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Ternier-Gommers ordained an Anglican priest

By Felix Kryzanowski


Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers (left) and Sheldon Carr (seated, right) were ordained Anglican priests in Saskatoon Nov. 30. With them are bishop David Irving, bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Saskatoon (centre), and clergy members of other denominations. Ternier-Gommers serves the Anglican and Lutheran parishes in Watrous, Sask. Carr is serving the Anglican parish in Borden, Sask.

SASKATOON — St. John the Evangelist Anglican Cathedral was packed with worshippers and well-wishers for the ordination to the priesthood of Marie-Louise Ternier-Gommers and Sheldon Carr.

Many of the assembly consisted of Roman Catholic friends of Ternier-Gommers.

Ternier-Gommers is familiar to Roman Catholics as a leader of the liturgy of the Word and communion in the absence of a priest, as a retreat leader, as a homily writer, and as a person who has given reflections on the Scripture readings at the end of mass, but not during mass, the latter act being reserved only to men ordained in the Roman Catholic Church. She is also a regular columnist with the Prairie Messenger, where in her “Double Belonging” column she has shared her journey of transition to the Anglican Church.

Two Roman Catholic priests along with many Anglican priests and several ministers of other denominations vested and took part in the liturgy’s entrance procession and the laying on of hands. Four other Roman Catholic priests attended without vesting. Several Roman Catholic religious sisters and one religious brother were also in attendance.

Rt. Rev. David M. Irving, presiding Anglican bishop, welcomed all baptized Christians to the open eucharistic table. Many Roman Catholics availed themselves of the invitation.

When asked if we are here witnessing what Richard Rohr, OFM, call “the emerging church,” a Lutheran pastor commented that she has participated in similar liturgies with Roman Catholics for the past few years.

Kryzanowski is editor of the RCWP Canada Monthly Review ( This appeared in the Nov. 30, 2017, issue.

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