Board Meeting of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society

anglican-use-society crossFor 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

David Murphy
Interim Chairman, Anglicanorum Coetibus Society

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5 Responses to Board Meeting of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society

  1. Bro says:

    Praised be Jesus Christ!

  2. EPMS says:

    The Anglican Use Society was an American creation and although the OOLW has since been created interest in “Anglican Patrimony” seems greater abroad than in its native land. Of course the OOLW is divided between users of the OF and of DW, those largely integrated into diocesan parishes and those maintaining a separate identity. But I also imagine that the closer one is to Anglican Patrimony the less coherent it becomes: Alexander Mackonachie vs F.D. Maurice, Warham Guild surplice vs lacey cotta.

    • Bruce Hall says:

      The Anglican Use Society was formed after the Anglican Use parishes were established in the U.S. following the Pastoral Provision of 1980. The Pastoral Provision did not apply to the U.K. or anyplace else. The AU Society’s American roots are therefore understandable. The AU Society was a way for congregants in Pastoral Provision parishes to communicate and cooperate, and a way to include those interested who were outside of Pastoral Provision parishes, including those outside the Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion.

  3. It has been pointed out that the Pastoral Provision communities have erroneously been left out in the first point of the ACS Mission. We will be able to correct this at the next board meeting. The support of the Society is not only for the Ordinariates but for all communities coming from an Anglican tradition and trying to maintain, celebrate and share the treasures of the Anglican patrimony.

    David Murphy
    Interim Chairman, Anglicanorum Coetibus Society

  4. Bruce Hall says:

    Good news. I think that there is a need for an organization that bridges those formally within the Ordinariates and those outside the Ordinariates who are interested in Anglican patrimony within the Catholic Church, even if they themselves are not in full communion with the Pope or not eligible for membership in an Ordinariate. I remember fondly the one Anglican Use Society conference that I attended in Scranton and enjoyed all the copies of Anglican Embers that I received. I was impressed by the intellectual, scholarly focus of both. There was space to talk about Anglicanism and the institutional Catholic Church and all the related issues outside the restraints of official institutions. I hope to participate in one of the upcoming conferences.

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