Annual Conference 2013

The fourth Annual Conference was held 9-12 October 2013 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, PA. The closing homily from Society Convener, Mother Erika Takacs, is available online here.

The conference begins on Wednesday, October 9th, from 4:00-5:30 with registration and social hour followed by Solemn Evensong with Benediction at 5:30pm. The schedule will be updated below once it is finalized.

Wednesday 10/9
**2:00pm-4:00pm Optional Visit to the Yarnall Collection**
4:00-5:30 Registration and Social Hour
5:30 Solemn Evensong and Benediction
6:30 Dinner (Provided)
7:30 Welcome & Thoughts, Fr. Bill Carroll, Society Convener
8:30 Sung Compline

Thursday 10/10
7:30 (Parish Morning Low Mass, Rite I)
8:30 Sung Matins
9:30 Opening Meditation – Bishop Rodney Michel
10:00 The Mystery of Catholicity – Bishop Frank Griswold
Noon Angelus
12:15 Lunch (Provided)
1:30 Catholic Ministry in Context: St. James’ Episcopal School
5:00 Break
5:15 Evening Prayer at St. Clement’s
5:30 Solemn Mass at St. Clement’s
6:45 Reception with Heavy Hors d’oevres (Provided), at St. Clement’s
8:00 Panel Discussion: Catholic Ministry with Young Adults (St. Mark’s)
9:30 Sung Compline

Friday 10/11
7:30 (Parish Morning Low Mass, Rite I)
9:00 Morning Prayer
9:30 Anglo-Catholicism in the English Cities – Fr. Benjamin King
11:30 Break
11:45 Society Business Meeting called to Order
Noon Angelus
12:15 Lunch (Provided), Society Business Meeting continues
2:00 Preaching & Spiritual Formation – Fr. Martin Smith
4:00 Break
4:15 Panel Discussion: Best Practices for Chapter Life
5:15 Break
5:30 Evening Prayer
6:00 Solemn Mass with Induction of New Members
7:00 Evening Free to Explore Philadelphia

Saturday 10/12
9:00 Morning Prayer
9:30 Confessions in the Lady Chapel
10:00 Low Mass
10:30 Rosary


“Catholic Identity”
The Most Rev. Frank Griswold, 25th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church
Bishop Griswold was the 25th Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church. Bishop Griswold was co-chair of the Anglican-Roman Catholic International Commission from 1998 to 2003. He was a member of the standing committee for the 1998 Lambeth Conference. He has also served on diocesan, national and international committees for liturgy, worship and ecumenism. He is also a member of the Fellowship of the Society of St. John the Evangelist and broadly identifies himself as being in Anglo-Catholic tradition. He is interested in interfaith dialogue and currently sits on the Board of World Religious Leaders for the Elijah Interfaith Institute.

“Catholic Evangelism in Context”
St. James’ Episcopal School
St. James is a faith-based Philadelphia middle school in the Episcopal tradition, committed to educating traditionally underresourced students in a nurturing environment. The school is a community that provides a challenging academic program and encourages the development of the moral, spiritual, intellectual, physical and creative gifts in its students. When the Church of St. James the Less was vacated early in 2006, the property sat vacant for two years before being adopted by Saint Mark’s Church, Philadelphia. With the support of Saint Mark’s, the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania, and countless other churches and schools in the Greater Philadelphia area, the new St. James School opened its doors in September 2011 and continues to stand as a bright light of catholic evangelism and service in this city. During our time at St. James, we will take a tour of the school’s beautiful historic property, meet the students and faculty, and engage in prayer and service for the school’s continuing mission. To learn more about St. James, please visit their website at

“Anglo-Catholicism in the English cities: From Social Conservatism to Social Conscience”
The Rev Dr Benjamin King, Associate Professor of Church History, The School of Theology at Sewanee
Fr. King is first of all a lover of history, but also a lover of Christian theology, and the areas where both come into conjunction are those to which he is drawn. Early Christianity is one passion; another is the reception of the theology of that early period by later generations, especially by nineteenth and twentieth-century English church historians, above all John Henry Newman. He is currently working on a book exploring one of Newman’s topics, Consulting the (Lay) Faithful in Matters of Doctrine.

“Preaching and Spiritual Formation; Bringing into Focus the Spirit and Intention of Catholic Preaching”
The Rev. Martin Smith
Fr. Smith is well known throughout the Episcopal Church and beyond as a retreat leader and preacher, and the author of widely read books exploring contemporary spirituality, including /The Word is Very Near You/, /A Season for the Spirit/, /Love Set Free/, /Reconciliation & Reconciliation/. He has recently retired from his position as Sr. Associate Rector at St Columba’s, Washington and now devotes himself to his roaming ministry as a teacher and workshop leader. He is a regular contributor to Sojourners magazine.

Panel Discussion: Catholic Ministry with Young Adults
Panelists including – Father Peter French (Chaplain, Princeton University); Ms. Lindsay Barrett-Adler (Servant Year Program Director); and Father Robert Hendrickson (Sub-Dean, St. John’s Cathedral in Denver & Founder of St. Hilda’s House in New Haven, CT).

Panel Discussion: Best Practices for Chapter Life
Panelists including – Father Brian Coleman (Rector, St. Thomas, Battle Creek and Chaplain to the Society and to the Great Lakes Chapter); Mtr Lizette Larson-Miller (Former Council Advisor, currently at work forming a chapter in the Bay Area); Mtr. Annette Chappell (Rector, Episcopal Church of the Redemption and Convener of the Middle Atlantic Chapter).

Opening Meditation
The Rt. Rev. Rodney Michel
Bishop Michel began his life and ministry in Nebraska. After graduation from the University of Nebraska and several years of teaching Junior High History he attended and earned the degree of Master of Divinity from Seabury Western Theological Seminary in Evanston, Illinois. He served parishes in Nebraska for twelve years before becoming rector of St. Paul’s Church, Grand Forks, North Dakota. After five years of ministry in North Dakota he became Canon Pastor of the Cathedral of the Incarnation, Garden City, New York an then Rector of St. Peter’s By-the-Sea in Bay Shore, New York. He served as seventh Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of Long Island for ten years prior to his retirement from active ministry. His gifts for ministry are varied but he especially loves caring for the People of God and tending to their pastoral needs and concerns. He currently serves as Assisting Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania and Episcopal Visitor for the Holy Cross Chapter of the Society.

**Optional early excursion: Visit to the Yarnall Collection at the University of Pennsylvania**
This is a collection of over 30,000 volumes that is owned by St. Clement’s but housed at Penn. The collection is primarily religious in nature, primarily focused on Anglo-Catholicism, and includes some really wonderful old volumes (illuminated manuscripts, old prayer books, etc.). It’s a brilliant collection. The librarian who is in charge of maintaining this collection is a parishioner at Saint Mark’s, and he has offered to set up a small private exhibition of the collection for the Society.