Moving Forward

May 9, 2011

The Toronto Ordinariate Group has begun meeting at the Newman Centre, Sundays 2-4 pm!

Peregrinations has an account of our first meeting.

One of the items discussed was Archbishop Collins’ request that people interested in joining the Ordinariate indicate their intentions to him, in writing, by 31 May.  This initial count will allow him to report to the Holy See and request the establishment of a Canadian Ordinariate.  This is not a deadline for entering the Ordinariate; neither is it an obligation cast in stone.  It is simply a way for Archbishop Collins to arrive at an initial estimate of the numbers of people interested.

It has been suggested that all interested in entering the Ordinariate – whether they are already Catholic, or Anglicans seeking to become Catholic, both clergy and laity – should submit this written request.

sample letter follows:

“123 Your Street, Toronto, ON.

The Most Revd Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, 1155 Yonge Street, Toronto, Ontario, M4T 1W2

9 May 2011

Your Grace,

I write to indicate my desire to enter the Catholic Church, within the structure of an Anglican Ordinariate, to be established by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, under the terms of Pope Benedict XVI’s Apostolic Constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus and its Complementary Norms, issued in 2009.

I have been baptised and confirmed within the Anglican Church.  I no longer possess my original baptismal certificate, but I attach a photocopy of my baptismal record within the Anglican Church of Canada [date] from the Baptism Register of the Anglican Parish of _________, ________, Ontario.   A copy of my confirmation certificate is attached.

I am presently a parishioner of the same parish. I am married to ______ and we wish our children ______ (Baptised [date] within the Anglican Church of Canada), and ______ (Baptised [date] within the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada), to become members of the Personal Ordinariate with us.  Copies of their Baptism certificates are attached.

Yours sincerely,



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