00 am for the Diaconate and Sunday August 30 at 2:30 pm for the Priesthood by The Most Rev. Kevin Farrell, Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, at St. Patrick Church in Denison. After this date, we at St. Michael & All Angels will celebrate the Eucharistic Mass every Sunday at 10:00 am in our own church beginning on September 6.

For your interest, here is an article written in 2010 by Father Clayton Holland:

Christ our Saviour Anglican Church in Denison, Texas had its initial formation upon the retirement of the Rev. Clayton T. Holland from a full-time chaplaincy with the Veterans Administration. Fr. Holland, a life-long Anglican, grew up on a farm in southern Michigan and was a member of a truly rural parish. Throughout high school he was the parish organist and knew from the age of 16 that he was destined for the priesthood. After a stint in the Army he graduated from Eastern Michigan University and within three years entered the Episcopal Theological Seminary in Kentucky. Ordained to the Diaconate and the Priesthood in 1962 and transferring to the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, he served several parishes throughout Texas. In 1975 he began a long time career as Chief of Chaplain Service with the Veterans Administration.

By 1964 Fr. Holland, along with many others, entered into a life-long battle to preserve the doctrine, discipline and liturgical practices of the Anglican expression of the Catholic Faith. Battle after battle was lost and eventually in 1988 the time had come, with the support of his wife Jenny, to make the spiritually and emotionally painful decision to leave the pastoral ministry of the Episcopal Church, though continuing his work in the Veterans Administration until retirement.

After retirement from the VA, a chapel was built over the garage at their home in Denison, and Anglican Services were begun under the patronage of St. Michael and All Angels, named after his home parish in Michigan. This also involved seeking a home with one of the Continuing Anglican Churches that had been formed after the 1977 Congress of Concerned Churchmen in St. Louis, Missouri. The search led to contacting the Most Rev. Lewis W. Falk, Primate of the Anglican Church in America who put him in contact with the late Rt. Rev. Thomas Beckwith of the Diocese of the Southwest.

With Bishop Beckwith’s encouragement, the church facility was transformed into a Seminary, also under the patronage of St. Michael and All Angels. Among the students was the future Rev. Jerry Sherbourne who is now serving as a full time Chaplain with the United States Army under the leadership of Bishop Moyer of the ACA.

By 2005 the parish had outgrown the chapel and after the closing of a parish of another jurisdiction in Denison, a deacon was inherited. The Rev. Randall Fogle of Denison, under the guidance of Archbishop Falk, began his training for his sub conditione ordination to the Diaconate. After his ordination to the Diaconate, Deacon Fogle passed the canonical examinations for ordination to the Priesthood and eventually assumed the Pastoral Ministry at what is now Christ our Saviour Anglican Church.

Christ our Saviour Anglican Church owns its church building, which is a restored former Pentecostal Church. With hard work and limited finances, it has been transformed into a beautiful Anglican church, though with very limited space for additional facilities.

Christ Our Saviour, DenisonFr. Fogle celebrates Mass every Sunday at 10:00 AM, preceded by Instruction in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, taught by parishioner Gina Byrum. Since last summer’s DMV Synod we have had between 96 to 100% attendance by the parishioners each Sunday. The parish has voted to enter the Ordinariate as soon as it is formed and acting under the guidance of Archbishop Falk we are continuing our support of the Diocese of the Missouri Valley until that event takes place.

Both Fr. Holland and Fr. Fogle are submitting their ordination records and other papers to Archbishop Falk, and we trust that sometime next year we will become Christ our Saviour Catholic Church within the Anglican Ordinariate in the United States. Fr. Fogle is married to Patty Ford and they are now parents and grandparents. Fr. Holland is a widower and at the age of eighty-one, he limits much of his church work to playing the organ for Sunday Mass and leading a Bible Study following Wednesday evening Vespers, though continuing to dream of future plans for the parish.

Father Clayton HollandLike so many heading for the Ordinariate, it has been a long and often-times painful ministry for Fr. Holland, but following the “Becoming One” conference in San Antonio, a glorious future now seems to lie ahead for a continued Anglican expression of the Catholic Faith within the U.S. Ordinariate.

Saint Peter, pray for Fr. Randall.

Our Lady of Walsingham, pray for him.

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5 Responses to Randall Fogle of St Michael and All Angels, Denison, Texas, to be ordained at end of August

  1. Rev22:17 says:

    David,

    Your quotation: Ordinations for Fr. Randall are scheduled for Saturday August 29 at 11:00 am for the Diaconate and Sunday August 30 at 2:30 pm for the Priesthood by The Most Rev. Kevin Farrell, Bishop of the Diocese of Dallas, at St. Patrick Church in Denison. After this date, we at St. Michael & All Angels will celebrate the Eucharistic Mass every Sunday at 10:00 am in our own church beginning on September 6.

    More great news!

    This community does not yet appear in the list of congregations on the ordinariate’s web site. My guess is that it will gain official standing upon the ordination of its pastor to the order of presbyter on the 30th.

    I’m also miffed by the use of two names — “St. Michael and All Angels” and “Christ our Savior” — for what seems to be the same community in the article that follows this quote. The quoted announcement seems to indicate that the former will be the title of the new community.

    Norm.

    • Click on the unclear photo and you will find the answer to your question in the fifth (just legible) paragraph of the article.

      • Rev22:17 says:

        David,

        You wrote: Click on the unclear photo and you will find the answer to your question in the fifth (just legible) paragraph of the article.

        So the community apparently reverted to its former name upon its reception into the full communion of the Catholic Church

        But why was it changed in the first place, and why did it revert back? With respect to the latter, “Christ our Savior” should be acceptable as a name for a Catholic parish or mission.

        Norm.

  2. EPMS says:

    Norm, I do not think there is any connection between the list of “Communities” on the OCSP website and official status, or indeed reality in general. Locations are wrong (Fullerton, Collegeville) times and days are wrong (too many to list) links are broken (personal favourite is jhnewman.org, which now leads to interesting info about “How to lose body fats”), and of course communities which were received years ago (Edmonton, Fredericton) are missing altogether. I had hoped that the appointment of a new, presumably paid, Communications Director would have led to some housekeeping at the site, but her name has not even been added to the list of staff so who knows when we can expect any changes. A perennial mystery to me how this is not seen as a priority.

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