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Anglican Catholic Society Moves Conference to Canada, Engages 21st Century Priestly Ministry

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May 8, 2014  Toronto, Canada.  Anglican Catholic Society Moves Conference to Canada, Engages 21st Century Priestly Ministry

“Killing George Herbert” is an interesting title for a topic at a conference geared towards clergy from The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada, particularly clergy who identify with the Anglo-Catholic tradition. However, it is precisely this sort of unconventional thinking that has come to characterize the Society of Catholic Priests.

The Rev. Erika Takacs, Society Convener, celebrates the closing mass at the 2014 Annual Conference held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, PA.

The Rev. Erika Takacs, Society Convener, celebrates the closing mass at the 2014 Annual Conference held at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, PA.

“When Bishop Frank Griswold came to our Conference in Detroit, he remarked how amazed he was that our membership skews so young,” said the Very Rev. Jared Cramer, Communications Director and founding member of the Society in North America. “It instilled in him a desire to support our work of cultivating priestly spirituality and catholic evangelism in the North American Anglican tradition.”

Though the Society has drawn membership from both Canada and the various dioceses of The Episcopal Church since it’s founding in North America six year ago, this is the first national Conference to be hosted by one of the Canadian Chapters of the Society. Despite the extra work, the Society Council says they are confident members in the Episcopal Church will make the journey to be together with their brothers and sisters north of the border.

The focus of the Sixth Annual Conference, set for October 8–October 11, is “Catholic Ministry in the 21st Century Anglican Tradition,” and speakers draw from across the church, including: The Rev. Dr. Justin Lewis-Anthony, author of “If You Meet George Herbert on the Road, Kill Him” and Associate Dean of Students at Virginia Theological Seminary; The Rev Canon Susan Bell, Canon Missioner for the Diocese of Toronto; The Very Rev. Thomas Ferguson, Dean of Bexley Hall Seminary and former Ecumenical and Interreligious Officer for the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church; and The Rev. Ralph McMichael, Director of the Center for the Eucharist.

More information on the Conference, including how you can register to attend, is online at: http://tinyurl.com/SCP2014-Form.

“Our conferences always provide our members with an essential opportunity for reconnecting with one another, ourselves, and our Lord,” said the Rev. Erika Takacs, Convener of the North American Province of the Society, “I hope that many Christians—lay and ordained, members and non-members alike—will consider joining us and sharing in the gift that is time set aside for God.”

For the past six years, the Society of Catholic Priests in North America has sought to promote its twin aims: the cultivation of priestly spirituality and catholic evangelism. It welcomes as members all those ordained to holy orders in the Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church of Canada. For more information about the life of the Society, you can visit their website: www.theSCP.org.

May 8, 2014 

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Press inquiries can be made to the Society Communications Director, Father Jared Cramer, at communications@theSCP.org. A flyer suitable for distribution is available for download either as a PDF or as a hi-res JPEG.