For 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Interim Chairman, Anglicanorum Coetibus Society