From Father Lee Kenyon, of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter comes the joyful news about the upcoming ordination of Deacon Adrian Martens.
The gift of Pope Benedict XVI to the Church keeps on giving, with his prophetic Apostolic Constitution, Anglicanorum Coetibus, which made real Personal Ordinariates for Anglicans entering into full communion with the one, true Church of Christ.
It is with great pleasure that I am now able to share something which Deacon Martens and I have been trying very hard to keep to ourselves for several months, but has now been announced by Bishop Lopes to the Governing Council of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, which on Thursday morning.
Both Deacon and I were in attendance at that meeting as members of the Governing Council. With the permission and dispensation of the Holy Father, Pope Francis, Deacon Martens will, Deo volente, be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood by The Most Reverend Steven Lopes in his Cathedral Church of Our Lady of Walsingham, Houston, on Friday 29th June 2017. Further details will be published in June, including the details of his First Mass at St John’s.
This is cause for great rejoicing for Adrian, Maira, Hannah, Raphael, the babe on the way, and for the parish family at St John's. Please do offer a Te Deum in thanksgiving for this happy news. The soon-to-be Father Martens will be incardinated in the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St Peter, and will continue to serve at St John’s, in addition to serving as Chancellor and in other offices within the Diocese of Calgary.
It is our intention to purchase a set of vestments (chasuble, stole, maniple, burse and chalice veil) for Deacon Martens as a gift from the parish and its friends. The cost will be around $1,300, and if you would like to make a donation it can be made out to ‘St John the Evangelist, Calgary’ with a note in the memo line of your cheque. If you cannot contribute in this way, your prayers are just as precious. Please feel free to spread this good news!
If you would like to contribute to the purchase of vestments for Deacon Martens, please contact St. John the Evangelist Parish in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
The Very Reverend Lee Kenyon EV