(One of an occasional series of articles on newly named saints in Lesser Feasts & Fasts 2018, as adopted by the 2018 General Convention.) By Elizabeth (Liza) Anderson Ammonius was one of the desert fathers, who lived in a monastic community of hermits in fourth-century Egypt. He was renowned for his great learning and asceticism, but he is most vividly remembered for … [Read more...] about Nov. 8: Ammonius the Earless, Hermit, 4th Century
By Mark Hatch The journey to priesthood is long, rich, challenging, and if it be God’s will, ultimately it leads to ordination. Over many years and even decades, a process of discernment, testing, study, practice, and examination leads one to the moment and to the experience of apostolic succession – the laying on of hands, as practiced for more than 2000 years. But what … [Read more...] about Far from Ordinary Time: A Coronatide Ordination
The Church of England’s dioceses are recruiting ministerial candidates in their 50s and 60s, whereas 50 used to be the cut-off point for acceptance into training. Training systems are changing to accommodate this age group. “If you’re in your late 50s or early 60s, the thought of going off to a college or even a course elsewhere in the country is just a bit too much, I … [Read more...] about C of E Accepts Older Aspirants
pathlost/Flickr David Tremaine writes for the Diocese of San Diego’s weblog, Where SunDays Are Better than Others, about his decision to remain a layman after completing his seminary studies: This question persisted, “Do I need to be ordained to fulfill my vocation?” As a lay person, I could preach, teach, work in the church, work with people—I could even … [Read more...] about Do I Need to Be Ordained?
Catholic Voices By John M. Gullett Several years ago, I was working at Universal Orlando’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter. My job was to scan tickets for guests coming to ride on the Hogwarts Express. One day a coworker, a bright-faced young college student, asked me a reasonable question: “What are you doing here? You don’t exactly look like the other folks who work … [Read more...] about Worth the Struggle
St. Gerorge’s Cathedral, Georgetown, by Ian Mackenzie/Flickr The Diocese of Guyana’s 144th synod voted June 20 to permit the ordination of women to the priesthood. Guyana Times reports: This was a unanimous decision taken during the 144th Synod session of the regional Anglican Diocese, which includes Suriname and French Guyana. The highest … [Read more...] about Guyana to Ordain Women
By Daniel H. MartinsAmong baseball scouts and executives, the classic metric by which the value of a player is judged is what has become known as the “five tools”: hit, hit for power, run, throw, field. A player who excels in all five is exceptionally rare, and is highly sought-after. These abilities may not be displayed fully in a young player on the cusp of his professional … [Read more...] about The Five-Tool Priest
Adapted from an Anglican Communion News Service reportWomen may become bishops in the Church of England because of a historic vote by General Synod July 14.Following a day of debate at the General Synod meeting in York on the issue of women in the episcopate, at least two thirds majority of each house — laity, clergy, and bishops — approved the measure:Across the … [Read more...] about Synod: Women May Now Apply