Manchester Vocations Day
We had a great SCP Vocations weekend last weekend in Manchester. Nineteen attended from all over the country - and beyond. Some were having early thoughts, some were going to BAPs soon.
There is a brief report here: http://stchrysostoms.wordpress.com/2013/04/30/exploring-vocation-in-manchester-2013/
We've set the dates for next year's Manchester vocations weekend: 9th, 10th, 11th May. It filled very quickly this year so please bear that in mind if you know someone whom you think would be interested in coming.
Revd Canon Ian Gomersall
Company of Servers Festival 2013
Our sister organisation, the Company of Servers will be holding this year's Festival at Leicester Cathedral on Saturday 13th April.
All SCP clergy are invited to attend and concelebrate (alb and white stole) at the Festival Mass which starts at noon. In the afternoon there will be lunch (please bring a packed lunch) and AGM for the company, which will be followed by Compline and Benediction at 3:30pm.
Whether or not you can attend, please make sure all your altar servers know about the Festival and please encourage them to attend.
If you can display a poster, it's downloadable from here.
Doctrine Study Day at Westcott House: The Atonement: Preparing for Holy Week & Easter
What do we understand by the Atonement? How do we communicate the mysteries of Holy Week and Easter? In preparing for the most solemn season of the Churchís year this study day will look at the theology of the Atonement, and how we celebrate it in preaching and liturgy.
As well as presentations from our speakers, you will have the opportunity to share your own experiences and ideas for communicating the Easter message.
Saturday 9 March 2013, 11am - 4pm
£28 per person (including two-course lunch, tea, coffee & biscuits)
Course Leaders: The Revd Canon Professor Graham Ward (Regius Professor of Divinity, at the University of Oxford), The Revd Dr Andrew Davison (Tutor in Doctrine at Westcott House) & The Revd Christopher Woods (Tutor for Liturgical Formation at Westcott)
Manchester Vocations Day
SCP is holding its annual Manchester Vocations weekend in April - 26th to 28th. It's a weekend for those interested in vocation to priestly ministry to meet priests, visit parishes, share experiences, and have input on ways to discern vocation. It's also good fun! The weekend has been useful not only for those of an inclusive Catholic outlook, but to others who would value experience of a different outlook in the Church. Last year the weekend was over-subscribed so we do recommend booking early.
Details are at: http://scpvocations.wordpress.com/
PRESS RELEASE - 20 November 2012
The Rector General of the Society of Catholic Priests  (European Province), the Very Reverend Andrew Nunn ďI, like the majority in our church, am devastated that the General Synod has not passed the legislation which would have enabled the ordination of women to the episcopate. The Society of Catholic Priests and its members have been committed to the full inclusion of women in the three orders of ordained ministry since our formation in 1994. We continue to believe that it is Godís will for the church and recommit ourselves to working with others to see this become a reality so that our church can flourish. In the meantime we will seek ways to support the women and men who are disheartened by this decision and will press for the early reintroduction of similar legislation into the Synodical process as soon as it is possible.Ē
The Society of Catholic Priests is a society of men and women serving as Priests throughout the Anglican Communion. The Society was formed in 1994 with the object of promoting the formation and support of priestly spirituality and Catholic evangelism.
Blackburn & Liverpool launch the newest chapter of CoS
On Saturday 13 October, Feast day of St Edward the Confessor, servers and clergy from the two diocese of Blackburn and Liverpool met at St Leonardís church in Walton le Dale and founded the newest CoS Chapter.
The day began with an Eucharist celebrated by the Associate Priest of St Leonardís, Mother Enid Briggs at which St Edward was remembered. Following there was a buffet lunch during at which David Stephenson, Chairman General, gave an introduction to the Company and what it means to be a part of it. He talked about the spread of Chapters not only across the UK but also now in Australia and the challenges this presented to the Central Committee and relating this to allowing Chapters, because of the diversity members represent, to work in a way which suits local needs and resources. All present were enthusiastic about the prospect of being of the Company in their dioceses and had ideas about evangelism and teaching opportunities which might work for them. A committee of volunteers was voted in and David issued everyone with a lapel badge and welcomed them as new companions. The new chapter committee plan to hold a formal service of welcome and open event for more servers from the dioceses in the near future.
2013 Conference: "Lift High the Gospel: Affirming Catholic Life Today"
The Worcester and Lichfield Chapters invite you to attend the SCP Annual Conference.
"Lift High the Gospel: Affirming Catholic Life Today"
Mon 1st - Wed 3rd July 2013
In the beautiful city of Worcester, staying at the St John's Campus of the University.
Monday: Keynote Speaker: Professor John Hull - Emeritus Professor of Religious Education at the University of Birmingham
Tuesday: A day in Lichfield on pilgrimage to the Shrine of St Chad.
Cost £250 discounted to £235 if booked before December
The Anglican Covenant
Fr Andrew Davison has written a paper on the Anglican Covenant. You may find this useful if you have yet to have your diocesan vote. Click here to download the paper.
New Gospel Imprint leaflets
A new range of leaflets was launched at the annual general meeting of the Society of Catholic Priests. The publication of our leaflet, Praying the Eucharist marks the completion of three leaflets across all three of our ranges, Christian Life, Christian Faith and Christian Prayer. These and all of our leaflets can be downloaded from our website.
Click here to get to the leaflets
Women Bishops Debate - Important New Resource
In association wth Affirming Catholicism, SCP is delighted to publish an important document to assist the debate in the parishes, deaneries and dioceses on the ordination of women to the episcopate.
The booklet is downloadable free of charge and has been written by Canon Dr Jane Steen and the Revd Mark Steadman SCP.
The text of the Press Release issued on 3 February is availble here.
Lift up your hearts - SPECIAL OFFER
A new prayer book for Anglicans from the affirming catholic tradition, commissioned by SCP and Affirming Catholicism, was launched during the SCP Conference in Nottingham. The compilers of the book are Fr Andrew Davison, Fr Andrew Nunn and Fr Toby Wright. There are new translations of old prayers and many newly composed prayers arranged around the structure of the Eucharist. The book is now available from all good booksellers and, of course, through Amazon UK by clicking here.
The book is a perfect gift for Confirmation candidates and others who are deepening their experience of prayer and the Eucharist. SPCK are offering a special deal and details of it can be found here.
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