Fr Andrew Davison has recently published a new book entitled 'Why Sacraments?'. To read a review by the Rector General click here.
2nd International Conference 2015
We are putting in place plans for the 2nd International Conference of the Society which we hope will be held in Jerusalem in May 2015. The cost will be around £650 (not including the flight) and with an optional extension in Tiberias. We will be based at the Pontifical Institute just outside the Old City which has wonderful facilities. Further details can be found here. In order to see how many members would be interested - and without obligation - please take part in this poll.
The Hospitality of God - Catholic Evangelism in today’s Parish
Sponsored by the Oxford Chapter of the SCP and the Diocese of Oxford
Tuesday 24th September 10am-4pm
St Mary the Virgin Witney Oxfordshire
Cost £10 including lunch and refreshments.
This day conference aims to help clergy and lay leaders from the Catholic tradition who would like to explore and share how we can better engage in evangelism in our parishes today. The three key note speakers for the day are: Bishop Michael Perham, The Revd Tim Sledge, and The Revd Canon Angela Tilby who will explore the context, tradition and theology of Catholic evangelism in the parish. There will also be various practical workshops to enable Catholic parishes to better engage with evangelism through liturgy and outreach activities.
The flyer for the day is available in PDF format here.
For bookings please go to: http://oxfordscpevent.eventbrite.co.uk/
For more information or if you have special requirements please contact The Revd Canon Richard Hancock at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01793 780183. Or The Revd Dr Peter Day at email@example.com or 01189787658
2014 National Conference - The Sanctity of Life?
Organised by the St Edmundsbury & Ipswich Chapter of the SCP
Tuesday 8th – Thursday 10th July 2014
Belsey Bridge Conference Centre, Ditchingham, East Anglia
Cost £230 discounted to £200 if booked and paid in full before 1st December 2013. Ensuite supplement (limited availability, book early!) £20.
In the year of our diocesan centenary we look forward to welcoming you to a conference in the idyllic East Anglian countryside. Belsey Bridge, on the border between Norfolk and Suffolk, has become known for comfort, hospitality and good food (the bar has also been renovated!). We are tackling some meaty issues: The Revd Dr. John Hare will reflect on accompanying women who seek pregnancy termination, The Revd Canon Jonathan Gough will share his experience of chaplaincy to soldiers on operations, and The Revd Professor Paul Badham will present a Christian case for assisted dying. There will also be plenty of space to relax with friends, a visit to the shrine of Mother Julian in Norwich and a concelebrated Mass in St. Edmundsbury Cathedral.
For more information or if you have special requirements please contact The Revd Dr Liz Varley firstname.lastname@example.org or 01449-781108 or The Revd Canon Barbara Bilston at email@example.com or 01449-781253
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
PRESS RELEASE - 20 November 2012
The Rector General of the Society of Catholic Priests  (European Province), the Very Reverend Andrew Nunn “I, 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 God’s 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.”
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 Leonard’s church in Walton le Dale and founded the newest CoS Chapter.
The day began with an Eucharist celebrated by the Associate Priest of St Leonard’s, 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.
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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