Annual Report of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society

of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society
since the Annual Meeting 2015

Interim Chairman’s Report

anglican-use-society crossThis Annual Report covers the first full year of activities of the Society under its new name and identity, Anglicanorum Coetibus Society.

At the Annual Meeting in Philadelphia on September 25th, 2015 seven new Board members were elected from across the world, expanding the Board to ten members and the representation to cover the areas of all three Personal Ordinariates.

In the last twelve months Board meetings have been held by Skype conference on November 5th, 2015 as well as on May 20th and June 24th, 2016.

Unfortunately President Steve Cavanaugh, Vice-President Father Allan Hawkins, and Board member Antonia Lynn have all seen themselves obliged to resign their posts and their Board membership for personal and health reasons. As a consequence Society activities were put on hold for several months until the remaining Board members learned of the resignations and were able to call a Board meeting themselves, which took place in May. At that meeting David Murphy was elected Interim Chairman and Fr. Eric Bergman Interim Vice-Chairman until the election of a new President and Vice-President at the constitutive meeting of the new Board after this Annual Meeting’s elections.

At the May meeting the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society also gave itself a Mission Statement which was distributed to all members with the invitation to this Annual Meeting. Work began in earnest in the principal areas of planned ACS activity.

Each of these areas has been delegated to a committee of the Board, so that the remainder of this Annual Report will consist of the individual reports from each of the committees.

Conference Committee Report (convenor: Fr. Eric Bergman)

It was decided to hold the next Anglicanorum Coetibus Conference, on the theme of “The Anglican Patrimony for the Catholic Church” in September of next year. A written proposition was made to Bishop Lopes, who gave his consent for the conference to take place at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham in Houston, Texas, from Thursday September 21st to Saturday September 23rd, 2017.

In accordance with the new international nature of the ACS a proposal was made to Ordinary Mgr. Keith Newton in London and the organising committee of the Festival of the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham (which is likely to be held on the same weekend) for a live inter-Ordinariate link-up on the afternoon/evening of Friday September 22nd, whereby part of the conference proceedings would be relayed by modern technology, including the possibility of a joint question and answer session and maybe even a joint Evensong service.

A preliminary list of conference speakers has been drawn up and this will be finalised in September 2016.

“Shared Treasure” Editorial Committee Report (convenor: C. David Burt, ACS Secretary)

C. David Burt kindly agreed to edit the first issue of the new journal which is to be called “Shared Treasure : A Journal of the Anglican Patrimony in the Catholic Church”. Article contributions were invited for publication at Holy Cross embertide but this proved impracticable, so that the first issue of the journal has been postponed until Advent embertide. The deadline for articles is All Saints, November 1st 2016.

Gradual Committee Report (convenor: C. David Burt)

The updating of the “Anglican Use” Gradual is progressing well. C. David Burt is currently working on the Common of Martyrs and has already completed the redrafting of over 550 pages. Father Carl Reid of Victoria, B.C., is proofreading, and is now working on the Trinity Season. Father Stravinskas of Newman House Press has expressed an interest in publishing the Gradual, but no decision has been taken.

Internet Committee Report (convenor: David Murphy)

A long-overdue preliminary update of the ACS website has been completed. The next task is a complete reconstruction of the site in Autumn 2016.

At the same time it is planned to amalgamate the two news blogs “The Anglican Use of the Roman Rite” and “Ordinariate News – from the Ordinariate Support Group in Europe” under the auspices of the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society. The intention is to put together a pool of authors so that the new blog will have an even stronger international and pan-movement character than at present.

Membership Committee Report (convenor: David Murphy)

The committee is in the drafting process for a rethink of ACS membership. Matters being addressed are:
– The various types and classes of membership
– A non-member support network
– The benefits of membership
– The level of membership fees including concessionary fees
– A membership recruitment campaign planned for October 2016

Treasurer’s Report (Treasurer: Joseph Blake)

See the Income Statements: a) May 31, 2015 – May 31, 2016
b) June 1 – August 26, 2016

September 4th, 2016
David Murphy
Interim Chairman
Anglicanorum Coetibus Society

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