A bilingual Anglican priest who was raised in the United Church and was for two years a member of the Ecumenical Commission of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Valleyfield in Quebec -- certainly appropriate background for someone given national responsibility for the ecumenical relations of the General Synod of the Anglican Church of Canada.
The Rev. Brian Prideaux, currently Rector of St. Martin's Church in Otterburn Park, Quebec, has been appointed Ecumenical Officer of the Anglican Church of Canada, effective January 1, 1982.
The thirty-eight year old priest was born in London, England but grew up in Montreal. He is a graduate of Sir George Williams University and also has a Bachelor of Divinity and Master of Arts from McGill. He studied theology at Montreal Diocesan (Anglican) Theological College. Father Prideaux is married and has four children.
In addition to his responsibility for national Anglican participation in inter-church bodies and activities, the National Executive Council of the church recently requested that the Ecumenical Officer initiate and encourage inter-faith dialogue with non-Christian bodies.
The General Secretary of the Anglican Church, Archdeacon Harry Hilchey, stated that in making this appointment great emphasis was placed on finding a person who is bilingual, as much of the current ecumenical dialogue, particularly between Roman Catholic and other denominations, is conducted in both French and English.
Father Prideaux is particularly excited about the possibilities of extending to the national scene the warm ecumenical relationships he has enjoyed at the local level. He hopes the national work can help the grass roots encounters to happen and to flourish. "There's a new climate now," he says, "Especially in relations with Roman Catholics. They know it is now officially 'OK' to enter wholeheartedly into ecumenical contacts, and great things are happening."
The Ecumenical Officer is based at the church's National Office in Toronto.
The report was presented by the Ven. G. Hendra, Mr. A. Goss, Mrs. Patricia Bays, Canon K. Genge and Bishop Snowden. Mrs. Diane Maybee spoke on ACNAC [Anglican Council of North America and the Caribbean].
It was noted that the Rev. Brian Prideaux is the newly appointed Ecumenical Officer. He will begin his duties as of January 1, 1982.
ACC-5 - Mrs. Bays reported on ACC-5 and referred to her written report. Items of particular interest to the Anglican Church of Canada are:
Section I - This section incorporated into the report a set of questions around 12 major areas of concern. It is recommended "that the Churches study these questions in ways appropriate to their own circumstances." How can we bring these questions to the attention of members of this Church?
Section III - This section also raised a series of questions. How can they be directed to the Church for study?
The Francophone dioceses need books and other resources in French. How can we assist further in this work?
Member churches are asked to send regularly to ACC [Anglican Consulative Council] information about training generally, about training for bishops and a report for ACC-6 on movements of renewal in the Church.
That the National Executive Council refer the question set out in Section I and Section III of the ACC-5 report to the parishes of the Anglican Church of Canada for study. CARRIED
The House welcomed the Reverend Brian Prideaux, National Ecumenical Officer.
Mr. Prideaux said that the Anglican Church of Canada and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada are now called to develop a common Christian life in the light of their agreement to establish a relationship of Interim Sharing of the Eucharist which became effective 1 October, 1989. This includes eucharistic hospitality to the members of each church. Joint celebrations of the Eucharist are to take place under carefully worked out conditions, with the knowledge and consent of the respective diocesan bishops. There is one president and that president is the priest or pastor of the host church, using the liturgy of that church. Other ordained persons assist with the service and the distribution of the elements.
Ways of developing common Christian life are being explored such as regular prayer and intercession for the other church. Local study groups will be encouraged to examine each other's church.
It is hoped that pastoral agreements will be developed to allow ministers of each denomination to serve in churches of either denomination in sparsely populated areas of Canada, along with ecumenical shared ministries, and the shared use of physical facilities. Common programs of education and outreach are to be encouraged. It is hoped that there will be reciprocal attendance at services of ordination and installation. The exchange of theologians to deliver addresses at major events is to be encouraged. Co-operation is encouraged in areas of social ministry. Mr. Prideaux said that a detailed commentary of the agreement is available through his office, on request.
It was agreed that practical recommendations regarding the eucharist should be made clear in the large commentary.
That work be done locally and jointly on procedures re joint services. CARRIED
It was agreed that the development of common understandings is very important, especially in the area of shared ministries.
It was suggested that diocesan newspapers be sent to each Lutheran clergyperson in each area.
That the Ecumenical Officer, the Reverend Brian Prideaux, be informed of cases of misuse of ecclesiastical responsibility by the Roman Catholic Church, so that they can be officially documented and referred to the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops. The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops is to be advised that this will be done. CARRIED #14-6-86