CSP: Double Your Donations 3/12/19

If you are a member of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter  in the United States, you maybe able to double your donation to the ordinariate or your parish on the December 3 through Facebook’s Giving Tuesday initiative.

I was made aware of this through the Catholic Fundraiser course, an excellent ministry by Brice Sokolowski, that I have been doing this year through the Personal Ordinariate of Our Lady of the Southern Cross in Australia.

Facebook will match up to $100,000 worth of donations to US-based non-for-profits done via Facebook on the 3rd December, and will continue to do so until they have given away $7 million dollars.

All the information regarding the matter can be found here.

If your parish has not been involved with Giving Tuesday before, then tell your priest ASAP and give them some time to alert their Ordinariate community and associates about the opportunity.

Here’s a link to a Facebook fundraiser for the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter. https://www.facebook.com/donate/846539119094631/?fundraiser_source=external_url

Papal Nuncio greets Anglican Tradition Conference on behalf of Pope Francis

Attendees of the AC Society’s 2019 Conference on the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church received programme booklets for the conference that included not just the conference schedule, the liturgical orders of service, and bio material on speakers, musicians, and special guests, but also letters of blessing and welcome from Bishop Lopes our ordinary, and Cardinal Collins in whose Cathedral we celebrated our liturgies. But we were particularly honoured to receive a letter of greeting from the Papal Nuncio to Canada, Archbishop Luigi Bonazzi, on behalf of His Holiness Pope Francis:


His Excellency’s letter is a most generous affirmation of Anglicanorum Coetibus and our conference in thanksgiving for its tenth anniversary. Saying Pope Benedict’s creation of the ordinariates showed “his pastoral heart as a father” for the Church and for Anglicans approaching full communion, the Nuncio spoke very touchingly about our community and imparted to us the Apostolic Blessing of Pope Francis. Read the whole letter!

David Warren on Prayer in English

20191116_113401 (1)David Warren, shown above speaking Nov. 16 at the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church Conference in Toronto, has a piece at The Catholic Thing on Prayer in English that picks up on some of the themes of his engaging talk that was both uproariously funny and erudite. Though I don’t happen to have a photograph of John Covert laughing, every time I checked the audience out, there he was seeming to enjoy the talk immensely.

One of the things Warren told us at the conference was his surprise at discovering that St. Thomas More had said he thought the Mass should be translated into English.

He picks up that idea in his piece at The Catholic Thing.

Thomas More’s acknowledgment of the possibility of the Mass in English surprised me. Did he know what that could lead to?

But degeneration is possible in any language; and conversely, the sacred can be assimilated within all. While Latin must, through any foreseeable future, remain the “lingua franca” for the universal Church, she must also accommodate a “pentecostal” world that often resists Latin.

The significance of the Anglican liturgical tradition cannot be detached from Protestant history; herein lies the danger. The beauty of it cannot be overlooked, either. Generations of Anglicans trying to be true to the traditions of the Western Catholic Church were its authors.

Moreover, it coalesced at a time when this living tradition was still within touch, and when the English language was at its greatest.

Not only “great” in “the language of Shakespeare” sense, but too, as a practical matter. Those who have studied will realize that it’s much easier to translate the classics as well as the Bible into Elizabethan and Jacobean English WITHOUT modern idiom and cliché.

Of course, go on over and read the rest!  Also in that vein is a piece by Tim Stanley at The Catholic Herald entitled Cranmer’s Accidental Gift to Catholics.

I was a member of the Church of England myself once, but only very briefly – so I didn’t get to fully appreciate Cranmer’s intelligence and poetry. Recently though I’ve become heavily involved with the ordinariate – that happy band of ex-Anglicans who have joined the Catholic Church, bringing with them some of the best of the Anglican tradition, including its magnificent thees, thys and thous. Before distributing Holy Communion, ordinariate priests recite Cranmer’s “Prayer of Humble Access”: “We do not presume to come to this thy Table, O merciful Lord, trusting in our own righteousness, but in thy manifold and great mercies.” It’s a profound moment when everyone stops to contemplate just how awesome Christ’s sacrifice is, and it helps explain the emphasis upon reverence in sacramental worship. If you believe that this really is the Body and Blood of Christ, if you are in front of the actual King of Heaven, why wouldn’t you fall to your knees? “We are not worthy,” says the Book, “so much as to gather up the crumbs under thy Table.”

Now, as I said all of this I was aware that I was speaking to an overwhelmingly Anglican crowd, and the ordinariate is controversial in the CofE because some see it as having stolen their priests. But, I said, isn’t the ordinariate rite a breathtaking example of real ecumenism? Could Cranmer – a man murdered by Mary I – ever have imagined that 500 years later, his words would be spoken by Roman Catholics here in England? It’s a demonstration of the power of beauty to cross boundaries and unite Christians around what really matters. The concern for eternal truths should bring Catholics and Protestants together; it’s a lot more important than the specifics that separate them.

Again, go on over and read the whole thing.  Most interesting.

In the period after Anglicanorum coetibus was promulgated and before the ordinariates were established and well-before we had Divine Worship: The Missal, there was a debate about Cranmer.  Some argued he was a heretic and therefore his work should be disallowed.

What I have to say for Cranmer is that he was a great translator of Latin—many of the collects he translated are true to the Latin—and was able to do so in such a way that the English was pleasing to the ear, poetic, and beautiful.  Thankfully, the Catholic Church has chosen to allow among our treasures to be shared some of Cranmer’s  work.

Cardinal Collins gave warm welcome to Anglican Tradition Conference

Attendees of the Toronto Conference on the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church, November 15–16, were warmly welcomed by Cardinal Collins, in whose cathedral we celebrated our main liturgical services.

In addition to letters of greeting from Bishop Steven Lopes and the Papal Nuncio to Canada, Cardinal Collins sent us a generous letter for our conference programme. His Eminence cited Anglicanorum Coetibus, noting that as the Anglican approaches to the Holy See had been motivated by the Holy Spirit, “This is why it is most fitting that your thanksgiving on this occasion will begin with a votive mass of the Holy Ghost, celebrated in St Michael’s Cathedral….”


The Cardinal spoke of Anglicanorum Coetibus as a “prophetic gesture,” and said “The development, under both St John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI, of an Anglican form of Catholic liturgy within the Latin Church has been truly historic… Catholics of the Anglican tradition are living examples of unity in diversity. The tradition and common identity of the ordinariates, being shared with a community outside full communion, is thus an open door for them to the fullness of the Catholic faith.”

We owe Cardinal Collins our tremendous gratitude for having hosted us and for having so warmly welcomed everyone to his Cathedral for our 2019 Anglican Tradition Conference. After the mass, the AC Society presented His Eminence with a gift to thank him for his role in helping to establish the ordinariate in Canada almost a decade ago. Read his whole letter!

Ottawa’s organist and cantor to release Christmas album in December

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Michael Trolly,  the cantor and organist at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ottawa has produced a Christmas album!
You can get a preview of the songs that are now up on YouTube.
If you are looking for Christmas gifts or stocking stuffers, give a listen.   But if you listen you might find the music addictive.  That’s the experience most of had with his album Even As We Are. I played if over and over and over at home, in my car.

Click here for the play list.   Michael agreed to answer a few questions for the blog.

What prompted you to do a Christmas album?

I’ve had a lot of requests over the years for a Christmas album.  I’ve played piano and sang since I was a very small, and have recorded various projects before, but had never released any Christmas music, and I had wanted to do this for a long time.Music has always been an integral part of my celebration of Christmas.   Growing up, I would sometimes attend a Christmas Eve service with my family at an Evangelical church, an Anglican Eucharist later in the evening, and then the Catholic Midnight Mass.  In my desire to work for greater unity among Christians, the music we have in common seemed to play an important role.

As a Catholic in the Ordinariate now, I still play occasionally (especially around Christmas) at my mother’s Wesleyan congregation, or at other churches.  I also play for the Vigil Mass at a diocesan parish, as well as serving as organist and cantor at my Ordinariate parish.

This album is partly a way of sharing some of our musical Patrimony with other Christians.It includes my adaptation of an Anglican Chant setting of the Magnificat by Havergal, as well as an original folk-style tune of mine for Fr Roland Palmer’s hymn Sing of Mary, a favourite at my parish.   Two of the pieces are by Fr E. Caswall, who served as a C of E priest before his entrance into the Catholic Church, and later became a Catholic priest after his wife’s death.   Another  is a setting by my own parish priest (and our new Canadian dean) Fr Doug Hayman, of a Christmas office hymn.   The Huron Carol, based on the work of St Jean Brebuf, is one of the most popular Canadian carols, though less well known elsewhere.   In general, I’ve tried to pass on some of the music that’s been most important to me in my own spiritual journey, and to focus on material that isn’t so common (for this album, I’ve probably omitted all of what would generally be considered the most popular Christmas carols and hymns–not because I don’t like them or wouldn’t include them on a future project, but because I wanted to focus on  something very particular.)

How long has this been in the works?

I’ve been practising the material on this record for years, and developing a sense of what I wanted.   I even made a start at recording this album over a decade ago, and had been promising family and friends that it was coming.   What I finally did was go to my producer and suggest it was finally time, and ask whether we could do something very simple–a live recording of me playing piano and singing.   We took videos of the session and put them on YouTube.  The album is essentially the same, although it’s been mastered.I’m hoping at some point in the future to do another Christmas project, probably with some other musicians.

What other recording experience have you had—-tell us about your other albums

I have two other recordings available, both containing all original music.   My first album, “From the Middle of your Wild Dream” was recorded in the loft over a friend’s garage the summer I was 18, and we duplicated it ourselves.   We’re hoping to have it remastered soon and released online, but it’s not currently available.  My second album, “Even as We Are”, was a more professional affair, recorded my final year of university, at studios in Winnipeg and Ottawa, and featured some family and friends on other instruments and backing vocals. This Christmas album, “Sleep, Holy Babe” is an attempt to provide a more intimate feel; it’s my first recording where all the piano and vocals were recorded simultaneously, as a live recording, so it gives a more authentic experience of how I sound in person.

As a busy father, church organist and cantor, trying to make a living, how did you find the time for this?

Well, for a long time I didn’t!   I spent three years back in school recently earning my Master of Divinity degree, graduating last year.  Then I immediately took on a year long stint in high school chaplaincy.   A lot of recording projects have been put on the back burner in recent years.  My current full time job is working night shifts at a group home for persons with special needs, a schedule I work because it leaves me more time available for church and family commitments, and to take on other musical projects.Still, as a church musician, I’ve been playing and singing Christmas music for years.   I also play and sing a lot at home; many Christmas carols work very well as lullabies while putting babies to bed!   So I was slowly getting things ready.   As I’ll be taking most of 2020 off from work as parental leave, that may give me the chance to finish some other projects as well!

What do you hope listeners will take away from this music?

That will depend a lot on each person, of course.   But I do hope it will put the spotlight on some texts and music from the Anglican Patrimony as it is celebrated in the Catholic Church.  More importantly, I hope it will provide a celebration of Christmas that is deeply Marian as well as Christ-centred.I’ve tried to incorporate a lot of material that focuses on the relationship between the Madonna and Child.   It was a conscious choice to insist on including all the verses of “In the Bleak Mid-winter”–the verse referring to God roughing it, content with a “breastful of milk” is often left out of hymn books, and even more frequently from recordings.  But such expressions are very common in Marian hymns, and express something profound both about the Incarnation, and the theology of the body and of motherhood in particular.   I hope I’ve caught something of that spirit.

When will the album be available?

The album should be available for download or streaming by December 1.    CDs are currently available for pre-order, and you should be able to get them in time for Christmas Day.   Email me for pricing and shipping details.michaeltrolly@gmail.com

I  know it’s not even Advent yet, but on this blustery November morning, as I listen to the carols, I am caught up in the worshipful and tender feel of Michael’s arrangements.  My goodness!   His arrangement of Sing of Mary is worth the price of the whole album.

Here’s a bio Michael provided:

Michael Trolly was born near Toronto, Canada, in 1984.  Raised in an Evangelical Protestant family, Michael began to explore the Anglican tradition in his teens, after his father bought him a copy of the Prayer Book.   He was confirmed in the Anglican Catholic Church of Canada by Bishop (now Monsignor) Robert Mercer in 2003, and became a seminarian of that body shortly after.   Michael studied theology and music at multiple universities, and holds BA and MA degrees in theology from Canadian Mennonite University, and an MDiv from St Paul University.

Michael briefly served as the ACCC’s diocesan secretary, and participated in synods in Halifax and Vancouver that endorsed unity with the Catholic Church.

Ordained as an Anglican deacon by Bishop (now Monsignor) Carl Reid in 2011, Michael served as Assistant Curate at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Ottawa.  Michael and his wife Rebecca (a former Wesleyan Church minister) were received into the Catholic Church the following year.  They remain parishioners at Annunciation, now a parish of the Ordinariate, where Michael serves as organist and cantor.  They are expecting a third child in January, and the family shares their home with a feline named after Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.


Anglican Tradition Conference a big success


The AC Society’s 2019 Conference on the Anglican Tradition in the Catholic Church, held last weekend in Toronto, was a big success, and attendees — having come from as far away as Texas, California, British Columbia, and many other places in between — report having come away edified and excited about the future of our Anglican Catholic tradition and community.


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Theology on Tap with Fr. Doug Hayman our Canadian Dean

20191121_192040On Thursday, Nov. 21, Ottawa Theology on Tap featured our own Canadian Dean and pastor of Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Fr. Doug Hayman.

Here’s the write up from the Facebook Event for the Theology on Tap.

We invite young adults 18-39 years old to join us this evening, 7-9pm, at Boston Pizza on Bank Street for our final event of the year and perhaps for now! Fr. Doug Hayman, Priest Administrator of the Catholic Church of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary of the Anglican Ordinariate, will share about the beginning of the Anglican Church, touch on some Anglican-Roman Catholic interactions in the 20th Century, pick up the substance of Benedict XVI Apostolic Constitution, and finish with a reflection on what it is to live and minister in the context of the same. This event is in commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the apostolic constitution Anglicanorum Coetibus. Bring a friend. See you there!

20191121_192050Fr. Hayman gave a most interesting history from the time of Henry VII onwards to the promulgation of Anglicanorum coetibus, revealing the Catholic elements that had been preserved in the Anglican Church even during times when Protestantism was ascendant. The English Reformation was different from that which happened on the European continent, he explained.

Of course, the talk also covered St. John Henry Cardinal Newman and the tractarians’ efforts to recover and renew those elements.

We are blessed to have Fr. Hayman preach on Sundays, but I was struck once again to hear him speak in this informal setting.  What a great teacher he is.  So engaging.

Fr. Hayman records his sermons.  If you want to hear them, you can find them here.