Thursday, March 02, 2006

Continuing Anglican Bishop Converts to Western Rite Orthodoxy

Bishop Robert F. Waggener (in the middle, for our ECUSA friends).

Bishop Robert F. Waggener will trade his bishop's mitre for a priest's biretta in the Western Rite.

Bishop Waggener, who until recently served as bishop of the Diocese of the Holy Cross, has become the first Continuing Anglican bishop to convert to the Antiochian Orthodox Church's Western Rite Vicariate.

Fr. Michael Keiser will receive Bp. Waggener and his parishoners at Christ Church of Lynchburg, VA, as catechumens on March 5. Deo volente, Bp. Robert Waggener will then be ordained to the priesthood within the Orthodox Church.

Bishop Waggener and his congregation have truly expressed their desire to attain Christ above all, joining themselves to His Holy Church. All have chosen to lay aside their titles, leave their church homes, and temporarily do without communion (very temporarily, we hope) in order to enter the Ark of Salvation. God will surely reward their zealous self-sacrifice.

Our thoughts and prayers are with His Grace and his congregation during this time of preparation. Some doubted this day would ever come about, but this should prove to our critics that the WRV is highly attractive and effective as a missionary tool. Deo gratias!

"O Lord, save Thy people, and bless Thine inheritance."



Blogger Fr. David said...

Deo gratias, indeed! Glory to God in all things! May He bring even more souls to the Holy Faith through this beautiful rite!

2:59 PM  
Blogger Jean-Michel said...

Indeed, Deo gratias.

"how often would I have gathered thy children as the bird doth her brood under her wings"
(Luke 13,34, Douai-Rheims)

Seems our Lord starts the gathering anew. Deo gratias.


7:07 AM  
Blogger Robert Waggener said...

Thank you for your kind notice, but I would have said it slightly differently:
1) we didn't convert to "the Antiochian Orthodox Church's Western Rite Vicariate" but to holy Orthodoxy...
2) we have made no "zealous self-sacrifice" to do so...
3) the Gospel is the only "missionary tool" I know of...but I understand your meaning.
And, finally, yes, "Deo volente", but I am presuming nothing with regard to holy Orders: that is up to God and the hierarchy of Antioch.
That said, we appreciate your prayers and support.
May He grant us all a holy Lent,
Robert Waggener

4:30 AM  
Blogger Robert Mahoney said...

Welcome home.

Former AMIA, now Orthodox as well.

6:50 PM  

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