(Fairfax, Virginia) Congregations in Connecticut, Florida, and Colorado have joined the Convocation of Anglicans in North America (CANA) during the past several days. CANA now has 37 registered churches in 15 states plus the District of Columbia, plus several non-parochial priests ministering in Iraq, Israel, and the United States. The three new congregations are:
Trinity Church, Bristol, Connecticut
A pre-Revolutionary War parish that was established in 1747, Trinity Church built its first church building on Federal Hill Green in then New Cambridge in 1754. Trinity Church is one of the “Connecticut Six”, a group of Anglican congregations within the state of Connecticut who have sought to maintain their historic connections with the wider Anglican Communion despite continuing legal challenges initiated by the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut. Today, Trinity Church is an active worshipping community of approximately 130 under the leadership of the Rev’d Donald Helmandollar.
Christ the King Anglican Church, St Augustine, Florida
A new congregation in America’s oldest city, Christ the King was formed initially by members of St. Cyprian Episcopal Church. They separated from he Episcopal Diocese of Florida after a forty-day period of discernment. They have a strong mission focus and an active ministry with young people. Today they are an ethnically diverse community of approximately 100 under the leadership of the Rev’d David Allert.
Grace Church and St Stephen’s, Colorado Springs, Colorado
A historic church founded in 187,2 and the “mother church” of several congregations in Colorado Springs, Grace Church was one of the first Episcopal churches established in Colorado. In recent years they have found themselves unable to follow the direction taken by the current leadership of The Episcopal Church and have just completed a discernment process that culminated in a congregational vote this past Saturday. The congregation voted with a 93% majority to separate from the Episcopal Diocese of Colorado and join CANA. They are an active worshiping community of approximately 550 under the leadership of the Rev’d Donald Armstrong.
Three other churches that have recently joined CANA include the following:
St Brendan’s, Washington, D.C.
St Brendan’s in the City is an emerging congregation in urban Washington, D.C. This congregation is particularly focused on social justice issues and inner-city ministry with marginalized people, as well as the contemplative life. St Brendan’s is led by the Rev’d Bill Haley who formerly served at The Falls Church (Falls Church, Virg.) as the founding pastor of Kairos and director of outreach.
Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Garland, Texas
This parish is a new congregation formed initially by members of Holy Trinity Episcopal in Garland. After spending more than a year wrestling with issues prompted by the crisis in The Episcopal Church, this congregation made their decision to separate from the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas and join CANA, walking away from their property and purchasing land for a new church plant. Today they are an active worshipping community of approximately 250 under the leadership of the Rev’d Lawrence Harrison.
Celebration Church, Fredericksburg, Virginia
Established as a new CANA congregation, Celebration Church has a vision to reach people in the greater Fredericksburg area. They are committed to building a community of faith that is both rooted in historic Anglican teaching but also engaged with the challenges of contemporary living. They are already an active worshipping community of approximately 60 under the leadership of the Rev’d Toby Larson.
“I am very pleased that CANA is providing a safe haven for faithful Anglicans in the U.S. who feel cut off from the worldwide Anglican Communion,” said the Rt. Rev’d Martyn Minns, Bishop of CANA. “I am also delighted that we are reaching out and planting new congregations. It is especially appropriate that new people are coming to faith and new churches are being established as we celebrate the beginning of the Christian movement on the Feast of Pentecost.”