Communio in Sacris
The Anglican Catholic Church, The Anglican Church in America,
The Anglican Province of America and The Diocese of the Holy Cross
We acknowledge each other to be orthodox and catholic Anglicans in virtue of our common adherence to the authorities accepted by and summarized in The Affirmation of St. Louis in the faith of the Holy Tradition of the Undivided catholic church and of the seven Ecumenical Councils.
We recognize in each other in all essentials the same faith; the same sacraments; the same moral teaching; and the same worship; likewise, we recognize in each other the same Holy Orders of bishops, priests, and deacons in the same Apostolic Succession, insofar as we all share the episcopate conveyed to the Continuing Churches in Denver in January 1978 in response to the call of the congress of Saint Louis; therefore,
We welcome members of all of our Churches to Holy Communion and parochial life in any and all of the congregations of our Churches; and,
We pledge to pursue full, institutional, and organic union with each other, in a manner that respects tender consciences, builds consensus and harmony, and fulfills increasingly our Lord's will that His Church be united; and,
We pledge also to seek unity with other Christians, including those who understand themselves to be Anglican, insofar as such unity is consistent with the essentials of Catholic faith, order, and moral teaching
The following signatures included:
The Most Rev. Brian R. Marsh
The Most Rev. Mark Haverland
The Most Rev. Walter Grundorff
The Rt. Rev. Paul C. Hewett
2016 Synod of the
Diocese of Missouri Valley
Bishop Stephen Strawn directed the whole synod to reflect on Vocation. Fr. Patrick Fodor gave theological reflection on the theme. In his reflection, he said that Christian Vocation is not other than participation into the Trinitarian life...that all Christians are called (Latin, vocare...root word of vocation) to know, love and serve God. Whatever our status in life -- blessed singleness, married life or clerical life -- we are called to be holy, that is, participate in divine life.
Vocation in particular and specific sense is a call to serve the people of God as a cleric. The Bishop challenged all parishes and missions, the clergy and laity to pray and call qualified Christian men to the clerical life.
There are many challenges and responsibilities an Anglican priest is tasked to do. One of which, is to serve the sick and the dying. This is the matter of Bishop's sermon during the Blessing of the Holy Oils, the highlight of three-day synod.