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Apr. 30, 2011; The Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C., Bishop of Peoria in Illinois, conferred the Sacrament of Holy Orders on Rev. John Britto Antony, C.S.C. and Rev. Paul M. Ybarra, C.S.C..
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Ordination does not make you a priest

This is the time of year when ordinations happen, traditionally on the weekend nearest to the festival remembering Peter (‘Petertide’ which fell yesterday) which is either the last weekend of June or the first weekend of July. (It would be much better if this happened in September, but that is the subject for another post.) […]

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What does Communion do for us?

I have been contributing to the Church’s Renewal and Reform stream on developing lay leadership, and one of the questions that has come up is: ‘What does the Church of England actually believe about the laity and lay leadership?’ I am not referring here to what some have called ‘ecclesial lay leadership’, that is, the […]

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Are clergy and laity fundamentally different?

One of the key challenges facing the Church of England is the decline in numbers of clergy, and the language expressing the urgency of addressing this has sometimes suggested that the Church cannot exist without clergy. This has in turn raised the question of the status and importance of lay ministry. I have therefore written […]

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