Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, will be joining us at St Michael’s Cathedral Basilica — his cathedral — at the reception following the Mass of Thanksgiving and Solemn Te Deum November 15th, in conjunction with the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church Conference being held by the Anglicanorum Coetibus Society November 15th and 16th.
It’s great news that the Cardinal will honour us with his presence!
Cardinal Collins was the episcopal delegate for the implementation of Anglicanorum coetibus in Canada and oversaw the reception of our far-flung communities into the Catholic Church. He also helped with the processes that led to the ordination of our former Anglican clergy as Catholic priests.
As Archbishop of the largest Catholic diocese in Canada in terms of the number of Catholics it serves — 1.6 million — he carried out this additional responsibility on top of an already incredibly workload. Thanks to his efforts, we in Canada are part of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, but with our own Deanery of St John the Baptist.
The Anglicanorum Coetibus Society will present the Cardinal with a gift to express our thanks for the role he played in helping to make our entry into the Catholic Church possible.