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Friday, March 6, 2009

Christminster Becomes Stavropigial Institution

"On Sunday, 1 March/16 February 2009, notice was received from Metropolitan Hilarion of the Russian Orthodox Church Outside Russia, that the monastery and mission of Christminster and Our Lady of Glastonbury Orthodox Church, in Hamilton, Ontario, would henceforth be directly under the archpastoral oversight of the Metropolitan himself, assisted by his Vicar Bishop Jerome, Bishop of Manhattan. Bishop Gabriel, the ruling Bishop of Canada, had requested this change in light of his own lack of familiarity with the Orthodox western rite and its usages.

"Bishop Jerome, the former Father John Shaw, is a long-time friend of Christminster and a scholar deeply learned in western liturgics.

"We are grateful to each of these hierarchs for their pastoral concern for the well-being of our mission and work.


Note from Fr. Aidan: Many Years to Abbot James and to all the faithful of Our Lady of Glastonbury!


Michael said...

This is wonderful news. I was delighted to learn of it as I know that things have been difficult for them for some time. This should resolve the matter for them.

Does anybody know whether Father Michael will now be a permanent fixture at Christminster? I saw the photograph of him with Father Abbot James and Father Joseph but he was still in Basilian habit. I just wondered.

Fr. Aidan said...

Dear Michael,

Just now noticed your comment. At least I'm responding within the very year.

Fr. Michael's not stayed at Christminster, but is revangelising Darkest Britain.

Deo gratias.

Michael said...

Thank you, Father Aidan, although I wonder whether we are talking about the same Fr Michael. The one at Christminster is/was, to my knowledge, a monk of the OCA who was exploring transferring to Christminster and the Benedictine way, and not Fr Michael of the Bournemouth Mission in England.

In Christ,

Fr. Aidan said...

Ah, that is indeed a different Fr. Michael. We have so many, you know, with our recent 300% growth in WR foundations...

Michael said...

:-D Percentages are wonderful things, aren't they?