Our small community formed in the Fall of 1996.
On St. Edmund’s Day (Wednesday, November 20, 1996) we held an Information Meeting which was chaired by the then Ordinary of The Anglican Catholic Church of Canada, Robert Mercer CR, with about 20 interested individuals in attendance. (Robert Mercer was ordained as a Catholic priest on March 27, 2012 and is now Monsignor Robert Mercer, CR, and a member of the English/Welsh Ordinariate.)
Our first worship service, Matins, was on the next Sunday in the Common Room of a Retirement Home in Guelph. Subsequently, we were able to have Sunday and Holy Day Masses with the kind assistance of several ACCC priests in the area. One of our original number, Ted Bowles, was ordained and became our Priest-in-charge.
From Guelph, we had the use of the Chapel at Grand River General Hospital (in Kitchener) and then the Chapel in Luther Village on the Park (a retirement home in Waterloo), until the end of 2011.
As the result of the Pope’s Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum coetibus, we were anxious to complete our journey to full communion with the Holy See.
In the Fall of 2011 we started studying the Catechism of the Catholic Church, under the direction of Father William Foote, the Pastor of St. Patrick’s Church in Cambridge, Ontario. We completed our instruction on December 11, made our individual confessions, and were received into the full communion of the Catholic Church by our Diocesan, The Most Reverend Douglas Crosby, OMI, DD, in his Cathedral of Christ the King in Hamilton, Ontario, during an Anglican Use Mass, on January 1, 2012. (See His Excellency’s letter, under Links – “Our Reception into the Catholic Church”.)
While our initial intention was to become part of a Canadian Ordinariate, as perceived in Anglicanorum coetibus, we were delighted that Bishop Crosby agreed to receive us and allow us to use the Anglican Use liturgy.
Father Foote has given us a permanent place in his Church and agreed to celebrate an Anglican Use Mass for us each Sunday. Our first Mass was celebrated on January 8, 2012. Initially the Mass was at 1:00 pm, but on February 3, 2013 the time was changed to 8:00 am.
On May 29, 2013, during a visit by Monsignor Jeffrey Steenson, the Ordinary of The Personal Ordinariate of The Chair of St. Peter, we were received as a quasi-parish of the Ordinariate.