Fr Michael Godderz:
On Catholic Societies
The Catholic Societies have played a significant part of the Anglo-Catholic movement. They have united devout and earnest souls within parishes as well as throughout the church, indeed, throughout the Anglican Communion. Further they have helped provide greater exposure to and support for various forms of catholic practice.
We’ll consider the older, traditional Catholic Societies: the Confraternity of the Blessed Sacrament, the Society of Mary, the Guild of All Souls, the Society of King Charles the Martyr, and the Society of the Holy Cross (as well as a glance at the more recent, the Society of Catholic Priests) as they have sought to promote catholic theological positions and devotional practices, and claim for this catholic-minded spirituality an acceptance and place in the Anglican Churches. There has been remarkable progress in some areas, e.g., Holy Communion now being restored as the principal service of worship (although breadth does not necessarily equate with depth – there is still more work to be done). Some have found themselves on the losing side of various issues. We’ll take a look at these societies and their continuing role in the Anglo-Catholic movement.
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The Rev’d Michael Godderz has been Rector of the Parish of All Saints in the Ashmont section of Dorchester since September 1998. Previously he has served churches in Chesapeake, Virginia and Norwich, Vermont. He was the Curate here at the Advent from 1984 to 1986. Fr. Godderz was educated at Rutgers University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, and the University of Chicago. An active member of the Society of the Holy Cross (SSC) for 25 years, Fr. Godderz is presently the Master of the Province of the Americas. He is a member of the board of the Guild of All Souls, a member of the Society of Mary, and has also served as a rural dean in this diocese for eight years. For leisure he enjoys walking, woodworking, and reading.
Jan 28, 2020
Silvertone Bar & Grill
The Chez Freddie Room
69 Bromfield St, Boston
Join us for Evening Prayer before the talk at 5:30 p.m.
The Church of the Advent
30 Brimmer Street, Boston, Mass.