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Holy Synod 2014

June 7, 2014 Leave a comment

The first ever international holy Synod of canonical orthodox Old Roman Catholic jurisdictions since the time of Archbishop Arnold H Mathew, took place on Saturday, July 5th at the Brighton Oratory in Sussex, England. Clergy and members of the Old Roman Catholic Churches in Great Britain, Europe, and America joined together in prayer, in fellowship and in conference.

The day began with a sung votive Mass of the Holy Ghost offered by Metropolitan Jerome OSJV of Europe who urged Synod in his homily to recall Christ’s promise of the Holy Ghost to the Apostles and the continuance of that promise manifested in the Apostolic succession of the Church. His Grace urged all present to join him in offering their spiritual intentions of the Mass for the guidance of the Holy Ghost for the Synod Fathers and for the unity of the Church.

The holy Synod discussed both the history and future of canonical Old Roman Catholicism and mandated the bishops to formulate the necessary structures for unity between the jurisdictions.

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Synodical addresses were given by Metropolitan Douglas of the UK, Metropolitan Jerome OSJV of Europe and Metropolitan William of America and a lively discussion about the future. Absent members of the Synod were even able to participate through Skype and hear and share in the discussions!

Joint holy Synod

June 2, 2014 Leave a comment
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The Metropolitans in Walsingham, 2012

Their Graces, the Metropolitan Archbishops of Great Britain and Europe have issued a joint invitation to the clergy of both Provinces of the canonical Old Roman Catholic Church to a unique and historic holy Synod to be held in Brighton on July 5th 2014, the feast of St. Willibald. Also in attendance will be His Excellency, Bishop William Myers of the Old Roman Catholic Church in America and the bishops of the Provinces.

Holy Mass will be offered by Metropolitan Jerome OSJV at the commencement of the holy Synod at the Brighton Oratory, followed by lunch. Metropolitan Douglas will chair the holy Synod in session, during which significant proposals will be presented, discussed and voted upon to consolidate the witness of canonical Old Roman Catholicism and the legacy of Msgr Mathew for the 21st Century. The holy Synod will be the culmination of two years of discussions between the Metropolitans in consultation with their clergy respectively about the unity and effective witness of canonical Old Roman Catholicism formally begun by the signing of the “Walsingham Declaration” on a joint pilgrimage to “England’s Nazareth” in 2012. A similar pilgrimage ‘of thanksgiving’ to Walsingham is anticipated later in the year following the outcome of the holy Synod.

The Metropolitans thank all those clergy, faithful and friends of the church for their prayers and Masses these past two years, and beg ever more fervent prayers for the success of the holy Synod and the continued guidance and intercession of Our Lady of Walsingham.

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