Flourishing in the Church of England: Sermon by Fr Philip North

Posted on the 18th Nov 2014

Flourishing in the Church of England: Forward in Faith begins to respond to the challenge


Forward in Faith’s National Assembly, held at St Alban the Martyr, Holborn, on Saturday 15 November 2014, began with a concelebrated Solemn Eucharist. The principal celebrant was the Rt Revd Peter Wheatley, Bishop of Edmonton. Among the nine episcopal concelebrants included the Bishops of Chichester, Fulham, Pontefract and Richborough.


In his sermon, Fr Philip North (Team Rector of the Parish of Old St Pancras and Bishop-designate of Burnley) referred to the House of Bishops’ Declaration and its Five Guiding Principles. He urged traditional catholics: ‘Let us be fearless in grabbing hold of the invitation the Church has given us to flourish’. He added: ‘The five principles… assure us that we remain within the spectrum of the teaching and tradition of the Anglican Communion. Now we need to inhabit it boldly and fearlessly. Now we need the imagination and the courage to make it work.’


Click here for Fr North’s sermon »


Further texts, photographs and sound recordings from the Assembly will be added in the coming days.


New Chairman of Forward in Faith

Posted on the 17th Nov 2014

The Rt Revd Tony Robinson, Bishop of Pontefract, has been elected unopposed as Chairman of Forward in Faith for a four-year term of office. He succeeds the Bishop of Fulham, the Rt Revd Jonathan Baker, whose term of office as Chairman ended at the meeting of the National Assembly held at St Alban's, Holborn, on Saturday 15 November 2014.


In his address to the National Assembly, the Bishop of Pontefract called on members of Forward in Faith to respond to the invitation and challenge to flourish within the life and structures of the Church of England. Catholic Anglicans, he said, needed to be open to, and engaged with, the rest of the Church of England. He called on the Catholic Movement to be 'tolerant of the diversity of views that exists among us' and to 'work harder at unity amongst ourselves'.


Bishop Tony's address may be read by clicking here »


Dr Lindsay Newcombe and the Revd Ross Northing were re-elected unopposed as Lay Vice-Chairman and Clerical Vice-Chairman respectively.


Elections were held for five places on the National Council of Forward in Faith. The successful candidates were: the Revd Philip Corbett, the Revd Ian McCormack, Prebendary David Houlding, the Revd Ian Brooks, and Mr Andrew Carter.


Appointment of Fr Philip North as Bishop of Burnley

Posted on the 7th Nov 2014

Forward in Faith is delighted at the news that Fr Philip North is to be the next Bishop of Burnley, in succession to Bishop John Goddard.


Fr North is well known for his pastoral gifts, his zeal for mission and evangelization, and his commitment to the proclamation of the Gospel, especially amongst the poor.


We are proud to welcome a new episcopal member of Forward in Faith, and we pray for Fr North as he prepares for his move, and for the whole people of God in the Diocese of Blackburn.


No doubt every member of Forward in Faith who is attending this year's National Assembly on Saturday 15 November at St Alban's, Holborn, will want to congratulate Fr North in person as well as pay particular attention to his sermon at the National Assembly Mass.



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