Anglican Church in North America develops new Catechism

The Anglican Church in North America is releasing To Be a Christian: An Anglican Catechism, produced by the provincial Catechesis Task force.

Led by the Rev. Dr. J.I. Packer, the Task Force has developed a unique and powerful resource for helping inquirers come to an understanding of the Christian faith, and for helping disciples deepen their relationship with God.

Written in a “Question and Answer” format, this Catechism, in Packer’s words, “is designed as a resource manual for the renewal of Anglican catechetical practice. It presents the essential building blocks of classic catechetical instruction: the Apostles’ Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Ten Commandments (the Decalogue). To these is added an initial section especially intended for those with no prior knowledge of the Gospel; as such, this catechism attempts to be a missional means by which God may bring about both conversion to Christ and formation in Christ.”

The Most Reverend Robert Duncan, Archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America, noted the global impact of this work: “This Catechism assumes a post-Christian world where the basic foundations of the faith cannot simply be assumed. It begins by outlining the faith for those who have no Christian background, or were never fully discipled. This production is a landmark offering, both for North Americans and for the whole Anglican world. Our Christian brothers and sisters from other provinces who saw advanced copies have enthusiastically begun translating the Catechism into their native languages. So far we know of translation work in Spanish, Mandarin, Farsi, and Urdu. We are excited to see this work expand in the days ahead.”

The Catechism will be available for purchase from Anglican House Publishers in the second quarter of 2014.

The Catechism and supporting documents are now available for non-commercial use in PDF and Microsoft Word format here. For convenience, the PDF is also available below.

Anglican Catechism PDF

Diocesan Annual Women’s Nexus 2014 scheduled

Diocese of Quincy women are invited to attend “A New Dawn,” Saturday, March 15.

Bishop Keith Ackerman and Joann Ackerman will host this year’s Diocesan Annual Women’s Nexus at Christ Church, 1717 8th Ave., Moline, Ill. 61265.

The event begins at 11 a.m. with Holy Eucharist, followed by luncheon.

For tickets, $15 per person, and seating contact Julia den Blaauwen,, or call 309-781-2817.

From Rwanda to Rock Island: Baptiste Uwitonze’s journey

Baptiste Uwitonze has been an active member at Trinity Anglican Church, Rock Island, since this summer. He regularly attends Mass and is a member of the choir. Baptiste recently received a work permit and has started his first job. He hopes to eventually get a job in media or communications. He writes about his experiences in English, French, Swahili, and Kirundi. – Editor

If I tend to disagree about the fact that a good number of people generally go to church to hear the voice of God and have fellowship with him, I will definitely be a loser. But here is my question: Who is going back to church where he or she does not find community? In a place he feels lonely? Think again!

On the invitation of my friend Fr. Deacon Jason Bowden, I attended Trinity Anglican Church for the first time last summer, just two months after I came from my home country Rwanda. He didn’t try to foist his beliefs on me, it was only a “come and see.” When I visited for Sunday Mass, I got a reason to go back.

Trinity is a wonderful place where you feel God’s presence. In seconds you feel a part of the family, loved and cared about. Instead of “passing the peace” in the form of a simple handshake, the congregants walk around the church hugging each other for five minutes with heartfelt joy. It is an amazing scene.

Apart from his excellent teaching and preaching talent, Trinity’s priest and rector, Father Tom Janikowski, is a real connector, “a super connector.”

When I arrive at Trinity, people say, “Baptiste, glad to see you!” I know they mean it. Nothing makes a man happier than hearing his name. They are people who feel what you feel, and the human response is to reciprocate. This is natural.

Baptiste Uwitonze, right, showing off his newly acquired work permit, with his friend from the choir at Trinity Anglican Church, Dana Clearman.

Baptiste Uwitonze, right, showing off his newly acquired work permit, with his friend from the choir at Trinity Anglican Church, Dana Clearman.

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En tant que chrétien, je suis certainement d’accord sur le fait qu’un bon nombre de gens vont généralement à l’église pour entendre la voix de Dieu et sommes en communion avec lui, mais voici ma petite question: qui va revenir à l’église où il/elle ne trouve pas de communauté? dans un endroit où il se sent seul?

J’étais à l’église de “TRINITY ANGLICAN” pour la première fois l’été dernier sur l’invitation de mon ami le diacre Jason Bowden, tout juste deux mois après que je suis venu de mon pays natal Rwanda. Il sera guère plus facile pour moi de le dire assez fortement, mais c’ est un endroit merveilleux où ily a la présence de Dieu, et tout le monde a besoin juste secondes, plutôt que de minutes, pour vous faire sentir une partie de la famille. Au lieu de « passage de la paix » sous forme d’une simple poignée de main, les fidèles se promenent l’église en saluant les eux les autres mutuellement pendant cinq minutes avec une joie sincère.C’est une scène vraiment étonnante.

En plus de son tallent en tant que prêtre, il semble que Tomas Janikowski, le prêtre de l’église, est un leader par “l’exemple” avec soif de faire les membres de l’église vrais amis.Ce qui est plus surprenant, c’est comment tout le monde m’appelait « Baptiste, heureux de vous voir » sans me demandant de me présenter. Rien ne rend un homme plus heureux que d’entendre son nom.”

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Ilikuwa mwaka uliopita kama mwezi wa saba,kwa mualiko wa rafiki yangu bwana Joson Bowden nilienda kusali Trinity Anlican Church mala ya kwanza na ilikuwa imepita miezi kama miwili bada ya kufika hapa Marekani kutoka nyumbani nchini Rwanda.

Hapa nivigumu kuvitafsili vizuri, lakini Trinity ni kanisa lenye maajabu sana. Ukifika bilashaka unaweza kujisikia uko pamoja na Mungu kweri, na mbali na hivyo, kutokana na wakristo jinsi wanakupokea na kukuonyesha kwamba wanakupenda na wanakujali, unajisikia uko nyumbani kati ya familia.

Zaidi na zawadi yake ya kuhubili,mchungaji wa kanisa Tomasi Janikowski ni kiongozi anaowakutanisha watu na kuwafanya malafiki bila dakika.

Na chilicho nishangaza zaidi ni jinsi kila mtu alijuwa jina langu kabla sijafika pale. “Baptiste, tunafurahia kukuona” wote walitamka hayo kutoka moyoni. Ni sehemu unaona kila mtu anafurahia kushirikiana na wewe tena na kukujali.

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Mu kwezi kwa karindwi k’umwaka ushize nageze kuri uru rusengero “Trinity Anglican Church” bwa mbere ntumiwe n’umuvugabutumwa w’inshuti witwa Joson Bowden, tumaze guhura nyuma y’amezi abiri gusa mvuye mu Rwanda. Nasanze aha hantu ari nko mu rugo bitewe n’urukundo ndetse n’urugwiro usangana buri wese.

Biragoye kubivuga uko biri, ariko ni urusengero ruhebuje. Ukihagera wumva koko uri kumwe n’Imana, hakiyongeraho uburyo bakwakira ukagirango wabaye umwami bose bakwereka ko bagukunze kandi bakwitayeho, ako kanya uhita wumva uri wageze mu rugo ndetse uri mumuryango.

Umuyobozi w’uru rusengero Tomasi Jankowski ni umuntu wigisha, akabwiriza ukumva koko ko ayobowe n’Imana. Uretse n’ibi kandi mumunota umwe gusa abayarangije guhuza abantu bose babaye inshuti n’abavandimwe. Icyantangaje kurushaho ni uburyo buri wese yamenye izina ryanjye atiriwe arimbaza, “Baptiste, twishimiye kukubona” n’inseko izira uburyarya. Ni ahantu buri wese yakwifuza gusengera.

Best Regards!

— Jean Baptiste

Bishop to ordain John Michael Strachan Saturday

God Willing
and the People consenting,
The Right Reverend J. Alberto Morales, OSB
Ninth Bishop of Quincy
will ordain
John Michael Strachan
To the Sacred Order of Priests
In Christ’s One, Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church
Saturday, 18 of January
In the year of Our Lord Two Thousand Fourteen
at Eleven-thirty in the Morning
All Souls Anglican Church
25 W 741 Jewell Rd- Wheaton, IL 60187
Your prayers and presence are requested
Clergy: Alb, White Stole

San Joaquin trial wraps up

After both sides rested their cases in Fresno Superior Court, Judge Donald Black had an important question for the lawyers representing TEC:

“Can you show me just where in the Episcopal Church’s Constitution and Canons it says that a member diocese may not amend its constitution so as to remove its accession clause?”

A.S. Haley, a lawyer who helped in the Diocese of Quincy’s trial, takes a look at the San Joaquin case on his blog, Anglican Curmudgeon. Read it the post here.

A.S. Haley

A.S. Haley

Rest in peace: Canon Alfred Garcia’s father

We are sorry to inform you of the death of Canon Alfred Garcia’s dad, Alfred Garcia, Sr. Canon Alfred is the priest at our newly adopted parish Our Lady of Fatima, Dallas, Texas. Here we have included his father’s obituary below. Your prayers are greatly appreciated

Alfred R Garcia, Sr. 1946-2014

Alfred R. Garcia, Sr., 67, of Amarillo, died Monday, Jan. 13, 2014.

Rosary will be recited at 7:00 p.m., Friday, Jan. 17, 2014, in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 1:00 p.m., in Boxwell Brothers Ivy Chapel with his son, The Very Reverend Monsignor Alfred Garcia Jr. presiding. Arrangements are by Boxwell Brothers Funeral Directors, 2800 Paramount Blvd.

Alfred was born in Logan, New Mexico on April 20, 1946 to John Fermin Garcia and Nicolasita Cordova Garcia. He married Mary Helen Angel on June 7, 1969 in Tucumcari, New Mexico. He worked over twenty years for Montfort Meats in Cactus, Texas and was instrumental in working with the UFCW (United Food and Commercial Workers) Local 540 and establishing its presence in the Panhandle of Texas. He was a member of the Dumas Knights of Columbus Council 5061 and a lifelong member of the Confraternidad del Sagrado Corazon of San Antonio Catholic Church in Logan, New Mexico.

He is preceded in death by his parents, John Fermin and Nicolasita Cordova Garcia, and one brother SantiagoGarcia.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Helen; his four children, (Rev.) Alfred Jr. of Dallas, Angela Michelle Garcia and Melissa Annette Garcia de la Cruz, both of Amarillo, and Jordean Gabriella Garcia, of the home; 9 grandchildren; 4 sisters; 6 brothers; and a host of nieces, nephews, and other relatives.

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Alfred Garcia, Sr.

Alfred Garcia, Sr.