Posted on the 25th November 2013 in the category Events

It was standing room only in the newly refurbished Wakefield Cathedral on 23 November 2013, the Eve of the Feast of Christ the King, for an inspiring event called The Vision Glorious.  Gathering together Catholic Anglicans from across the region, The Vision Glorious was an opportunity to give thanks for the faith we have received and to re-commit ourselves to live out that faith in the future.  The Principal Celebrant was The Right Revd Glyn Webster, Bishop of Beverley.  Glorious Music was led by a choir gathered for the occasion and there were special children’s activities to ensure that all ages could participate in the event.


During his sermon, The Right Revd Tony Robinson, Bishop of Pontefract, called for a renewed and reformed catholic movement within the Church of England.  He said that to be truly catholic means “taking seriously the power of the Holy Spirit,...  it means conserving the treasures of the past; it means we must be open to fresh initiatives for the future; it means we have a social gospel; it means we are alert to the real questions being asked by our contemporaries; it most importantly calls us to develop our own personal holiness.”


Reflecting upon the Kingship of Christ, Bishop Tony said, “What we do know is that Jesus’ unfailing witness to the truth marks his true kingship.  As his subjects, we will be judged on how we have witnessed to his truth, his love, his way.”  He therefore encouraged Catholic Anglicans by way of The Society to commit to a vibrant catholic traditionalist wing which continues to add something to the life of our Church.


Following mass Dr Colin Podmore, Director of Forward in Faith, addressed the assembly.  He reflected on the legislative package regarding Woman Bishops which earlier in the week had been debated by the General Synod of the Church of England.  Speaking after the recent publication of a letter from the Bishops of the Society to its supporters, he clarified the vision for the Society and explained the relationship between it and Forward in Faith.  He urged the assembly to support the bishops and help “the Society to grow and flourish as the ecclesial structure that will enable us to live and breathe and flourish within the Church of England”.


The organisers of The Vision Glorious are very grateful for the gracious hospitality provided by the Dean and Chapter of Wakefield Cathedral which enabled the event to run so smoothly.

Sermon by Bishop Tony Robinson

Sermon by Bishop Tony Robinson

Address by Dr Colin Podmore

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Posted on the 18th November 2013 in the category Statements

Today the Bishops of the Society sent a letter to the supporters of the Society.


» Letter to Supporters

» Prayer Card 

» Membership Form for Forward in Faith


Posted on the 17th November 2013 in the category News

During the period between 1999 and 2011, some 74 parishes across the country experienced a ‘Fan the Flame’ Teaching mission, with considerable benefit and an outpouring of grace, which still resonates in many places.  In consultation with Bishop Lindsay Urwin it has been agreed to seek to re-launch this initiative and make it available to parishes across the Church.  On behalf of the Council of Bishops, its chairman, Bishop Tony Robinson  warmly commended this mission initiative.  See below for more details:

Fan the Flames Website

PCC A4 PDF Leaflet


Posted on the 1st November 2013 in the category Events

The Catholic Movement continues to foster vocations to priestly ministry in the Church of England, through the God Calling initiative.


Men who are currently exploring priestly vocation are invited to attend a Vocations Day to be held at Christ the King, Gordon Square, on Saturday 30 November 2013, from 10.30 am to 3.30 pm. Wives are invited to accompany their husbands.


The programme will include keynote addresses on Anglican Identity and Anglican Spirituality by Dr Colin Podmore and the Bishop Jonathan Baker, and a Bible Study led by Bishop Norman Banks.


Those wishing to attend should contact Fr Darren Smith for further information and bookings: - tel: 0121 382 5533.


The bishops of the Society warmly support this event.



Posted on the 2nd August 2013 in the category Announcements

Welcoming the news of the appointment of the new Bishop of Ebbsfleet on behalf of the Catholic Bishops of The Society of Saint Wilfrid and Saint Hilda, the Rt Revd Tony Robinson, Bishop of Pontefract, said:

I am delighted to welcome the appointment of Canon Jonathan Goodall as the fifth Bishop of Ebbsfleet. Canon Goodall has been working at Lambeth Palace for the Archbishop of Canterbury for the past eight years and has enormous personal knowledge of the Anglican Communion and the Church of England. He is well placed to continue to make a significant contribution to the Church at national level. He has been a member of the Society of the Holy Cross for the past 20 years and will be known to manyof the catholic clergy.

The parishes and clergy who look to the Bishop of Ebbsfleet for pastoral and sacramental can be sure that they have a worthy successor to be their new Bishop. Please pray for him and support him as he prepares for his Consecration in September and he begins to visit and get to know you all. 





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