No left behind fears in Fort Worth

 

No left behind fears in Fort Worth

Author: 

George Conger

The vicar of the Fort Worth congregation that is set to depart for Rome believes his entire congregation will accept the pope’s offer of the Anglican Ordinariate.
The Rev. Christopher Stainbrook, SSC told Anglican Ink “we don't think there will be any remnant which wishes to remain a part of the ACNA Diocese of Fort Worth.”
On 2 December 2011 the Rt. Rev. Jack. L. Iker announced that the vicar and bishops’ committee – the term for a vestry in a mission congregation supported by a diocese – had petitioned the Vatican for the congregation of St Timothy’s to be received en masse into the Roman Catholic Church under the provisions of the Anglican Ordinariate.
To test the congregation’s views, Bishop Iker and the parish leaders agreed to hold an informational meeting on 11 Dec and a formal vote on 18 Dec that would accept or reject the petition sent to Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington – the delegate for the ordinariate in the U.S.—to be received when the ordinariate is erected on 1 Jan 2012.
“Quite simply, we are doing this because the Holy See has made this incredibly generous offer at this time -- it's everything Anglo Catholics have yearned for for centuries,” Fr. Stainbrook said, adding that “as I said in a  Diocese of Fort Worth clergy meeting about this last year. "This is the most exciting thing to happen to us since the Reformation itself.”
Fr. Stainbrook will offer himself for ordination under the terms of the ordinariate, and it is the hope of the congregation that he “will continue as the pastor here at St. Timothy’s.”
While a number of clergy and lay members of the diocese have been received into the Roman Catholic Church in recent years – including the former canon to the ordinary the Rev. Charles Hough – St Timothy’s is the first full parish to act upon the offer of the ordinariate.  By tradition an Anglo-Papalist congregation, St Timothy’s is the only congregation in Fort Worth that appears set to join the ordinariate.
Late last month Fr. Stainbrook and the bishop’s committee informed Bishop Iker of their intentions to go over to Rome.  While details have yet to be worked out for the pastoral care of those who remain within the diocese and the use of the property, the transition appears to be running smoothly.
“We are grateful to Bishop Iker and the diocesan officials who are working with us on the best way to move forward,” Fr. Stainbrook said, adding that as Bishop Iker “graciously put it in an email to me Wednesday morning, ‘I am grateful for the tone of last night's meeting.  People of good will can accomplish anything they set their hearts to doing’."