February 3, 2011
by Christian Campbell
Having resigned from his office as Ordinary of the Diocese of the Eastern United States of the Anglican Church in America, Bishop Louis Campese is now to serve as Ordinary of a new transitional structure, under the umbrella of the existing Patrimony of the Primate, designed to facilitate the movement of faithful clerics and groups from the deeply divided diocese into the anticipated personal ordinariate to be erected in the United States of America under the terms of Anglicanorum Coetibus.
The new jurisdiction is called the "Pro-Diocese of the Holy Family," and, in a recent interview, Bishop Campese, stressed its temporary nature. The Pro-Diocese will have only a lightweight administration, designed solely to accomplish the mission of Christian Unity to which the bishops of the ACA committed themselves over three years ago.
Bishop Campese has appointed a Council of Advice (a purely consultative, non-canonical body) to assist him. Its members are:
Fr. Edward Meeks, Rector of Christ the King Parish (Towson, Maryland)
Fr. Anthony Vidal, Vicar of St. Augustine of Canterbury (Baltimore Area)
Fr. Mark Siegel, Dean of the Cathedral of the Incarnation (Orlando, FL)
Fr. William Holiday, Curate, Cathedral of the Incarnation
Ms. Carla Hansen, Treasurer
In addition to its presently Anglican members, Bishop Campese has also appointed two Catholic members to the Council of Advice (both Contributors to The Anglo-Catholic):
Fr. Christopher Phillips, Pastor of Our Lady of the Atonement
Mr. Christian Campbell
from The Anglo-Catholic blog.