Yesterday evening, I recorded a podcast with Msgr. Carl Reid, the next Ordinary of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia. Here’s a picture from Mothering Sunday in Ottawa in 2008.
We talked about his reaction to his being considered as Ordinary for Australia, and what was involved in his making the decision to accept.
We traced his roots in the Anglican Church of Canada has an altar server and choir member, his departure from regular church going in his university years while studying engineering at Queen’s University, and his return to church, encouraged by colleagues in his engineering work environment in Victoria, B.C. where he now pastors the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter community of Blessed John Henry Newman.
I asked him how his experience as Dean of the Canadian Deanery of St. John Baptist might help him with the huge distances and far-flung communities of Ordinariate communities in Australia. He noted he had considered the distance between Victoria, B.C. and Halifax, Nova Scotia quite vast (almost 6,000 kms), the distance from Sydney, where he will be based, to Japan where OOLSC has two parishes is almost 8,000 kms. OOLSC also has a parish forming in the Philippines. But the hardest to get to is the parish in the Torres Strait.
Msgr. Reid was one of the youngest participants in the 1977 Congress of St. Louis that not only birthed the Continuing Anglican movement, but also contained some of the seeds of a desire for Christian unity.
Some of his personal history includes the history of the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada and the Traditional Anglican Communion and its role as one of the Anglican groups petitioning Rome for full communion with the Holy See. Msgr. Reid also talks about his role in shepherding the Ottawa flock at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary into the Catholic Church and the wonderful welcome we received from Archbishop Terrence Prendergast and the Catholic people of Ottawa.
The recording needs to go into production and it may take a couple of weeks before it is up on the website.