“From the Four Quarters” – Benet Biscop Oblates newsletter

Brother John-Pede Pauley OSB of Collegeville, the spiritual director of the Benet Biscop Chapter of Benedictine Oblates, which is attached to St. John’s Abbey and is mainly composed of Ordinariate members, has asked us to post the inaugural newsletter of the Chapter online. Just click here.

This newsletter offers the following:

  • A thoughtful reflection from the editor, Dr. Clint Brand (professor in the English Department of the University of St. Thomas, Houston; former member of Anglicane Traditiones; and parishioner of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Walsingham).
  • Fr. Jack Barker (priest of the Diocese of San Bernardino and former Episcopal priest) provides his first-hand account of events and discussions from the late 1970s — some of which have not yet been published — that give us a richer historical context for understanding how and why Anglicanorum coetibus came into being.
  • Turning to the area of music, Br. John-Bede Pauley, O.S.B. provides thoughts on how music from the Anglican choral repertoire can foster what he refers to as auditio divina (prayerful listening). He examines William Byrd’s Civitas Sancti Tui as an example.
  • Mr. Jason Edwards (parishioner of the Ordinariate parish of St. John the Baptist, Bridgeport, Pennsylvania) reflects on praying the Daily Office for the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter, which the oblates of the St. Benet Biscop Chapter were asked to, as it were, beta test prior to the hoped-for promulgation of the office.
  • Mother Winsome Durrant, SBVM (superior of the Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Old Oscott Hill, Birmingham, England) recounts the role faith played in the life of her community as they moved from being Anglican to Catholic, from Wantage to Birmingham, and from being Augustinian to Benedictine.
  • Fr. Michael Peterson, O.S.B. (oblate director of St. John’s Abbey) continues the theme of risk, so movingly exemplified in Mother Winsome’s account, as he reflects on Pope Francis’s call at last summer’s World Youth Day in Krakow, Poland, to follow Jesus as “the Lord of risk.”
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