Thursday, June 26, 2014

LATROBE, PA: New ACNA Archbishop-elect introduced to the media
Leadership torch passed to Bishop Foley Beach of ACNA Diocese of the South
Unanimously elected on third day of conclave

By Mary Ann Mueller
VOL Special Correspondent
June 25, 2014

The media got its first expansive -- albeit brief -- look at Bishop Foley Beach who, over the weekend, was elected the second archbishop of the Anglican Church in North America by ACNA's College of Bishops which met in an intensive secret three-day conclave in the crypt (undercroft) of St. Vincent's Catholic Basilica.

Founded in 1790 St. Vincent's -- originally founded by the Franciscans as Sportsman's Hall Parish -- was the first Roman Catholic Church established west of the Alleghany Mountains in the colonial Province of Pennsylvania. Now the basilica is in Benedictine hands and is affiliated with St. Vincent's Arch abbey, the oldest and largest Benedictine monastery in the Untied States, St. Vincent's College and St. Vincent's Seminary.

ACNA's connection with the arch abbey comes out of the friendship between founding Archbishop Robert Duncan and Benedictine mitered Archabbot Douglas Nowicki, O.S.B. The Catholic complex is large enough to accommodate ACNA's provincial assembly, which is drawing more than 900 participants, visitors, and media.

"This is an exciting time in North American Anglicanism and, indeed, of Anglicanism throughout the world," Archbishop Duncan prefaced in the news conference introducing his successor to the world via the media.
He lamented that fifty years ago -- during the 1960's -- "Anglicanism was terribly fractured over all kinds of issues and various accommodations to the culture, a stepping away from what the Word of God calls the Church to and has always called the Church to."

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