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Sunday, June 24, 2007

Retreat and Ordination

The time has now come for the final preparation for ordination. I leave on Tuesday for my retreat with the Bishop of Durham, The Rt. Rev'd Dr. N.T. Wright which will be held at Minsteracres. We will be there from Tuesday evening through Saturday afternoon and ordination in Durham Cathedral Sunday morning. The retreat will be in silence except for the offices of the day and the addresses given. The ordination takes place at Durham Cathedral on Sunday morning at 10:00 am.

Following the ordination we will be having quite the celebration here at our home. There will be a lot of friends, fellow clergy, and some family from the States. After the party at the house, there is an evening service of prayer and benediction at my parish church in Meadowfield at 6:00 pm followed by a reception service. This should be a well-attended service that night and should undoubtedly be a lot of fun with good food, drink and a lot of rejoicing! On Monday 2 July, I begin work again after three years of full-time PhD research!

I am looking forward to my time in parish life again and I pray for a faithful and fruitful ministry in the Catholic Tradition in the Church of England.

I will sign off until after the ordination since I will be away but I will provide pictures next week. Please pray for me as I prepare for the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

7 Comments:

Anonymous john paenitens said...

Jeff,

I have posted under 'Junia the Apostle' (as she clearly was).

Great to see you today. When in your retreat, look out for the red squirrels there.

Best,

John.

9:37 pm  
Blogger Jeffrey said...

Thanks John! It was good to see you today as well. I hope to see you at the service Sunday evening. As far as Junia is concerned, I am not so sure I agree that she was an apostle in the sense that we know the Twelve. She is nowhere recognised formally as an "Apostle" in that sense anywhere in Tradition and surely nowhere in sacred scripture.

9:47 pm  
Blogger Jeffrey said...

John

I just saw what the Canadian Anglicans did today!! Yikes, what do you think that means for the Communion? Does not look good for North Americans at this point!

9:49 pm  
Blogger Third Mill Catholic said...

I received a beautiful, handmade rosary as an ordination gift on Saturday. I shall remember you this week as you prepare for your day.

Dan

1:55 am  
Blogger Biby Cletus said...

Hi, i just surfed in searching for interesting blogs on Spirituality, you have a cool blog. Do keep up the good work. I'll be back even though i live far from where you live. its nice to be able to see what people from across the world thinks.

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6:48 am  
Anonymous Antonio said...

Of course you'll have my poor prayers.

2:13 am  
Anonymous Nicholai the Orthodox said...

In Russian Orthodox tradition St. Nina of Georgia is 'Apostle to the Georgians' so if the Orthodox tradition has saints additional to the original 12 surely the ancient Anglican tradition has them, too. I am not aware of St. Junia.

I find your ordination info very encouraging. I am a practising member of the Russian Orthodox church.

6:53 pm  

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